It is a perennial shrub with beautiful white flowers with yellow and pink hearts and with star shaped pattern around it. The warmer it gets, the more it gives off a persistent, warm, spicy and amber scent.
The Ladaniferous epithet would come from the Latin ladanum, which refers to the resin of the Ledon or Crete cistus, from the Greek ledon derived from the Lebanese “incense” and fero “I carry”.
Since ancient times and for a long time, Crete has exported the gum-resin produced by the plant, labdanum. In Spain, flowers are called “tears of Christ”. Labdanum was one of the ingredients of the holy oil used for liturgical anointings. It is sometimes found under other names: Crete cistus, gum cistus, ladanum from Spain, cistus viscosus.
It likes the arid and poor soils of the scrubland and the Mediterranean region.
Lowering of immune defences / Autoimmune and viral diseases / Acne, cuts, wounds, couperoses / Skin ageing, wrinkles, damaged skin
– To boost the immune system, combine with Niaouli essential oil.
– To accentuate the healing properties, combine with an essential oil of Rosemary verbenone.
– For a cocktail with very effective astringent properties, combine with lavender essential oil aspic.
It takes about 20kg of leaves to obtain 1kg of essential oil.