WIth similar terms like Pistacia Lentiscus, “Arabic gum” or “Yemen gum”, Masticha of Chios ( the Greek term ), is known as the ” Tears of Chios”.
Originally produced in Chios Island, it took was named like that was due to the fact that it is produced in tears or droplets.
Why Masticha of Chios?
Masticha has been used as a medicine since antiquity, and is still used in traditional folk medicine in the Middle East.
It contains antioxidants, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties.
Masticha also has healing & regenerative properties for the hair and scalp thus contributing significantly to healthy hair growth.
It is used for stomach and intestinal ulcers, breathing problems, muscle aches, and bacterial and fungal infections. It also improves blood circulation.
Pistacia Lentiscus was also known for its unique taste. By chewing Masticha, it releases substances that freshen the breath and tighten the gums, which is why it is popular around the globe and refer to it after they hear the name of Chios Island.