Magnolia buds are out in Melbourne. We use them for the nasal congestion of colds,sinusitis, and hayfever. The hairs can be a little irritating though so the buds are put in cloth bags when we brew tea from them.
The drawing is from “Famous Flowers of China”
The Moxa Punk will often show people how they can keep themselves well. Here’s a video showing how to do Japanese rice grain moxibustion. Thanks to Michael Warren.
The fruit looks enough like Christmas baubles to make this timely. And the liquid amber fruit near my house is fruiting. We use liquid amber fruit or lu lu tong 路路通 to relieve pain and regulate menstruation. It is particularly good for breast pain and can help free up the flow of breast milk. It is used with star jasmine vine in Nanjing to relieve the pain of herpes zoster. And it’ll look good hanging from the Christmas tree, glittered up a little perhaps.