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Here's a herb I hadn't heard of with an interesting story to tell...
May 29, 2000 -- To raise funds for his famous expedition,
Christopher Columbus reportedly promised he would bring
back four precious commodities: gold, spices, cotton, and
Gold? Of course. Spices? Certainly. But mastic? Mastic
oil comes from the sap of a rare cousin of the pistachio
tree. In ancient times, doctors, including Hippocrates and
Galen, prized it for its ability to cure stomach ulcers and
gum disease. ...
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....