Cistus has demonstrated strong antioxidant and other properties supporting the traditional use of Cistus for a wide range of systems for health, immunity and skin health, without notable or gastric irritation. It may also support oral and throat hygiene and cardiovascular health.
Intended for internal use and can be added to water, juice, tea or other liquids for ingestion.
BioPure’s Cistus comes from a shrub, Cistus incanus tauricus, native to warm southern Mediterranean locations such as the Chalkidiki peninsula of Greece. Commonly referred to as the “Gray-haired Rock Rose”, Cistus incanus prefers rocky soils and has delicately wrinkled, 5-petaled pink flowers, with leaves and stems covered with tiny glandular hairs. Cistus incanus has played an important role in Greek culture since the 4th century BC. The plant exudes a sticky sweet smelling resin called labdanum that has been used medicinally and in soaps, perfumes, essential oils and incense. Tea made from the plant was drunk at any time of the day for relaxation, thirst-quenching, or health benefits.
Cistus incanus has been traditionally used in the past and shows promise in modern applications for a number of health benefits including skin health, joint health, kidney health, systemic health, as well as gastrointestinal, urinary tract and vascular health. The potential health benefits of Cistus incanus are associated with the antioxidant properties of the plant. Chemical analysis of Cistus incanus has revealed the presence of a number of bioactive compounds including proanthocyanidins, bioflavonoids, catechins, gallic acid, rutin, and other glycosides, that exert the above health benefits and contribute to supporting the body’s immune system. One of the attractive things about Cistus is that this natural herbal source of polyphenols demonstrates its beneficial effects without any adverse gastric effects.