In the Chinese tradition, there is no better way to warm the body than to drink hot herbal tea, and with the Winter Solstice on November 7th, we invited our Six Arts Experience Card Members to join us in the Chinese Medicine Cabinet Gallery to learn how to make their own herbal tea sachets.
Our guests first learned about the common types of herbs used in herbal teas and their respective benefits:
Crystal sugar: increases vitality, nourishes the stomach and lungs
Dried orange peel: nourishes the spleen, reduces phlegm
Dried chrysanthemum: removes excess heat, nourishes the liver, detoxifies the body
Dried honeysuckle: removes excess heat, detoxifies the body, reduces inflammation
Our guests also had the chance to 抓药 (zhuā yào) and weigh the herbs with traditional measuring scales. The term 抓药 (literally means “grab” medicine) was penned by Sun Simiao, a proficient student of medicine during the Tang Dynasty and author of Qianjin Fang and other works that have been passed down through the generations.
Our instructor introduced how to use the traditional Chinese scale.
With marked graduation, the steelyard has a sliding weight on one side and a pan on the other.
The farther the weight is from the lifting string, the heavier the measured is.
When using the scale, we put the items on the pan and move the sliding weight until the steelyard is balanced.
The graduation where the sliding weight is placed reflects the actual weight of the item.
Our guests were intrigued by the traditional scale and had a try themselves.
Our Six Arts Experience Card Members became acquainted with a few types of Chinese herbs and the use of traditional scales, and also made their own herbal tea sachets. As the cold of winter arrives, we invite you to have a heartwarming DIY experience at Six Arts!