In Turkish Salep, from Arabic سَحْلَب (saḥlab, “type of orchid”) is a flour made from the tubers of the orchid genus Orchis (including species Orchis mascula and Orchis militaris). These tubers contain a nutritious, starchy polysaccharyde called gluccomannan. Salep is valued not only for its delightful taste but for its health benefits. It’s said to relieve chest congestion and bronchitis, be good for the heart and increase energy levels. Mastika (mastic gum) has been used as a health food for many years. It has also been used to prevent dental carries, heal mouth ulcers and other gum problems and reduce cholesterol and treat skin ulcers.