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Cistus Essential Oil

Latin Name: Cistus ladaniferus
Plant Family: Cistaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the leaves, twigs, crude gum

A dark yellow or amber viscous liquid with a warm, sweet, dry-herbaceous musky scent.

A small sticky shrub up to 3 meters high with lance-shaped leaves which are white and furry on the underside, and fragrant white flowers. The Ladanifer is a species of flowering plant in the family Cistaceae. It is native to the western Mediterranean region. Common names include gum rockrose, laudanum, labdanum and brown-eyed rockrose. It is an extremely aggressive plant which has taken over much of former farmland and grasslands in the mountain regions of central Spain and much of southern Portugal.