Cistus creticus is a plant whose therapeutic potential has been known since the 4th century BC. It is found, among others, in France, Bulgaria, Morocco, Albania and Turkey and is one of the important elements of semi-arid areas of the Mediterranean Basin.
Plants from Cistus sp. are characterised by rich amounts of flavonoids, in particular kaempferol, flavonols and quercetin. In addition, they are a source of essential oil with antibacterial properties. Predominant compounds in oil from C. creticus ssp. Creticus are diterpenes. Cistus creticus is the noblest species of Cistus.
A dry herb is used as a raw material for therapeutic purposes. The plant is used to treat especially Lyme disease, viral infections, including colds (pharyngitis, angina, urinary infections, etc.).
Supplementation with Cistus extract is recommended mainly during greater susceptibility to colds and increased incidence of Lyme disease.