Si Jin Bao Green Packaging

Environment Friendly Packaging

Here at Si Jin Bao much care and detail is paid in every step of our products and shipping processes, down to the very function of the color of our bottles.

Our glass and plastic packaging is 100% recyclable.  In addition, our plastic bottles are made from 100% recycled materials.   

Why the green and amber color for our concentrated decoctions as well as topicals? Darker colors protect your product from the heat.  While ideal conditions for storage are in a cool, dark place away from any extreme temperatures or temperature changes, our concentrated decoctions are extremely stable and will hold up well in conditions that are less than ideal.  Also, green and amber glass bottles are preferred for recycling programs.

How to Clean and Reuse Our Bottles

Empty plastic and glass bottles are useful in many ways around your home.  The labels on our bottles peel off easily, especially when soaked in hot water with a little soap.  Be sure to clean the bottles well with hot soapy water after you have removed the label.  The glass bottles may also be sanitized in a dishwasher (not plastic bottles!).

What can you reuse the bottles for?  Here are a few ideas!  There are many more blogs devoted completely to the subject covering everything from decorative lights to flavored toothpicks, so if you don’t see one that fits you below keep looking. 

  1. Make them into mini flower vases. You may use them individually, or tie several together and make a centerpiece with them like Mountain Rose Herbs did in the photo above!
  2. Use the bottles to hold your toiletries for travel. Things like hair oil and face serum will fit perfectly into our 2oz glass bottles and shampoo or body wash is an easy add to our plastic bottles to free up space in your carry-on.
  3. Make a DIY Reed Diffuser.  All you need is a carrier oil, reeds, and your favorite essential oil. Great tutorial on that here.
  4. Make a DIY mouthwash.  Who doesn’t love fresh breath?
  5. And lastly, recycle!

How to Recycle & Reuse Our Shipping Boxes

Did you know that our corrugated cardboard shipping boxes are also 100% recyclable?  Here are some great ideas for use around the house!

  1. Use it as a gardening container.  Poke a few holes in the bottom and voila – the perfect home for a new plant!
  2. Use it in your compost. Cardboard is a great compost material for carbon and helps to improve the carbon to nitrogen ratio. Just tear the box up well before putting it in the bin.
  3. Weeds be gone. Lay a piece of cardboard flat on top of the weeds, and water it thoroughly.  Add soil to the top.  Here is a great video on how that works.
  4. Crafts for the kids.  Check out this website for a few ideas.
  5. Use them for reshipping and a few other ideas (think bird feeders and photo mats).

Stay healthy and help the planet with Si Jin Bao!  Tell us in the comments below how you reuse our bottles and cardboard boxes.

Hua Tuo and The Warlord Cao Cao

華佗 Hua Tuo and The Warlord 曹操 Cao Cao

f華佗 Hua Tuo believed that surgery was only an option for diseases that could not be cured with herbs, exercise, or acupuncture. During that time it was unimaginable for a physician to cut into someone’s body for treatment, so naturally Hua Tuo’s take on surgeries was considered unconventional. To alleviate the pain of the patients he operated on, 華佗Hua Tuo studied ancient methods, searched for herbs far and wide and experimented on anesthetic formulas on his own body. He developed an herbal formula called 麻沸散 Mafeisan, which he served to his patients with wine to strengthen the effects of the anesthetic prescription.

According to the Chinese Western Jin Dynasty’s account “Records of the Three Kingdoms: Biography of Hua Tuo”, in the end, the doctor’s popularity attracted the attention of a warlord named Cao Cao who summoned 華佗 Hua Tuo to help him with the migraines he was suffering from. Unlike other physicians, 華佗 Hua Tuo was successful at alleviating Cao Cao’s pain on most occasions. The doctor suggested a surgical intervention as he believed there was a tumor in Cao Cao’s brain.

The warlord refused to follow the recommendation as he thought 華佗 Hua Tuo was trying to assassinate him. Instead he insisted that 華佗 Hua Tuo became his personal physician and attend to all of his needs whenever necessary. 華佗 Hua Tuo continuously declined Cao Cao’s offer, which was more of a command, and as a result was thrown into prison.

華佗 Hua Tuo's Imprisonment & Death

Before he died in prison, 華佗 Hua Tuo wrote all of his clinical experience down and tried to give it to a prison guard for safe keeping. Out of fear of Cao, the guard refused to accept anything from 華佗 Hua Tuo. As one source sites, “In anger and frustration, 華佗 Hua Tuo burned his manuscripts, turning all of his clinical knowledge to ashes. After Hua Tuo died, he was buried next to a flowing river of clear water – symbolizing that he was cleared from all wrong-doing.”

In the end, Cao Cao learned his lesson the hard way.  His son fell gravely ill shortly after 華佗 Hua Tuo’s death and there was not a physician in the land who could save the young man’s life.

華佗 Hua Tuo died around the age of 100, and it was said that he looked as spry as a young 60 year old.  To this day talented doctors are referred to as “Hua Tuo reincarnated” 華佗再世 Huà Tuó zài shì, a testament to his undeniable contribution to Chinese Medicine.