Mastic Tree (Pistacia lentiscus)
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The resin ‘mastic’ is obtained by making incisions in the bark (not the trunk) of the tree from mid summer to the autumn. It can be dried and used as a powder, or distilled for oil and essence. It is used in high grade varnishes, as a fixative in perfumes, tooth pastes, glue (especially for false beards), embalming, a temporary filling for teeth etc[7, 11, 46, 57, 64, 171, 200, 238]. It is used to seal the edges of microscope mounts and is also chewed to preserve the teeth and gums.
An oil obtained from the seed is used for lighting, soap making etc[7, 89].
The leaves contain up to 19% tannin, they are often used as an adulterant of sumac, Rhus coriaria.
Cultivation & Habitat
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