In 2011, Shiva Rose started her blog The Local Rose, a holistic lifestyle blog documenting the practitioners that helped her on her healing path as well as local artisans. It swiftly became required reading for the health conscious Los Angeleno. As her popularity grew, she naturally progressed to become a voice for women in search of toxin-free products and her eponymous skincare line was born. Shiva Rose is distinctly herself, she embodies the clean beauty and wellness lifestyle women. We have a deep admiration for the work she does because she leads with her heart.
When she was 26 years old she was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune conditions and told by her doctor that she only had a year or two to live. This ultimately led her to her healing path—one in which she healed herself and eventually decided to help others heal themselves. She realized that her life had to be infused with ritual because her self-care practice is essential to her health. For Shiva Rose, it could quite literally mean life or death. When a health condition forces someone to pause on their path, they’re pushed to rest, renew and add a spiritual practice to their everyday.
Of her journey she says: “I have a deeply spiritual practice which I do every morning because at 26 after the birth of my first daughter, I went to the doctor and the doctor told me I had 3 autoimmune conditions. I was very tired and exhausted. He told me I had rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma and that I had a year to live.”
Shiva Rose infuses her morning with spiritual practice: a deliberate activity that requires discipline and a desire to care for oneself. When asked her about her daily practices, she says: "The study of Ayurvedic medicine has been part of my journey. One of the concepts of it is that the body is constantly detoxing. Oil pulling in the morning, which is where you take a spoonful coconut or sesame oil and swish it around for 15 or 20 minutes. Because overnight while you’ve been sleeping your body has accumulated all these toxins and this is a good way to get it out – it absorbs everything and then you spit it out. Other things that work well are things like dry brushing before you bathe – it gets the lymph nodes to detoxify. Adding certain tonics like the beautiful Sun Potion herbs and tonics you stock at STAE. They’re incredible herbs that can assist your body in all sorts of ways. If you want to raise your libido take some Pine Pollen. If you want to keep your energy going for women take some Ashwaganda. The idea behind adaptogens is that you take a little bit over time and it slowly starts to build. Drinking teas and warming herbs. Digestive herbs like cumin, coriander, turmeric and ginger. There is definitely a science to this. All of this leads to what I think is beauty from the inside out. I feel like a lot of us can go and get something done at the dermatologist but it’s so much more sustainable to do it from the inside out."
It’s an important lesson that more and more people are incorporating into their lives, after realizing that it’s not sustainable to just get quick fixes here and there - it all takes work. To make that a priority is an important aspect of living a full life. “That sort of catapulted me on this path. It didn’t happen right away, it took many years. Gradually I began to learn that it’s such an important piece to being whole, to have a connection to a spiritual life. What helped me to get me on the path to healing was a combination of things: diet, getting rid of all toxins and chemicals in my skin products and in my cleaning products, and adding spirituality and nature. These are the pillars of things that got me on the path. The only way that we can change the world is when we are feeling whole and fulfilled."
Rose is also big believer in both body and face oils. The ingredients in both her face and body oils are derived from traditional ingredients used in Ayurveda and draw upon her Persian roots. She uses Jojoba oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Kukui Nut oil, Argan oil, Camelina oil, essential Persian rose oil, Sea Buckthorn oil, and Vitamin E oil to replenish the skin. Her Nectar Body Oil uses Cardamom and Sandalwood—which respectively boost the skin with phytonutrients, and sacred sandalwood soothes the spirit. It also has Ylang Ylang which is heart opening.
A Few Simple Practices For Wholeness
1. The practice of Kundalini yoga, they just opened a center in New York called Ra Ma Institute. It’s an incredible science because it activates your pituitary gland and activates your adrenals – it works on the glands on a holistic basis. It’s an intense meditation for the whole body. I do an 11 minute meditation in the morning.
2. Tea meditation: you sit and drink tea in silence. The teas I use are adaptogens, and so healing. So I do a tea ceremony with Global Tea Hut and Living Tea in the morning. These teas are actually ancient tea groves in China and function like a medicine.
3. Then I’ll spray my face with the Shiva Rose Radiant Rose Water that has all sorts of vitamins and minerals.
4. I’ll have also have a ritual in the evening with a bath, it’s really important to have a ritual for ourselves as women to have that time. As women we give so much and who is going to give to us unless we give to ourselves? So I make that a priority. I’ll light a candle. You can your bath for remedies, putting intention behind it. You want to get rid of negativity? Use my scrub – it has lemongrass in it which expels negativity. Adding black tourmaline in the bath and rosemary in the bath. Just because you can’t see bad energy doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.