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I’ve found a tea that whitens teeth – Cistus Incanus or Rock Rose tea – and in this post I’m going to share with you my experience and how to prepare it to reap the benefits.
Over the last two years I have been slowly recovering from chronic fatigue. During that time I’ve tried a whole host of natural (and unnatural) remedies on my health recovery journey. One of the things I tried is Cistus Incanus or Rock Rose tea. An amazing side effect is that it whitens teeth!
What is Cistus Incanus
Cistus Incanus tea is made from the dried leaves of a small drought resistant shrub which grows in and around the Mediterranean. I originally started drinking the tea because I had heard that it was very good at breaking down biofilms in the gut. It is also used in natural Lyme disease treatments, a natural tick repellant, reputed to be high in polyphenols, bioflavanoids and has immune boosting properties.
Brewing & drinking the Cistus Incanus
To brew a cup of Cistus Incanus tea – infuse one teaspoon of the loose leaves in boiling water for 10 minutes. The leaves can be re-brewed three times to extract all of the nutrients. So this makes it incredibly cost effective too as each teaspoon can be re-used.
Watch this video for a brewing demonstration:
What to expect
In addition to helping with my gut, within the first month I noticed my teeth felt cleaner and were starting to lighten in colour. As time passed, I drank the tea – once a day, first thing in the morning – and the lighter my teeth became. I also found that the filmy coating on my teeth reduced.
Oil pulling vs Cistus Incanus
Here’s how the tea compared with oil pulling from my experience:
|Cistus Incanus||Oil Pulling|
|Cost||To buy 200g of the tea it costs approximately £8 - £12 (lasting 6-8 months for 1-2 people)|
I found this tea significantly cheaper
|To buy 500g organic coconut oil it costs £5 (lasting 1 months for 1|
|Convenience||10 minutes to brew tea and tea is drunk before breakfast.|
I needed to establish a routine of making the tea and leaving enough time to brew it.
The tea is not unpleasant to drink, but it is acquired, so that took a bit of getting used to.
|It takes 20 minutes to swill oil around your mouth.
As it can clog drains. Care needs to be taken when disposing of the oil.
I found swilling hurt my jaw and was time consuming.
|Results||Teeth whitening results and improved oral health were seen within one month of consistent daily use. |
I found it easy to be consistent with the tea once I established a routine
|Whitening isn't quick. I didn't really feel any differences within the first month.
I found I forgot to oil pull in the morning, and because I didn't enjoy it I struggled to keep it up.
Overall I find the tea cheaper, more efficient, easier to use and more effective than oil pulling. My husband (who is not a patient man) tried both oil pulling and cistus incanus. He has also stuck with the tea much longer than oil pulling because results were quick and he could easily build it into his morning routine. One word of caution – People with gut issues can experience detox reactions, so take it slowly…
Where to buy it**
The shrubs can be grown at home or the dried tea purchased online. I buy my tea on Ebay because it has the biggest range and the best prices I’ve found:
- Ebay UK (some traders will post to Europe, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea)
- Ebay US
**This is NOT a sponsored post. However, if you use one of the product links to purchase an item, I will receive a small commission from Ebay. My affiliate commission help with the running costs of this blog, at no additional cost to you.
Cistus Incanus is a great addition to your daily routine. As we’ve found it can greatly improve your oral hygiene and whiten your teeth naturally. Are my teeth now “glow in the dark” white? No, but they are naturally shades lighter than they were. Dan (my husband) has found his have lightened 5 shades, with signs of tea, coffee and red wine removed. Ultimately, it is a cheap thing to try and you can buy as little as 100g.
I’d love to know if you plan on trying the tea… What is your experience of oil pulling – do you think it’s a lot of effort?