We can't do enough for ourselves. We are always looking for ways to improve our body and mind. And I love discovering new things that have the potential of making me look or feel better. You know, homemade concoctions that vanish wrinkles, exotic fruits that aid in fertility, and of course most anything green.
That said, I have a new discovery: Chios Mastiha.
Mastiha is a natural and rare tree resin of the pistacia lentiscus var Chia tree found on the island of Chios, Greece. Chios Masitha is protected by the European Union as a Protected Designation of Origin Product as it is exclusive to its origin (in other words, they own it).
Research has shown that the Mastiha resin has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial anti-inflammatory qualities and also aids with gastrointestinal health. For centuries, it has been linked to improved health and was the first 'el-naturale' chewing gum.
When I learned the benefits, I was wowed. It has so many amazing therapeutic qualities and comes in so many forms.
Thanks to two spirited sisters, Artemis and Kalliopi Kohas, who brought it to the USA, Mastiha is now available at their NYC boutique, Mastiha Shop, which offers a variety of products—all made with Mastiha. This includes gum (which helps fight decay and acidity in your mouth) chocolate, jams, marmalade, vinegar, sauces, pasta, tea, mustards and more. And if you don't want to eat it, there are also impressive beauty products-- everything from face cream to lip moisturizer. Are you hooked yet?
Now I don't know about you--- but Mastiha sounds like a best friend to me.
Have you ever used it? I'd love to know.