NITSA CITRINE- Creative Director, Sunpotion
"BEAUTY IS ENERGY THAT CAN BE SHARED THROUGH ANY MEDIUM. IT TRANSCENDS TIME AND SPACE AND HAS THE CAPACITY TO NOURISH THE HEART AND UPLIFT THE SPIRIT IN MYSTERIOUS AND POWERFUL WAYS."
RITUAL • What are your daily inner + outer rituals to cultivate beauty and radiance?
I love to begin each morning with a large glass of water, then several rounds of tea - currently I am very fond of wild leaf, old-growth Pu-erh. On a good day, I enjoy my tea in silence, before interfacing with technology or the external world. I like to float in that yummy space between dream and waking, and softly invite my intention and vision for the day. The Tea Practice is usually followed with a Potion - a warm or room temperature blend of tonic herbs (every day I take ashitaba, reishi, he shou wu, astragalus, pine pollen), some superfoods (occasionally maca. raw cacao, shilajit) and herbal tea blended with a healthy fat such as sprouted raw almond milk, coconut oil, grass fed ghee (to nourish the brain and integrate the nutrients into the whole system).
I try not to schedule anything before 10am so I can have ample time for this morning ritual, though I will photograph my creation for the Sun Potion Instagram if it tastes or looks especially magical. This happens often.
Throughout the day, for outer beauty, I use the following: Evan Healy Imortelle Hydrosol, Sun Potion Shea Butter, Jiva-Apoha Joint oil, Shiva Rose's Face Oil, A spectrum of essentail oils suiting the tone of the day, my vice of choice ;) If I have an event that requires a little more of a "together" look I may apply some RMS "Lunar" shimmer, Living Libations lip and cheek stain, and Poppy & Someday balm.
My requisite for anything that I put on my face is that it is edible. The skin eats too! I avoid anything that I would not be comfortable taking internally. It may sound freaky but that is often how I will sample a new product. I will taste a little bit and then try it on my skin (of course after reading the ingredients!) You can tell if there is anything synthetic or toxic right away.
Once a week I make a custom hand-blended herbal face mask for myself and deep condition my hair with La Tierra Sagrada Hair Oil and Sun Potion Shea Butter. I try to pour myself a hot bath infused with essential oils, florals and/or salts whenever possible. I love being in water!
NOURISH • What are your staples for beauty + wellness + radiance?
Clean Spring or Alkaline Water. High vibration whole foods, such as super foods, mushrooms, seaweeds, algae, local + organic vegetables, seasonal fruits, FERMENTED FOODS. Tonic herbs. Raw green juice - I get one daily from AH juice. Probiotics. And anything that is lovingly prepared by friends or family. Most importantly, finding a sense of please and gratitude in nourishment.
BODY • How do you keep your body healthy, strong, and powerful?
Conscious breath. Yoga. Long, leisurely hikes. Gardening. Making love - am I allowed to say that? It's the best exercise.
MIND • How do you stay grounded, confident, and centered in this modern day craziness we call life?
Tea. It is a form of meditation which carries me throughout the day.
Pratyahara - tuning the senses inward -I picked this up when I was immersed in ashtanga yoga and even though I do not wake up at 6am to practice every morning any more, I do use this every day. It's an incredibly centering, grounding, and subtle practice.
12D shield, which is a protective and empowering energetic practice from Lisa Renee which I utilize daily for inner resilience, strength and clarity of vision.
Mind like a Knife ~ basically my version of using your intelligence for good. Lately I have been really appreciating the concept and feel of this "slicing through layers with my consciousness" and have found it especially helpful in the business world.
SPIRIT • BENSHEN means 'root of the spirit' - how do you root your spirit into your life, which in turn, keeps your body beautiful, healthy, and radiant?
Plants. They are my root and ultimate Muse. I try to spend as much time with plants as people. Fortunately, I am the creative director of a plant-based company so even when I am at my desk or navigating through the concrete jungle, I am swimming in the magical properties of these super intelligent herbs (and mushrooms) and I am sustained by them! Also - GRATITUDE.