Organic Rock Rose Essential Oil
Also known as Cistus oil or labdanum
Rock rose was imported into Ancient Egypt from Crete. The resin was extensively used in Egypt as a perfume and an incense.
At the time of Christ, an incense was made using frankincense and myrrh from Arabia, galbanum and labdanum exuded from the leaves of rock rose.
The oil has been used in Europe since the Middle Ages. It was used in ointments and compresses to treat infected wounds and skin ulcers. The oil is also used as a fixative in many perfumes.
What does the oil smell like?
Rock Rose has a warm, fresh, earthy, sweet scent.
Cistus oil is a pale-orange oil with a sweet, warm-herbaceous, musky-like aroma. The absolute has a sweet herbaceous balsamic scent.
Which part of the plant provides the oil?
Rock rose is extracted from resin which exudes from a small wild growing shrub.
Where has Rock rose essential oil been sourced from?
It originates in the mountainous coastal regions of the eastern Mediterranean countries, this particular oil is from Portugal
How is Rock Rose essential oil extracted?
The gum is obtained by boiling the leaves and twigs in water. The oil is then extracted from the gum by distillation.
What other oils blend well with the essential oil?
It blends well with cypress, helichrysum, tea tree, vetiver, and citrus oils.
How can I benefit from the Rock Rose essential oil?
The oil shows antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant (expels mucus in respiratory system), sedative, and vulnerary (promotes healing of wounds) properties.
The oil is well known for wound healing and is recommended for the treatment of ulcers and wounds.
It has been efficiently used for treating chronic skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.
Rock rose is considered one of the fastest acting oils to stop bleeding from an open wound.
Due to its antiseptic, astringent and tonic properties it is recommended for treating acne or oily skin as well as for mature skin and wrinkles.
- Inhalation direct or diffuser
Are there precautions I should know about?
Rock rose oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising.