Thanks to its antioxidants, cistus tea strengthens our immune system. We have summarised everything you need to know about the effect and use of this medicinal tea.
What is cistus and how does it work?
Cistus tea is made from the leaves of the cistus rose. Despite its name, the cistus has nothing in common with roses, because the cistus isa small bush
native to the Mediterranean region. In hot summers, the cistus simply folds up its leaves and waits for the next rain. It can remain in this inconspicuous form for months. There are a total of 20 different species. Medicinal tea is made from the Cretan rockrose. It feels particularly at home in Mediterranean regions.
Cistus contains various plant substances such as phenolic carboxylic acids, flavonoids and the essential oil sesquiterpenes. The antioxidant potential of cistus
is due to its high polyphenol content, which is three times greater than that of green tea and four times greater than that of vitamin C. Polyphenols are secondary plant substances with a high antioxidant effect. This means that they protect against free radicals and inhibit
inflammation. Thanks to the antioxidants it contains, cistus tea protects our cells from premature ageing and prevents disease
. You can find out more about the immune-boosting effects of Cistus here
What does cistus tea help with?
Cold and flu effect: Ensures that pathogens do not multiply further.
Inflammation of the mouth and throat: As a mouth rinse, the tea can unfold its antiseptic effect.
Acne and neurodermatitis: Carefully dab onto affected areas and allow to act.
Beautiful skin: Applied to the entire face, cistus tea provides a radiant complexion and smoother skin.
Stomach and intestinal complaints such as diarrhoea: here, cistus tea protects the intestinal surface. The antibiotic effect of the medicinal plant also helps.
As you can see, the plant can be used preventively or for therapy for very many different complaints. Traditionally, the strongly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant cistus is used for stomach problems, diarrhoea and as a remedy for various skin diseases. The ingredients of cistus have an astringent (astringent) effect, which causes diarrhoea to disappear quickly, skin wounds to heal more quickly and itching to be relieved. Thanks to cistus, the skin is also tightened, appears smoother and wrinkles are reduced. Cistus tea is therefore also an excellent anti-ageing facial tonic
. An Italian study conducted by the University of Catania in 1995 already found that a briefly boiled aqueous extract of Cistus incanus - i.e. simple cistus leaf tea - can protect the stomach lining from damage of various kinds.
Preparation of cistus tea
Pour about 250ml of boiling water over one tablespoon of cistus tea. Brewing time varies between two and five minutes, depending on taste, i.e. whether you like it more intense or milder. Up to three cups of cistus tea per day are ideal.
What does cistus tea taste like?
"Aromatic-tart. Many describe cistus tea as bitter
. To soften the intense flavour, lemon balm, peppermint or other herbs can be added to the cistus leaves; first and foremost, cistus tea is drunk for its healing properties - and has been since the fourth century BC. If you simply don't like the taste of cistus tea, but still want to benefit from its health advantages, our pharmacists at Saint Charles Pharmacy
recommend taking equally effective cistus capsules