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Cautions and warnings:
Do not use pure essential oils. Essential oils are diluted in a vegetable oil when applied to the skin. Carry out a skin tolerance test in the crook of your elbow and wait 48 hours before using the oil on the skin. Do not use the essential oil if you notice a reaction such as redness, itching or stinging.
Keep out of reach of children.
If accidental ingestion occurs, seek urgent medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.
Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Essential oils should not be applied to the eyes, the eye contour area, neither into the ears. In case of contact, apply a plenty of vegetable oil and take promptly medical advice.
If symptoms persist or worsen when using essential oil, consult a health care practitioner.
If you have epilepsy or asthma, consult a health care practitioner prior to use.
Avoid exposure of applied area(s) to the sun.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use essential oils.
Known adverse reactions:
If you experience nausea, dizziness, headache or an allergic reaction, discontinue use.
Store in airtight, light-resistant container at room temperature.
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(text from the September 2021 newsletter, written by Michèle Larocque)
Cistus (Cistus ladanifer or Cistus ladaniferus) is a shrub from the regions of the western Mediterranean: Spain, Portugal, Sicily, Algeria and Morocco.
At maturity, it takes the form of a 2,5 m tall shrub with dark green sticky leaves, and large white flowers which open and wither in the space of a day. Its name originates from the Greek "kistè" which means "capsule", because of the shape of its fruit. The peculiarity of this plant is that it is covered with a very fragrant resin film called «labdanum» whose role is to prevent the plant from drying out.
Labdanum was used by Egyptians for its fragrance and its many virtues. Whether in the form of essential oil or hydrolat, the energy of Cistus works at the level of the plexus by bringing old concepts and conflicts to the surface so they can be released. It eases the mind in the case of lack of creativity, exaggerated perfectionism, feelings of isolation, or dependence and excessive attachment.
The use of cistus hydrosol in body care is similar to that of essential oil. Its anti-aging, soothing and astringent properties make it an ingredient of choice for mature, sensitive or irritation-prone skin care.
The hydrosol of this small Mediterranean shrub with pretty ephemeral white flowers has slightly astringent or even hemostatic properties so it stops blood and flows of all kinds.
The hydrosol common gum cistus also helps to soften the rigidity typical of perfectionists too much of themselves and their fellows.
This organic cistus ladanifer hydrolat from Greece is obtained by steam distillation of leaves of the plant.
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