Essential Oil Profile: Cistus (Labdanum , Rock Rose)

Essential Oils Profile: Cistus (Labedamum , Rock Rose

Latin Name: Cistus ladaniferus

Family: Cistaceae

Plant Part: Leaves


Typical Country: Portugal, Spain

Note/Element: Note:Middle/Base. Elements: Metal

Functional Groups: Terpene, alcohol, ester, phenol, aldehyde, keytone

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Dosha( Balances): Vata, Pitta

Scent: Sweet,herbaceous, floral overtones, warm, amber

For Skin Type: Dry, mature, sensitive

Cautions: Do Not Use During Pregnancy

Physical Uses: Cuts, slows bleeding in cuts, paper cuts, scars, mature skin, colds, flu,       cough

Mental/Emotional Uses: Nervousness, insomnia, trauma, anxiety, PMS/PMT, adictions,

aromatherapy ‘s “rescue remedy”,soothing, calming, meditative

Other Uses: Combine with Rosa rubiginosa for mature skin, fine lines, scars or

wrinkles, Excellent for perfumes

Blends Well With: Citrus, flowers, resins, woods, geranium, rose, rose geranium

Possible Substitutions: Myrrh(for skin healing), Geranium Rose, (for scent)



Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Advanced Level Level,2001-2011.

DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent disease. Always consult your physician before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.


Essential Oil Profiles

Aromatherapy describes the use of essential oils, potent aromatic substances extracted from plants for physical and emotional healing.” Kathi Keville

Each month as a teaching tool I will profile an essential oil. This is a great way to learn about essential oils and their health benefits. Each profiles will include:

Latin Name– the genus and the species including chemotype if appropriate.

Family– The Latin family name.

Plant Parts– Part of the plant that the essential oil comes from.

Method– Method use to extract the oil from the plant.

Typical Country– Countries that grow the plant for the essential oil production.

Note/Element– The perfumery note. The elements according to Chinese five element theory( earth wood, fire, water & metal).

Functional Groups-The chemical components of the essential oil.

Type– The action the essential oil has on the body and the mind.

Ayuredic Dosha ayuredic skin/body type(Vata, Pitta,Kapha).

Scent– A description of the scent.

For Skin Type-The skin type the essential oil works best on.

Cautions– Possible dangers of the essential oil.

Physical Uses– Best physical uses of this oil.

Mental/Emotional Uses -Best mental/emotional uses of this oil.

Other Uses-Other uses such as spiritual or environmental.

Blends Well With-Best Essential oils that this oils blends with for perfumery.

Possible Substitutions-Oils that you may substitute if this oil is not available.

By becoming more knowledgeable about essential oils we can use them safely and discover their many benefits. Aromatherapy with the use of essential oils can provide a more natural way to live and enhance our lives.

Keeping Nature Alive!