INTERVIEW SERIES • INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN
With this series I am sharing my absolute admiration and honor of beautiful empowering women whom I feel deeply inspired by. Each is unique but they all share one important quality – living, doing, breathing what they love with authenticity.
I am impressed by their courage, passion and success.
Connecting to women & supporting each other is a theme close to my heart and through this space I will share their beauty and creativity with all of you. Get mesmerized, empowered and inspired!
Time for girl crushes & intriguing details!
This interview is a gem.
May I introduce you a pure artist and magical being – Nitsa Citrine. California born, cosmic light beam.
First stumbled over her beautiful and pure photography on instagram, I was enchanted straight away.
Her art and way of communicating through the lens, connecting to plants and all beings is awe-inspiring and something else.
I am interested in how you can feel a connection to someone through their art and words – all while never even meeting in person.
Not only… is she the creative director for Sun Potion, a company for wild crafted transformational foods
”dedicated to health, happiness and well-being through the use of medicinal plants, superfoods and tonic herbs”
Being a medicinal herb/superfood/high quality advocate myself, I am wholeheartedly supporting companies like Sun Potion who are doing such good. Offering & sharing their knowledge with the rest of the world.
…she embodies a pure magical feminine energy, a lifestyle connected to nature & a spirit full of wisdom and kindness.
I am excited to share with you a glimpse into her inspiring conscious life. Bringing you closer to herbs & transformational tonics.
A delightful informational interview about the beauty in life, creativity, plants and love for tea.
Plus a delicious recipe for ”Super Potent Herbal Lovers Gems” which potent goodness I am enjoying right now while writing.
I feel enriched & so grateul to have connected with you Nitsa. Thank you for your devotion, passion & vision.
PATH OF SERVICE…
Offering my full attention and love to pro-human-and-planet projects, with the vision to create beauty and a high quality of life for all beings.
Celebrate this human experience. And – as Gary Snyder says – when I get it right, pass it on…
WHAT LED YOU TO HERE…
Curiosity, receptivity, obsession with quality, self-trust, surrender.
A TYPICAL DAY…
Morning Meditation. Tea. Tonic Herbal Potion. More Tea. Work – I travel often so the given environment is pretty fluid – though consistent daily elements include responding to emails, communicating with our Sun Potion team, photography, creative strategy, content, design, writing, meetings…. you get the idea. Then some green juice or a light chlorophyll-rich meal midday meal…. More work. Then in the early evening I will make myself (and most days Scott) a relaxing herbal elixir. Then: I prepare dinner. Eat dinner. Read / research / and then a little meditation or bath before sleep… I love the dreamtime. It is a very sacred place for me.
* Again, this may all dissolve If I am traveling….
** If I am not traveling, and am at home in Santa Barbara I make an effort to practice yoga, hike or dance several mornings a week… I love to sauna daily too.
WHAT DOES BEING A WOMAN MEAN TO YOU?
Finding a balance of feminine and masculine energy while celebrating this woman – form.
EXPRESSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS & SUSTAINABILITY?
It is a blessing to land on the planet as a human and I feel it is our inherent responsibility to love and tend to this gift of our (surrounding) environment.
WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?
Love…. access to clean air, water, food, information, community, beauty.
IDEA OF HAPPINESS?
Relaxing, possibly reading, someplace quiet and in nature (with a view!) after a creatively productive morning, sipping a pine pollen elixir…
PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD & WELLNESS?
Educate yourself, listen to the body, stay open and adaptable to its intelligence (and feedback)!
HOW DO YOU CONNECT NATURALISM & THE MODERN WORLD?
Spending time in / with nature as much as possible. I am currently working on a body of work devoted to plant life – called “Conversations with Plants” – which I hope will come through as some form of a bridge between the world of technology / media and the magic of plants….
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Creativity, sincerity, people, love, beautiful food and experiences…. and of course – plants!
Always, all ways…
Never underestimate the powers of honesty and sincerity.
Trust your inner guides!
Advice for women?
Love your body!
Advice for success?
Discipline + Passion… follow the ascending patterns of energy!
Advice for your younger self?
Do not be afraid to ask for help.
Quality in a woman?
Love generously, courageously.
Thing you always carry in your bag?
Floral hydrosol, camera, essential oils, wallet, keys, tea…
Tea, I am currently very excited about the wild teas from Living Tea and the Global Tea Hut community. I drink many bowls of tea every day… Also: Potions. I recently created a media campaign called “A Potion A Day” which is basically my way of inviting and encouraging our global community (through Sun Potion but extending to herbal and plant folk of all backgrounds) to contribute and share their herbal / alchemical rituals… it is so fun to see the level of creativity and love that is coming through for this dialogue!!
Cooking / enjoying a leisurely dinner, usually preceded with some mood – elevating elixirs or perhaps on the right occasion – a glass of biodynamic wine.
Less is more. (except for water, pure spring water and tonic herbs, infinite advocate of these)
Reishi Mushroom. We call her the Queen Healer Mushroom . She is the Queen of immortality, immunity… it is said she “nourishes the heart and pacifies the spirit” and I am so grateful for this herb’s presence in my life… I feel the nerve-pacifying, stress-relieving effects immediately…. I keep a jar within easy reach every time I get on a plane…
…for your soul?
…for your heart?
…for the mind?
…for your body?
…for your spirit?
Mountains by the ocean
Organic Japanese Fare
So many !
— how do I choose?!? —
… Ok. just before sitting down to write this I made myself a “Super Potent Herbal Lovers Gems” which is different from the raw power ball (which I also make as a snack quite often…) because it does not contain any nut butters or fibrous ingredients… it is pretty concentrated in form and easy to digest… so I will share that! ( it put me in a GREAT, creative and cerebral yet grounded mood!!!)
To make 12 bite-size gems:
In a small bowl, melt 3 tbs of raw coconut butter and 3 tbs of raw wildflower (or your favorite) honey in the sun….
In a medium-sized bowl mix 1 tsp of each powdered tonic herb:
Blend these together – through the rainbow swirls of herbs and until they are a nice vibrant brown blend…
½ tsp. ginger powder
½ turmeric powder
1 tsp. cardamom
1 tsp. rose petal powder
½ rsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. anise
Blend into and through the multi-color spectrum until a warm brown blend of herbs and spices….
then, pull the (now organically solar-melted) Coconut butter and Honey into powders…. you will need to whip it in for about 5-7 minutes to get the consistency thick and ambrosia-like…. Then, scoop a half teaspoon into the palm of your hand. Mold it into a little ball then roll it between the palms until smooth….
Repeat this until you have used up or “gem-ed” all of the material. Chill in the fridge – or if you prefer a harder, more taffy- lozenge-like consistency – the freezer.
Enjoy on their own, melted in tea or a warm potion, or add a few to raw granola / ice cream treats…
Eat Trip in Tokyo
Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse
Anything that strikes my fancy in the moment… real time: listening to Lulacruza’s album – Orcas.
It ebbs and flows, in this moment it would be a tie between Winter Light by Ingmar bergman and The Life Aquatic by Wes Anderson.
The only abnormality is the incapacity to Love. – Anais Nin
Impossible to choose one… I just read Georgia Okeefe’s biography and so I am currently feeling very inspired by her work and life… I can say that almost all artists inspire me in one way or another, it is so brave to be an artist….. infinite love and respect!
Pfeiffer Ridge in Big Sur
Way to move?
Ohhh___ this is the most challenging….
heart – leafed philodendron.
Natural fibers, natural dyes, made with love, intelligence in design and function, and most importantly – that feel great! Clothes are food too. ( I keep saying this — clearly i am into the food as clothing concept haha)…