Botanical Name: Cistus ladaniferus
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Characteristics: Cistus leaf Cistus ladaniferus– The sticky resinous leaves of the namesake shrub are distilled to collect a mobile yellow liquid that presents aromas that are primitive, incense, balsamic, sweet, conifer-like with slight animalic tones. There are up to five different distinct products from the plant that is sometimes called labdanum. Of these, steam distilled oil is probably the least valuable or important. The resins are often more attractive in aroma; however, oil is often easier to use because of its solubility in other oil based products.
In aroma therapy it is believed to be antiviral and antibacterial. It is used to help with arthritis treatments. EO blends designed for whooping cough occasionally include cistus.
It is a useful fixative in blends but it is one of the products aroma therapy books fail to mention. It is increasingly popular among formally trained aroma therapists and other natural healers.
All labdanum products are significant in natural perfumery and blend well with high-value viscous oils like sandalwood and jasmine and sesquiterpene rich oils like cedarwood atlas, patchouli and vetiver. They feature nicely in higher end conifers like boutique versions of small batch distillations like Alaska spruce, fir needle and organic pine.
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1 oz, 4 oz, 1 lb, 1 kg