Pistacia Lentiscus

Scientific Name: Pistacia Lentiscus L.
Synonyms: Pistacia Gummifera Salisb.
English Name: Mastic
Other Names in English:
Family: Anacardiaceae

Product Details

Health Benefits

Temperament: Rather hot and dry and some consider it moderate.
1- Chew it like chewing gum and constantly swallow your saliva and finally eat it. It is tonic, it strengthens the heart and brain, in the case of pulmonary tuberculosis, it expels homours, it treats confusion that is accompanied by anger, it makes the gums healthy and strong, and it brings flesh to it, makes the mouth fragrant. Relieves toothache, strengthens the stomach.
2- If a small amount of it is eaten alternately with a little Boswellia, it is very effective for strengthening intelligence and memory.
3- Boil it in water and drink it. It is useful for soothing cold coughs, stopping bleeding from breasts, strengthening the liver, kidneys, stomach and intestines and stopping diarrhea.
4- Mix 5 times of mastic with 1 time of Aloe Vera and eat. It absorbs extra moisture from the brain and meninges layers and relieves cold headaches.
5- Boil it with Galingale and brush your teeth with it. Removes bad breath.
6- Boil it in water and after cooling, apply 2-3 drops in the ear three times a day. It opens the tumor inside the ear and remove the hearing impairment and the deafness caused by the ear tumor.
7- Boil it in sesame oil and drop it in the ear. Relieves ear congestion and treats hearing impairment and deafness.
8- Constant smelling of it eliminates obsession and melancholy over time.


Mastic gum or sap is a yellow resin which is taken from the branches and stems of shrubs of the pistachio family Anacardiaceae, which is a small shrub or tree, usually up to 3 meters high, but if grown well and taking cared of, in the garden its height reaches 14 meters. It is a shrub with almost evergreen leaves that all parts of the plant smells mastic resin. During the warm months of the year, small droplets are secreted out of the stems and branches of this tree and harden after a short time in the presence of air. For more production, locals make incisions in the trunk and branches of the tree, taking an average of 4 to 5 kilograms of resin gum from each tree. The Mastic that is marketed is the shape of small hard teardrops in the size of a small lentil or pea, yellow, semi-transparent and slightly fragrant, and when chewed in the mouth, it softens and the aromatic taste is felt.

Chemical Constituents

Essential oils and about 90% of acids including Masticic Acid, Masticolic Acid, and Masticoresene.

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