Also known as Labdanum or Rock Rose, Cistus ladaniferus is a small, sticky shrub native to the Mediterranean and Middle East. Traditionally, Cistus has been used as a skin rejuvenator, respiratory aid and wound healer.
It has also been used as an ambient aroma to facilitate meditation and has a long history of being used in perfumes, anointing rituals and incense.
The subtle qualities of Cistus beautifully described by Worwood: “It provides a vehicle to explore the knowing, and a means by which acknowledging the existence of universal wisdom deep within. The emotions of mortals are touched by labdanum, and it can bring to the forefront of the mind access to the soul level of all living things.”1
Cistus was imported into ancient Egypt from Crete. The resin was extensively used in Egypt as a perfume and an incense. At the time of Christ, incense was made using Frankincense and myrrh from Arabia, galbanum and ‘onycha’. The latter has been identified as gum labdanum, which is exuded from the leaves of cistus.2
Energetically, it instills a deep sense of peace and serenity. Known to support the higher energies centers i.e. the Crown Chakra and the Third Eye Chakra and can be suggested for support with extra-sensory perceptions, psychic work and meditations. According to Chinese 5 Elements principles, Cistus can be likened to the Earth element due to the