Cistus Incanus Tea (Organic)

£6.99

Cistus Incanus is the herb that everyone’s talking about! It’s delicious, packed full of antioxidants and could help with a host of issues, from fighting inflammation to boosting the immune system. As with everything in the Shelgo Tea store, our cistus is 100% organic, loose leaf, and sourced from Greece.

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Cistus x Incanus is a herb that has found itself at the centre of a lot of exciting research, with suggestions that it could provide a host of health benefits, from assisting with the symptoms of lyme disease to fighting bacteria on and in the body. It’s also packed full of antioxidants and has displayed anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.

There is a lot to get excited about here, which is why we spent several months sourcing the very best organic cistus tea for you to try. This product is of Greek origin and is roughly chopped for each of use, before being packed in kraft paper bags. We use minimal plastic and we guarantee that nothing has been added to or taken away from the tea. It’s 100% natural cistus with no flavourings, preservatives or colours, just as it should be.

  • Type: Loose Leaf Tea
  • Quantity: 40 grams (15 to 30 cups)
  • Taste: Aromatic, Rich
  • Origin: Greece
  • Organic: Yes
  • Brew Tips: Use 1 to 2 teaspoons per cup & steep for 5 minutes (adjust brewing time and quantity for stronger/weaker tea).

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What is Cistus Tea?

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Cistus tea comes from the cistus incanus plant, which is known by several other names, including Rock Rose. This is a perennial shrub that is often found on dry and rocky soil. This means that the Mediterranean is the prime region for it, but it can also be found in Morocco, the Canary Islands, and throughout the Middle East.

This plant is becoming very popular with gardeners seeking to add it to their gardens and it’s also being studied for its potential health benefits, finding its way into superfood concoctions and supplements. It’s still not as well known as perhaps it should be, but that’s changing by the day as more studies are conducted, more benefits are realised and more people seek it out.

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Health Benefits of Cistus Tea

Cistus tea is one of the many herbal teas said to be loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s not unlike Greek mountain tea (which you can buy in bulk here) or nettle tea in that respect. But there is something else that sets this tea apart from those other herbal teas.

We will get to that shortly.

Other benefits of cistus tea could include detoxification. We’re not big fans of that word, and we don’t use it lightly, simply because we think it has been overused and its meaning has become lost (some use it interchangeably with “weight loss,” others seem to think it means “diuretic”). If you take detox at its literal meaning of being able to remove toxins from the body, then cistus tea really could be a detox tea.

Research suggests it could help with ridding the body of environmental toxins such as heavy metals, which get into the body via everything from pesticides to pollution. It may also be able to support the immune system and the cardiovascular system. It’s still early days as far as research goes, and we’re a long way from seeing this tea being prescribed for anything, but it’s interesting research nonetheless, and there are some other potential health benefits of cistus tea, as well.

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Cistus for Lyme Disease

The health benefit that we hinted at above but didn’t mention concerns cistus tea and its ability to help with lyme disease. This is only anecdotal, but it is attracting interest from the lyme disease community, with experts seeing it as a potential solution to many of the symptoms and even suggesting that it could be studied further to determine if it can help find a cure.

It may all be the result of the placebo effect. It may be that cistus is able to provide some temporary symptomatic relief. It’s highly unlikely that it’s an out-and-out cure, but it’s a natural substance that could provide some relief for people with a very debilitating disease, and that alone makes this something worth looking into.

Cistus Incanus has a pleasant taste and works great on its own or when combined with other teas, such as our Greek Mint, which has a unique taste unlike peppermint, spearmint and other common varieties of this herb.
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Side Effects of Cistus Incanus Tea

Not a lot of information exists concerning the safety of this tea, but at the same time, it should not prove problematic if you don’t have allergies and are otherwise healthy. If you have a preexisting health condition, you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or you are taking medication, then you should consult with your doctor before consuming this tea.

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How to Make Cistus Incanus Tea

This plant does grow in many countries, but we wouldn’t recommend harvesting it and preparing it yourself. Unless you’re absolutely certain of what you are harvesting, you could end up with the wrong plant or you could be picking something that has been sprayed with everything from pesticides to animal urine. We just would not recommend it.

When you buy your cistus tea from a tea company, you will find instructions on the back telling you how to brew it. It will typically tell you to use 1 tsp of the dried material per mug of boiling water, leaving it to steep for anywhere from 5 minutes to 10 minutes. You will likely need to sweeten it with honey or sugar, but you can drink it without milk. You can also try adding it to other herbal teas to create something a little more flavourful.

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Our Cistus Tea

We wrote about cistus tea in our blog long before we even considered stocking it. That blog post quickly became one of our most popular, with cistus tea becoming one of the most requested products we’ve had.

It truly is a wonderful tea, one that compares to sideritis in terms of uniqueness and sheer health-boosting properties. That’s why we spent several months working with our supplier in Greece to get the highest quality product.

Our cistus is sold loose and can be made into a tea, used as a herb, or even brewed into your own magical elixirs! You can find everything you need to know about this herb right here on this page, but we also include some basic instructions on the back of the packet. All of our herbs are sold loose in resealable kraft bags, so feel free to experiment by mixing and matching the flavours.

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Used For

Immune Support, Inflammation

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