Cistus (Rose of Sharon) – Oils of Ancient Scripture08.07.17- Meredith Liggio
Genesis 43:11 – “Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift – a little balm and a little honey, some spices and *Rose of Sharon*(Cistus), some pistachio nuts and almonds.’” (*the translators used the Hebrew word ‘ladanum’ in this passage, which is Cistus).
Rose of Sharon, known as Cistus, is often used in perfume. It is a thick oil and has a very strong earthy smell. This is one you either love it or leave it. Combining with other oils may make it more pleasant to smell.
Cistus supports the body’s natural response to irritation and injury, has natural cleansing and purifying properties, and may be applied to the skin neat or diluted.
It supports the immune and cardiovascular system and has been studied for its supportive effects on skin cell function.
Song of Solomon 2:1 – “I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valley.”
It’s honey-like, but very strong fragrance is said to be soothing and up-lifting. The oil is distilled from the branches of its vine like shrub.