I was having drinks with a friend the other night and Giselle’s name came up. I told my friend that I got a chance to sit next to her at Graham Kostic’s For Reals Meals and thought she was so super cool. My friend kind of gave me a “duh” look and said that Giselle is seriously one of the most interesting people she’s ever met.
Here’s a little breakdown of what she’s been up to for the last ten years. She’s lived in NYC, LA, London, and Chicago. She has a Master’s in International Journalism. She started her career as an Editorial Assistant at Glamour and then went on to be a freelance hip hop writer for Vibe, Vice, and the LA Times. Then she got a novel published (So Fly). And then she got a master’s of science in Oriental Medicine. These days she owns an acupuncture and integrated health practice, REMIX, and has her own line of products called REMIXaromatherapy.
I was so excited to learn more about how Giselle’s brain ticks and asked her to be a Babe In Plantland. Check out her answers below!
Name: Giselle Wasfie
Relationship Status (with plants): Soulmates
Turn ons (food or herb related): Juicing vegetables makes me giddy. Adding herbs to juices gets me even higher because the right combination can balance yin-yang energy in one harmonious bottle, which elevates the overall experience to a multi-beneficial level.
Turn offs: (food or herb related): Processed food in plastic packages makes me depressed. If there’s anything real going on inside that wrapper, it’s been suffocated.
Best way to dip your toes in Chinese Medicine: It’s best experienced first-hand, by finding a licensed acupuncturist who’s completed the four-year master’s of science in the field and can be your guide. I suggest diving in.
Your #1 tip for stress relief: Firstly, people don’t get enough sleep. You really need eight hours to balance hormone levels and mood. A good night sleep is trip to the spa for your cells. Secondly, a simple five-minute meditation first thing when you get out of the bed in the morning can change your whole day. Make up your own mantra, set your intention for next 24 hours, feel the floor beneath your feet and go inside yourself before going out in to the world. No rules here, just do you.
Your #1 tip for better sleep: Get in touch with yin time, spray some Remix (Chill), it’s made of three organic essential oils to help you sleep, and I reiki every stone in each bottle to enhance its effectiveness. I also like to put a glass of water by the bed (water being a yin element), and avoid yang activities like checking email and drinking alcohol to “help” sleep (way too yang for trying to mellow out)—if I do those things, I know it’ll be hard to sleep, so I just prepare myself for a rough night (sometimes you gotta live). I also like to burn sandalwood regularly around my bed; in Chinese herbal medicine it’s known as Tan Xiang and is very calming, soothes the spirit, and has been known to promote good sleep. Makes you feel real cozy.
Hip hop artists you’d most like to give a Remix therapy session to: Having had the pleasure of interviewing André 3000 in person a few times, I can say that, beyond being fine, sweet, and down-to-earth, that is one evolved man who’s in touch with the universe. It’d be an honor to tap that. I’d also like to treat Dr. Dre and see if I could free his creative block so he could finally deliver us the Detox record he’s been promising for years. My fellow Detroit homie Eminem is also begging for some acupuncture, he just doesn’t know it.
Quote that inspires you: “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe,” says ancient philosopher Lao Tzu.
Brand that you want to planticize: I love MAC, so I would like to see them to lead the pack of modern, non-toxic makeup.
Fill in the blank. The plants in my life have…tons of silent wisdom.