Nectar Customer Spotlight | Rhonda Johnson
Rhonda, an Arizona native, medicinal plant lover, and Nectar regular, already led a clean and healthy lifestyle when we met. It has been a joy getting to know her as she deepens her wisdom of herbs. Rhonda has taken our Materia Medica classes and the herbal manual she created has been an inspiration to other students. I was really surprised to find out that Rhonda has two grown sons, 25 and 27 years. I suspect her positive outlook, healthy lifestyle, and the DIY skincare products she makes help her look so youthful.
What did your family do for healthcare when you were growing up?
I was raised by a single mother who followed whatever the doctor or pediatrician recommended. I was a “healthy kid” for the most part. However, I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis in my 30’s and the doctor was pretty sure it had started in my teens based on my symptoms since that time. This diagnosis was a turning point for me, as this disease was heavily influenced by my diet (hormones in food to be exact) and up to this point I had no idea that diet was so important.
What are the biggest challenges you face in taking good care of yourself and living a healthy lifestyle?
Learning more about diet and the herbs and medicinal plants that can complement our diet and replace over-the-counter medications and even prescription medications has been fascinating to me. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to change old patterns of thinking and old habits. I believe there are alternatives to every choice we make; I want to make the cleanest, purest choice when putting something both in and on my body.
How have natural remedies like herbs and essential oils made a difference in your life?
Making this lifestyle change has been huge for me. I not only feel better but my hair and skin look better. Eliminating hormones from my diet and chemicals from my shampoo, deodorant, and beauty products was pretty easy, but I’ve had a more difficult time finding good moisturizers that are chemical free. I now make my own body butters and facial oils that actually hydrate, heal, and nourish my skin.
Have you taken classes at Nectar? What was your class experience?
Yes, I’ve taken a lot of the classes offered at Nectar. I’ve learned how to identify plants in this area, what medicinal properties these plants have, and a variety of ways to use them. I’ve learned the art of wildcrafting to create teas, tinctures, and herb-infused body butters and salves. I’ve learned how to use herbs as a preventative, for healing, and for nourishing my body.
What type of DIY herbal projects do you have in the works?
I’m currently wildcrafting the fall plants in my area, specifically Yarrow and Mullein to dry and use in my own “winter wellness” tea. I’m also drying many of my herbs that will die off during the winter. And, I’m always whipping up a fresh batch of my body butter that is infused with Dandelion root.
If you were a medicinal plant, what plant would you be and why?
If I were a medicinal plant, I believe I would be a Lavender plant. I’m a little bit of a flower child anyway, and purple is my favorite color. People who know me tell me I’m a calming person and I have a gentle spirit about me. I would like to think I’m a “relaxing nervine” to others, making them feel relaxed and accepted, and free to be themselves around me.
We could not agree more, Rhonda. We love to be in your calming and joyful presence, and are grateful for your friendship and support.
Join us for an up-coming class and you might have the pleasure of meeting Rhonda, too.