It’s not everyday that you encounter such a charming herbal apothecary shop. Upon arriving at Roots of the Sun, I was welcomed by Destini and Jake with some of their handmade tea (so lovely!). While sipping it we discussed their love of humans, love of St. Petersburg, and love of wellness. I learned SO much. They’re well educated in their craft and will guide you through whatever you may need.
Be sure to check them out!
Ladies and gents, Destini and Jake…
tell us about Roots of the Sun.
Roots of the Sun is an herbal apothecary that creates, sells, and distributes sustainably-harvested loose leaf herbs and wellness products. We specialize in Magic-Infused herbal tea blends, tinctures, extracts, and salves using biodynamic practices. We also have a space for community co-creation and herbalism outreach, where we host classes, workshops, ceremonies, and other events.
when did your passion for herbal healing start?
Destini’s passion for herbalism started when she first discovered the benefits and connection the plants have to offer, which occurred about 10 years ago.
what would you say is your big vision for Roots of the Sun?
Roots of the Sun’s vision is to offer and spread natural wellness through herbalism and herbal products, to create a space for community to come together with the intentions of healing, and to support local herbalists in their ventures of discovering and applying this ancient wisdom.
tell us about how you came up with the name Roots of the Sun?
The name Roots of the Sun came by happenstance as collaboration with another herbalist. Once the name was spoken, we were struck by the symbolism of the need to be grounded in our roots in order to let our light shine. To be the spark in the dark.
what made you decide to start Roots of the Sun?
Destini struggled with various health issues in childhood, and was only exposed to traditional allopathic medicine. This provided little to no remedy, and she decided to begin doing her own research and experimenting with various alternatives. She soon discovered the healing power of plants combined with our connection to the cycles of nature. Through herbalism, she regained her health and vitality, and decided to become an herbalist herself. She started Roots of the Sun with the intention of creating a foundation of natural wellness and spreading this knowledge.
what is your big “why”? why do you do what you do?
We do what we do because we care about people, we care about the Earth. We want to connect with people, to help people connect with the Earth.
what are your personal favorite books?
The Celestine Prophecy as it illustrates the spiritual side of life in a simple and applicable way. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs is a wonderful resource for discovering and applying the magical uses of plants.
what feelings do you want your customers to walk away with?
We would describe our shop as a portal to another dimension, like stepping out of the 3rd dimensional world into a whimsical forest. We hope our customers walk away with a sense of wonder and connection to a higher frequency of existence.
if you could drop everything and do ONE thing, what would you do?
Go on a weed walk because we love getting our feet dirty and connecting with nature.
if you had to chose one person in your whole life that has inspired you, who would that be and why?
I know this may sound cliché, but under careful consideration, we have come to the conclusion that the person we are most inspired by is each other, because we both have endured tremendous adversity and have chosen to follow our purpose and passion with relentless love and determination.
“When the Power of Love overcomes the Love of Power, the World will Know Peace” -Jimi Hendrix
what made you decide to open Roots of the Sun here in St. Petersburg?
The very first day we looked in the St. Petersburg area, this location became available. Plus we discovered there was an available apartment above the shop! We boldly jumped on the opportunity and couldn’t be happier to be a part of this amazing community!
describe St. Petersburg in a few words.
The best place on Earth.
as a business owner what are some of your personal self care practices? what are some you recommend?
Daily yoga, meditation, grounding, energy work, spending time in nature, healthy organic food, and lots and lots of herbs!
what are some non negotiable daily practices you have?
Self-respect, self-love, kindness and compassion for others.
when do you feel the most creative?
Usually during the full moon and the new moon our creative energy seems to be more palpable.
what do you think is the most important thing to focus on when running your business?
Setting pure intentions based on love, respect, and care for ourselves, for others, and for the Earth.
what is the best place you’ve traveled to?
Waterfalls in the Appalachian mountains.
when do you feel your best?
When we are being impeccable to ourselves, our purpose, and our truth in a way that serves others.
what would you say is the best thing about running your own business?
Freedom and the ability to connect with people in a way that serves the community.
any words of advice would you give to our readers wanting to start a business?
Success starts with passion and it requires relentless determination to bring into reality. When your passion is in service to both yourself and the world the universe will conspire to assist you! However, success does not always happen the way we expect, so we must be flexible and patient.
what inspires you?
We are inspired by nature, by the universe, by the unfathomable connection between all things. We are inspired by people for choosing to be here on this Planet. We are especially inspired by those who care about themselves, care about each other, and care about the Earth.
what kinds of social media can we follow you on? how can our readers contact you?
You can find us on Instagram & Facebook. Our online store will be available in the next month to order from. You can reach us at rootsofthesun.com, 850-443-2523, and rootsofthesun4.4.4 [at] gmail [dot] com. We hope to see you there!
// interview + photography by Olivia //