Mastic gum / Mastiha of Chios (Pistacia lentiscus)
Mastiha is the natural and rare tree resin from mastic tree, which grows only on the island of Chios. Chios’ Mastiha is protected by the European Union as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product. Mastic has numerous beneficial properties, which are known since ancient times. Herodotus has written about it in the 5th century B.C. Also in Roman times, women used it as breath freshener and teeth whitener. Moreover, Christopher Columbus was astonished by the properties of mastic when he visited the island.
Mastic from Chios can be easily categorized to superfoods, due to its multiple properties. Scientific studies have shown that mastic is a real medicine for the digestive system.Chian mastiha is a natural antioxidant, as it is proven that its consumption reduces blood cholesterol levels. Furthermore, it is suitable for oral hygiene, it has antimicrobial properties and it can be used for skin injuries. Also, mastic is added as an ingredient in pharmaceutical products against hair growth. Mastic oil, which is the essential oil obtained by distillation of the natural gum, is widely used in facial creams, as it is found that regenerates and enhances skin elasticity.
Mastic of Chios has extensive applications and uses. It has been a source of inspiration in the food and beverage industry, the pharmaceutical and chemical industry and in the production of cosmetics and perfumes. Moreover, mastic can be eaten plane (as a gum) or it can be added in food to give its great flavor. At last, there is a great variety of excellent traditional liquors that contain mastic of Chios.
June 17, 2015
Health Benefits of Mastic gum / Mastiha of Chios
Learn AboutMastic GumBenefits Health Benefits Stomach and intestinal ulcers. Taking mastic powder by mouth for 2 weeks seems to reduce symptoms and improve healing in people with intestinal ulcers. Consumption of mastic can reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, the so-called bad cholesterol, as well as in total cholesterol levels. Early research suggests that taking mastic by [...]
June 17, 2015
Mythology – Mastic gum / Mastiha of Chios
Learn AboutMastic GumMythology Some scholars identify the bakha (בכא) mentioned in the Bible with the mastic plant. Bakha appears to be derived from the Hebrew word for weeping, and is thought to refer to the "tears" of resin secreted by the mastic plant. Ancient Jewish halachic sources indicate mastic as a treatment for bad breath [...]
June 17, 2015
Side Effects of Mastic gum / Mastiha of Chios
Learn AboutMastic GumSide Effects Mastic is possibly safe for most people when taken appropriately by mouth. Special Precautions & Warnings: Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking mastic if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use. Allergy to Schinus Terebinth Folious and [...]