Mastic 'tears' have been harvested for at least 2,500 years since Greek Antiquity. The gum was first mentioned by Hippocrates who used mastic ‘tears’ for the prevention of digestive problems, colds and as a breath freshener. In fact the word mastic is derived from Greek “μαστιχειν” meaning "to gnash the teeth", which in turn became the source of the English word ‘masticate’.
The gum was widely used and its flavour appreciated. Roman emperors included it in a spiced wine and under the Byzantine Empire, the emperor had a monopoly on the trade of mastic. In those days mastic was worth its weight in gold and the thieves of the precious gum were executed!
How to Use Vessel Hydrolates Safely:
Our hydrolates are very versatile and there are endless ways to enjoy them!
• As a face or body mist (close your eyes if spraying your face or neck)
• All over your feet to refresh and control the odour
• Over your clean hair to cool down or simply relax
• In your room to enhance relaxation, meditation or general ambiance (avoid spraying on upholstery, curtains, polished surfaces, wood, etc.)
• In your car to freshen up (avoid upholstery, fragile surfaces, etc.)
• Use in place of water and combine with some clay to make a clay face mask
• Add a splash to your bath water Simply use:
• In place of a cleanser or toner – simply splash some on a cotton pad and wipe
• In place of water in your lotions and potions