The MAGIC of Mastiha comes from many years of careful cultivation as well as the unique climate and nutrient rich soil found only in Chios, Greece.
The Mastic Tree is native to the island of Chios in Greece and has been cultivated there for thousands of years. The resin, known as Masiha gum or Mastic gum, is harvested from the tree by making small incisions in the bark. The resin then oozes out and hardens into small, translucent droplets.
The miracle of Mastiha is a fascinating story. According to local legend, the Chios Tree, also known as the Mastic Tree, was created by the tears of the nymph Masiha. The story goes that Masiha was deeply in love with a mortal man, but their love was forbidden. When her lover tragically died, Masiha wept tears of sorrow, which fell to the ground and transformed into the Mastic Tree.
The MEDICINE of Mastiha comes from the many repairing, strengthening and protecting phytochemical components that are used in several medicinal and clinical applications.
Masiha gum resin has been used for various purposes throughout history. In terms of health benefits, it is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It has been used to treat digestive issues, such as stomach ulcers, indigestion and even food poisoning.. Additionally, Masiha gum resin has been used in traditional medicine to alleviate symptoms of respiratory conditions, such as coughs and bronchitis.
When it comes to skincare, Masiha gum resin is highly valued. It has been used in cosmetics and skincare products for its ability to improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It is also known for its astringent properties, which can help tighten pores and reduce oiliness.
The effectiveness of Mastiha can be attributed to the largest classification of natural compounds called Terpenes. The power of the monoterpenes pinene, Linalool, alpha and beta caryophyllene and myrcene lend to the unique earthy scent while providing antimicrobial, immune strengthening and protective adaptivity to skin cells. The unique triterpenes of Mastihadienonic Acid and Isomasatihadienonic Acid work to expedite cellular regeneration and reduce acute inflammation by inhibiting pro-inflammatory processes and cell growth as well as initiating cellular immune effectors. Mastiha no only stops advancement and soothes affected cells but prevents other healthy cells against chronic inflammation.
Lira Clinical is a brand I use that features Mastiha in all of its products but has a range called Mystiq that has a much higher concentration of this magical, healing ingredient. A Lira Clinical exclusive – They use four forms of this amazing ingredient – oil, extract, granules and freeze-dried, and delivers “liquid radiance” and optimal brightening/repairing results for all skin types.
The island of Chios is famous for its Mastiha gum production, and it has even been recognized as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product by the European Union. This means that only Mastic gum produced on the island of Chios can be labeled as such, ensuring its authenticity and quality.