Think of the eyes as they dance through conversation, flutter across a striking landscape, or seek that which they desire. It's been said that the eye has to travel. And eyebright, one of the key ingredients in our PHYTAU™ Complexe at the center of Vis Clair Suprême, embodies this sentiment precisely.
Eyebright is a free spirit—so, naturally, we love it. The annual herb, which bears darling white or purple veined flowers, is native to the U.K., but has become naturalized in the U.S. It grows best on its own terms (kind of like a weed, but who’s judging), specifically in wild grasslands and alkaline soil, and if forced to stay contained within the parameters of a garden, it prefers comingling with other plants as opposed to being isolated in its own lonely patch.
Long used in medicinal applications—many of which pertain to the eye—eyebright can be diluted in water and used as an allergy and irritation-combatting eye wash or topically as a tincture to address puffiness and dark circles. For the more esoteric among us, eyebright has also been applied to the eyelids at bedtime to inspire prophetic dreams and during the day to help one see situations more clearly.
In the study of Anthroposophy, eyebright is classified under The Bitter Principle. Simply put, it’s not the plant itself that is bitter, but a constituent of the plant that creates that bitter “action”—the stimulation of secretions by the salivary glands and digestive organs which improves both the function of your digestive system and the flavor profile of your Negroni. When it comes to the skin and body, bitters are known to stimulate flow and self-repair mechanisms, aid in detoxification (specifically of the liver—to which the eyes are closely associated), help calm the nervous system, assist in fluid dysregulation (aka help de-puff), and address redness, swelling, allergies, and general stress.
Overall, eyebright is considered to be uplifting. It’s named after one of the three Charities of the Hellenic Pantheon—Euphrosyne, Goddess of Joy and Mirth. And in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, Eyebright Ale was believed to cheer the spirit. (That could have been the ale part, but we’ll take it.) When it comes to the health and beauty of eyes themselves, it’s a welcome addition to a stellar lineup of the highly effective—and deeply complex—characters in Vis Clair Suprême.
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