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Cistus Tea, or: How to become repulsive to ticks

May 1st, 2014 Update: New Shipment is IN! It looks great, the fragrance is wonderful, and if you have ordered in the last couple of weeks I will be sending your tea shortly. Thank you for your patience.

This new shipment is much cut much finer, so more tea is fitting into each bag, about 25% more, and so I am raising the price for the bag of tea to $42, which is still a great bargain, and only a 20% increase in price. And my shipping costs have decreased, so I have lowered the cost for shipping and handling.

One of the big hits at our retreat with Dr Klinghardt in the summer 0f 2010 was Cistus Tea, a pleasant tasting loose tea with a mild, berry-like flavor. In Germany, dogs who were given a daily dose got 1/100th the tick bites of dogs who weren’t. Since I live in one of the worst areas in the world for ticks and Lyme, and spend about an hour a day walking with my new little pal Lucy in the woods, I was very eager to test it out on us both. What I find is that the ticks don’t seem to like us any more, and yay for that!

While I still find some crawling*, I have not found any attached, embedded or engorged ticks. *Update/Note: If using it consistently,  I no longer find ticks on either of us, and many of my clients have had the same experience.  And that’s a pretty dramatic statement. After all, we tromp in the woods four times a day, and Lucy has her nose and paws in all sorts of leaves and brush where ticks love to hang out.

There is some preliminary research that stevia may be beneficial to healing Lyme, so  that’s what I recommend you use to sweeten, although look for a stevia like the one I carry in my office, that doesn’t have additives and fillers. I drink about 4 cups a day and thoroughly enjoy it. It works well as iced tea, so you can make a quantity and store in the fridge cold. For Lucy, who is ten pounds, I mash about a tablespoon of my tea into her food once a day.

While Cistus Tea is making its reputation in the area of Lyme Disease, that is not the only reason to drink it.  Did you know that Cistus Tea is also a very powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and detoxifier? Recent studies show it helps eliminate toxic heavy metals from cigarette smoke, dental fillings, and environmental pollution.  It can also help eliminate candida and H. pylori. Pat a concentrated tea on your skin to improve dermatitis, or just improve your complexion.  It is also anti-viral, immune supportive and cardiovascular supportive.

Directions: Use 1 teaspoon of loose tea per cup of boiling water, let it steep about 10 minutes, and strain. Important: Re-use the same tea 3 times in order to extract all the different phytonutrients.

$42 for a sandwich bag, plus $6.25 USPS priority shipping, if applicable.




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18 Responses to “Cistus Tea, or: How to become repulsive to ticks”

  1. fransussman says:

    Hi Kristin,
    Thanks! I love sharing the knowledge I’ve gained and sparing others the mistakes I’ve made along the way.
    Michael Pollan is one of my heroes (we even have the same alma mater :) I have always said that what makes a difference to your health is not whether or not you are vegetarian, vegan, or omnivore, but eating appropriately for you as an individual, and the quality of the food you eat. Factory farmed meat, dairy, eggs, poultry and fish are nothing like what you get from local and appropriately raised animals; not nutritionally or otherwise. In fact, the fat from pasture raised beef or wild venison is healthier than that of farm raised fish.
    As for paleo, I would just hate to give up my beans and legumes! Grains, on the other hand, I can do without. The ones you mentioned are fine, but I believe it’s generally better to get your starchy carbs from root vegetables, beans and legumes, most of the time.
    Thanks so much for asking, and please let me know if you have other questions.

  2. Ed Iovino says:

    what is the species of cistus (cistus incanus?) used to make the tea to repel ticks. Thank you, Ed

  3. fransussman says:

    It is Cistus Incanus.

  4. Lori Miller says:

    Where can I purchase Cistus tea?

  5. fransussman says:

    I offer it in my office, and I’m happy to send it to you for the cost of shipping. The large bag, which will last several months, is $50, or a smaller bag is $25. You can pay by credit card, or send a check first.

  6. Andrea says:

    I would like to buy some cistus incanus tea, and am having difficulties finding it. I found lots in Europe, but they do not send to the states. Please give me a quote for the large size. Thank you.

  7. fransussman says:

    Hi Andrea,
    Thanks for asking. I have been deluged with requests from all over the country, which I have fulfilled as best I can, and have very little left myself at this point. I need to keep what I have for my clients and my own household. However, I will probably be getting a large shipment of excellent quality pure Cistus tea very soon. It will be more expensive, for sure, but it should be available. I will certainly post when it arrives, but I don’t want to count on it before it’s here.

  8. [...] promised myself that my next post was going to be about something other than my own treatment, like cistus tea or alternative (read: non-western) treatments for tick-borne diseases. i’m no stranger to [...]

  9. [...] your whole household, as ticks may drop off in the house and re-infest someone else.  I have found Cistus tea to be effective at repelling ticks for both of us but, taking no chances, I also use a topical like [...]

  10. [...] your whole household, as ticks may drop off in the house and re-infest someone else.  I have found Cistus tea to be effective at repelling ticks for both of us but, taking no chances, I also use a topical like [...]

  11. susan says:

    Fran Hello,
    Do you have more of the Rock Rose available now and, if so, is it organic?
    Thank you,
    susan

  12. fransussman says:

    Hi Susan,
    I just got a new shipment a few weeks ago, and it is wonderful. It is wildcrafted from an island in Greece, so not “certified organic”.

  13. [...] my favorite summertime drink, especially after riding or yoga, and I often mix some with iced cistus tea and sip it through the day, as well.  I started drinking it out of the refrigerated case at the [...]

  14. Heidi says:

    How many grams of tea are in the large and small bags you have for sale?
    Thank you, Heidi

  15. fransussman says:

    I am only selling the large bag, for $35 plus shipping. I do not know how many grams it is. I am not a commercial seller. I mostly buy this for myself and my clients, but am happy to make it available to others who are looking for excellent quality cistus tea.

  16. Tom S says:

    Is the tea made from the flower, leaves, or both?

  17. fransussman says:

    the tea is flowers leaves and stems. It has a very robust flavor. I am currently waiting for a new shipment; should be here next week.

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