THE SECRETS OF CISTUS: CHEMICAL FOCUS

1 Posted by - December 5, 2016 - Oil Science

Cistus essential oil is easily identified by its sweet, fruity scent with slight overtones of honey, thanks to its uniqueconstituent makeup. Cistus, which may also be referred to as rock rose, has been used for centuries in mediation practices, as well as for the many health benefits it offers. Two of its most active ingredients, viridiflorol and bornyl acetate, as well as several of the top health and beauty benefits they provide are discussed below.

VIRIDIFLOROL

Viridiflorol, an alcohol, is largely responsible for the cistus’s antibacterial, astringent, and antiseptic properties [1]. In a recent study involving several essential oils, cistus was determined to have the most bactericidal activity, which leads scientists to believe it can effectively be used to treat a variety of infections and should be considered for use in the development of new antibacterial agents [2].

Due to these powerful properties, cistus has been proven to be very beneficial for alleviating the coughing associated with respiratory ailments including bronchitis, the flu, and the common cold, as well as for diminishing the appearance of acne, scar tissue, psoriasis, and aging. It has also been used to help fight off bladder and urinary tract infections [3].

BORNYL ACETATE

Most of cistus essential oil’s scent, which produces calming properties, can be attributed to bornyl acetate [4]. In laboratory studies, bornyl acetate has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, sedative, and pain relieving effects, which is why cistus oil is a favorite of aromatherapists who are treating patients struggling with chronic pain, along with stress and a wide range of mental and emotional issues.

 


[1] http://impactfactor.org/PDF/IJPCR/8/IJPCR,Vol8,Issue4,Article7.pdf

[2] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/286407326_Antibacterial_activity_of_essential_oil_and_some_extracts_of_Cistus_ladaniferus_from_oulmes_in_Morocco

[3] http://www.thealternativedaily.com/essential-guide-lesser-known-essential-oils/

[4] http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10412905.2011.9700439

1 Comment

  • Elizabeth Laliberte December 6, 2016 - 5:40 pm Reply

    Love this information you provide on the website. Shining the spotlight on this oil makes me appreciate it even more and reminds me of all the uses. I will make it a point today to share this information with my team.

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