Cretan Labdanum Resin (Cistus Creticus ssp. Incanus)
Labdanum resinoid, commonly known as ladanum or ladan, is derived from the Cistus Creticus. Its evergreen leaves cover themselves with the sticky, aromatic resin to prevent dehydration as temperatures rise in the Crete.
Because of its similarities to ambergris – the chemical gathered from sperm whales, which is now an endangered species – the sticky brown resin has been utilized for a very long time as a vegan alternative in therapeutic treatments as well as an essential element in the perfume business.
Labdanum is what gives a perfume its rich amber note, that evokes pines but also leather, tobacco, pepper, or even coffee.
Medicinally the resin has been used from ancient times as an expectorant and antibiotic. It is an excellent therapy for bronchitis, the common cold, and fungal respiratory infections when inhaled or taken internally, and it loosens mucus to offer immediate relief from coughing.
The resin has astringent, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic properties. During medieval times in Europe, it was used as a trinket to enhance one's odor and to protect against illness.
Externally, it cures wounds, burns, and irritated skin while also reducing pain and swelling. It aids in the treatment of skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema, as well as more serious skin infections such as ulcers, tumors, eruption, and tubercular skin infections.
It is known to stimulate the body's healing capability. It is used internally to treat diarrhea and catarrh. It is also recognized as an efficient emmenagogue since it relieves discomfort during the period and increases the blood flow to the pelvic region. When applied to the scalp, labdanum can help with dandruff.