Hydrosols

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Cistus ladaniferus/Rock Rose-pH 2.9-3.1

Aroma and Taste

Described variously as "the smell of an old Rolls Royce belonging to a maharaja" and 2 dirty laundry." In other words, some people like it, others do not.

It is an unusual fragrance reminiscent of the oil but lacking the complexity and depth, and those who love the oil may be disappointed. Herbaceous, quite dry, and warm in both scent and flavour, it's difficult to describe, but I like it.

Stability and Shelf life

Very stable. Generally rock rose has a long life, two years or more without problems, but it seems to be greatly affected by seasonal variations from year to year.

Properties and Applications

Oral use is recommended for specific conditions only. this is because of the extremely low pH and cicatrisant (wound-and scar-healing) properties.

Rock rose supports all types of medicines and treatments and is a good postoperative choice for speeding internal healing and preventing bleeding, it can also be used as a supporting treatment for bleeding ulcers, ulcerative colitis and Chrohn's disease, especiallywhen combined with basil, yarrow, or perhaps angelica.

Highly astringent, cicatrisant, and styptic, rock rose hydrosol will stop bleeding almost on contact and is good for cleaning wounds, as a compress for hematoma with bleeding, and for treatment of new scar tissue.

Rock rose is a powerful antiwrinkle treatment when misted on the face two times a day or compressed around the eye area and used in masks and lotions. It seems to exhibit microcluster behaviour in the way it plumps cells, smoothing fine lines.

Rock rose is a yang fragrance and makes a good aftershave, on its own or combined with German chamomile, calamus, and/or green myrtle.

One of the most important applications may be in the amelioration of endometriosis. This condition cause severe pain and discomfort, and rock rose is an excellent and powerful douche, espically when combined with Helichrysum and Yarrow, but to be effective it must be used in a consistent daily program.

Cistus taken internally can also benefit endometriosis and heavy menstrual bleeding. Take thirty milliliters in one litre of water daily for five days before the start of the menstrual cycle and continue throughout the period, then stop.

Monitor the effects and make notes so you can adjust the dosage to your particular needs and your body's response. Use more or less as you feel appropriate-you know your body best.

Rock rose is powerfully energetic in its sphere of activity sand is healing to mind, body and spirit in times of emotional distress and shock. It is one of the ingredients in the Bach flower Rescue Remedy.

Reference: Hydrosols: Suzanne Katty

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