Method of extraction: distilled at our organically certified distillery
Plant part used to extract the oil: leaves, brunches and seeds
Cultivation method: wild
Area of origin: Mountains of Chalkidiki
Mastic 'tears' have been harvested for at least 2,500 years since Greek Antiquity. The gum was first mentioned by Hippocrates who used mastic ‘tears’ for the prevention of digestive problems, colds and as a breath freshener. In fact the word mastic is derived from Greek “μαστιχειν” meaning "to gnash the teeth", which in turn became the source of the English word ‘masticate’.
The gum was widely used and its flavour appreciated. Roman emperors included it in a spiced wine and under the Byzantine Empire, the emperor had a monopoly on the trade of mastic. Later, the Ottoman sultan would send the finest mastic crop to his harem. In those days mastic was worth its weight in gold and the thieves of the precious gum were executed!
Mastic gum is still used as a traditional ‘chewing gum’ and used I production of a mastic liqueur.
Not many people realise that a wonderful essential oil can be distilled from the leaves and brunches of the mastic tree!
Biochemical group: monoterpenes
Main chemical constituents: alpha-pinene, limonene, myrcene
Aroma strength: medium strong
Perfumery note: middle / base
Aroma: balsamic, earthy, herbaceous, resinous, slightly bitter, slightly musky, slightly spicy, strong, woody with a characteristic initial hint of galbanum
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses:
Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments mastic leaf is associated with the following therapeutic properties:
others – insect repellent and air freshener (antiseptic and deodorant) and as an effective fixative in perfumery blends
How we use it:
Inhalation / Vapourisation:
- For respiratory issues such as bronchitis, colds and flu - we really enjoy our mastic leaf essential oil as a decongestant and aerial antiseptic. Try to vapourise a couple of drops on their own or blend with some lemon essential oil. It also blends well with our lavandin!
- Vapourise, perhaps with some lavender to repel insects, too!
- For an aftershave cream – combine with our lavender and add to an unscented cream suitable to your skin type
- For spider veins and varicose veins - add together with our helichrysum and add to an unscented base cream
- For water retention – for a lovely massage oil combine with some lemon essential oil in a suitable fixed (vegetable) oil
- For muscular and arthritic aches and pains – combine with