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    Historical Facts

    Historical Facts

    mastic is ...a phenomenon!

    Κύρια Περιγραφη

    The dream of Ioannis Sodis is about to come true – mastic will soon be known throughout the world. We invite you to join us in a magical adventure now that Mastic Spa has brought its unique products to America. Mastic is the legendary and mysterious elixir that seeps from the mastic tree, found in the southern region of the Greek Aegean island Chios, and nowhere else in the world. Mastic has been known since Antiquity for its medicinal properties and for its therapeutic benefits for the skin. Thanks to modern scientific research, we now have a better understanding of how mastic works its magic. Mastic Spa has applied its expertise in pharmacology and cosmetology to create a unique line of mastic-based beauty products and cosmetics for women, men, and children. We believe these formulas will change the beauty and cosmetic market forever.


    Mastic: in antiquity was worshiped like a goddess...

    Mastic is the resinous gum of the Mastic tree. The Mastic tree is an evergreen bush with an average height of two to three metres, and deep green foliage. Its full growth comes after 40 to 50 years, but the tree begins to produce mastic after the fifth year. The tree typically lives for 100 years, but there are reports of 200-year-old trees.

    The Mastic tree grows in only one place on the whole planet – the southern part of the island Chios. No research has been able to prove the reason for this phenomenon, although, some older reports note that the uniqueness of the earth in the southern region of Chios can be explained by the volcanoes beneath the sea in that area. According to a local tradition, mastic is the “tear” of the bush for the tortures inflicted on Saint Isidoros in 253 A.D. under a mastic tree.

    Of course, this follows the Christian tradition, since mastic dates back thousands of years. It is important to note that leaves from the Mastic bush have been discovered, dating back six millions years. Both in antiquity and in modern times, mastic has been treated with the utmost respect all over the world: “…from those visiting Chios in our time, everybody described the tree and its fruit and spoke in favor of it.” Mastic was described by Dioskourides, Theophrastus, Galenos, Hippocrates, Apollodorus, Plinius, and Ermolaus.

     

    Dioskourides


    (1st Century, Doctor and Botanist. “Father of Pharmacy,” author of De Materia Medica or “About Medical Substances.”)
    •    It helps indigestion, blood reproduction and eases coughing.
    •    It invigorates vocal chords.
    •    It treats all abdominal aches and the carcinomas of the stomach.
    •    It treats diseases of the uterus.
    •    It makes the face shiny.
    •    It whitens teeth.
    •    It can be used against burns.

    in addition
    •    Women in ancient Rome used toothpicks made by wood coming from the Mastic tree, which was dipped in mastic oil (Sonnini).
    •    “Mastic oil, coming from the granulated fruit or grain of the tree, was capable of treating hair loss and mouth inflammation.”
    •    Mastic was the main ingredient of mummy taxidermy in ancient Egypt. (Herodotus, Diodorus).
    •   “The white inside of the granule was mixed with honey, and was used on inflammations of the nose.” (Hippocrates)

    •    GATEFOSSE, (the largest chemical company in France) mentions in a paper on Chios and mastic, which was published in the French Magazine “Modern Aromas,” that dentists use mastic on damaged teeth to strengthen the gums like an oral antiseptic. It was also noted that all toothpastes could contain mastic oil.

     

    Holy bible


    The translators of the Holy Bible believed that the term “shinos” refers to the Mastic tree.

    Mastic is also mentioned in the Apocalypse. Mastic is also an ingredient of the Holy Unction. Mastic had always been, unintentionally, Chios’ greatest advantage, saving the island from the tyranny of intruders.

    Byzantine period


    During the Byzantine period, the commercial exploitation of mastic was a monopoly of the Greek Emperor. Mastic was widely known during this era and very popular in Europe’s great commercial centers. It used to have the same value as gold, and those attempting to steal or those who actually stole mastic were prosecuted and severely punished (varying from a large fine to hanging!) “If you want to live safely in Chios, you should never try to steal Mastic.” The great value of mastic during that era is also proven by the fact that it was given as a dowry. “…they gave to them five Mastic trees…And ten litres of Mastic…”


    turkish occupation


    During the Turkish Occupation, the people working on the production of mastic were given special privileges. The mastic producing villages (Mastihohoria) had a free administration and autonomy and had only the obligation to cultivate mastic and give it to the “Sakiz – emini” (Mastic Tax Collector.) In the Koran, Mohamed advises his followers to use mastic. The intoxicating aroma of mastic was the reason that the Muslims used mastic in their bread.


    egypt


    The Egyptians used mastic in the ceramic bowls that were used for water storage. Sometimes they were obliged to drink low quality water and the mastic’s aroma made it seem more palatable. christopher columbus

    Christofer Columbus


    The great explorer Christopher Columbus was, among other things, a supplier of medical herbs. He knew about the medicines from his travels and his visits to the famous drug stores of his era. From the many herbs having a medical value, Columbus believed that he had identified aloe, which was used in laxative tablets in the 15th century, and also mastic, which was very expensive due to its antibacterial activity and its wide use against cholera. In one of his travels, Colombus visited the island of Chios (the house where he is believed to have stayed in can be found in Pirgi, the main village of Mastihohoria), where he recruited many sailors. Isabel and Ferdinand of Spain were usually the sponsors of Colombus’s travels. To thank them, Columbus sent them, as gifts, anything special and valuable he could find during his travels. On February 15, 1493, Columbus wrote a letter to Luis De Saint Angel, treasurer of Aragon, notifying him of the discovery of both the New World and mastic. “To conclude, only about what happened during my travels, their Excellences (Isabel and Ferdinand of Spain) will see, that I can provide them with as much gold as they want, if they can help me just a little, spices and silk, as much as their excellences can load, and Mastic (emphasis added by Columbus himself), which until now has only been discovered in Greece, on the island of Chios.”

    If the value of spices was calculated by their weight in silver, Columbus believed that the value of mastic should be calculated by its weight in gold.

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