Pistachio mastic

Pharmacy name: resin from the bark of a tree – Mastix.

Botanical description. Evergreen tree up to 5 m in height, with resinous bark, leathery leaves and small red flowers collected in a panicle or brush. It grows in the Mediterranean, in the Canary Islands.

Active ingredients: alcohol-soluble and alcohol-insoluble resinous substances, essential oil, bitterness.

Application. Formerly processed to make plasters, mouth rinses, and tooth fillings. Also used for gluing bandages.

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