A Savoir Vivre Minute with Scott Linde, Founder of Sun Potion

Sun Potion Transformational Foods is dedicated to health, happiness and well-being through the use of medicinal plants, superfoods and tonic herbs. Owner and Founder Scott Linde developed the company through his own transformational experience with these foods and is here to share a bit of his Savoir Vivre!

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How does your day begin?

I arise thirty minutes to an hour before sun up. The times change throughout the year, depending on seasons. I sleep with my shades open to the nature in the backyard, making it easy for my body to naturally want to get up as the light begins to change. Emerging from bed into the house, I open the windows to let in fresh air, rinse my face and add hydrosols, drink a few glasses of water, and then sit to meditate for 20 minutes. After this, I often feel really alert. If this is the case, I go onto the Rebounder for 5-10 minutes of jumping. Sometimes I may feel a little sluggish and on these days I allow myself to go back and lie in bed. I love this feeling of returning to the soft bed. On these days, I don’t fall back asleep but take this special time to breathe, and tune in with my body. The sitting meditation and lying down breathing are so helpful throughout the day.

What made you start using the rebounder?

Hyper Gravity–Negative Gravity!  Negative Gravity…Hyper Gravity! Every time I bounce, the body squeezes and expands; all the way down to the capillaries, cells, and channels of the lymph. It feels so good. I don’t even work out. I just like bouncing, outside in the Sun.

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What is your favorite season?

Each Season has its loves for me. I just got back from five days of powder skiing at Mammoth Mountain. The winter elementals and snow offered some peak enjoyment. I also love the Sun and warm weather. I thrive on living in a sunny and mild climate. It just helps me feel productive and happy and optimistic. That being said, it’s a gift to visit all of the seasons.

What effect does light have on you?

Light has a huge effect on me. I spend daily time with sun on my skin. I’m fortunate to be able to do this year-round where I’m based in Santa Barbara. Even here, I notice and enjoy seasonal changes in the length of days. I don’t spend much time in front of blue light–computer screen, phone, TV, etc. Natural light feels great and carries information. Artificial light carries information too. Too much of the artificial light can feel a bit disorganizing. It’s a balance and a dance. Light Magic.

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Do you use a guided meditation? 

I used to spend most of my time in the Ethers, before starting Sun Potion. I was likely more comfortable swimming through the void of the internal realms than I would have been meeting people in a crowded room. Today I practice TM as a meditation tool. It helps me feel more comfortable while getting a lot of things done in a given day.

What do you use as a mantra for your meditations?

Acting as a background tape to my internal dialogue: “Show me my Divine Path of Service.”  Five years of that one lead to the inspiration of Sun Potion. Eight years of operating the brand, and I still enjoy this Mantra today.

What do you eat for breakfast?

I have tea, daily potion, tinctures, sometimes juice, sometimes coffee. On the weekends I like to have a nice French Breakfast.

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Do you have a special diet you follow?

I joke about being a Selectitarian sometimes. In other words, wanting the best quality foods available. Organic and clean ingredients are a preferred baseline. I eat a lot of plants. I’m pretty adaptable beyond that. I have learned to listen to my body, and hear what feels good to eat and not eat. In a lot of ways, this internal discernment has come through having tea and herbs on a daily basis. I feel great when I eat one meal in the late afternoon or early evening. I don’t really keep up with the newest food ideologies, although I can appreciate that they may be helpful for people.

What is your favorite sun potion product?

We are releasing a line of new products to mark the eight year birthday of Sun Potion. These are liquid forms of the herbs which combine different types of extracts of that one herb. They are super powerful. I’ve been taking them while the liquids have been developed over the past 6 or 8 months. They are phenomenal. I’ve honestly never experienced anything like them. I feel great on these newly developed Sun Potion products and I’m super excited to share them with everyone. Feb/March ’19 release.

Have you ever lived abroad?

I attended a semester in Southwest China when I was 20 years old. I loved the culture, foods, people, and traditions.

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What is your favorite potion to manage stress?

My goto favorites to manage stress and everything else in my world are: Mucuna Pruriens (15% L-dopa by weight–the chemical precursor to Dopamine in the nervous system), Reishi Mushroom (for an adaptable and robust immune system) and Pine Pollen (bio-identical Testosterone to support Androgen Hormone balance, brain function, and libido in both men and women).

Have you always been so grounded and calm?

Before learning how to ground through doing the manual tasks of operating Sun Potion, I was often ungrounded. I spent a lot of time in nature and that was really helpful. I also felt limited because I didn’t feel that comfortable being out in the world. Everything is a balance. I’m not always grounded and calm today either. Everything is a practice and there’s always improvements. From there, the rest is easy.

How did Sun Potion come to be?

Before starting Sun Potion, I was learning about Tonic Herbs and Adaptogens, and loved the way I felt while having them daily. I wanted best quality, single ingredient, and concentrated examples of these herbs that I was getting into. They could sometimes be found in capsules, or formulations, but were much more difficult to get in concentrated powder form. Sun Potion was a project idea to help make these materials more available. I figured if I loved these plants, others may want to try them. I like to think that I work for the plants, and that they want to be working with the people. The people may not realize how helpful the plants can be. At least if these plants are more widely available through Sun Potion, people can have an opportunity to experience these plants for themselves, and have their own experience of their effects. I love this idea.

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Good Vibes Potion : Sage & Rose Face Mist by Fat and the Moon

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It’s hot and humid, you feel sticky and honestly kinda gross, you’re in need of some good vibes. Or maybe you’re just sleepy and feel a bit crusty. I have found your cure, it’s called the Fat and the Moon “Sage & Rose Face Mist.” I honestly believe this spray could cure any ailment. Fat and the Moon calls it “the mid afternoon crash antidote,” and I couldn’t agree anymore.

So what’s in this magic spray? The potion is predominantly made up of a distilled Rose Geranium – one that yields a very high quality hydrosol (a pure healing water produced during distillation). This hydrosol works as a gentle toner that helps to “revive the skin” and “keep pore clogging bacteria in check.” And let’s not forget the sage!!! This potion includes Clary sage, which serves as a very gentle astringent, getting rid of those bad vibes. And finally – last but not least, a bit of Jojoba oil to keep the skin supple. Click here to get your hands on it.

I would assume you’re convinced, so let me help you get your hands on this awesome product and the other amazing products Fat and the Moon has to offer with a discount code – JESSIE. Go get your Savoir Vivre vibes on!

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Life Juice France {the most accessible, all natural and simply delicious pomegranate juice}

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So the general consensus here in Paris is that fresh, good natural and healthy juices are hard to find. We need to go far away to special places to find these kind of products. While yes, there are special boutiques catered to juice in Paris, I promise one of the best is not far from your door step – it’s called Life Juice. This 100% pure pomegranate juice, without any added sugar is created using pomegranates carefully selected from small farms, picked at maturity and pressed without the bark to minimize the astringency to achieve a taste intense yet refined.

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Life Juice can be found at nearly all Parisian super markets (Monoprix, Franprix, Carrefour, Carrefour City, etc.), making it extremely accessible. The small format is practical (only 120 ml) and the contents within the bottle are so incredibly beneficial to the body. Not only is this berry loaded with Fiber, Protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate and Potassium but also contains two plant compounds with extremely powerful medicinal properties. One of these compounds, Punicalagins has been found to have three times the antioxidant activity of red wine and green tea. Pomegranates even have anti-inflammatory effects, help fight cancer and help to lower blood pressure and fight arthritis and joint pain. The list goes on and on. This stuff is really magical and Life Juice makes it accessible and easily consumable. Plus – it tastes really good. Check out their site for more information, and stay tuned as you will see more and more about this fabulous product on my social media.

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Look Better and Feel Better {with products from sol semilla superaliments}

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Whether you’re health obsessed, ready to learn more, or don’t really care too much about “health products” and “supplements”, I can assure you that Sol Semilla Superaliments will inspire you. So what are “SUPERALIMENTS”? Well, an aliment itself is a nutrient. Therefore, SUPER aliments are living, natural and organic nutrients that are essential for well-being. Sounds convincing right? Sol Semilla offers a large variety of these products in a permanent search of optimal quality according to 4 criteria: nutrition, flavor and ecology. It sounds really intense, but I promise their products are not only intriguing but really work to make you better inside and out. I started with their Chlorella powder. This incredible nutrient has the power to capture heavy metals (mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic …) and the chemicals found in the body and allow their elimination by natural means, activating and strengthening the intestines. Promise you’ll feel a sort of hippie high after a glass of this stuff.

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Sol’s products are not strictly vitamin based. You can also find raw chocolate, kale chips, acai powder and so much more at Sol Semilla. What rocks, is that the staff is truly passionate about their products. I have spent numerous hours in their shop discussing their different powders and vitamins out of sheer curiosity. If you don’t have the time to visit their store (and restaurant) by the Canal Saint Martin (23, rue des Vinaigriers 75010 Paris), they are also present at the organic market in the sixth on Sunday’s from 9 am to 3 pm and you can even purchase their products online. Why not give it a try? It can’t hurt to feel better.

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34.4 Skin Care Naturally {aware and conscious beauty products that are all natural, made by hand and supporting the natural beekeeping trust}

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Last weekend while strolling through Broadway Market in London, I stumbled upon a true gem. Even though Elka was shutting down for the day, she quickly attended to the presence of a new customer at her stand. Intrigued by the various beauty products, like none I had seen before, I asked Elka, brand owner and founder, for a more information. Little did I know, there was quite a lot to know about this skin care brand.

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34.4 is a all natural skin care brand for women and men. All products are created by hand and are 100% all natural. Every sale supports the Natural Beekeeping Trust (an enterprise “hoping to inspire people to live in peace with the bees, be good hosts to them, guard them and grow for them, in all ways imaginable”) and is a registered Social Enterprise. Elka and her team see business as having an impact on both the individuals who work within it as well as the wider community. Another awesome anecdote – their products are tested on friends, not animals. And why the name? Well, it’s the optimum temperature for a brood to thrive in the heart of the beehive and the percentage (3.44%) that is donated to the Trust.

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So what product did I select?  Face No. 2 – an easily absorbed, light moisturiser, made with beeswax and honey blended with apricot kernel oil and coconut oil that is hydrating and even makes your skin radiate (if I do say so myself). The product can also be used as a makeup base, and it works excellently. Even cooler – 34.4º has a Cradle to Cradle® policy, meaning for every six empty black containers returned to them, you’ll be sent one free product of your choice. I can’t wait to try more of their products, as I truly believe in everything this wonderful brand stands for. Please check out their website for more information and stay tuned for some collaborative work together.

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Relax and Detox {with yogandha oils that really make you feel a lot of good vibrations}

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I must admit, I am not a huge product user. I am pretty basic when it comes to skin care, but these oils have made me WANT to take those extra 5 minutes. Not only because these oils are excellent for the skin and 100% organic, but because these potions actually make you feel something. Being that Yogandha oils are 100% natural, they are absorbed directly into the body for the maximum effect. After having discovered the muscle sooth oil at my yoga studio, I was immediately addicted. Not yet convinced? Well this particular oil was formulated through 3 years of meditation by yoga teacher, Sinead Duffy, to soothe soothe and care for your body. AKA I can assure you (and basically prove to you) that it brings you to a state of equilibrium mentally and physically post use. That being said, I knew it was time to get my hands on the detox and relax oils.

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These two babies are sheer magic. First, I tried the relax oil, intended to be used as part of your daily wind down routine. The mixture of lavender, providing a mild sedative quality, and blue chamomile, encouraging stillness and reflection, allowed me to chill with ease and comfort. I sincerely felt more relaxed and all around lighter before quietly ending a chaotic day. Detox provided for a likewise (very positive) experience. According to Yoghanda, this Gandha ritual is a moment of self connection before you start your day, and boy were they were right. The cleansing juniper berry wholeheartedly yielded a purifying and detoxifying sensation all throughout my body. Not to mention the mixture of ingredients are incredibly beneficial to the body – juniper berry is an antioxidant, lemongrass stimulates the kidneys (also is thought to help lower cholesterol) and sweet fennel is a great for the digestive system. Yogandha – I heart you. For more info on the concept, the owner and how to purchase these beauties please check out their website.

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