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A Brief Interlude

A Brief Interlude

Dear Friends, As we move through spring, that amazing cool breeze of change moves through us. Each year it is a time to renew, to clean out the dusty corners, and to welcome in new life. For us, this particular spring brings a chance to shift, and take a break from...

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Our Ramblings on International Women’s Day

Our Ramblings on International Women’s Day

I know of the leafy paths that the witches take... -Yeats Whenever people visit our workspace, with piles of herbs in dark corners and long, stringy roots steeping in jars of alcohol, we hear the word "witchy" used more than a few times. We take it as a compliment,...

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Walls: Dreams from the Han Dynasty

Walls: Dreams from the Han Dynasty

Our spirits dwell in the early spring of old China, amidst quince blossoms and new peonies. We find our home, however, in Northern California, and while buds are starting to swell on the magnolia trees and narcissus blooms are abundant, it is still too cold to sit in...

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Mythical Scents

Mythical Scents

Flowers really do intoxicate me. - Vita Sackville-West [sc:"black-dash"]According to Chinese medicine, scent has its own healing power, and here in our kitchens when we open a bag of lavender or a satchel of rose petals, we know this to be true. An arpeggio in time,...

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Heat of the Night: A Traditional Ginger Foot Bath

Heat of the Night: A Traditional Ginger Foot Bath

Here in northern California, our drought has ended, and we are grateful! The constant rain, however, has left us feeling that kind of chill that is hard to shake. Ancient Chinese medicine tells us that cold and dampness can easily enter the body in this environment,...

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To The Muses

To The Muses

To our muses, daughters of memory, who provoke in us a spark of longing as they cooly radiate that otherworldly spirit of passion and artistry. Shrouded in silks and golden threads, these women are the embodiment of fine Chinese art. They blur the lines between Old...

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Will The Rooster Crow For You?

Will The Rooster Crow For You?

Chinese New Year celebrations have begun, and it’s one of our favorite times of year -- offering the promise of a fresh cycle and new opportunities. This holiday also marks the passing of the torch in the Chinese zodiac, as we shift now out of the year of the Monkey...

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Vibrant Beginnings

Vibrant Beginnings

January 28th marks the beginning of the longest and most widely celebrated holiday in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese New Year is an auspicious time, an ideal opportunity to set new intentions, clear out last year’s ghosts and cobwebs, and revitalize. We plan to...

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Look Into Our Drawer of Remedies

Look Into Our Drawer of Remedies

I’m so pleased today to unveil something that we’ve been working on for the past few months -- our latest product offering, a collection of nourishing treasures designed to supplement your regular elixir routine. Medical texts from ancient China speak of the potency...

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Chinese Ghost Stories

Chinese Ghost Stories

With Halloween right around the corner, I’m honoring one of my favorite holidays with creative costumes and fun parties, and -- in the Reorient style -- tales of mystery and otherworldly creatures. I love a good horror movie, but what I love more are the classic...

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