Mastic: Pistacia lentiscus var chia (L.)
Why mastic? Mastic is a rare essential oil, a “diamond in the rough.” The gum from the mastic tree oozes from the trunk silently and slowly in diamond-like droplets, which harden as they fall to the ground. These exquisite drops are then sorted for clarity and quality. Mastic flavor and aroma is fresh and intense, reminiscent of pine or licorice, and is commonly used in Greek cuisine. It also makes a refreshing addition to homemade dental products, perfumery blends, and skin care products.
Quality Assured: Our mastic essential oil is ethically grown and sourced from Chios, Greece. Chios mastic is the ideal location to grow mastic. The mastic gum from Chios has been granted protection by the European Union with designations such as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). Because of its protected status, the Apothecary Shoppe exclusively sources Chios mastic from the only legal and approved growers on Chios. Additionally, our expert aromatherapists here at the Apothecary Shoppe personally assess all of our oils—using touch, taste, smell, and lab analyses—to ensure that your essential oil is suitable for use and entirely free of adulterants.
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How to Use
Benefits: Mastic aromatherapy essential oil is cleansing as well as balancing; it is an ideal oil to use in homemade dental and skin care products for sweet breath and a radiant complexion.
Regulatory Status: Mastic essential oil is not listed on the FDA Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list.
Oils That Blend Well With Mastic: The cool and clean aroma of mastic essential oil blends well with
- all citrus oils
black pepper Piper nigrum (L.)
coriander Coriandrum sativum (L.)
sandalwood Santalum album (L.)
vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides (Nash)
CHIOS MASTICA OIL MOUTHWASH (from Chios Mastica Guide to Beauty Care)
Green tea: 50 milliliters
Mastic Pistacia lentiscus (L.) var Chia oil: 2 drops
Mix the ingredients well and use to rinse your mouth after meals or after brushing your teeth. Do no swallow. The fluoride in the green tea, combined with the Chios mastic essential oil can leave your breath fresh and fragrant.
Also, please enjoy this video from the ACHS on growing mastic in Chios, Greece!