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Cistus Incanus is an evergreen dwarf shrub herb in the family Cistaceae from the Mediterranean region. The flowers have five petals, which are are pink to purple and bloom for only one day. The flowers and entire above-ground plant is used medicinally.
Two cups per day of this pleasant, floral tea is used traditionally.
Cistus incanus is rich in polyphenols, proanthocyanadins, bioflavonoids, catechins, gallic acid, rutin, and other beneficial bioactive compounds. The plant is believed to have the highest polyphenol content of any plant in Europe.
Cistus has also developed a symbiotic relationship with a root fungi. The fungi complements the root system in its task of absorbing water and minerals from the soil, thus allowing the host plant to dwell on particularly poor soils. It also helps Cistus fight off other fungi.
Cistus is used traditionally for treating colds, coughs, menstrual problems, as well as rheumatism. Cistus was used in ancient Greece as a wound healer and as a beauty product. In Moroccan traditional medicine, Cistus tea has long been used to maintain a healthy mouth and throat. In traditional herbal medicine, the leaves of Cistus have also been used for inflammatory skin issues.
Recent scientific research has confirmed the validity of this traditional herbal knowledge. Studies have shown that Cistus leaf extracts have powerful antiviral, antibacterial and an ability to bust through biofilms.Studies show that it has anti-fungal activity against Candida albicans, Candida krusei, Candida glabrata, and Aspergillus fumigatus.
Cistus tea works well for oral cavity hygiene as well. You can use this tea as a mouthwash. The biofilm-busting activities of Cistus significantly reduce oral bacteria and leave your mouth feeling clean.