Mastic (Mastic tree)

The leaves and bark of the Mastic tree stop the lask, the bloody flux, spitting of blood, the pissing of blood, and all other fluxes of blood: they are also good against the falling sickness, the falling down of the mother, and coming forth of the fundament.

The gum Mastic hath the same virtue, if it be relented in wine and given to be drunk.

Mastic chewed in the mouth is good for the stomach, stayeth vomiting, increaseth appetite, comforteth the brains, stayeth the falling down of the rheums and watery humors, and maketh a sweet breath.

The same infused in Rosewater is excellent to wash the mouth withal, to fasten loose teeth, and to comfort the jaws.

The same spread upon a piece of leather or velvet, and laid plasterwise upon the temples, stayeth the rheum from falling into the jaws and teeth, and easeth the pains thereof.

It prevaileth much against ulcers and wounds, being put into digestives and healing unguents.

It draweth phlegm forth of the head gently and without trouble.

It is also used in waters which serve to cleanse and make fair the face with.

The decoction of this filleth up hollow ulcers with flesh if they be bathed therewith.

It knitted broken bones, stayeth eating ulcers, and provoketh urine.

Gerard, p. 1432-3.

Köhler, 130. Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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