Chios Mastiha in Beauty Care

One of the most exciting uses of Chios mastiha is that in the field of cosmetics. Beauty products based on the precious resin have gained in popularity in the recent years. Mastic is highly-coveted since antiquity because of its therapeutic and cosmetic properties, a claim that is supported by contemporary scientific research. Consequently, the interest …

Chios Mastiha in Medicine and Science

The mastiha tree is an evergreen shrub, belongs to the Anacardiaceae family gender Pistacia lentiscus L and grows in the Mediterranean countries. However, the tree Pistacia Lentiscus Var. Chia is a special variety that grows exclusively in the Southern part of Chios and offers the precious mastiha tears, renowned for their medicinal properties. Chios mastiha …

The Chios Mastiha Trees

During the Ottoman occupation plantation and production of mastiha trees was developed. Prior to the Chios massacre in 1822, production was stable but following the destruction it halted. After 1832 permission was granted for the expatriated Chians to return home. Upon repatriation villagers started plantation again and by 1840 production levels escalated to those prior …

The Chios Mastiha

The History of Mastic The mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus), also called “skinos”, grows all over the Mediterranean. However, the tree Pistacia Lentiscus Var. Chia is a special variety that grows only in the Southern part of Chios and mentions can be dated back to antiquity. Some of the oldest references for mastic are credited to …

Greek Easter Tsoureki & red Eggs : Ancient era and Christianity “marriage”

At least 95 percent of all Greeks claim membership in the Greek Orthodox Church, part of the Eastern Orthodox Church, as the official state of Greece dictates. Until 1054, the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches were one body. Theological, political, and cultural differences split the church in two, and those differences were never completely …

How Easter is celebrated across Greece? Unique Traditions to explore!

Easter is the most important religious holiday of the Orthodox Church marking the resurrection of Christ and the chance of rebirth for mankind. Falling always on a different date, Easter signals the end of the cold days of winter and the beginning of the sunny and warm days of summer. Easter celebrations hold also a …