Living holistic and healthy is a lifestyle for The Local Rose’s Shiva Rose. After fleeing her homeland of Iran after the revolution, she spent her childhood as a refugee, trying to assimilate into a new life. Even at a young age, she understood her own spiritual connection to nature after she saw a tree cut down and cried for hours. At the age of 26, she gave birth to her first child and was diagnosed with a life-threatening auto-immune condition. In trying to treat her affliction, she found that Western medicine wasn’t working for her, and made the choice to completely switch up her diet and way of living to holistic and natural. Rose explains, “I turned to my passion in life when my marriage dissolved and I needed solace. I created the blog The Local Rose, moved to be closer to the wild and made sure to spend time in forests and the ocean.” We got the lowdown on what her natural skin remedies are, what her beauty routine is and why we really are what we eat.
How do you define beauty?
Beauty is grace, compassion, and not defined by what our media implies. I prefer more natural beauties and folks who create their own style. Glowing healthy skin doesn’t need makeup and a peace in one’s heart contributes to beauty.
How important is it to heal the skin and body from the inside as well as the outside?
Our skin is the largest organ and we truly are what we eat. Using healthy oils in our diets like coconut, ghee, or avocados can benefit our skin and hair. Also, we feel healthier.
What natural remedies do you recommend for dry skin? Oily skin? Combo skin?
I think high quality oils are the best for all skin types. They don’t make you break out. That is a myth created from a time when mineral oil was used in products and yes, that will make you break out. The oils I use in my face serum are all nourishing and anti-inflammatory. For dry skin, I would cleanse with oil as well. For oily skin, I would use toners with witch hazel or rose water.
Can you describe your daily AM beauty routine?
When I wake up, I mist my face with a rose hydrosal (I will be selling this in my line soon) and I put on my rose face serum.
What beauty products would we find in your handbag?
You can find RMS makeup, Shiva Rose Face Balm (coming soon) for a glowing look, and Shiva Rose Lip Tint (sold on my site).
Best herbal tea to help keep skin clear and beautiful?
Calendula tea is wonderful for clear skin. I brew some and add rose to it. Also, nettle leaf tea makes hair shiny and healthy and clears the skin.
What are one of your favorite resources (online, books, etc.) for finding the best DIY home beauty and health remedies?
I like Chalkboard Magazine.