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Tea Time With Shiva Rose

Beyond her rows of home-grown kale cabbage and beetroots, Shiva Rose lays on the bent base of a 250 year old oak tree. She breathes, deeply, opening her heart chakra, and channels her daily blessings and thoughts of gratitude through the great oak wood. This is not an out of the ordinary practice for Rose; In fact, it’s exactly why we wanted to interview The Local Rose founder. Shiva radiates beauty from the inside in such totality, we jumped at the chance to sit down with her to discover her glowy secrets.

In addition to documenting her wellness journey through The Local Rose, Rose operates a eponymous skincare line out of her LA home, Shiva Rose Beauty. Join us as we sat down with Rose as she thoughtfully funnels her living tea leaves into her tea pot. She adds warmth and spirit to every sip, as she describes her adoration for roses, self-prescribed crossing into wellness to address her autoimmune disease, and those famous yoni eggs.

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The Moment: Hi! Can you introduce yourself?

Rose: I’m Shiva Rose, we just had a tea ceremony which is an extension of the tea group that I’m a part of, Global Tea Hut. I have a blog called The Local Rose and a skincare line called Shiva Rose. They kind of dance with each other.

This is a tea house that I had put up when I felt the call of tea. I’ve had it maybe a little over a year. It’s a great way to come down and connect to nature and with the tea. The whole idea of tea is to connect us with the plant medicine and the plant world and the earth. That’s what our tea teacher does. He tries to simplify tea so we can really experience nature through it.

The Moment: What are your thoughts on the nature-tea connection?

Rose: People have been drinking tea for thousands of thousands of years, especially in the East. The tea is like a medicine. Especially the tea that we drink in our group, it isn’t typical tea. It’s called living tea because it hasn’t been altered in any way. It’s the true beauty of the tee trees. It’s an adaptogen. It works on you wherever you need it. That’s the beauty of this tree.

I started practicing tea a few years ago through my sister and our teacher. The teahouse came into being a year and a half ago because I realized tea wasn’t just a temporary situation, it was something I wanted to devote my life to, so I committed to the tea house. 

*Read more about Shiva’s tea journey here

Shiva Rose, The Local Rose, performs traditional tea ceremony in her LA home

Research where there’s organic produce, research the products and what you’re putting on your skin. There’ s a direct correlation.

The Moment: How does this practice play in with other foods you eat and your skincare line?

Rose: We can all make a difference with our daily life. I feel like people are yearning to make changes and it comes down to changing the way you eat and the products you use. Those things are going to make differences in the world.

Find a farmers market near you, they’re all over the country now, not just in New York or LA. Research where there’s organic produce, research the products and what you’re putting on your skin. There’ s a direct correlation. Now they’re talking about our microbiome in our stomach is similar to the microbiome on our skin. Women my age do so many peels and lasers and scrubs. They’re taking away the microbiome of the skin. I’ve intuitively always felt like that wasn’t a good idea and now they’re finding out that it’s true. It’s like destroying your gut. Stripping away all of the good bacteria. I think it’s crucial that a lot of my products are ayurvedic, rooted in auyerveda, and a lot of the things I eat are rooted in that. It’s all about feeding the microbiome.

The Moment: How can we learn more about tea ceremonies?

Rose: I would go to GlobalTeaHut.com or Living Tea. Those two sites are good resources. It’s basically a meditation, just being in the moment and clearing your mind to be present with the water and the fire and the leaf and the person and the incense. It’s about being in the moment and it reveals itself as you do it.

On Roses

The Moment: We’d love to hear about your intrigue for roses.

Rose: I was named after my grandmother Rose. She instilled the love of roses in me when I was young. She knew them all by name and grew them and she would wear roses. I got acquainted that way. Being half Iranian, I grew up in Iran where roses are a big part of the culture. They have rosewater in the deserts and the foods and cookies. A lot of the houses used to be built around rose gardens. It’s been a part of my life. When I started practicing Kundalini, the idea came for a skincare line and I’d already been making rose face oil for myself, so I thought that would be the start. It all came that way.

I remember taking meetings in New York with branding people and they told me, “It’s too hippie! It’s too granola!” Now I feel so excited because the world’s waking up.

The Moment: That’s when you started The Local Rose blog?

Rose: The Local Rose I started earlier when I had gotten divorced 8 years ago. I was going through a hard time with the divorce and health stuff and raising my daughters and I just wanted to get back to the earth, so I started to transition away from acting because acting wasn’t fulfilling for me. I just started to heal myself. I started growing my own food and eliminating all chemicals and toxins… just sort of doing a big spring cleaning. I started the blog to document that. This was before the wellness movement really took off, it was 7 or 8 years ago. It’s funny, I remember taking meetings in New York with branding people and they told me, “It’s too hippie! It’s too granola!” And now of course I feel so excited because the world’s waking up and now it’s the trend so now I have to go even further. Now I have to feature something like Yoni Eggs.

Shiva Rose, The Local Rose, and Yoni Egg

On Yoni Eggs

The Moment: Tell us about those!

Rose: Yoni eggs are really magical because they’re an ancient Chinese tradition. Concubines used to use them in China to learn how to pleasure the emperor, but they also did it because they learned it gave them certain attributes and power. By putting in a gem, in your yoni, which is your sacred space, they realized you’re using that space to activate your power and your desires and sexuality. We realize now it has so many other benefits too. It can help with hormones or balance your moods. There are exercises you do so that’s a whole rabbit hole I’ve been going down. But like I said, you have to go deeper and deeper. Sometimes I think, “Oh my god, how are we going to go deeper than this!” But there’s always deeper.

I did an article for Goop on Yoni eggs and I had backlash from conservative doctors who said yoni eggs cause toxic shock which is not true because no one in 5,000 years has ever gotten toxic shock from a yoni egg.

The Moment: How do you learn about these things?

Rose: I seek them out. It’s funny, I did an article for Goop on Yoni eggs and I had backlash from conservative doctors who said yoni eggs cause toxic shock which is not true because no one in 5,000 years has ever gotten toxic shock from a yoni egg. They get them from tampons that are not organic and made with horrible fibers. I had all of these incredible women reach out to me and I got to meet some Yoni experts. There’s always a silver lining to every cloud. 

Day to Day

The Moment: You talked about wanting to heal yourself from that divorce and getting out the toxins. Did you have a lot of inspiration or resources to pull from?

Rose: Not really. I was diagnosed with autoimmune conditions when I was 26, so I always learned to research. Those days, it was before the internet, so I would have to go to Santa Monica Homeopathic pharmacy and I would just have to read books and try to find things that work or would help. It was a rough road. Now people are very lucky because the information is all out there. When I was diagnosed at 26, there was no information. Now I know it was my diet and past trauma. Now I can see what it was. It’s inspiring to see a shift in consciousness now.

The Moment: What’s a typical day in the life?

I get up early and I practice a small Kundalini set and I make my tea. Then I get my daughter ready for school and the animals fed and then I’ll start working. If I have more time, I’ll do a full Kundalini set or take a walk in the canyons or make a full breakfast. But if I’m on the run, it’s a smoothie, tea, chia seed pudding, or something like that.

The Moment: Do you exercise beyond Kundalini?

Rose: It’s hard to fit everything in. Kundalini’s more meditation. I enjoy hiking in the canyon with my dog, so I’ll try to do that a couple times a week, even if it’s short. It’s so grounding and I get my best ideas when I’m out there in nature.

Just being quiet, you can hear your unconscious become conscious.

The Moment: Why do you think that is?

Rose: We are away from all the harmful electro magnetic energies like phones and computers, which we rely on. But just being quiet you can hear your unconscious become conscious I guess. Being grounded and surrounded by the plants and energy of the trees is wonderful too.

The Moment: You mentioned that you started growing your own food. Do you still do that?

Rose: Yes! I grow kale and carrots and beets and herbs and things like that. I love to cook with the foods that I grow or food from the farmers market.

 Shiva Rose, The Local Rose, posing with dog in her LA home

Rapid Fire

The Moment: Most cherished moment?

Rose: When I’m in a deep meditation with the people I love and my daughters around.

The Moment: First thing you do in the morning?

Rose: I like to do my gratitude list, but I usually spray my face with rose water or one of my sprays. It helps me greet the day, greet the sun, and awaken in a beautiful way.

The Moment: Last thing you do before you go to bed?

Rose: Kiss my beloveds and put on my face oils. I love the rose oil face oil. Or the pearl rose is good too.

The Moment: How do you stay in the moment?

Rose: I think being in gratitude. When you’re in gratitude, you’re not in fear and fear will drag us into anxiety or depression. So keep coming back into gratitude and the moment.

Special thanks to Shiva Rose

Photo by Kristine Lo

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