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Meet Krystle Amber Seiden of Sisterwolf Alchemy in The Westside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krystle Amber Seiden.

Krystle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
May 3rd 2017, was the exact day, two years ago, that my journey to self-discovery and natural medicine expansion began. Here I was, in my early 30’s, making a six-figure salary with nearly a decade of experience in post-production, and I was the most depressed and emotionally depleted that I had ever felt.

I wasn’t passionate about the work I was doing and the only thing I knew for sure, was that in order to get to the core of what was going on within me, I needed to do the internal work; I needed to peel back the onion and reveal what had led me to this place.

As I began peeling back the layers (which scared the crap out of me, by the way), I discovered the core of my issues stemmed from my childhood. At a very young age, I was forced to grow up quickly. After my parents separated at age 11, my living environment became toxic, which resulted in me becoming the parent to both my parents and my older brother. For years I neglected my own health and needs because I felt the obligation to be “their” rock and make sure “they” were all ok. Additionally, appearance was a huge focus in my family. This led to stressful years of never feeling like I was skinny or pretty enough. By the age of 19, I was diagnosed with a lifelong autoimmune disease called Lupus. My lupus first appeared as what looked like a red patchy and scaly mark on my face. I became so embarrassed to show parts of my face, that I wouldn’t dare leave the house without makeup. When I was in relationships I would wake up earlier than my partner to cover up the lesion on my face with make-up, so they wouldn’t see the monster I saw without it. Which looking back on it now, I realized was a big reason I chose to sit behind a computer screen for hours on end, behind the scenes; I was not only hiding my visible lesion, I was also hiding from the immense emotional pain I had been carrying with me for so long.

So… May 3rd 2017, I finally decided to put me first! I left my job in post-production and started looking for natural ways to heal myself. I was eager to feel confident and attract a career that would nourish my mind, body, and soul. I began working with a Chinese medicine doctor, immediately feeling the immense power and change that natural medicine (both herbs and food nourishment) provided. The lesion on my face started to diminish, literally! And I could feel my self-love, confidence and inner strength building from within. Not only that but because I started feeling better internally, I was able to communicate more effectively with my family and come from a place of love, instead of pain. This was monumental in repairing old wounds. During this time, I thought to myself, if natural medicine can keep my Lupus outbreaks at bay and mend old wounds, then what else could the plants do? My curiosity led me to enrolling in The Gaia School of Healing and raw vegan cooking courses at Plant Lab. It was here I became inspired to create plant medicine to heal the mind, body, and spirit.

I continued my education by joining the team at Plant Lab as an assistant/teacher in training. The Gaia School of Healing brought me on as their retreat chef for their second-year program, Gaia Rhythms. It was here that I began deeply connecting to nature in ways my heart had been craving but didn’t realize it needed. Gaia gave me the opportunity to cook nourishing, seasonal, plant-based meals for incredible groups of people. More importantly, I discovered that these plants I was working with were supporting me through my moments of heartache, grief, and depression. Once I began sharing my plant blends with my family members, I was able to witness their incredible transformations. With all the positive benefits I was experiencing, it inspired me to share my knowledge of plant medicine and plant-based food nourishment with others. And alas, Sisterwolf Alchemy was born!

Today, I’m a certified Medicine Woman, Herbalist & Plant Food Alchemist! I support adults and children in learning to love and heal themselves through plant medicine, food nourishment, meditation, and energy work.

Has it been a smooth road?
Following your passion is never a smooth road. There are going to be many bumps and hurdles along the way. However, your passion is what drives you to persevere through those bumps and find solutions to your hurdles, rather than throwing in the towel whenever things get tough.

One of the biggest struggles I’ve had to learn to overcome is putting myself out there on social media and opening myself up to the possibility of judgment and criticism. At times I find the need to meditate before I do an Instagram story, to remind myself of the mission I’ve set out to create and also, to come from a space of wholeness and self-love, instead of insecurity. Those little self mantras are so good for the soul and they always provide the nourishment I need to fight past my fears.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Sisterwolf Alchemy – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Ah my company! Sisterwolf Alchemy follows the wise woman tradition, working with natural medicine, making custom herbal blends and tinctures based on each individual’s interests, requests, and intentions. I also facilitate shamanic journeys and tea meditations, opening the door for others to connect with natural medicine. We have a line of medicinal chakra tea blends and sacred herbal smokes (heart opening, anti-anxiety, and grounding; marijuana and tobacco free). Lastly but certainly not least, I’m a plant-based private and retreat chef who infuses my food with herbal medicine. I am most known for my sacred herbal smokes and tea meditations.

Above all else, I’m most proud to be sharing my passion of natural nourishment with the world. Since I began Sisterwolf Alchemy, not only have I been able to help support and heal others through my plant medicine, I’ve also truly been able to heal myself. I believe that coming from a post-production background and shifting gears to a more creative role, gives my company an out-of-the-box way of being. Yes, I am a medicine woman who loves to prance around barefoot through the trees, speaking to the flowers, being one with nature and sharing my gratitude’s and intentions daily, but let’s be real, a girls gotta have a nice pair of shoes every now and then!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
BEST? Being born and raised in Los Angeles, I hold a deep love and gratitude for my home. Having the beautiful mountains on one side and the calming sea on the other side is a luxury. I also love taking a drive to Topanga Canyon, so I can bury myself in the trees and greet the wise elders and blossoming flowers with heartfelt acknowledgment and honor. Los Angeles is an abundant resource for some of the best plant-based eats, farmers markets, and local medicine makers. Which makes it easy to live a nourishing lifestyle. However, the thing I love most about Los Angeles is my entire family is here to share this wonderful journey with me.

LEAST? As an avid explorer and traveler, I love cities that you can easily experience community. I find that because LA is so spread out, it can be difficult to meet up with friends during the week for that “European” after work glass of wine or coffee. Most people don’t want to drive through traffic or across town in general. If only we had a legit biking system.

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Contact Info:

  • Website: www.sisterwolfalchemy.com
  • Email: sisterwolfalchemy@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @sisterwolfalchemy
  • Facebook: Sisterwolf Alchemy

Image Credit:
Jose Figueroa

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