Cistus is one of those plants that has rapidly gained popularity in recent years. The list of health benefits it brings seems to be endless. Its comprehensive action is indicated, primarily cleansing the body of toxins and strengthening the immune system. What else is worth knowing about it?
What is Cistus?
The cistus has been known for hundreds of years for its antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and astringent properties. Therefore, the infusion from it was (and is still) widely used as a disinfectant and accelerates the sealing of difficult to heal wounds and ulcers. It also soothes other skin changes (including allergic ones, as well as acne and dandruff). Toners and wipes based on it help quickly and effectively solve skin problems. It can also be used as a mouthwash. First of all, it refreshes the breath and relieves inflammation of the gums and mucous membranes.
The most popular is the grey cistus and it is in the United Kingdoms, where it is most easily available and most consumed. Cistus is a plant with a high content primarily of polyphenols (or antioxidants) that neutralize free radicals. In this way, they ensure a young appearance. They also show action against fungi, viruses and bacteria. Although the herb can be purchased primarily in the form of cut dried herbs (for making infusions), as well as in the form of tablets or capsules, it is worth knowing that it is a shrub.
Features and benefits of using Cistus
Cistus, in accordance with what is associated with its name, literally “cleanse” the body. More precisely – it copes well with removing toxins, but also heavy metals. Therefore, its use is recommended to both residents of cities with high air pollution, and smokers. Cistus also improves the digestive system, thanks to which it supports the slimming process. However, the cleansing and indirectly slimming effect do not end there. The action of this plant is much wider:
- Strengthens immunity;
- Dissolves deposits and clots in veins, additionally supporting the functioning of the cardiovascular system;
- Refreshes breath;
- Help reduce harmful cholesterol (LDL).
It is also quite economical to use – one serving can be brewed up to three times.
How to brew this plant?
In what form can you take Cistus? Tea is by far the most popular form especially in the UK and, although it has a rather specific, slightly tart taste, it is widely used. You can add honey or lemon juice to the infusion. Typically, brew 1 teaspoon of dried fruit for 200 ml of hot, but not boiling water. After 10 minutes, strain the brew. Therefore, it seems that regular consumption of purge brings only advantages. So, there are no contraindications?
Cistus – reviews of doctors and contraindications
No negative impact of cistus on health or well-being has been proven. This is one of the few herbs that is also considered safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Doctors are not usually opposed to cistus cures, but they call for remembering that in the case of chronic (including cancer) diseases, cistus will not magically cure anything. It can support pharmaceutical treatment, but it will not fight cancer and other serious diseases on its own. It is always a good idea to inform your doctor about planned treatment with this herb if you are taking medicines permanently.