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Photo: Mastic Resin -courtesy of Discover Greece

Photo: Mastic Resin – courtesy of Discover Greece

This week we will be talking all about one of our CEO’s favourite oils – Mastic.  Mastic Oil has a rich & well documented history that goes back thousands of years.  Mastic Oils various uses have even been documented in ancient Egypt, Greek mythology, and even the Bible.  It is a traditional symbol of purity and its aroma was favorited by the Greek Goddess Artemis.

Mastic Oil is derived from the resin of the Mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus) and is produced by a method of steam extraction. The resin of the Mastic tree was also known as ‘tears of Chios’ as it originated and is still primarily cultivated on the Greek island of Chios (however it can also be found in (Corsica and Morocco).   It has a hearty earthy scent that is favored in aromatherapy by some for its decongesting powers.

Not only do Mastic’s decongestant powers work for respiratory problems but it has a proven topical history of aiding in the treatment & shrinking of swollen veins; this is one of the ingredients that make our Hemorrhoid & Varicose Vein Soothing Salves so effective.  When taken internally Mastic has also proved effective in ulcer treatment, lymph stimulation, fighting infection, and as a breath freshening agent (as mentioned in the bible).  It has also shown benefits in the treatments of cancer (primarily leukemia & colon cancer), diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and hypertension – however, clinical study information to support these uses are limited.  Mastic’s popularity is on the rise – no doubt due to its decongestant successes, antiseptic properties, & versatile uses and benefits.

We utilize Mastic Oils impressive decongestant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and tissue healing effects in our Hemorrhoid Soothing Salve and our SBT Bruises & Varicose Veins Soothing Salve.  Mastic is a rare oil but it was well worth hunting down to be a part of the active ingredients in these two Soothing Salves.  To learn more about these products & to purchase please visit Seabuckthorn.com

 

Fun Fact – Mastic Oil can be used as a natural insecticide in your garden to keep pests away

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