A year ago I wrote about drinking cistus tea in order to rid my body of a form of bartonella, one of the co-infections that often show up in people with Lyme Disease. Every morning for three months I drank most of a cup of this tea. I say most because some mornings, drinking it made me too nauseous to get all of it down. Other days I had no problems at all.
Where I live there is a health professional who will take a drop of blood, put it on a slide for magnification on a huge video monitor and identify the various shapes and types of wriggling bacteria, plus the numbers of each that he sees. He doesn’t diagnose. Instead he gives his client a record of his findings and a memory stick of the video to take to a doctor, who might use the information as a diagnostic aid. This was one of many tools my physician used to diagnose my illness.
After three months of drinking cistus tea, I returned to have my blood checked, and no bartonella was found. In addition, all those nasty symptoms that accompany the bacteria — tremors, high anxiety, depression, mania, pain around the ear and neck, other problems that affect my work and driving — had disappeared a month or more earlier. Since the bartonella did not show up in my drop of blood, I assumed it was gone for good and traded the tea for hot water with lemon.
Now a year, later the bartonella is back. The form that I have is known as “cat-scratch fever” because transmission involves a tick, a cat and a human. It is possible I have been re-infected. Or that it was still lingering, hiding somewhere. As I write this post, I await a delivery of a bag of cistus which I believe did a good job of breaking down biofilms so the homepathic medications could kill off the various bacterias. So, those of you who are searching the internet wanting to know if this tea works? I have to say, yes, for me, it did. But what I have also learned is that I may need to incorporate this into my regular diet as not only a treatment (1 cup a day) but as a preventive measure (1/2 c. a day) in conjunction with other supplements that support my liver during the bacteria die-off.
By: Terry Perrel
Fran Sussman Excerpt From HealingWell Blog
"Cistus is more potent than any other agent known for biofilms. Crosses the blood-brain barrier and is 100% absorbed in the gut. It is antiviral. Can rebrew the tea 4 times. Whitens the teeth (also a biofilm which causes yellow teeth), body fluid smells and odors reduce." -- Dr. Klinghardt
On top of this, it actually keeps ticks away from you! They don't like it, they won't attach to you, they will run away.
I just wanted to tell the whole community, because I've been taking it for less than a week and my psycho-neurological problems have almost completely gone away, along with continuing my gluten-free, all organic and whole alkaline fruits and veggies, no grains, no beans -- they are too acidic. Mostly fish as my main source of protein and my only fluids are water and teas, or mixtures like chlorella and whole fruits and veggies. My body is alkaline -- in an alkaline state, your body will not hold on to disease.
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Urinary Tract Support*
Support For Body’s Microbial Defense*
Throat And Mouth Hygiene*
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Intended for internal or external use. May be added to nette pots and other nasal rise solutions†. May be used as a mouth wash or sublingual absorbtion (under the tongue), as a throat spray, added to other skin products (soaps, facial serums, etc.), or added to water, juice, tea or other liquids for ingestion†.
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Cistus (aerial parts), 45% organic ethanol, purified water.
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Research & More Information
Cistus comes from a shrub, Cistus incanus tauricus, native to warm southern Mediterranean locations such as the Chalkidiki peninsula of Greece. Commonly referred to as the “Gray-haired Rock Rose”, Cistus incanus prefers rocky soils and has delicately wrinkled, 5-petaled pink flowers, with leaves and stems covered with tiny glandular hairs. Cistus incanus has played an important role in Greek culture since the 4th century BC. The plant exudes a sticky sweet smelling resin called labdanum that has been used medicinally and in soaps, perfumes, essential oils and incense. Tea made from the plant was drunk at any time of the day for relaxation, thirst-quenching, or medicinal purposes. Cistus incanus was used in the past and shows promise in modern medicine for a number of health issues including skin problems, rheumatic pain, renal inflammation, wound healing, as well as gastrointestinal, urinary tract, and vascular disorders. In a recent study comparing the effectiveness of extracts of Cistus and green tea against upper respiratory tract infections in 300 patients, the Cistus extract showed the most significant reduction of symptoms. Using mouse and cell culture models, the polyphenol rich extract of Cistus was found to be highly effective as an antiviral agent against the Avian flu virus. Cistus tea has also been found to reduce the amount of bacterial adhesion in bovine oral cavities11 indicating it may be useful for throat and mouth hygiene.
The potential health benefits of Cistus incanus are associated with antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties of the plant. Chemical analysis of Cistus incanus has revealed the presence of a number of bioactive compounds including proanthocyanidins, bioflavonoids, catechins, gallic acid, rutin, and other glycosides, that exert the above health benefits and contribute to supporting the body’s immune system. One of the attractive things about Cistus is that this natural polyphenol-rich herb demonstrates its beneficial anti-inflammatory effects without any of the adverse gastric damage or toxicity experienced by some long-term users of synthetic anti-inflammatory drugs, and in some cases appears to exert protective, anti-ulcer and healing effects on the gastric mucosal lining. This suggests Cistus may be a useful alternative or supplement to conventional treatments.
The health benefits of Cistus incanus tauricus are available to you either as a water and 45% biologic alcohol tincture, or in a pleasant tasting tea. Both products come from the buds, flowers, leaves and stems of 100% organic wild plants grown in their native Mediterranean soils and climate. Our tea is loose, and comes with five organic cotton bags that are strong enough to use 3 or 4 times for steeping—and, we recommend this, because the goodness of Cistus continues to come out after more than one brew.
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