Mastic gum (Chios Mastiha) which is only grown on the Greek island of Chios in the Aegean and is the natural resin of the pistacia lentiscus tree has been known as an effective ingredient in the treatment of stomach pains, gastric disorders, digestive problems and stomach ulcers since ancient times. According to more recent clinical studies Chios Mastiha has proven action against Helicobacter Pylori, contributes positively in preventing and treating Crohn's disease and constitutes the most natural way to treat peptic disorders.
It's the original Greek superfood as well as being gluten free and can be used in a variety of ways. It's popular as a chewing gum but can also be used as a flavouring in cooking by freezing the tears and then crushing them into a fine powder. It can then be added to your baking, jellies, custards, yoghurt, ice creams, mousses or panna cotta.
You can also create a digestive drink by adding 50g of mastiha tears to 1L of filtered water and letting it steep overnight. You can make up to 10L of this drink by reusing the mastiha tears.