Mastiha, this magical and unique "treasure", is produced only in the South of Chios and nowhere else in the world. No other scientific research has been able to prove the cause of this phenomenon, because Mastiha is indeed a ... phenomenon.
It is an amalgam of fantastic scent and unique healing properties with a rich and unique history. Even in antiquity it was worshiped as a goddess.
The passion, the enthusiasm, the passion and the fiery love of Pharmacist and Researcher Yannis Sodis for Mastiha made a real dream for Mastiha to acquire an ecumenical dimension with its application to cosmetology.
The use of Mastiha not only in pharmacy but also in cosmetology is the forerunner of the Sodis Laboratories that created the pure Mastic Spa cosmetics for the man, woman, child. The "journey" of Mastiha began ... Share with us the dream and follow us on this unique journey of Mastic at the top!
MASTICHA CHIOS in antiquity was worshiped as a Goddess ... Mastic is the fruit of mastic tree. Mastic Tree is a evergreen shrub with a height of 2-3 meters and a deep green foliage. Its full development occurs in 40-50 years. The tree begins to give Mastiha after the 5th year. The life cycle of the tree is 100 years.
Mastic produces only one part of the planet (in the South of Chios). No research has ever been able to prove the cause of this phenomenon. Tradition says that Mastiha was the "tear" of the schin in the martyrdom suffered by Saint Isidorus (253 AD) under a Mastic Tree. This, of course, concerns the Christian tradition alone, since Mastiha dates back thousands of years. It is characteristic that leaf skins have been found, dating back to 6 million years! Past reports point out that the uniqueness of the land in the South of Chios is due to submarine volcanoes in the area. From Antiquity to Modern Greece Mastiha was treated with incredible respect throughout the world. "And since we have visited Chion in our own time, no one has missed describing the slaves of the plant and the fruit."
For Mastiha, Dioskouridis, Theophrastus, Galenos, Hippocrates, Apollodorus, Pliny, Ermolaos and others are concerned.
Dioskouridis (1st Century Doctor-Botanologist "Father of Pharmacology")
• Shines the face.
• Protects the gums.
• Grates the teeth.
• Ideal against burns.
• Helps in dyspepsia, reproduction of blood and softens cough, stimulates vocal cords, treats abdominal disorders and carcinomas that occur in the stomach.
• Diseases of the uterus.
"A resin is produced from it (the skins), which is used to reduce blood and to old coughing. Mixing and mixing the teeth and smearing a person who makes a styling, and gums is a "
"When the fig tree emerges in the earth of the monastery of Chios, the tears and the blood of the martyr Isidorus were admonished"
(Michael Iustinianis 1667 AD)
• The Romans used toothpicks from Mastiha's wood, which dipped it into Masnell (Sonnini).
• "Mastic oil from the wrist or grain of the crushed tree, it was therapeutic against hair loss and inflammation of the mouth".
• Mastic was the main ingredient for mummies in ancient Egypt! (Herodotus-Diodorus)
• "Grain the white honey and mix it, mix it, or scrape white or crown" (Hippocrates)
• Gatefosse (the largest chemical company in France) refers, in a paper he wrote, to Chios and Mastiha, published in the French magazine "Modern Perfumes" that dentists use mastic to spoiled teeth , To strengthen the gums and as an oral antiseptic. He also stressed that all toothpaste could contain mastic oil.
The Bible translators adopt the view that the term "schinos", which is in its writings, refers to mastic tree. Mastiha also refers to Revelation. It is also an ingredient of the Holy Myrrh. Mastiha has always been the mound in the tyranny of conquerors for the island of Chios.
In Byzantine times, the trade of Mastiha was a monopoly of the emperor. Mastic at that time was well-known and very popular in Europe's shopping malls. During the domination of the island by the Genoese, the "Maona", a kind of monopoly business, which was responsible for the management of Mastiha, was founded. They were treated with the value of gold and those who tried to steal or steal Mastiha were punished with severe penalties (from fine to hanging). "Whoever if he lives in Chio lived in the open. "The great value of Mastiha at that time is also shown by the fact that I gave it to her And as a dowry. "... they give it a mastichin head of pentaria (as much) ... and mastichi liters ten ..." Turkish rule In the Ottoman domination the inhabitants dealing with Mastiha had special privileges. Mastichochoria had achieved self-government and simply had to cultivate Mastiha and attribute it to Sakis-hemini (tax collector of Mastiha). In the Koran, Muhammad recommends the use of Mastic to his faithful. The intoxicating aroma of Mastiha was the reason why the Muslims used Mastiha in their bread. EgyptThe Egyptians were throwing Mastic into the clay pots they used for water. Many times they were forced to drink poor quality water and the aroma of Mastiha made it more palatable. Christopher ColumbusThe great explorer Christopher Columbus was amongst others a supplier of medical herbs. He was aware of Medicines from his travels and visits to famous Pharmacies of the time. Of the many plants that were of medical value, Columbus believed that he had recognized aloe, which was used as laxatives in the 15th century, and Mastiha, which had a very high value, thanks to its antibacterial activities and its extensive use Against cholera. On one of his journeys, he visited the island of Chios (the house where it is said to have stayed during his stay there, at Pyrgi, the main village of Mastichohoria) where he recruited many seafarers. Isabella and Ferdinand were in many cases, The financiers of Columbus travels. In return, Colombus supplied them with gifts and what was distinct and valuable in the places they visited. On February 15, 1493, Columbus wrote a letter to Luis De Saint Angel, a treasurer of Aragon, announcing the discovery of Mastiha, In the New World. "To conclude, just for what was done during my trip, their Majesties (Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain) will see that I can give them as much gold as they want me to give me some help, spices and Silk, as their majesty has the ability to load, and Mastiha (emphasis from Columbus) what their majesty wants, which has hitherto been discovered only in Greece on the island of Chios. "If the value of other products were calculated, Based on their weight in silver, Columbus Calculated the value of Mastic in gold!
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