Mastic tree – Pistacia Lentiscus
The mastic tree is one of the many Greek favorite herbs, with special aroma and important therapeutic properties. Besides the strong anti-inflammatory action, the mastic is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and works as a natural painkiller. The healing property however, that makes it special, is the strong antioxidant and anticancer action.
Mastic can be successfully used to counteract infections of the respiratory system, while relieving chronic cough, by calming breathing. The expectorant action of mastic, helps in cases of bronchitis, productive cough, while there has been observed effectiveness in the relief of the symptoms, and prevention of lung cancer.
Widespread particularly for the hygiene of the oral cavity, you will find mastic in both toothpastes and chewing gums, as in pharmaceutical formulations for treatment of infections of the oral cavity. There is certainly no coincidence, as the mastic faces and protects against periodontitis, gingivitis, esophagitis, abscesses and bad breath.
In relation with the digestive system, it is a especially beneficial herb, as it treats diarrhea and dysentery, relieves stomachache, particularly digestive problems. The anti-inflammatory effect of mastic, makes it ideal and effective for treating gastritis, bloating, colitis, duodenal ulcers and hemorrhoids. It is considered a natural stimulant of bowel, and it is a natural mild diuretic.
Studies have shown that mastic, is effective and protects the liver and the heart function, as it reduces the levels of bad cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Mastic, in addition to the many cosmetic uses, is effective for treating dry eye, skin conditions, burns and treats skin infections.
It is worth mentioning that mastic is considered as a natural aphrodisiac. The use of the essential oil and the consumption of mastic helps to increase libido.
There are no reports for special precautions for use, except the fact that mastic should not be excessively consumed during pregnancy, which applies to all the herbs we use.
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