MIRON: violet glass
Miron, is pronounced 'me-rone' with the R being rolled. The origins and meanings of the word are interesting to note: Greek "myrrh", Sanskrit "clothes basket" and Hebrew "holy place" and is one option in their lexicon to name a child.
Since the dawn of human existence on Earth, we've had to invent solutions for the storage and transportation of food, water and medicines. The technologies for achieving this have evolved with us as survival circumstances modify from one generation to the next. In ancient times, our distant ancestors would utilize natural materials from their local surroundings. The prevailing methods put into practice nowadays by domesticated civilization are plastic, metal alloys and glass. Some containment materials are better suited to the task than others when it comes to bio-compatibility and preservation of life force. There are influences at play in the environment that diminish the quality and efficacy of the nourishing substances we harvest and there are also ways to minimize the impact of these corrosive energies.
Originally, hunter gatherer cultures, of which few remain, would create ingenious tools for collecting and delivering food, water and medicines. Things like stone, tree bark, branches, leaves, grasses and animal hides were routinely employed and strategically manipulated into containment vessels. These crafts are quite resilient and elegant, as well as being organic and gentle to the contents therein.
Apparently, the early egyptians were the first people recorded to produce dark violet glass. They were sophisticated enough to understand that certain substances required an absence of light in order to preserve their vital essences. Gold was another manufactured ingredient put into practice for this purpose. Water and precious oils were safely stored in gold and dark violet vessels. Many years later, some of these sacred liquids have been recovered and found to be nearly as viable as the time they were sealed. This phenomenon has been routinely repeated under the scrutiny of modern scientists, as we will see further on.
Then there's evidence that the alchemists of the middle ages were also privy to the protective qualities that this particular glass provided. Just imagine the mastery with which they weaved together volatile chemicals and mysterious elements. Within their guild, surely they were aware of how electromagnetic influences could serve to diminish the potency of fluids and the ability of hermetically hued glass to augment the power of their potions. Not to even mention the extent to which they facilitated the use of gold. That would be another writing entirely.
The production of dark violet glass has fallen out of favor since that arcane era. Mainly because of corporate financial interests in the mass market of manufacturing disposable products to satisfy hypnotized consumers who've fallen under the spell that their health isn't worth it. For the sake of convenience and the economical bottom line, we've traded high quality processes for cheap, low grade technology. The truth is that plastic, metal alloys and lighter shades of glass, pale in comparison and can't hold a candle up to the opaque shadow that violet glass casts over them.
The most recent incarnation of this wizardly glassware was brought forth with the finest of swiss craftsmanship by the scientist Yves Kraushaar. After fourteen years of experimental development, he finally perfected the unique Miron glass as we now know it. Then, in the hands of the european company "MironViolettglas", the first production began in 1996 and consisted of four different bottle types designed for packaging medicines. The patent protecting the name Miron, was granted in the year 2000 and production has expanded into the world market since then.
Now that's all very interesting but what's so special about this inky black glass? Come with me down the rabbit hole.
We all understand that sunlight enables plants to grow. However, the effect of the suns light changes after harvesting, accelerating the molecular decaying process. Miron glass is an antioxidant glass that works essentially like a natural filter. Quality and aromas are improved by allowing in the three frequencies of light that have been found to nurture and protect all organic matter: visible violet light, non-visible UVA and far-Infrared lights.
The human eye can only see the rainbow spectrum of colors with red at one end and violet at the opposite. Beyond these two colors are the infrared and ultraviolet spectrums of non-visible light. Miron glass looks black, yet is truly violet and only penetrable to the visible spectrum of violet light, hence its color. It effectively refracts the entire midrange spectrum of light.
Non-visible UVA light is a small spectrum with in the larger band of ultraviolet light and is responsible for retarding the growth of bacteria, mold and pathogens in Miron glass. This light is what keeps violet bottled drinking water fresh and vital for weeks on end. Non visible far-infrared light is a powerful healing frequency within the larger band of infrared light and sustains the molecular viability and structure of goods stored in Miron glass. These two frequencies are used nowadays in many healing modalities and technologies, such as saunas and dentistry. It's also common for bottled water companies and municipalities to use UV light as a step in their purification process. (I personally advocate the avoidance of bottled and tap liquids, giving preference to pure living spring water collected from the source)
The combination of these three frequencies of light is the brilliance of Miron glass science. A harmony of vibration is created that allows what is stored to be nurtured while it sets. Quite the opposite of the constant degradation products in transparent glass, plastic and other packaging generally receive. We are what we eat, so the question is simply this: would you rather ingest something that is constantly infiltrated by degrading lights, off-gassing toxins and xeno-estrogens, or something that is being nurtured and effectively sung to by a harmony of resplendent rays through an inert and attractive dark violet glass bottle?
Let's go a little bit deeper. The term biophotonics is made up of two Greek words: “bios” for life and “phos” for light. Bio-photonics addresses medical and human science questions in the form of light based technologies. The main point of bio-photonic research is the application of the characteristics of light on food production, bio-technology and medicine. With the help of light, images of microscopically small processes within living cells can be observed quickly and undisturbed.
UV light is subdivided into three bands: UVA (320-400 nm), UVB (290-320 nm) and UVC (290 nm). UVC is filtered out by the ozone layer of the stratosphere and therefore practically never reaches the surface of the Earth. UVC and UVB are able to induce mutations of the genome and can easily cause skin cancer after intense exposure to sun in individuals suffering from xeroderma pigmentosum, a well known genetic disease. Interestingly, such genetic mutations are reversible by UVA and violet light by means of so-called photo repair.
Fritz-Albert Popp, the biophysicist and pioneer to birth bio-photonics, was mainly interested in the interactions of light and biological systems. He developed a method of irradiation that could predict which chemicals had a carcinogenic potential and summarized his findings. His hypothesis, that ultra-weak UVA-light was produced somewhere in the body, was revolutionary. If light does exist in the body, why hadn't natural science discovered this yet? We now know that the desirable frequency of ultraviolet light matches exactly that of our nervous systems vibration.
Clear, green and brown glass are permeable in the visible light spectrum and don’t offer enough protection against decomposition caused by light. As an experiment, several herbs and spices were stored for three months in several types of glass: clear, brown and violet. After two months, the visible quality change was recorded with photographs and the difference in smell determined in a blind test with volunteers. The illustration shows clearly that the chive samples that were exposed to the sun have bleached in brown and clear glass and the sample stored in miron violet glass has no color change. The smell of the chives stored in Miron glass was also clearly stronger and fresher.
In order to more easily prove the quality protection given to food stored in Miron glass, a microbiological experiment was carried out with cherry tomatoes. During this test, a cherry tomato was stored for seven months in a clear glass and another in Miron glass bottle and kept at room temperature where sunlight could reach it. The result was then photographed and the microbiological changes of the tomatoes can be clearly seen. No contest.
I've done my own experiments at home and am convinced that miron glass is indeed superior to all other types of glass. It's the ideal bottle choice for carrying water, housing precious oils, safekeeping herbs and long term storage of seeds. When it comes to preservation of quality, enhancing the life force and sheer elegance, hands down, Miron can't be beat.
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Feature photo from Daniel Vitalis of: Surthrival
Another company that uses Miron for the finest in health, beauty and oral care is Living Libations