Bright pink and snow-white: This is how the radiant blooms of cistus in the summer in the entire Mediterranean.
But the plant is not just a visual eye-catcher. It is one of the medicinal plants and can provide relief for different ailments. Cistus: All-Round Talent Among Medicinal Plants
The plant extract of rockrose has been used in natural medicine for centuries – especially the genus Cistus incanus.
Because it contains a number of valuable ingredients. Of particular importance are the polyphenols contained in the cistus, so-called phytochemicals.
Antiviral Effect Proven
Studies have shown that polyphenols can be antiviral and can help protect against cold and flu viruses. When taken as a lozenge, the plant extracts form a film on the mucous membranes in the mouth, throat and nose.
The polyphenols envelop the viruses, rendering them harmless. You can suck the lozenges as a precaution, for example, if someone in your family has caught a summer flu or cold, or in case of existing symptoms.
Further Applications Of The Cistus:
As A Mouthwash Against Inflammation
A rinse or gargle solution can help relieve sore throat and mucous membrane irritation in the mouth and throat. You can easily make the conditioner yourself from dried rockrose leaves and flowers.
Broth two teaspoons of cistus with 250 milliliters of boiling water. Let simmer for 10 minutes. After it has cooled, gargle with it several times a day as needed or use it as a mouthwash.
As a Tea With Diarrhea
In addition to polyphenols, rock roses are rich in tannins. They are also found in green and black tea and give them the typical bitter taste.
The tannins from the cistus have an astringent, that is contracting. Drinking the active ingredients as tea can help with diarrhea.
As a Tincture For The Skin
Many chemical products against impurities irritate the skin very much. With a tincture of rockrose leaves and flowers, you can pick pimples and Co. on natural way to deal with.
Brew a strong tea (3 tablespoons of cistus per 250 milliliters of water), allow the broth to cool and gently dab it on the skin. With regular use, inflammation will disappear, the antibacterial effect prevents new impurities.
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