Let’s talk Rose of Sharon / Cistus / Rock Rose
(Cistus ladanifer) Family: Cistaceae
Plant Origin: Spain Source: Steamed distilled From Leaves & Branches
Chemistry: Monoterpenes-54%, Alpha-Pinene 40-60%, Alcohols-12%, Esters- 9%, Ketones-7%, Aldehydes-5%, Camphene 2-5%, Bornyl Acetate 3-6%, Trans-Pinocarveol 3-6%, Diterpenes-2%, Carboxylic Acids-1%
Application: Topical, Aromatic, Ingestible
Cistus (Cistus ladanifer) essential oil comes from a rose that has a soft, honey-like scent. It is believed to be the biblical rose of Sharon. Calming and uplifting, it is helpful for meditating and counseling. Traditionally, cistus has been used for respiratory support.* Cistus has an approximate ORAC of 38,648 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
Fragrant Influences: Calming to the nerves, elevates the emotions
Song of Solomon 2:1I am a rose[a] of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.
These 2 passages in Genesis is where Myrrh is mentioned in English, but the Hebrew word in this passage is ladanum, which is actually Rock Rose or Rose of Sharon.
Genesis 37:25 Then they sat down to eat. And looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt.
Genesis 43:11 Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the choice fruits of the land in your bags, and carry a present down to the man, a little balm and a little honey, gum, myrrh, pistachio nuts, and almonds.