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Mastic | The Tears of Chios Island

Updated: May 2

Mastic is a resin obtained from the mastic tree. In pharmacies and nature shops, it is called "Arabic gum", "Yemen gum" and "Mastic gum". In Greece, it is known as the "tears of Chios", being traditionally produced on Chios island, and, like other natural resins, it is produced in "tears" or droplets.

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Originally a sap, mastic is sun-dried into pieces of brittle, translucent resin. When chewed, the resin softens and becomes a bright white and opaque gum. The flavor is bitter at first, but after some chewing, it releases a refreshing, slightly pine or cedar-like flavor.

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The word mastic is derived from the Greek mastihin "to gnash the teeth", which is the source of the English word masticate. The word mastic is a synonym for gum in many languages.

Mastic Gum Chios Greece is used mainly to treat stomach (dyspepsia, gastric ulcers) and dental (periodontitis) problems, and also other health issues, such as stress, inflammation, muscle pain and insomnia.

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