Cistus - use, ingredients and effects

Cistus - use, ingredients and effects /
The rockrose (Cistus incanus) is native to southern Europe. The shrub with the fragrant pink flowers does not belong to the roses, but to the family of the cistus plants, which consists of about twenty cystic rose species. The gray-haired Cistus incanus is said to have a special healing effect, with various cystus species now being used as tea.


  • Use in ancient times
  • Ingredients and effect
  • Some examples:
  • Cistus against flu
  • Eczema children
  • Protection for the heart - antioxidant effect
  • defense strengthening
  • Forms of application
  • External application
  • sitz bath
  • Internal application
  • Mundspülungenn
  • The rockrose oil
  • side effects
  • Which variety is the most effective?

Use in ancient times

The use of the cistus dates back to the fourth century BC. At that time this plant was mainly used for religious rituals. It contains a large amount of resin. This is called Labdanum and was used in ancient times for the treatment of skin diseases. In some areas of Greece, the Cystustee was drunk throughout the year, summer and winter, throughout the day. Meanwhile, he enjoys with us ever greater popularity and receives its recognition by the various healing effects.

The appealing flowering cistus has healing properties. (Image: Janjana /

Ingredients and effect

The rockrose contains tannins, essential oils and polyphenols. This is a special combination, which in turn makes the healing effect noticeable. The polyphenols are known as antioxidants. The subgroup are flavonoids, of which this plant contains twelve important ones.

Some examples:

Above all, the ellagic acid, which also occurs in the pomegranate. She is said to have an anti-cancer effect. Another flavonoid is naringenin, known from grapefruit, which has its spectrum of activity in the metabolic syndrome. Celery, many other vegetables and also Cistus incanus contain the flavonoid apigenin, which is said to be anti-cancer and in addition to positively influence the glucose metabolism.

The rockrose acts:

  • anti-inflammatory,
  • antiviral,
  • antibacterial,
  • antifungal,
  • itching retardant,
  • wound healing,
  • antioxidant
  • and immune boosting.

Cistus against flu

Several years ago studies were carried out with the cistus (Cystus052) at the Charité in Berlin. In the participants of the Cystus group the symptoms decreased quite fast, just like the inflammation parameter CRP. The polyphenols contained in the cistus surround the virus and thus prevent attachment to the host cell, without which the virus can not survive.

Eczema children

Children suffering from eczema were treated externally with Cystus tea twice a day. In addition, they drank a cup of cistus tea a day. In 64 percent of the children treated, there was a significant improvement in the appearance of the skin.

Protection for the heart - antioxidant effect

The rockrose has a high antioxidant effect - far more than green tea or elderberry juice. Scientists have discovered that this plant contains a very special combination of antioxidants. For example, the daily dose of vitamin C is contained in a shot glass of fully concentrated Cystus Sud. Supposedly there are many over 100 year olds on the Greek island of Halkidiki, where a large amount of Cystus tea is drunk there.

defense strengthening

The rockrose has a defense-strengthening effect. It ensures a healthy balance in the intestine and inhibits, for example, the well-known fungus Candida albicans, which can quite confuse the intestine. Again, several cups of tea are drunk throughout the day. Just try it. From October, over a period of four to six weeks, to one liter of tea a day - then a week off - and then it starts again with the cure.

Forms of application

The use of cistus is possible orally, in the form of tea, capsules and mouthwashes, as well as externally as an envelope, overlay, as an ointment or as an essential oil.

External application

The rock rose has an external effect on eczema, eczema, acne, itching, fungal diseases, hemorrhoids and superficial wounds.

Home-made cyst ointment can relieve eczema. (Image: Milton Oswald /

For the Cistrosis skin care a concentrated tea infusion is prepared. Boil about 10 grams of tea in 200 ml of water for about five minutes, peel off, soak a cloth or sponge with the tea and dab the affected areas. It is also possible to apply cistus compresses or envelopes.

Who does not like this, can resort to a finished rockrose cream or rock rose ointment. The treatment is carried out twice a day for at least four weeks, especially in chronic diseases such as atopic dermatitis.

The daily drinking of the Zistrosentees. (Preparation see internal application) enhances the positive effect. For acne, the daily dabbing helps with a cotton ball soaked in cistus tea. It is also possible to use it as tonic. The tea must be freshly cooked daily and then kept in the refrigerator.

sitz bath

For hemorrhoids or fungal diseases in the vaginal area (vaginal fungus), a hip bath with cistus is recommended. For this, boil about 10 grams of rockrose in about 250 ml of water for five minutes, strain and then add to the lukewarm sitting bath. A bath time of five minutes is sufficient. As a supplement, you can apply cistus ointment or rockrose cream.

Internal application

Internally, the cistus is used for sore throat, colds, influenza, gastritis, diabetes, Lyme disease, heavy metals and prevention. To prepare the necessary tea: Pour a heaped teaspoonful of cabbage with boiling water per cup (about 250 ml), let it draw for about five minutes and peel it off. Immediately afterwards he is drinkable. Fresh mint, some mint tea or some linden flowers change the taste. Of which you can, depending on your taste, drink up to one liter a day.

Lozenges containing Cystus are an alternative. Especially for sore throat and other cold symptoms, their intake is recommended. Anyone who has to travel by public transport on a daily basis can, so that he does not get infected, let a lozenge melt in his mouth while driving. This strengthens the defense and protects against contagion. These lozenges are also suitable for prevention and, above all, they are always on the way. The taste of the lozenges is getting used to at first, but over time this is no longer a problem. The small lozenges are available in different flavors.


In mouth inflammations, aphthous ulcers, tooth decay, periodontal disease or after tooth extraction is rinsed with cistus tea and / or gargled.

The rockrose oil

The smell of the essential Zistrosenöls is dry, slightly woody and reminds something of Musk. The oil has a soothing, wound healing, relaxing, but also slightly stimulating. Cistus oil is often used in meditation. This is also used against grief, mental injury or after shock experiences.

Not only internal, but also external wounds respond well. For this, two to three drops of the oil are mixed with 10 ml of propolis or marigold tincture, which is used to moisten a compress and then place it on the wound.

Cistus oil has a detoxifying effect on the lymph and is therefore recommended as a massage oil during lymphatic drainage. Mix three to four drops of rock rose oil with 20 ml carrier oil (for example almond oil). The oil is also used for full-body massages. The following mixture is suitable if the person is sad and needs some comfort: two drops of rockrose oil, two drops of sandalwood, two drops of lavender oil - mix with about 50 ml carrier oil (almond oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil).

A full body massage with rockrose oil has an invigorating effect. (Image: 4frame group /

Two to three drops, evaporated in the aroma lamp, help with negative experiences and restlessness - often mixed with lavender, lemon balm or orange oil. The aroma lamp should burn but only a maximum of two hours - then prefer to pause for a while. Two to a maximum of four drops, depending on the size of the room, are sufficient.

Cystus oil also does well in a full bath: a drop of rock rose, a drop of rose and a drop of tangerine oil are added to some cream and then added to the bathtub water. This not only smells wonderful, but soothes and comforts.

Tip for the road: A drop of the oil on a handkerchief and again and again smelling calms, relaxes and enhances the well-being.

A cloth soaked in slightly warmed almond oil, enriched with one to two drops of cystus oil placed on the abdomen, helps with bladder infections and cramps during menstruation.

In pregnancy, however, the oil must be dispensed with, as it is said to have a menstrual effect.

Important: When buying the oils, be sure to pay attention to quality!

side effects

Side effects are extremely rare. When used as Cystus oil, however, allergic reactions are possible. Before oil gets on your skin (always with a carrier oil, of course), try it on a small spot, such as the inside of the forearm. If any symptoms occur in connection with external or internal use, the treatment must be discontinued immediately. Everybody reacts differently and a "nothing can happen!" Does not exist.

The Zistrosentee is also suitable for pregnant women, nursing women and children.

Which variety is the most effective?

The efficacy of the gray-haired rockrose, the Cistus incanus, has been confirmed by research. This cistus should have more healing properties and antioxidant properties than other species. However, the most diverse Cystus variants are used. Experience reports also support these positive qualities. In any case, you should make sure when buying that you get wild or organically grown varieties.

Zistrosentee is now available not only in pharmacies, health food stores or health food stores, but also in well-stocked drugstores. From teabags or open tea, in which more precise declarations about origin and content are not to be seen, is to be taken away. (Sw)