June 18, 2014
Brigitte Mars is an herbalist and nutritional consultant of Natural Health with over forty years of experience. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition, The School of Natural Medicine, Living Arts School, and Integrative Earth Medicine in Colorado. She has taught at Omega Institute, Esalen, Kripalu, and The Mayo Clinic, She blogs for the Huffington Post and Care2. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and known by many as an eternal flower child.
Brigitte is the author of many books and DVDs, including The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Beauty by Nature, Addiction Free Naturally, The Sexual Herbal, Healing Herbal Teas, Rawsome! and co-author of The HempNut Cookbook. DVDS include Sacred Psychoactives, Herbal Wizardry for Kids of all Ages, Natural Remedies for Childhood Ailments and Natural Remedies for Emotional Health. Her latest project is a phone app called IPlant.
Brigitte and her daughter, Sunflower Sparkle Mars run Herb Camp for Kids in Boulder, Colorado. Brigitte’s other daughter is world famous activist/yogini-actress/ supermodel, Rainbeau Mars.
Consenses Interview with Sally Taylor:
What made you want to participate in this project?
I love Sally Taylor!
In the presence of Pasqualina’s painting, who or what did you feel was observing it? (Ex. You now? You as a child? The sky? Your mother?)
What was your initial reaction to the painting? what taste/thought/word/image/scent came to you first?
I did flash on a phoenix rising from the ashes.
What part of Pasqualina’s painting informed you interpretation the most?
How did you transform that story into the tea? What was your process?
I picked an herb to represent each color. Phoenix rising from the ashes. The golden egg. Rebirth. Roasted dandelion root represents the Fire Element. Red streaks. Cinnamon represents the Earth Element. The container from which the phoenix rises. Ginger corresponds to the Metal Element. White background. Nettles for the Water Element. The dark green. Orange Peel for the Wood Element. Crack in the cosmic egg from which new beginnings arise.
How do you normally create? How was this experience different from your normal process?
I also combined the elements that I felt were represented in the painting. This was a first for me, but I felt inspired.
How has your way of seeing/being/thinking changed as a result of having created this tea as a reaction to this painting?
I would like to combine art and tea again!
Extra credit: Did you enjoy this project?
Absolutely! I love creativity.