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Overview Information

Labdanum is a sticky resin produced by the leaves and stems of a plant. The name is also used for various extracts made from the resin, leaves, stems, and flowers of the plant.

Labdanum is used for bronchitis and other lung infections, diarrhea, water retention (edema), hernia, tumors, leprosy, and menstrual problems. It is also used for loosening chest congestion, preventing viral infections, emptying the bowels, and as a tonic and stimulant for the immune system.

Some people apply labdanum to the skin to treat cuts, wounds, aging skin, and skin irritation.

In aromatherapy, labdanum oil is used to relieve stress and to relieve congestion.

In foods and beverages, various preparations of labdanum (labdanum absolute, labdanum oleoresin, and labdanum oil) are used as flavoring agents.

In cosmetics, labdanum absolute and oil are used as fragrance.

How does it work?

Labdanum contains substances that might stop viruses from attacking human cells.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Upper respiratory tract infections. Early research shows that taking lozenges containing a specific labdanum product (Cystus052) might help reduce symptoms of the common cold and other respiratory infections.
  • Chest congestion.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Emptying and cleansing the bowel.
  • Healing cuts, wounds, and irritation, when applied to the skin.
  • Hernia.
  • Leprosy.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Stimulating the immune system.
  • Water retention (edema).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of labdanum for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Labdanum is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in food amounts.

Labdanum is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin, although some people might develop an allergic skin reaction. It is not known if taking labdanum by mouth in medicinal amounts is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of labdanum during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for LABDANUM Interactions.



The appropriate dose of labdanum depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for labdanum. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


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  • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, chapter 1, subchapter B, part 172, subpart F (172.510): Natural flavoring substances.
  • Droebner K, Ehrhardt C, Poetter A, et al. CYSTUS052, a polyphenol-rich plant extract, exerts anti-influenza virus activity in mice. Antiviral Res 2007;76(1):1-10. View abstract.
  • Ehrhardt C, Hrincius ER, Korte V, et al. A polyphenol rich plant extract, CYSTUS052, exerts anti influenza virus activity in cell culture without toxic side effects or the tendency to induce viral resistance. Antiviral Res 2007;76(1):38-47. View abstract.
  • El Hamsas El Youbi A, El Mansouri L, Boukhira S, et al. In Vivo Anti-Inflammatory and Analgesic Effects of Aqueous Extract of Cistus ladanifer L. from Morocco. Am J Ther 2016;23(6):e1554-9. View abstract.
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