Q&A with Nadine Artemis
Nadine Artemis is one of my biggest inspirations in the realm of natural beauty and holistic wellness. She is the founder of my favourite skin and body care line Living Libations and author of Holistic Dental Care: the Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums and her latest book (and my beauty bible) Renegade Beauty: Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radiance-Beauty Secrets, Solutions, and Preparations . Nadine is truly the embodiment of Mother Nature and her poetic wisdom can only be explained by multiple lifetimes of reincarnation. It is truly an honour to be featuring her in today's Q&A.
Q&A with nadine artemis
1. What time is your alarm set for?
I haven’t set an alarm since the 1990s.
2. What did you have for breakfast?
This morning I had nettle tea from nettles harvested from our forest and coconut yoghurt with berries.
3. What are you currently working on to better your self?
Absolutely nothing – letting the beingness flow.
4. What book do you think everyone should read?
This Light in Oneself by Jidu Krishnamurti. It sits by my bed and I read some of it every day.
5. What is your favourite way to sweat?
Sunbathing is my favorite way to sweat.
6. Who is one of your biggest inspirations?
I find great inspiration from the works of Avicenna, the 10th century Persian philosopher and physician. He distilled plant-pharmacons to restore his patients and is credited with being the first person to distill essential oils from flowers.
7. What is the last thing you purchased?
I purchased a vintage mohair blanket to turn into a coat.
8. What is best advice you've ever received?
The best advice I ever receive comes from the wisdom within, from my inner intuition anchored into my mind/heart connection. If you tune in to your true self, your best advice will also come from your wisdom within. It is key to develop the inner alignment that cultivates your vison into manifest form. Make life decisions from a place of inner alignment; this is your guide, your everlasting compass into pioneering your path.
9. What is something you can’t live without?
Our spring-fed lake soothes my soul, our forest and flowers, and the resident wildlife. It also provides us with beauty, nourishment, and the glorious experience of swimming in its silky water. I cannot imagine life without it.
10. What does a typical dinner look like for you?
There is nothing typical in our household, yet our meals are always full of all organic, unprocessed, and real to the feel food!
11. What is on your night stand?
The Big Red Book, an unending collection of Rumi poems translated by Colman Barks.
12. If you could only have one (for the rest of your life): chocolate, or avocado?
Chocolate, without hesitation.
A Deeper Dive
1. What is one of the biggest misconceptions in the health industry?
I think packaging and labeling laws are the biggest misconceptions in the health and beauty industry. When people read phrases such as “100% natural” and “organic” they rightfully think that the whole product is actually made from natural and organic ingredients. Alas, that is not how labelling laws work.
2. What has been one of the most transformational experiences of your lifetime, and how did it impact your trajectory?
I have had three transformational experiences that radically shifted my life trajectory.
1. While I was at university, there was that moment of truth when I came to understand that cosmetic aisle beauty product ingredients were not beautiful.
2. The birth of my son.
3. A few years ago, the Living Libations headquarters as well as our home burned to the ground in the middle of the night. My family escaped the fire, but we lost everything. Since then, we have risen from the ashes like the Phoenix, but I learned deeply the power of gratitude, community, and rose-coloured glasses.
3. What is renegade beauty, and how can we embody this concept?
Embodiment is the perfect way to think about renegade beauty. It is a birth right, something to be blossomed in to. Beauty is not applied and is not another adrenal driven ambition. Renegade beauty is a vital communion of self and nature.
4. What role does the sun play in creating a healthy, radiant body?
Seek the sun! It is our most ancient friend. The sun shines divine into our pores, plumps our receptors, and stirs our circadian rhythms; our blood, hormones, and skin are aroused by the warm wavelengths of creation. When we befriend the sun as a bestower of beneficial nutrients, we can begin to understand that our skin is designed to be exposed to the sun’s rays, that there is an energy exchange with solar ethers that only happens in our skin. This relationship, this union between our bodies and the sun, offers revitalizing nourishment. When our bodies sunbathe and bind with the seminal strength of the sun, the effect of this union is an energy that animates our vitality, our innate immunity, and the very marrow of our bones.
5. “Stop, seal, and seed”- what is it, and why does it matter?
Stop, seal, and seed are the three steps to recovering the integrity of the skin, the gut, the mouth.
- Stop eating processed and non-organic foods and dousing the body with sudsy, synthetic surfactants found in cleansers and toothpastes because they disrupt our friendly flora and damage delicate tissues.
- Seal with gut and skin by consuming and applying only really real and pure food and products. Eat a rainbow of fresh foods with plenty of fats and cleanse the body (including the mouth) with beautiful plant oils.
- Seed yourself with floral friends by consuming and applying probiotics to restore long lost microbes that gently tend to our health and beauty.
6. What would you say to the people reaching for soy as a “healthy” alternative to milk?
Stop ☺ Really, just stop. Soy is not a health and beauty food. From allergies to estrogen imbalance to foggy brains, it jams up the juices that lubricate the mind and body.
7. How can we honour the wisdom of our bodies, especially as it relates to the female reproductive system/ menstrual cycle/ fertility?
Arrays of industrial tricks promise to perfume and make polite the effluvia of feminine fluids. We submit our secretions to be technologically tamed. Shamed, we attempt to scrub clean in a dangerous daily routine of douches, deodorants, wipes, powders, and shower gels—drenching us all to glorify some advertiser’s dream of holy hygiene.
Eschew the hysteria over feminine hygiene. Be so bold as to celebrate your monthly cycle as gold! Stop plugging periods with the unsterile fibers of rayon, plasticizers, and GMO cotton as our vaginal canals drink in their dioxins, bleaches, pesticides, and molds.
Befriend your fertility. We are taught to skip past our lunar rhythms, the waxing and waning of our womb. When we trade in our uterus’ compass for synthetic birth control, our estrous becomes rhythm-less. We are out of touch with ovulation, from the contraceptive contraptions that cause uterine perforations, to the plethora of birth control pills that have made us hormonally ill, provoked pulmonary embolisms, disrupted the thyroid’s metabolism, and caused blood clots. Instead, tune into your body’s rhythm - the tides of fluids ebb and flow to the beat of your floral fertility.
8. What is one of your greatest wishes for your child, and how are you helping him cultivate that as his mother?
I want my son to know the content of his thoughts and to recognize the power of what and how he thinks. We cultivate this by identifying different types of thoughts and by talking about their power. We also feed our minds with healthy things visually, audibly, and sensorially.
1 From Nobel Lectures, Physiology or Medicine 1901–1921.
2 Hafiz, I Heard God Laughing, 8.
3 Pliny the Elder, quoted in Shelton, The Hygienic System, 206.