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Drawing Spirit from Nature

We’re planning a camping trip this Labor Day weekend, and looking forward to how the open air, green forests, scent of pine can be restorative medicine for the body and soul. It seems like a simple enough concept — that nature is good for you — but the subtle web of interconnectedness between humans and their environment was written in ancient doctrines thousands of years ago. Our beauty philosophy is based in this Eastern concept of interconnectedness and peace with nature.

Take, for example, the ingredients that nature provides for us: plants and flowers that flourish and hold within them great powers. To warm and cool. To detoxify and to retain. To nourish and circulate. Every aspect of our work is in honor of these plants.

Another guiding philosophy is the idea that your body, no matter the condition, can only achieve the optimal health and beauty by being in balance with your environment. We often get frustrated and short-tempered when it’s stuffy and hot, or more commonly, feel light-headed and dizzy when there’s a lot of noise and traffic around us. It’s only when we acknowledge these forces, and counteract them by diet, lifestyle, and herbal practice, can we enjoy wellness that is pure and inherent to all of us.

Being in nature brings us closer to these philosophies. In our home state of California, we are lucky to be surrounded by beauty that quiets the soul, rests our mind, and encourages activity through hiking and climbing.  

At the end of this summer season, we leave you with some of our favorite places in nature, and a reminder to find your own source of rest and natural balance.


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A Cup of Wedding Tea

 

We tend to keep personal news quiet, but last December our founder Jess Ng got married. Traveling back to her native Hong Kong for the event, Jess and her soon-to-be-husband threw a small celebration for their closest family and friends.

Today in Hong Kong, most weddings follow the model of a standard Western ceremony, but many couples still choose to honor their heritage by performing a tea ceremony the morning before the reception. An old tradition from Southern China, the tea ceremony is an ancient ritual that marks the joining of two people and their families.

It starts with the bride, in a traditional red wedding garment, frequently embroidered with gold and silver thread in the shape of a dragon and phoenix, the mythical creatures that symbolize “king” and “queen” in Chinese culture. The couple will then present tea to the bride’s parents as a sign of gratitude and respect.

Tea is used for its important role in Chinese culture and history, as well as its ubiquitous use in rituals. The time-honored herbs — lotus seeds and red dates — are added to the tea to signify good health, fortune, and sweetness in the new couple’s life together.

After this, the bride and groom travel to the groom’s house, to perform a symmetric ritual to honor the groom’s family. The whole ceremony is a beautiful act celebrating the importance of family and honoring the roots of an ancient culture.

We leave you with some images from that day that remind us what we love about our heritage.

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Runway Meets Elixir

The images from Spring Fashion Week have left us dreamy and inspired. The mix of florals, Victorian-inspired design, and Asian fabrics seemed straight off our mood boards!

Here are our favorite looks from New York and Paris, and how we’d imagine our elixirs coming to life on the runway.

RoseFashionGucci’s period piece reminds us of the spirit of Rose & Root: romantic, old-fashioned, with an edge of moody darkness. 


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What are Herbal Elixirs?

Elixirs. For some, these products are commonplace and already a part of one’s health routine. For others, the word is a confusing, mystical concept. We’re here to share what our elixirs are, what they’re made of, and how we’ve intended for them to be used.

Our elixirs are unique, concentrated formulations of herbs and flowers, designed to be taken orally in small doses, and built into your lifestyle to nourish, restore, and beautify your skin and body. Each bottle houses a natural formula of whole, traditional plants — and that’s pretty much it. No chemicals, preservatives, herbal extracts, or powders. We make them in small batches and treat each bottle as a precious vial of herbal history.

  They are intended to be taken ritually, one delectable spoonful at a time — a series of moments that serves to pamper the body and complexion, while nourishing and fortifying from within…
 

Our ingredients are organic and wildcrafted, intricately blended and extracted in a water-based process, and preserved with a small touch of organic grape alcohol. Made over weeks to allow each flavor and beneficial constituent to be extracted gently and harmoniously, each is a delicacy that’s meant to be savored by your body.

Tasting similar to a syrup, they are intended to be taken ritually, one delectable spoonful at a time — a series of moments that serves to pamper the body and complexion, while nourishing and fortifying from within. We’ve formulated a collection of elixirs to treat the body and skin during special moments amidst a busy, modern lifestyle, like our Rose & Root elixir for those quiet moments right before bed, to rejuvenate and repair overnight. Or our Interlude elixir, formulate for the recharging moments after a long day at work.

We hope these elixirs succeed in not only bringing about greater nourishment and health for your body and skin, but moments of quiet pampering and peace.

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Inside Dragon Blood

It’s been a couple of weeks since our newest herbal elixir Dragon Blood has come into our lives and we’re feeling more vibrant, more energetic, and overall, bolder and better. So we thought we’d give you a little peek inside the world of elixirs, to give a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Dragon Blood.

…it’s an elixir that pays homage to the darker, more magical side of herbs and Old World traditions

Dragon Blood was formulated out of the need for something powerful for the body and yet gentle enough to be used everyday, something for when the body is fatigued and digestion sluggish. Made with only whole herbs of the highest quality, this elixir brings vibrance, balance, and movement of energy to bodies in need. Inspired by the graceful movement of the mythical dragon, and formulated to be taken whenever the body is feeling tired or out of balance, it’s an elixir that pays homage to the darker, more magical side of herbs and Old World traditions.

 Yet even after months, something was still missing — until a trip to Paris led to explorations around the city’s herboristeries, where we found the European herb that was the missing key. 
 

Since we consider taste to be a key component of efficacy and experience, we spent months improving this formula to reach the perfect balance of flavors and benefits. Yet even after months, something was still missing — until a trip to Paris led to explorations around the city’s herboristeries, where we found the European herb that was the missing key. Large lemon verbena leaves from France, or verveine, a favorite of Western herbology, turned out to complement Dragon Blood’s tart, tropical taste with its bright, herbaceous flavor.

And with that, Dragon Blood came together as a complex, well-rounded herbal delicacy. We’re sure this elixir will be a treat for your body, as well as your taste buds.

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Celebrating the Year of the Monkey

At Reorient, our work is always driven by our love of stories and traditions from the Far East. In this spirit, we’re excited to ring in Chinese New Year next week! It marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey, a mystical animal that has inspired humans for thousands of years.

Here are some of the works of art, artifacts, jewelry, and portraits of monkeys that inspire us, as we look forward to this new year ahead.

1. Monkeys’ Bathing Rituals

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Macaques, or snow monkeys, enjoy the bathing ritual of soaking in Japanese hot springs. Photo via bryan.

2. Monkeys in Jewelry

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Monkeys were a popular motif in European art during the late medieval and early Victorian era. In addition to being entertaining and adorable, they were considered “full of plague-y tricks and the very worst of human vices” and were used to symbolize human follies. Top photo: Victorian brooch with diamonds and pearls, circa 1860, via Phillips. Bottom photo via Sotheby’s.

3. Monkeys in Painting

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Top photo: Ohara Koson, 1910. Bottom photo: Hashimoto Kansetsu, 1940.

4. Monkeys in Ancient Religion

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In Ancient times, baboons and monkeys often played a significant and mysterious role in religion, either as messengers to the Gods or as the physical manifestation of a God. Top photo: Sacred monkeys from the late Heian period, Japan, circa 12th century, via Ashley Van Haeften. Bottom photo: Baboons as depicted in ancient Egyptian art.
 

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What is
Reorient?

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We are a luxury herbal house specializing in the creation of one-of-a-kind edible products for ritual nourishment. Our inspiration comes from old world herbal doctrines that seek to fortify and soothe the body while beautifying from the inside out. This journal is inspired by ancient apothecary cabinets of the Orient, called Chests of 100 Seeds, full of precious herbs and hidden secrets, each one a key to a potential new ritual.

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