Mastiha has been used for more than 2500 years as a natural remedy for many medical concerns, and continues to be studied for it's profound healing benefits. Harvested on the island of Chios in Greece, it comes from the bark and branches of the mastic tree in the form of resin. Once the resin is collected in droplets, it is harvested and made into products. The most popular is the chewing gum, but we can now find it in beauty products, drinks, etc.
The use of mastiha to treat various medical concerns dates back to Hippocrates, among other individuals during the classical era and beyond. To this date, the therapeutic value has been recognized by the European Medicines Agency, who has approved the use of matisha for the treatment of skin and gastrointestinal disorders. Studies continue to research the therapeutic properties and how they can be applicable in other areas of health and wellness.
Favorite products with mastiha:
Soulaidopoulos S, Tsiogka A, Chrysohoou C, Lazarou E, Aznaouridis K, Doundoulakis I, Tyrovola D, Tousoulis D, Tsioufis K, Vlachopoulos C, Lazaros G. Overview of Chios Mastic Gum (Pistacia lentiscus) Effects on Human Health. Nutrients. 2022 Jan 28;14(3):590. doi: 10.3390/nu14030590. PMID: 35276949; PMCID: PMC8838553.