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 creations 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 is evidence that the alchemists of the Middle Ages were also privy to the protective qualities that this particular glass provided. The production of dark violet glass has fallen out of favour since that era. Corporate financial interests influence the mass market of manufacturing of disposable products to satisfy consumers and industry. Packaging is big business. For the sake of convenience and the economical bottom line, 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.
Now that is 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 sun's 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 colours with red at one end and violet at the other. Beyond these two colours are the infrared and ultraviolet spectrums of non-visible light. Miron glass appears black, yet is truly violet and only penetrable to the visible spectrum of violet light, hence its colour. It effectively refracts the entire midrange spectrum of light.
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.
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. 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 by a harmony of life supporting 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 (200-290 nm). The majority of 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.
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 colour 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 a 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.
We have conducted our own experiments at home and are 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, long term storage of seeds and many other things. When it comes to preservation of quality, enhancing the life-force and for its sheer beauty and elegance, Miron violet glass cannot be beaten.
Our drinking water being "charged" by sunlight in a Miron glass bottle.
(Adapted from an article by David Whipple, with his kind permission