Welcome to our big mastic test 2022. Here we present all the mastic products we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.
We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best mastic product for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy mastic.
- 1 The most important facts
- 2 The Best Mastic: Our Picks
- 3 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying mastic
- 4 Decision: What types of mastic products are there and which is the right one for you?
- 5 Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate mastic
- 6 Facts worth knowing about mastic
The most important facts
- Mastic is found exclusively on the Greek island of Chios – hence the name “The Tears of Chios”. The resin drips from the mastic bush and is harvested by hand and can be used immediately.
- The mastic pistachio has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects. Especially in the stomach, intestines, oral cavity and on the skin, mastic unfolds its healing and soothing powers.
- The resin is processed into various forms. The most popular are pure tears, capsules and creams.
The Best Mastic: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying mastic
What effect does mastic have?
The tears of Chios – even the name sounds promising. Mastic has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years.
The resin of the “Pistacia lentiscus” tree is found exclusively on the Greek island of Chios and is therefore unique worldwide.
The essential oils and alpha-pinene contained in the gum resin are responsible for its healing properties. Pinene is responsible for an aromatic smell and also stimulates the nervous system. In combination, the two ingredients have an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effect.
As you can see, mastic is a true all-rounder – it not only ensures that viruses, bacteria and fungi have no chance of settling in your body, but also that their reproduction and spread is prevented.
In the mouth and throat, Chios tears also strengthen the gums and freshen the breath. But you can also benefit from soothing and healing effects on your skin and mucous membranes.
Did you know: The mastic tree is a close relative of the pistachio tree. Hence the name “Pistacia lentiscus”.
What do I use mastic for?
Mastic is, contrary to what you might expect, an almost all-rounder. The gum resin is particularly often used for oral complaints.
You can use mastic mouthwash, chewing gum and toothpaste to treat bad breath, gum problems, tooth decay and plaque.
The use of mastic is also highly recommended for gastrointestinal complaints. In addition to the effects already mentioned, mastic protects your mucous membranes and thus relieves the pain of an overstimulated digestive system.
Superpowers: Mastic fights “Helicobacter pylori” – the trigger of stomach ulcers.
The tears of Chios also work wonders on your skin. You can use them for everyday care or to prevent wrinkles.
Studies have also shown that the resin is effective for scarring, wounds and other skin irritations.
How much does mastic cost?
You can buy mastic in many different forms and for many different purposes. In this article, we will focus on the health applications.
Here you can expect a comparably fair price. The costs vary depending on the effect, use and ingredients.
For capsules, you can expect a price of 12 to 20 euros per 100 ml, depending on the intended use and other ingredients.
Due to the skin-rejuvenating and clarifying effect, you have to calculate a somewhat higher price for creams than for drops. Here, 100 ml of cream costs between 32 and 35.50 euros.
With pure mastic – the tears – you have to reckon with a comparatively somewhat more expensive price. For example, 100 grams will cost you between 23 and 55 euros.
|Product||Price per 100 g||Price per actual filling quantity|
|Capsules||30 – 37 € (ml)||27 – 34 €/ 90 capsules|
|Tears||23 – 55 €||16,5 – 27,5 €/ 50 g|
|Cream||32 – 35,50 €||16 – 17,75 €|
What alternatives are there to mastic?
Olibanum or as you may know it: Frankincense. Not only the three holy kings used the odour-intensive resin, but also medicine.
Frankincense can be used as oil, capsules or creams, or in the classic way of incense burning. Frankincense is very versatile in its use and effect.
Another resin that offers you an alternative to mastic is spruce resin. The advantage of this is that the tree is native to our area and you can easily collect the resin yourself and use and process it as you wish.
Important: The tree produces resin to protect and heal itself. Therefore, you have to be very careful and cautious when harvesting.
If you are already familiar with other of our posts, you will certainly know the following alternative: helpful calamus. Like mastic, this marsh plant is rich in essential oils and similarly efficient in its use and effect.
In the following table you will find a detailed overview of the healing powers and applications of frankincense, spruce and co:
|Frankincense||Calming, disinfecting, anti-inflammatory, euphoric, immune-boosting and relaxing||Gum inflammation, gastrointestinal complaints, joint inflammation, brain tumours, cancer, respiratory complaints and depression|
|Spruce resin||Stimulating, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic||Wounds, skin irritations, gout, rheumatism, colds, sore throats and for general musculoskeletal pain|
|Calamus||Flatulent, antispasmodic, antibacterial, sedative and anti-inflammatory||inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth, gum problems, skin irritations, stomach ulcers, stomach cramps and indigestion|
Decision: What types of mastic products are there and which is the right one for you?
The processing forms are suitable for your complaints in different ways. Depending on the effect you want to achieve and where you want to achieve it, you will find products that respond exactly to your wishes.
Whether you are struggling with gastrointestinal problems or your skin is not calming down, mastic offers you a solution.
The most popular forms of Chios tears are:
- Mastic tears
- Mastic Cream
- Mastic Capsules
Depending on which processing the mastic pistachio suits you best, there are certain advantages and disadvantages, which we explain below to help you make the right decision.
What distinguishes mastic tears and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
The name “The Tears of Chios” does not come from anywhere. Before mastic is processed into a product, the resin is first made into small tears, which you can see in the picture.
However, these are not only useful for making other products, but the tears themselves also have healing properties.
The big advantage is that you can be sure that the drops are free of preservatives and additives.
The production consists of only two steps: First the resin has to be harvested and then only washed – pure nature. The taste is very aromatic and slightly bitter.
You can use the tears as natural chewing gum. In this way you strengthen your gums, help irritated oral mucosa to heal and fight bad breath.
The gum is also said to give you a bright white smile.
In summary, Chios tears are like natural all-in-one chewing gum. The difference with normal chewing gum is that mastic is a little tougher than normal chewing gum, which is why you can use it to train your jaw muscles.
What makes mastic cream special and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Mastic pistachio unfolds its healing powers in creams, especially for irritated or tired skin. The refreshing and regenerating effect is immediately noticeable and makes you feel good again.
The cream is normally very rich, but is nevertheless quickly absorbed and thus gives you a feather-light feeling.
Another popular effect is the anti-ageing effect. The rejuvenating powers of the tears reduce wrinkles and make the skin look smooth.
The essential oils of mastic are often used in combination with shea butter, bamboo butter, avocado butter and other oils.
If you make sure that the other ingredients are also as natural, rich and healing as possible, you can benefit from an even more intense effect and save money on endless other products at the same time.
What distinguishes mastic capsules and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
Even small doses, as contained in the capsule, work wonders. In this form, mastic is particularly suitable for treating stomach and intestinal complaints of all kinds. Taken in the morning on an empty stomach, its effect is particularly intense.
For example, they reduce acid regurgitation, heartburn and gastritis.
You can also use them to prevent cramps or pains that you would otherwise feel when you eat something.
Mastic capsules can easily be taken with a few large sips of water or juice. You virtually flush the tears of Chios directly into your stomach, where they also start to work immediately.
Most of the ingredients are natural or at least not dangerous or bad for your body. However, you have to bear in mind that plastics are often used to make the capsule shell.
Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate mastic
Below we show you how to find the mastic product that best suits your needs.
Use the following criteria to compare the different products:
- Healing effect
- Side effect
In the next few paragraphs we will go into more detail on the individual aspects and explain what is important.
One of the most important criteria you should pay attention to are the ingredients. Before you buy a mastic product, make sure that they work mainly with natural, environmentally friendly products.
This is especially important with mastic, as mastic already has healing effects as a pure resin and therefore additives are not absolutely necessary.
In addition, with a little background knowledge, you can buy products that treat several of your complaints at the same time.
For example, with creams: With mastic you get a rejuvenated and refreshed skin. If you buy a cream that contains not only mastic, but also almond oil (for a radiant complexion) and shea butter (for dry and irritated skin), you will benefit several times over.
The application varies from product to product. It depends not only on the form in which you use mastic, but also on what it is used for. For example, you may have to adjust the dosage for mild complaints.
If the symptoms are particularly intense, it is advisable to consult a doctor.
Creams are of little concern here. Simply apply them to the affected area on the face, neck and décolleté. However, make sure that your skin is suitable for the cream and that you are not allergic to any ingredients.
There’s not much to worry about with tears either, as you’ll spit them out after a while.
You can chew the gum until it stops tasting good or you get tired of chewing. With tears, you always know best when enough is enough.
Only with capsules should you follow the consumption recommendation exactly and always drink plenty of water. Capsules have a more intensive effect, and if you overdose, they can cause new complaints or even make them worse.
The healing effect of mastic is always similar, but has different effects in different areas.
For example, for digestive problems and gastrointestinal complaints, you should mainly use capsules. Their antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal powers can then unfold directly in your stomach.
Tears offer a transition to this. These can prevent and combat side effects of stomach complaints such as bad breath and gum problems.
The cream, on the other hand, is only intended for external use. The basic effect of mastic remains the same, but it manifests itself differently on the skin than in the stomach, for example. The cream has a regenerating, refreshing and rejuvenating effect.
There are no known side effects of mastic. However, you should always follow the recommended dosage, otherwise you could overstimulate your body.
You should also make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in creams, capsules and the like, or that you do not tolerate them well.
Mastic is only found on the island of Chios. There, the resin has to be harvested by hand by farmers and mastic growers.
The first product is produced directly during the harvest: mastic tears. These are then processed into other products. So you don’t have to think too much about the production of mastic.
In most cases, mastic is produced under environmentally friendly, natural conditions.
Facts worth knowing about mastic
How and when is mastic used as a building material?
Mastic is often used in the building industry because of its consistency and ease of processing. For example, you can find the sticky resin in special asphalt, as a sealant or floor covering.
How and when is mastic used as an adhesive?
The resin is a very popular adhesive due to its consistency. Mastic is often used as a skin adhesive by make-up artists and make-up enthusiasts.
Watch the video to see how you can easily create a cool festival look for the summer with mastic.
Tip: You can also use mastic glue for scary Halloween costumes and funny carnival costumes.
Can mastic be used in ice cream?
Mastic can also be used to add a special flavour to your food. With just a teaspoon, you can give yoghurt or, as in the video, ice cream that certain something.
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