Traditional Chinese Medicine – TCM
“What is well planted will not be uprooted.” – Tao Te Ching
Traditional Chinese medicine as we know it to date is the culmination of nearly 5,000 years of herbal, nutritional, physical, & physiological study. Much like Ayurveda, it is steeped in tradition and closely aligns itself with nature, the elements, & ancestral heritage. It is also like Ayurveda in that it takes a great deal of study to gain even a cursory knowledge of the subject. We do not presume to discuss the finer points of TCM, only to allow the opportunity to try new things and have a little fun along the way.
Included in this month’s parcel are A Gua Sha massage oil and jade scrapper, a Dit Dat Jiao sports liniment, green tea and rose hip tea blend, a specially formulated green tea soap, and spicy ginger buttons.
Spicy Ginger Buttons
Contains Only: Powdered Ginger, Cinnamon, Cocoa, & Carob with Honey as the binding agent.
A heartfelt and sincere THANK YOU to Debi Kuhn for your expertise in kitchen witchery and your willingness to help the Bailiwick team to complete this arduous task.
If you are prone to nausea, indigestion, upset stomach, or even motion sickness, give these spicy ginger buttons a try! Loaded with awesome, these buttons soothe and calm the stomach. Though spicy, you might even find yourself munching on them when you aren’t experiencing tummy troubles. They’re that good.
***Based on a Rosemary Gladstar recipe***
Green Tea Soap
Contains Only: Saponofied oils of Green Tea infused Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, & Castor Oil. Spring Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Vegetable Glycerin, French Clay, Raw Brown Sugar, & Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. Blend of Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, & Grapefruit Essential Oils.
Eucalyptus essential oil is used in this recipe to balance the heavy citrus sweetness of the lemongrass and grapefruit. Raw brown sugar and pink Himalayan sea salt boost lather and produce a longer lasting bar.
Gua Sha Oil
Pronounced “Gwa Sha”
Contains Only: St. John’s Wort & Calendula Flower infused Olive Oil.
This Gua Sha formula is used to regulate and move blood. In this formula, both Calendula officinalis & Hypericum perforatum is used to promote blood circulation.
The concept of moving blood relates to the idea that imbalances and stagnations clog the Qi or life force causing disease, pain, swelling, etc. These herbs used as a massage oil, or in concert with the jade scraper provided, will aid in correcting congestion of blood flow and release toxins to the surface. Gua Sha, or Scraping, is a technique of vigorously rubbing the skin with a smooth-edged object in long sweeping motions until it reddens. This technique pulls underlying congestion to the skin’s surface which helps to restore the natural flow of bodily energies. The process is not considered to be relaxing and some might find it slightly painful. It is for this that we recommend you first try it on yourself, starting with a head and neck. Begin by applying a thin layer of oil to the neck and shoulders. Hold your tool upstream of the tension and smoothly scrape downward and outward pulling the energy away from the point of tension. The area will begin to redden and change color as you work. The different colors indicate different internal issues: pale is blood or qi deficiency, pink indicates normal to mild disorder, red is for heat, dark red is extreme body heat, purple equals stagnation, and blue indicates severe internal cold. The surface bruising will last for a couple of days. To speed recovery and return the skin to normal please refer to the page for the Dit Dat Jiao.
Dit Dat Jiao
Contains Only: Angelica root, Comfrey root, Tienchi ginseng, Cassia bark, Valerian root, Hyssop leaf, Safflower petal, Calendula petal. 90% Isopropyl Alcohol.
Traditionally used for deep muscle soreness, sprains, strains, and contact injury.
Dit Dat Jiao Liniment is an alcohol extract of herbs that is used topically to treat muscle soreness and bruising. Traditionally used by martial artists it encourages the body to heal more effectively. Though we believe in your Kung Fu, we understand that you are likely not a competitive athlete so please feel free to use the Jiao for any muscle, ligament, and bone issue. You will be happy when you do.
Valerian and Hyssop help relax the muscles, while Calendula and Comfrey help to heal damaged tissue. When exercising, toxins generally will build up in the muscles, Angelica helps to remove these toxins after exercise and Cassia Bark help relieve some of the strain and pain on muscles directly after exercise.
For external use only.
Gunpowder Green Tea & Wild Rosehip Tea
Contains Only: Gunpowder Green Tea & wildcrafted Crushed Rose Hips.
A fragrant and cooling green tea – hydrating to the body and clearing to the mind. The rose hips impart a tangy flavor and bright color. Green tea is cooling, with a slightly bitter flavor. Drink it to clear out excess heat, quench your thirst, and refresh your mind. Rose hips are both sour and sweet. They are an excellent addition to green tea because the also help quench thirst and relieve heat. Paired together, these herbs stimulate digestion and provide relief for feelings of abdominal fullness.