Summer is just around the corner, which means lots of outdoor fun, including barbecues, pool parties, and time spent in the canyons or at the lake. Unfortunately, annoying bugs and insects are part of the picture. What if I told you that drinking a special type of tea could make you inhospitable to mosquitoes, ticks, and other flying creatures you’d rather not deal with while enjoying the great outdoors? Make yourself naturally repellent to pests by brewing up a batch of cistus tea.
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What Is Cistus Tea?
Cistus Incanus, also called Mediterranean rock rose, hails from Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy. It also grows in Greece and Turkey. Cistus is an evergreen shrub that is bursting with gorgeous purplish-pink flowers against greenish/gray leaves. The tea is popular in Europe, but is only recently gaining notoriety here in the United States.
It’s a great alternative to caffeinated teas, has a mellow, pleasant flavor, and is safe for pets to ingest. The tea is used as an affordable and simple remedy to treat a host of chronic illnesses. Studies have shown it to be effective against some of the worst retroviruses, including HIV, Ebola, influenza, and borrelia. It’s also used to treat persistent bacterial infections and mold.
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How Does Cistus Tea Repel Insects?
Cistus tea, which can be used as an all-natural insect repellent, is loaded with bioactive compounds, including bioflavonoids, polyphenols, catechins, rutin, proanthocyanadins, and gallic acid. Because it grows in the dry, arid, harsh climate of the Mediterranean, the plant protects itself by increasing its levels of polyphenols, powerful constituents that fight oxidative stress, and free-radical damage.
Polyphenols are naturally-occurring phytochemicals that act as antioxidants to improve health by impacting gene expression and favorably influencing the microbiome and immune system. Aside from protecting you from annoying insects, the tea also reduces inflammation, breaks down viruses and biofilms, and stimulates detoxification.
Cistus tea is a powerful non-toxic remedy for urinary tract infections, PCOS, and leaky gut, along with being a potent remedy for treating Lyme disease, which is renown for being difficult to treat. This multi-tasking tea is beneficial on so many levels, and it certainly beats using synthetic repellents, such as DEET, that are full of toxic chemicals that go directly into the bloodstream when applied to the skin.
Cistus tea contains components that insects find irritating in terms of how it smells. And since they’re sensitive to the smell, (humans don’t detect the odor) they’ll steer clear of YOU. This will protect you, not only from irritating mosquitoes, but from potential tick bites and the diseases they cause, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and even tick-borne encephalitis.
Cistus tea is able to break down biofilms, which are colonies of slimy micro-organisms that encase themselves in a protective covering or shell.
This outer encasement protects the organisms, which is one reason infections can be difficult to treat. This is why biofilm busters are often used before a treatment protocol is initiated.
Biofilms can form on the teeth as dental plaque, which causes yellowing. Follow the instructions below to use cistus tea to restore your teeth back to their original whiteness:
- Take a couple of sips of tea, swishing it back and forth for a minute or so to begin breaking down biofilms that have formed on your teeth
- Using a dropper, place a few drops of the tea on your toothbrush, and brush for a minute to gently break down plaque
Repeat this process until all plaque is broken down, and your teeth are brilliantly white again. Use the tea once a week to maintain whiteness.
How To Make Cistus Tea
Traditionally, the tea is brewed three times. If you want to circumvent having to brew it multiple times, simply follow the recipe below.
- Boil 1 liter of filtered water (water temperature should be between 170 -190 degrees Fahrenheit). Pour water into a 1-liter glass jar.
- Add 1 tablespoon of cistus tea to a tea bag and fold over two or three times. Add tea bag to water.
- Steep for at least 35 minutes – make sure the lid is kept on the brew to preserve the volatile oils from escaping
- Drink two cups of tea a day – for a minimum of 7 days – to make yourself insect-repellant. Add a little lemon, whole leaf stevia, or honey to the tea if you prefer a splash of sweetness.
- Store the tea in the fridge. You can heat it up and drink it warm or enjoy it as an iced-tea beverage.
To provide additional protection, you can pour the tea into a spray bottle and spray it directly onto your skin or clothing. Alternatively, you can also spray it directly into the air around you if you’re actively being attacked. If you’ll be using the tea in this way, use less water during preparation so the concoction is stronger.
Cistus tea is safe to give to pets. Providing protection to your pets indirectly protects you and your family. As we all know, animals often bring unwanted guests into the house, which exposes the entire family to whatever they bring in. To protect cats and dogs from ticks and other insects, you can mix a little tea in with their water or crush the tea into a fine powder and sprinkle it on their food. Approximately 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight should do the trick.
Cistus tea is also available in capsules.
Cistus tea is definitely a multi-tasking, medicinal tea, that will not only repel all those nasty insects that can ruin your outdoor fun this summer, but will also strengthen immunity, break down biofilms, quell inflammation, and promote detoxification.
The tea is retroviral, meaning it contains numerous antiviral compounds that prevent viruses from attaching to the surfaces of cells. This is of particular importance during this time when we’ve lost so many people to COVID-19. Don’t wait to brew up a batch of this magical potion to protect yourself and your family.
Have you heard of Cistus tea? Let me know in the comments:)
(1) Medical News Today: Why are polyphenols good for you?
(2) NCBI: Potent in vitro antiviral activity of Cistus incanus extract against HIV and Filoviruses targets viral envelope proteins
(3) NCBI: Cistus incanus from Stradja Mountain as a Source of Bioactive Antioxidants
(4) PubMed: Antioxidant and Cancer Chemopreventive Activities Of Cistus And Pomegranate Polyphenols
(5) Cleveland Clinic: Is DEET Bad for You (and Your Kids)?
(6) Klinghardt Institute: Sardinian Cistus Incanus: A simple treatment of many – if not most – chronic illnesses?