The Power of Potions

 

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Bobbi Brown HQ is located in SoHo in New York City, where we have ample selection of kale salads and boutique bootcamp classes within walking distance of our office—but that doesn’t mean we don’t crave the stereotypical California lifestyle of sunshine-drenched beaches, fresh and cheap produce, and yoga and meditation. We recently discovered Sun Potion, a Southern California-based “transformational foods” company founded by couple-in-business Scott Linde and Nitsa Citrine. Linde grew up in Minnesota in a self-described “traditional” American household (we’re guessing, no green juice) while Citrine grew with an acupuncturist for a father and a mother who followed the raw food diet. Since founding Sun Potion five years ago, they’ve been featured in a variety of publications like ELLE, Into The Gloss, and Racked, all without a marketing or publicity team (or budget). It’s a testament to their product—and packaging.

Sun Potion sells a variety of herbs, tonics, and superfoods that you may have heard of, depending on your experience with wellness supplements, but Citrine and Linde aren’t just trying to sell you more ingredients to add to your smoothie. All the herbs and ingredients, from Chaga mushroom powder to Eucommia Bark, are sourced at their most potent stage, and have been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic, Daoist, Chinese, Japanese medicine. Admittedly, not everything good for you tastes delicious, so for finicky eaters, Sun Potion stocks mixes like Anandamide (Raw Cacao & Tonic Herbs), a chocolatey blend of herbs. We spoke to Citrine about the five supplements you should add to your diet for maximum beauty results:

 

He Shou Wu

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“I take this everyday,” Citrine says. “It’s great for rejuvenation.” This wild-harvested root comes from the mountains of China, where it is used substantially in Daoist medicine to nourish the blood. “The first thing that people notice when they take this is that their nails and hair grow thicker and stronger,” she adds. “You get a dewy glow in your skin.” She notes that it also builds sexual energy—and we all know what a healthy glow can do for your skin.

Intake Suggestion: Add a spoonful to your juice, coffee, or tea.

 

Ashitaba

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“Oftentimes, the skin is a reflection of the digestive system,” Citrine notes. This indigenous Japanese plant is a great source of Vitamin B12, which protects the nervous system and helps red blood cells divide. It also contains a compound called chalcones, which are precursors to nerve growth factors. That makes the supplement great for both anti-aging and digestion.

Intake Suggestion: Add half a teaspoon to your favorite liquid.

 

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These white and fluffy rice brand solubles taste like vanilla and are rich in Vitamins E and D, which are important for healthy skin. “They’re gently cleasing,” Citrine says. “They’re a healthy snack that heals from the inside.”

Intake Suggestion: You can eat them by the handful out of the bag (and you may be tempted to)—or add them to your favorite smoothie for a vanilla ice cream flavor.

 

Reishi Mushroom Powder

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“This is the Queen Healer Mushroom,” Citrine says. “She’s amazing.” The Chinese mushroom—Sun Potion uses white, red, and purple varieties—promotes stress relief, mental clarity, and immunity.

Intake Suggestion: Add a half-teaspoon to your soup or smoothie. Better yet, add a spoonful to your favorite face mask to balance the skin.

 

Chlorella Powder

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Algae (you know, those amazing single-cell organisms that make their own food from sunlight and water) is pretty well-known for its nutritious superfood properties these days—and Sun Potion’s variety is made in labs in Taiwan. “This is great for cleansing, detoxing, and clearing heavy metals from the body,” Citrine says.

Intake Suggestion: Add a spoonful to sweet or savory dishes or drinks.

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