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This auction is about an unopened 20g Box of   Mastic,produced by the Chios Gum Mastic Growers Association.

Natural Greek Chios Gum Mastic 20g Box

100% natural  product.
 ingredients in this product are only 100% NATURAL mastic gum
No preservatives!
No added flavours!
No Sugar!

You can use mastic as ordinary chewing gum, or you can ground it into powder (or at least in very small pieces) and use it as a natural medicine for peptic ulcers and general for stomach disorders.

Mastic is a 100% natural product. That means that not all the pieces of mastic (or tears as they are called) are the same. Some pieces are bigger, some are smaller, some are harder and some are softer.

  • Mastic -due to temperature- is softer in summer and harder in winter.
  • Usually larger pieces are softer than the smaller ones which dry out and harden faster.
  • Generally, medium or large pieces are better for chewing and small pieces are better for grounding them into powder.
  • A more yellow colour means older and harder mastic, a more whitish colour means fresher and softer mastic.

How to chew Chios mastic as chewing gum:

Choose either a small piece or break a larger piece and use half of it (in any case, initially use less than the total quantity of mastic you intent to chew) and start chewing it. At the beginning is quite hard, but as the mastic gets warmer from the mouth, it gets softer. If the piece you chew is hard then choose a softer piece and add it to the previous mastic in your mouth. Equally, if the initial piece is too soft and gets stuck in your teeth, add a harder piece to make a mixture that will have the right consistency.

 A unique product with many beneficial qualities and wide-ranging uses since antiquity. Nowadays, it is used in pharmaceuticals, perfumes, cosmetics, beverages, bakery goods, sweets as well as in cooking. Mastiha is the natural resin of pistacia lentiscus var. Chia, a tree which grows only on the Aegean island of Chios, Greece.

Mastiha, having travelled along the trading routes of the East, constantly changing uses and forms, now introduces itself to a wider audience that is sensitive to environmental and organic issues and seeks an “experience” out of the ordinary things of every day life.

*Mastiha stands for the Greek name of mastic gum(or Skinos in Ancient Greek).

perfect 100% natural chewing gum.


Medicinal uses

Mastic resin is also chewed as a gum to soothe the stomach. People in the Mediterranean region have used mastic as a medicine for gastrointestinal ailments for several thousand years. The first century Greek physician and botanist, Dioscorides, wrote about the medicinal properties of mastic in his classic treatise De Materia Medica ("About Medical Substances"). Some centuries later Markellos Empeirikos and Pavlos Eginitis[3] also noticed the effect of mastic on the digestive system.

In ancient Jewish halachic sources, it is indicated that chewing mastic was a treatment for bad breath. "Mastic is not chewed on shabbat. When (is it permissible to chew mastic on shabbat)? When the intention is medicinal. If it is against a bad odor, it is permissible." (תוספתא שבת פי"ב (יג) ח, כי"ע)

In recent years, university researchers have provided the scientific evidence for the medicinal properties of mastic. A 1985 study by the University of Thessaloniki and by the Meikai University discovered that mastic can reduce bacterial plaque in the mouth by 41.5 percent. A 1998 study by the University of Athens found that mastic oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Another 1998 University of Nottingham study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, claims that mastic can heal peptic ulcers by killing Helicobacter pylori, which causes peptic ulcers, gastritis, and duodenitis. Some in vivo studies have shown that mastic gum has no effect on Helicobacter pylori when taken for short periods of time[7][8]. However a recent and more extensive study showed that mastic gum reduced Helicobacter pylori populations after an insoluble and sticky polymer (poly-β-myrcene) constituent of mastic gum was removed and taken for a longer period of time. Further analysis showed the acid fraction was the most active antibacterial extract, and the most active pure compound was isomasticadienolic acid.

YOU CAN SEE MORE HERE : www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastic

In ancient times well known greek and Roman doctors like Hippocrates, Galen, Dioskurides and later on other Greek and latin doctors, studied the beneficial pharmaceutical attributes of “mastiha resin”. Great historians like Herodotus, Diodorus  Siculus and Plinius have recorded numerous references and information on various uses of mastiha in ancient Carthage, Egypt and Arabia.

In Roman times, Emperor Heliogavalus for the first time blended mastiha essential oil (mastichium oleum) with wine and produced “masticatum”. The ladies of the aristocracy in Rome as well as the women of the harem later on in Constantinople, used toothpicks made from wood of the mastiha tree as a teeth whitener, a practice that continued until the Midle Ages in France, England ,Holland and Spain.

During the Byzantine period, mastiha held one of the highest places on the list of the exported luxury goods, bringing an income of 120,000 coins to the island ‘s Imperial Commander.

The island’s Genoese occupation (1346-1566 AD.) marked a new era in mastiha trade. The restless Genoese traders systematically organized and tightly controlled the trade of the precious resin, bringing mastiha to the big markets of the East as well of the West. Mastiha gained prestige and traveled to the major cities of the famous trading routes of the times: Yerevan , Rhodes, Cyprus, Damascus, Alexandria, Proussa, Odessa, Bagdad, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Trieste, Marseille, London … cities where various people, cultures, religions, customs, flavors and aromas coexisted in a colorful setting.

In the period of the Ottoman Empire the island of Chios was self-ruled, emjoying special privileges only beacouse of mastiha. The finest quality mastiha of the year’s harvest was sent to the Sultan in Constantinople for the 300 ladies of his harem.

Nowdays, mastiha continues its voyage in time in multicultural and colourful area of the Eastern Mediterranean, bringing closer different people and cultures, exchanging exlriences and beliefs. It is exactly this area, these people and this mosaic of cultures that mastiha reflects in its ever changing forms and uses, making life ‘sweeter’ either as a spice or as a medicament.

Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic attributes of Mastiha

Hippocrates, Greek physician(460-377 B.C.), known as the “Father of Medicine”, in his work Galen (78,603) reports:

“…the inner part of the resin, when mixed with honey, can be chewed as well as an ointment for the nostrils (for disorders of the nasal mucosa)…’

Dioskurides (100 A.D), a doctor and a herbalist from Cilicia, has an extensive reference on mastiha in his work De Materia Medica which was extensively used up to the 16th century A.D.:

“…the mastiha tree roots, its bark, its leafs and its fruits, they all have therapeutic attributes. Mastiha has anti-thrombotic properties, prevent dysentery and uterine bleeding and helps preserving a good bone mass.It has diuretic properties and its essential oil is antiseptic.

…mastiha resin is extremely good for the stomach, helps digestion and teeth whitening…”(de Materia Medica, 1,70)

in addition, Dioskurides, who owned a pharmacy for about 35 years, emphasizes the beneficial effect of mastiha in cosmetic and oral hygiene.

“…mastiha cleanses deeply the skin, making it radiant and shinning and it helps to thicken the eyelashes… mastiha refreshes the breath and helps to keep healthy gums…”
After Hippocrates and Dioskurides, some other brilliant scientists of the time such as Rebasius, Soranos the Ephesian, Etius Medicus, Scibonius Largus and others, suggested numerous remedies with mastiha and other herbs.

Recent studies conducted in the University of Nottingham reveal that even in small quantities (1gr per day, for a period of two weeks) mastiha can cure peptic ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylory. In adition, extensive research has been carried out on the activity of mastiha’s essential oil. It indicates that this oil has a significant anti-microbiological activity, a positive effect on cardiac conditions, a healing activity against peridonitis, esophagitis, colitis and other inflammatory conditions. This scientific information has sparked a widespread interest in mastiha and its essential oil and has encouraged its use in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.

Mastiha has been well known for its therapeutic attributes since antiquity. The most famous doctors of the time systematically studied mastiha’s medicinal properties and extensively used it in various pharmaceutical preparations.

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