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September 27, 2013

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Notes from the Farm: Spilanthes

Intelligent Nutrients has our very own organic farm in Wisconsin where we cultivate plants for products and the future. As a student of nature, Horst uses this sunny acreage as testing ground/playground to study and investigate plant species before they even get into our formulas. 

The latest: Spilanthes. Long a friend of the naturopath, this plant is known for all sorts of clearing, anti- microbial and antibacterial properties… and a rather curious party trick.

What’s crazy about Spilanthes is that when you eat it, it makes your mouth tingle. If that doesn’t pique your curiosity, get this: it can turn your mouth numb and make you produce saliva. A lot of it. It can even make your mouth go numb. Talk about an exciting Saturday night. 

IN is currently studying the curious powers of this flowering herb. Check back here to find out how we’ll be using Spilanthes in future. 

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Five Questions for Nicole Rechelbacher, IN Co-Owner

We caught up with our fearless leader & daughter of Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Intelligent Nutrients and Aveda.

Q: How was your childhood different from others?
A: How wasn’t it? My friends thought my dad looked like John Lennon. He was flying all over the world, cooking clove shampoo in our sink, inviting Tibetan monks and Native elders over, and telling us to eat organic instead of OREOS. We didn’t have a picket fence, we had a mandala.

Q: How did growing with an entrepreneur change your worldview?
A: Creativity was a way of life for us—but so was hustle. I was cutting hair in high school. I was schlepping to shows and assisting him onstage. I was doing makeup backstage at hair shows and photo shoots. All while my friends were working jobs as lifeguards or retail.

Dad was never impressed by who people said they were. He was impressed by what you did. And that instilled a big work ethic in me.

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