A Look at Cistus Tea for Mosquitoes & Viruses

Rock Rose Tea, also called Cistus tea, is known for several benefits, including making you repellent to mosquitoes. While cistus incanus tea is new to me, it was the European Plant of the Year in 1999, part of folk remedy traditions, and used in ancient times. It’s known for its antibacterial, anti fungal, and biofilm-breaking properties. Some applications include oral hygiene, wound healing, colds and coughs, inflammation, and skin concerns.

Dr Dietrich Klinghardt cites Cistus tea for all viruses.

Listen to Dr Klinghardt speak about retroviruses and Cistus tea (recording volume is pretty low; opening the transcript may help)

Research shows that Cistus Indus targets the viral envelope proteins, thus preventing the virus from entering the host for replication. Recently there are recommendations to consume this tea to support our well-being in viral shedding situation. Evidence and data being unearthed is showing that people are shedding the spiked proteins in the latest gene therapy treatment. Research has shown that people can become ill just with the spiked proteins and in the absence of the virus.

Preparing Cistus Tea

I recently purchased some organic tea leaves from Linden Botanicals which also offers it as an extract. Another brand you may want to check out is BioPure, also wild-crafted from the Mediterranean.

Whether you are taking Cistus tea for mosquitoes, viruses or both, it’s important to drink it daily and throughout the day. For Lyme disease, Dr Klinghardt has said that adding stevia boosts its effectiveness. Linden Botanicals suggests boiling 1/8oz of herb in 8oz of water for 25 minutes. Be sure to use a lid to retain the essential oils. There is research indicating that a long boil of 35 minutes to no hotter than 90 degrees celsius using distilled water (or at least water with low mineral content) is optimal.

You can brew the herbs again two or three more times. Dr Klinghardt shares in this video that some polyphenols come out in these subsequent brews. In researching about the Cistus tea, I found a suggestion to sweeten it with Pineapple Coconut, like the one from Knudsen for anti-parasitic and tummy-soothing benefits.

I’ve been brewing mine in the morning and having several cups throughout the day. It’s still early days to see how the mosquitoes respond. Apparently it also makes you less delicious for ticks. In the meantime, I’m also applying tea (cooled) to my skin to heal my skin from mosquito encounters. If you are dealing with chronic conditions such as Lyme disease, you may consider starting slow, even just a sip a week!