Timeless

  • Beauty
    “The formula for mastiha soap: two ounces white soap, one fourth mastiha, one eighth southernwood resin, and one fourth borax.”
    *Today mastiha is widely used in cosmetology thanks to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action
    Historic Reference: 16th century - “Manual de Mujeres”, Spanish medical manual
  • Well-Being
    “Chios produces the best and greatest quantity of mastiha, noting that it is indicated for coughing and stomach ailments, to sweeten the breath, and for facial masks.”
    *Today this ancient belief is strongly supported by modern scientific research
    Historic Reference: 1st century, Dioscurides – founder of pharmacology
  • Bakery
    “Mastiha is used to flavor even the bread.”
    * Mastiha is still traditionally used as a flavoring for festive breads, brioches and biscuits all over Greece
    Historic Reference: 20th century - Cyprus
  • Confectionery
    “Takes place the first locum production. Ingredients: sugar syrup, pistachios and mastiha.”
    *Mastiha is nowadays widely used in chocolates, halva, ice creams etc.
    Historic Reference: Mid-18th century, Sultan palace, Constantinople
  • Gastronomy
    “Saliq is a rice porridge cooked with meat and flavored with cardamom and mastiha. It is still a classic Saudi Arabian dish.”
    *Chefs all over the world claim that mastiha spice with its unique aromatic, wood-and pine-like, exotic taste can go along with almost everything
    Historic Reference: 6th–21st century – Saudi Arabia
  • Dressings
    “For Arabs, mastiha is considered as a great luxury for flavoring food, sweets or milk.”
    *Chefs use mastiha in salad dressings for its delicate taste
    Historic Reference: 6th-21st century - Middle East
  • Beverages
    “Contains a recipe for a cordial (drink with a wine base flavored with various spices called) named “Grace of God” for which twenty-five ingredients, including mastiha, are boiled in white wine.”
    *Oriental teas and Turkish coffee are passionately related to the discreet taste of mastiha
    Historic Reference: Late 14th century – Sloane manuscript - England
  • Cocktails
    “The distillers of vodka used to flavor their product with various substances. One version, designated for the salons of nobility, was vodka with mastiha.”
    *Famous cocktails of margarita and mojito are flirting with mastiha
    Historic Reference: 17th century – Russia
  • Drinks
    “From 1959 the Iranian Law requires the use of Mastiha as the main ingredient in its local drink called arak.”
    *Famous Greek drinks like ouzo or raki contain mastiha as an essential ingredient
    Historic Reference: 18th century – Iraq
  • Oral Hygiene
    “The chew of Mastiha contributes to teeth whiteness and fresh breath.”
    *At 2006 Sterer N. proved that Chios Mastiha may be utilized as a potential non-toxic agent in treating oral malodor and gum disease
    Historic Reference: 5th Century – Istanbul and Rome
  • Oral Hygiene
    “The use of Mastiha contributes to training the gums.”
    *Farella et al (2001) focused on examining the effects of prolonged gum chewing on pain, fatigue and pressure tenderness of the masticatory muscles
    Historic Reference: 18th Century – Thomas Mc Gill – England
  • Skin Treatment
    “He created an effective balsam "The Jerusalem Balsam" as un unguent to heal wounds.”
    *Nowadays there are adhesive plasters with mastiha reducing the risk of skin infections due to its anti - inflammatory activities
    Historic Reference: 16th Century – Antonio Menzani di Cuna - Italy
  • Stomach Disorders
    “A poultice of quince, dates, nardo (valeriana) and mastiha treated an upset stomach.”
    *In 2015 the European Medicines Agency (EMA) considers mastiha as a herbal medicine for stomach disorders
    Historic Reference: 2nd Century – Aretaeus - Cappadocia
  • Stomach Disorders
    “Due to mastiha’s styptic and lenitive properties it is recommended for inflammations of the stomach, intestines and liver.”
    *In 2015 the European Medicines Agency (EMA) considers mastiha as a herbal medicine for stomach disorders
    Historic Reference: 2nd Century – Galen - Greece
  • Varnishes
    “The main ingredients of a varnish recipe for boots are mastic, white poppy oil, white wax and grated ebony wood.”
    *Many Italian manufacturers use mastiha as a main substance in their musical instruments, artworks and varnishes
    Historic Reference: 16th Century – manuscript “Der Schuster (Περί παπουτσιών)” - D.G Schreber, Germany