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Small Pistacia lentiscusGum Mastic
Pistacia lentiscus
This aromatic resin comes from Chios, the birthplace of Homer. The small evergreen tree, Pistacia lentiscus, is native to Mediterranean Europe and North Africa but will only release its sap (gum/resin) in select places, like the fertile southern of the Greek island Chios. Although some sources identify mastic as Sun, it is more like Mercury - clarifying, quickening, brightening, and good for concentration.

Smoldered 2-1 with rosemary, gum mastic is considered an aid to study, and is a good base for various types of incense for ceremonial magic. An ingredient in various kyphi recipes, the ancient Egyptians imported large quantities of the translucent yellow resin. In early modern grimoires, gum mastic appears as a suffumigation of Mercury and as a binder for magical inks. The below formula is typical of grimoire-type recipes and can be used in general magical workings to raise power and to purify the area. Other recipes include such ingredients as mace, brandy, and vervain.

     Ceremonial Magic Incense
     3 parts frankincense
     1 part gum mastic
     1 part sandalwood

Mastic, the original chewing gum and breath-freshener, gives us the root to the verb "masticate." It is not a surprise then, that this ancient sap has recently been "proven" to prevent and potentially treat various oral and gastrointestinal diseases (an outcome known to our ancestors for millennia). Dioscorides describes its use for stomach ailments, and Christopher Columbus found mastic to be an aid in the treatment for cholera. As an antibacterial and anti-fungal, more recently mastic has been used to get rid of Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers. (Its use in the pharmaceutical industry and the limited geographical areas in which the trees release their sap - Chios is the only location where mastic is regularly cultivated - account for its rising prices.) Mastic is also used in cooking as a spice, to lend a particular texture, and to flavor a wide variety of dishes (as an additive and as a smoke).

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Protection Spells
Binding Spells (Mercurial combining, not Saturnian constraint)
Acquiring Magickal Skills

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