#HNSelfCareSunday: An Interview with Herbalist Mama + Co-Founder Jen Rose
Last week, we had the pleasure of introducing one half of Herb + Nectar, Colleen Grace. This week, we're featuring the wonderful Jennifer Rose: other-half of H+N, herbalist mama, loving wife, and mama of two. Below, we've picked her brain and insight for her perspective on the environment, plant medicine, self-care, and so much more.
We love your enthusiasm for the environment and your passion for sharing plant medicine with others. Could you tell us a little more about yourself?
I believe that my own self-healing journey led me here, to desire the study of plants and their environment. My passion to give back to the earth and stand up is what I feel called to do. It’s in my soul. I remember having a strong urge to learn about plant medicine around the same time of the events and injustices that were occurring at Standing Rock. It was as if I was being guided by something higher towards this path.
As I struggled with my own personal health, I became determined to heal and inspire others to be their own healers. The journey led me to study Herbalism further, where I gained formal knowledge of plant medicine, in addition to becoming a student of Reiki and then eventually mastership. From there, Herb + Nectar organically came to fruition, which I believe is the perfect combination of herbal and energy healing.
Our mission with this project is to show the world that self care is accessible and available no matter who they are, what they look like, or what they do. What does self care mean to you and why is it important?
Self care means SELF LOVE to me. It’s something that I have had to learn as an adult and understand that, with self-care, I am a healthier and happier person and I may better care for my family and those around me. When I neglect this time, I am often unbalanced. At times, it can be challenging with kids to make space to self care, and during those times, I include them in my practices. I believe it to be a revolutionary act, that when we care for ourselves, we better care for others and for mother earth.
On a daily basis, my self care regiment consists of morning rituals that ground me and help me to start my day; such as preparing tea, taking vitamins, and sipping on my warm tea with breakfast. During the day, I aim for at least 5 minutes to myself to sit outdoors on my favorite patio, surrounded by my plant babies and herbal books. I typically meditate, journal, say positive affirmations, and play with my oracle deck.
Self care is also putting my bare feet on the ground or in the sand and connecting with Mother Nature. It’s also in my garden with my plants, composting, watering and caring for them. In turn, they care for and heal me. Putting ones hands in soil is so beneficial and healthy to our minds and bodies, and I am reminded of this each time I do so.
Seeing that you are so involved with family, community, and Herb + Nectar- what would your ideal self care day look like?
An ideal day to self care would be simply hiking in nature, sleeping under the stars, eating organic and local bites, while sipping some freshly brewed tea.
How do you model self care to others around you or in your household?
I model self care to my children by taking time to be by myself and love myself. I also encourage them to join in my rituals if they are present. I find them eager to join me and they learn so much because of the joy they experience when connecting with me. With that joy they create memories that remind them of the importance of self care.
...And finally, do you have any advice for others as how to they can allow themselves to indulge in self-care, self-healing, and self-love?
Allow yourself the space and time, whether it is five minutes, a whole day, or a vacation. Saying yes to yourself also means establishing boundaries and knowing that you are worth it.