Suggested Serving: 1 heaping teaspoon in a cup of boiling water. Brew for approximately 8-10 minutes, then drink, (or as prescribed by your practitioner.) The same strained tea can be re-steeped for up to two further servings.
The most unique feature of this plant is its richness of polyphenols whose extraordinary abundance in the Pink Rockrose has popularized it as a valuable food supplement used in teas.
Health Functions: Immune Support*, Supports Antioxidant Processes*, Skin Health Support*, Gastrointestinal Support*, Promotes Healthy Inflammatory Processes*, Urinary Tract Support*, Support For Body’s Microbial Defense*, Throat And Mouth Hygiene*, Promotes Cardiovascular Health*, Biofilm Control*.
Research & More Information:
BioPure’s Cistus Tea comes from a shrub, Cistus incanus tauricus, native to warm southern Mediterranean locations such as the Chalkidiki peninsula of Greece. Commonly referred to as the “Gray-haired Rock Rose”, Cistus incanus prefers rocky soils and has delicately wrinkled, 5-petaled pink flowers, with leaves and stems covered with tiny glandular hairs. Cistus incanus has played an important role in Greek culture since the 4th century BC1. The plant exudes a sticky sweet smelling resin called labdanum that has been used medicinally and in soaps, perfumes, essential oils and incense2. Tea made from the plant was drunk at any time of the day for relaxation, thirst-quenching, or medicinal purposes. Cistus incanus was used in the past and shows promise in modern medicine for a number of health issues including skin problems3, rheumatic pain4,5, renal inflammation4,5, wound healing6, as well as gastrointestinal1,5,6,7, urinary tract1,7, and vascular disorders7,8. In a recent study comparing the effectiveness of extracts of Cistus and green tea against upper respiratory tract infections in 300 patients, the Cistus extract showed the most significant reduction of symptoms9. Using mouse and cell culture models, the polyphenol rich extract of Cistus was found to be highly effective as an antiviral agent against the Avian flu virus10. Cistus tea has also been found to reduce the amount of bacterial adhesion in bovine oral cavities11 indicating it may be useful for throat and mouth hygiene.
The potential health benefits of Cistus incanus are associated with antioxidant3,6,7, antimicrobial10,11,12,13,14, and anti-inflammatory4,5,6 properties of the plant. Chemical analysis of Cistus incanus has revealed the presence of a number of bioactive compounds including proanthocyanidins15, bioflavonoids, catechins, gallic acid, rutin, and other glycosides16, that exert the above health benefits and contribute to supporting the body’s immune system. One of the attractive things about Cistus is that this natural polyphenol-rich herb demonstrates its beneficial anti-inflammatory effects without any of the adverse gastric damage or toxicity experienced by some long-term users of synthetic anti-inflammatory drugs, and in some cases appears to exert protective, anti-ulcer and healing effects on the gastric mucosal lining5,6. This suggests Cistus may be a useful alternative or supplement to conventional treatments.
The health benefits of Cistus incanus tauricus are available to you from BioPure either as a water and 45% biologic alcohol tincture, or in a pleasant tasting tea. Both products come from the buds, flowers, leaves and stems of 100% organic wild plants grown in their native Mediterranean soils and climate. Our tea is loose, and comes with five organic cotton bags that are strong enough to use 3 or 4 times for steeping—and, we recommend this, because the goodness of Cistus continues to come out after more than one brew.
1 Hiba Hani Mihammed Ali Al-Sheikh Hamed. Quality control of Cistus incanus containing pharmaceutical preparations. (A thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science at Petra University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Amman- Jordan, December 2009).
3 Attaguile G, Russo A, Campisi A, Savoca F, Acquaviva R, Ragusa N and Vanella A. Antioxidant activity and protective effect on DNA cleavage of extracts from Cistus incanus L. and Cistus monspeliensis L. Cell Biology and Toxicology. Volume 16, Number 2, 2000; 83-90.
4 Yesilada E, Honda G, Sezik E, Tabata M, Fujita T, Tanaka T, Takeda Y, Takaishi Y. Traditional medicine in Turkey. V. Folk medicine in the inner Taurus Mountains. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 46 (1995) 133-152.
5 Küpeli E, Yesilada E. Flavonoids with anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive activity from Cistus laurifolius L. leaves through bioassay-guided procedures. Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2007) Volume: 112, Issue: 3, Pages: 524-530.
6 Lendeckel U, Arndt M, Wolke C, Reinhold D, Kähne T, Ansorge S. Inhibition of human leukocyte function, alanyl aminopeptidase (APN, CD13) and dipeptidylpeptidase IV (DP IV, CD26) enzymatic activities by aqueous extracts of Cistus incanus L. ssp. incanus. Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2002) Feb;79(2):221-7.
7 Attaguile G, Caruso A, Pennisi G, Savoca F. Gastroprotective effect of aqueous extract of Cistus incanus L. in rats. Pharmacol Res. 1995 Jan;31(1):29-32.
8 Attaguile G, Perticone G, Mania G, Savoca F, Pennisi G, Salomone S. Cistus incanus and Cistus monspeliensis inhibit the contractile response in isolated rat smooth muscle. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Volume 92, Issues 2–3, June 2004, Pages 245–250.
9 Kalus U, Kiesewetter H, Radtke H. Effect of CYSTUS052 and green tea on subjective symptoms in patients with infection of the upper respiratory tract. Phytother Res. 2010 Jan;24(1):96-100.
10 Karoline Droebner, Christina Ehrhardt, Anne Poetter, Stephan Ludwig, Oliver Planz. CYSTUS052, a polyphenol-rich plant extract, exerts anti-influenza virus activity in mice. Antiviral Res. 2007 Oct;76(1):1-10.
11 Hannig C, Spitzmüller B, Al-Ahmad A, Hannig M. Effects of Cistus-tea on bacterial colonization and enzyme activities of the in situ pellicle. Journal of Dentistry. Volume 36, Issue 7, July 2008, Pages 540–545.
12 Bedoya LM, Bermejo P, Abad M J. Anti-Infectious Activity in the Cistaceae Family in the Iberian Peninsula. Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry. Bentham Science Publishers. Volume 9, Number 5, May 2009, pp. 519-525(7).
13 Bouamama H, Villard J, Benharref A, Jana M. Antibacterial and antifungal activities of Cistus incanus and C. monspeliensis leaf extracts. Therapie. 1999 Nov-Dec;54(6):731-3.
14 Christina Erhardt, Eike Hrincius, Anne Poetter, Karoline Droebner, Oliver Planz, Stephan Ludwig. CYSTUS052, a Polyphenol Rich Plant Extract, Exerts Potent Antiviral Activity Against Influenza- and Rhinoviruses by Preventing Viral Attachment to Host Cells. Antiviral Research (2010). Volume: 86, Issue: 1, Pages: A33-A33.
15 Andreas Danne, Frank Petereit, Adolf NahrstedtPhytochemistry. Proanthocyanidins from Cistus incanus. The International Journal of Plant Biochemistry. Volume 34, Issue 4, November 1993, Pages 1129–1133.
16 Natale Alfredo Santagati, Loredana Salerno, Giuseppina Attaguile, Francesca Savoca and Giuseppe Ronsisvalle. Simultaneous Determination of Catechins, Rutin, and Gallic Acid in Cistus Species Extracts by HPLC with Diode Array Detection. J Chromatogr Sci (2008) 46 (2): 150-156.
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