Mastic Materia Medica


Mastic resin is available commercially in different grades (1to 5) of purity with grade 1 being the most pure mastic and suitable for human ingestion. Chios mastic has been used since ancient times in cosmetic, pharmaceutical and industrial applications.

Mastic resin and oil have remarkable antibacterial and fungicidal properties. Mastic exerts an antibacterial action against six pathogenic species including staphylococcus. It was also shown to be an anti-fungal agent that destroys Candida albicans. Mastic also has insect repellant properties.

In the U.S. and Japan a medicine made from mastic is used to treat stomachache and gastric ulcers. Regarding the latter, its effectiveness is do in part to its ability to inhibit the bacteria Helicobacter pylori which has been shown to play a role in the development of gastric ulcers. Mastic gum has also been shown to be an effective treatment for duodenal ulcers.

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17 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasm: Syco-Syphilitic
Sefirah: Chokma
Constitutional Type: Hysteria
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: history and plant characteristics; herbal and aromatherapy perspectives; homeopathic remedy Anacardium; homeopathic remedy Platina and the themes of gold; spirit body and klippot; hysteria; Syco-Syphilitic miasm; Chokma

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