What is Cistus good for? It makes a great immune support tea and mosquito repellant herbal tea.
Mosquito and Tick Repelling Properties and Immune Support
Regular Cistus tea drinkers may suffer fewer mosquito and tick bites (it’s a natural alternative to DEET). It’s rich in bioflavonoids and polyphenols and may offer immune support and relief of cold and flu symptoms. Studies show it has powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and biofilm-breaking qualities.
Its main active phytoconstituents are flavonoid phenolic compounds, including gallic acid, rutin, and other flavonol glycosides, including quercetin, kam-phe-rol, and mer-ris-i-tin. The diverse profile of phenolic substances provides strong antioxidant and other health benefits.
It’s also a biofilm buster. According to the Public Library of Science Journal, it could serve as an alternative natural antibacterial and anti-biofilm component against oral infections. The tea also works well for oral cavity hygiene. We like to use it as a mouth rinse in place of fluoride mouthwash. Its biofilm-busting activities significantly reduce oral bacteria and leave your mouth feeling clean.
Not All Cistus Is Created Equal
The history of Cistus incanus reaches back thousands of years. In traditional herbal medicine, its has been used to treat colds, coughs, rheumatism, inflammation, and skin diseases. The Book of Genesis refers to the resin of the plant. It was used in ancient Greece to heal wounds and as a beauty product.
High-quality Cistus is in high demand and short supply. It can be hard to identify a reputable source of the herbal tea. For example, Cistus incanus from Spain may actually be Cistus populifolius. In Morocco, it’s Cistus ladanifer. Some suppliers don’t know the difference.
It’s important to source wild-flowering plants that grow in their native Mediterranean soil and climate. Plants growing in arid Mediterranean ecosystems endure multiple stressors and harsh conditions, such as drought, high sun exposure, and high temperatures. These plants produce high levels of polyphenols to protect themselves against these stressors. Cistus has very high polyphenol levels.
Our Cistus is spring harvested, which enables us to collect the plants when they’re in bud. Spring is the best time to collect the leaves and aerial parts of the plant for maximum potency. The winter-harvested herbal tea, even from the exact same fields, may test lower in bioactives than that harvested in the spring.
Naturecrafted Cistus from Crete
Our Cistus is sourced from Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Crete is the ancestral home of Cistus. Ours is wild grown and responsibly collected from the island’s mountainous regions. It’s naturally harvested from the buds, flowers, leaves, and stems. No chemicals are used in its production — no pesticides, heavy metals, fertilizers, or herbicides.
Our tea is cut and prepared to ensure the highest quality, most available polyphenol content and excellent availability of phytonutrients. We pay a premium for the raw material to get a high-quality product and maintain our philosophy of supporting a non-violent economy. Our Cistus has the full spectrum of bioactives you can expect from the high-quality herbal tea.
Our team does substantial research on every product we sell. We meet in person with the collectors and processors. We sell only high-quality teas and extracts backed by testing.
What Is Cistus Good For? Read the FAQ!
Our Cistus FAQ page includes lots of information about health benefits, therapeutic uses, mosquito and tick repellant properties, immune support, inflammation support, biofilm-busting properties, and oral health support. The FAQ page also includes important information about the importance of terroir, naturecrafting, Mediterranean sourcing, and brewing techniques.
Learn more, then relax and drink a good cup of Cistus tea!