Authentic Chios Mastic essential oil-Artisan distilled
This listing is for Artisan distilled Essential oil of Chios Mastic. It is a clear, colourless and intensely fragrant liquid. Nothing has been added to it, and nothing has been removed. The high cost of authentic Chios Mastic and the low yield of essential oil means the price is relatively high. However, the rush one gets from every little sniff of this fantastic fragrance will make this a prized treasure in every aromatic collection.
An unmistakable aroma
The aroma of this essential oil really is something!! There is nothing that smells similar to Mastic! It has the sweet-spicy herbaceous scent of fresh-cut honey-rich wildflowers with a deep amber note. It is uplifting and stimulating without being harsh or hard-edged. Dry Black pepper notes weave through it, balancing the candylike-sweetness and adding dimension. It is vibrant, potent, heady and unique. Chios mastic has a unique fragrance that is unmistakable. The distinctive aroma of Mastic makes it invaluable in incense blends and perfume compositions. Mastic is an integral ingredient in “Chrism,” the sacred anointing oil of the Orthodox church.
An ancient aromatic treasure
One of the best-known natural chewing gums, this sweet-smelling, classic resin has a track record as ancient as Frankincense and Myrrh. Used extensively in the Mediterranean for medicine since the time of Hippocrates in ancient Greece, Mastic is a mainstay of Mediterranean cooking, baking and the production of liqueurs, Grown exclusively on the Greek island of Chios, Empires and conquerors have coveted mastic resin production. Controlling the supply of Chios Mastic has been a strategic consideration by invading armies for hundreds if not thousands of years. You can find fresh Chios Mastic tears in the shop here.
Traditional medicine and cuisine with Mastic
Mastic is the original Old World chewing gum, with the origin of its name rooted in mastication ie, chewing. With traditional medicinal attributes ranging from digestive ease, fresh breath, stimulating the gums and appetite, removing plaque and refreshing the mind, Mastic resin has been used as medicine for thousands of years. Studies have shown that compounds in Mastic resin kill the H. Pylori bacteria, a known cause of ulcers. Mastic has a unique and delightful aroma, making it a popular ingredient in confections, cakes, ice cream, puddings and other traditional culinary delights of cultures around the Mediterranean.
The Pistacia family has other members besides Pistacia lentiscus. These include our yummy pistachio nuts-The fruit of Pistacia vera. You can find more aromatic Pistacia products be
- Mastic Chios resin-Grade A
- Mastic Chios Grade B
- Mastic Chios resin extract
- Mastic Chios resinoid/Resin Absolute
- Black African Mastic resin, (Pistacia Aetiopica)
- Terribinth resin tears (Pistacia terebinthus)
- Pistacia Atlantica resin
- Pistacia atlantica essential oil