As we gear up to launch Vis Clair Suprême, our much-awaited eye treatment, we’re shining a light on some of the ingredients that make it such a powerful formulation. Last week we dove deep into the concept of Gold Remedies, and today we’re extracting one of these potent plants—Roman chamomile—for a little extra attention.
Roman chamomile has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians revered the herb and dedicated it to their sun god—which is not surprising, because as a heliotropic plant, the daisy-like flowers (which so resemble miniature suns themselves) eagerly turn their faces toward the sun. In the Middle Ages, Roman chamomile was planted in garden walkways because being tread upon actually seemed to vitalize the plant, causing it to release its powerful apple-like fragrance. Adorably, in eras past, the herb was considered the “Plants Physician,” known to boost the health of drooping or sickly plants when planted nearby. (Negligent plant moms—take note.)
Often associated with the liver, Roman chamomile is known to moderate imbalances in water and warmth processes by stimulating fluids to absorb excess heat, then transporting them away from the affected site. When a symptom, such as spasms, is improved by warmth, Roman chamomile encourages fluids to release their warmth into affected tissues. But when conditions are improved by cold (like in the case of puffiness or inflammation), it may stimulate the absorption of heat. In Chinese medicine, on a non-physical level, the liver embodies the ability to formulate plans and strategies, develop a vision, and harness the powers of imagination and creative energy that result in growth. The herb has also received a slice of fame for its anti-anxiety and sedative merits (and nothing makes an eye brighter than a good night’s sleep). It’s often applied topically to ameliorate skin irritations such as redness or rashes, or diffused in the quest for an allergy-free spring.
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