Mastiha has been used for over 2,000 years. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Genoese and Ottomans were all fans of its many uses. In fact, it is said to be the world’s first chewing gum, used to clean teeth and freshen breath. Hence, the word “masticate” in English or “mastic” as the root word for “chew” in several other languages.
Mastiha now enjoys the “Protected Designation of Origin” status on the island of Chios, Greece, because only there do the Mastic trees “cry” teardrops of resin during the harvest process.
Farmers use traditional hand tools to cut the tree bark and let the sap drip. After 15-20 days, the sap dries. It is collected and meticulously cleaned by hand before being ready for use in a myriad of industries. Recently, an increasing number of academic and scientific reports has supported the many beneficial properties of Mastiha.