Cretan Pink Rockrose (Cistus Creticus ssp. Incanus)
Cistus incanus or Pink Rockrose is a rich source of beneficial bioactive compounds such as rutin, gallic acid, bioflavonoids, proanthocyanidins, and polyphenols. It is a well-known herbal medicinal remedy that has remained popular for thousands of years.
It is used for treating gastrointestinal problems owing to its ability to soothe the mucous lining and eliminate harmful pathogens without affecting negatively the “good bacteria” of the gut. It is also known to boost the immune system and support the anti-oxidant processes of the body.
Cistus incanus is known for its anti-viral, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Traditionally it has been used for treating skin problems, gastric problems, fever, rheumatoid arthritis, and even stomach ulcers. It is a good remedy for acne and skin abrasions.
Cistrose is also used as an effective mouth wash for mouth and throat hygiene. It has been known to help with urinary tract infections as well.
As a tonic, the Cistus incanus was found beneficial for the health of the heart and the gut. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent and hence, it cools and subsides pain of skin rashes and abrasions, burns, cuts, and wounds.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!