Mastiha Tears, 50gr
Type: Functional Food
Vendor: Medittera Mastiha
100% Natural Chios Mastiha Medium Tears, 50 gr
Mastiha is the natural and rare tree resin obtained from the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus).
In Greece, it is known as the "tears of Chios," being traditionally produced on that Greek island, and, like other natural resins, is produced in "tears" or droplets.
Scientific research has shown that this resin has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory qualities. It has been documented from antiquity for its health benefits, its use as the first natural chewing gum in human history and as a cooking spice. Today, it is still chewed as well as used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and in the culinary world. Mastiha contributes to a healthy gastrointestinal system and has beneficial effects for both oral hygiene and skin care.
Chewing Chios Mastiha is a truly unique experience. To create your own natural piece of gum, select a few medium pieces of Mastiha, or combine a small piece with a large one. The larger pieces tend to be softer than the small ones, so it is recommended that one chew a mixture rather than chew only the small, hard pieces. Before chewing, let the pieces moisten in your mouth. The mastiha may taste a bit bitter at first, but that taste fades into a light herbal flavor. Begin chewing and the mastiha becomes a white silky color. The resin keeps its hard texture indefinitely and this is precisely why it is recommended for gum health and amazingly clean teeth! Keep chewing the gum for a half hour in order to gain all the therapeutic benefits.
The rarity of mastiha and the difficulty of its production make it expensive. As a result, imitations (fake Mastiha) in the form of other resins appear in the market, sold as "mastic," such as Boswellia or gum arabic. Other trees, such as Pistacia palaestina, can also produce a resin similar to mastic. Yet other substances, such as pine tree resin and almond tree resin, are sometimes used in place of mastic.
History: Mastic has been used as a medicine since antiquity and is still used in traditional folk medicine of the Middle East. The first-century Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides mentions the healing properties of mastiha in his book De Materia Medica. Hippocrates wrote that the mastiha is good for prevention of digestive problems and colds, and Galenus suggested that mastiha was useful for bronchitis and for improving the condition of the blood. In medieval times, mastic was highly valued by sultans' harems as a breath freshener and a tooth whitener.
Chios Mastiha is protected by the European Union as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product. This distincion recognizes the name of a specific region or country where a specific agricultural product originates exclusively due to the geographical environment. This includes the natural and human factors and production, alteration and processes which take place in the delineated geographical area. All PDO products bear the EU symbol designating them as such.