Cistus incanus, also known as pink rockrose, is a plant species in the Cistaceae family. It is native to the Mediterranean region, including Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.
The plant is typically a shrub that grows up to 1-2 meters tall and has pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer. It is often used in landscaping due to its attractive appearance and drought tolerance.
In addition to its ornamental use, Cistus incanus has been traditionally used for medicinal purposes. Its leaves are believed to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, and are often used to treat respiratory infections, gastrointestinal disorders, and skin irritations.
Several studies have investigated the potential health benefits of Cistus incanus, including its potential as an immune booster and its ability to help fight against viral infections. However, more research is needed to confirm these effects and determine the optimal dosage and safety of the plant.
Cistus incanus is commonly available in supplement form, including as a tea or extract. It is important to speak with a healthcare provider before taking any new supplements, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical condition.