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Cistus creticus


Cistus creticus

(Rockrose)


Botanical info: 

Rock rose is an evergreen shrub growing from 60 to 120 cm tall, with hairy twigs and resinous hairy leaves. Its flowering from late spring  to late summer. It grows naturally in disturbed ground, maquis, phrygana, and roadsides. It is a native of the Mediterranean region.  


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Use of Liquids: 

        a. As an additive in therapeutical wines to make them drier and/or astringent. 


Other uses: 

The leaves are used as a tea substitute. The oleo-resin obtained from the leaves and stems is used as a commercial food flavoring in baked goods, ice cream, chewing gum etc. This plant is an aromatic, expectorant, stimulant herb that controls bleeding and has antibiotic effects. It is used internally in the treatment of catarrh and diarrhea and as an emmenagogue. The leaves are harvested in late spring and early summer and can be dried for later use, or the resin extracted from them. The resin and the essential oils extracted from it are used for leukemia treatment. The resin, laudanum, secreted by the glandular trichomes of this species, contains several phytochemicals with antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer properties.


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