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Listen to the Signs, 2021 Spring Update

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If there is one thing 2020 has taught me, is to listen to the signs.

2021 still feels like 2020 has not ended. In surfing all the changes, the recent PACT act that just passed in Congress will directly affect our product offering. Postal services have agreed to stop shipping any vape or tobacco products. Even though all our products are multi use and we don’t sell any products with Tobacco,  we will stop offering the following products:

HERBAL PREROLLS

30ML ELIXIRS

Smoking with Intention

Our intention has always been to bring plants to people. In this journey, we can not deny that plants have been used by our ancestors in a multitude of ways from tea, to baths to smoke and most recently, thanks to technology, vaporized. 

But when plants get packaged into any of the above techniques of teabags, vape liquids, prerolls, the consumer is disconnected from the plant. 

I personally did not want to offer a Preroll product because it meant the herbal blend would only be used to smoke and miss out on using the blend as a tea, bath or even vape. I also did and don’t want to be a “cigarette company.”

Now, all the messages are clear and pointing at only offering our Loose Leaf Blends since all postal services will cease to deliver tobacco or vaping products.

Everything Happens for a Reason

We hope you can understand our stand on plant medicine as well as our decision to stop offering tobacco or vape products. The recent PACT act only reinforces to us, and hopefully to you, that the aim of DroppingSeeds is to create a relationship between your vibration and the plant. 

And no matter how you choose to create that vibration, be it SIP, SOAK, VAPE, or SMOKE, that our blends can serve you on your journey during such transitional times in human kinds history.

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2021 Update

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The only thing constant in life is change and 2020 is a perfect example. 

Believe it or not we are days away from entering the 2nd month of 2021 even though it feels like 2020 never ended. 

The amount of challenges 2020 bought to everyone has been unimaginable. From pandemic to political unrest, life has completely changed and DroppingSeeds was not immune to all the change. 

Downsize, Optimize and Streamline

If there was anything I learned from Sept 11 in 2001 and the Great Recession in 2008 is to “pack light.” The challenges back then barely compare to today but when the sh!t hits the fan, you need to prioritize what’s important. 

We are still years away from fully seeing the ripple effect the global COVID lockdown will have on humanity. But immediately we saw all supply chains either sloooow down or completely break (toilet paper anyone). For us, that meant a shortage of packaging material like tins, preroll tubes and herbs. 

Never mind the constant state of fear and panic (that we all are still in), 2020 made us all stay inside. We miss all the markets and events that allowed us to connect to our customers. We also miss all the boutiques and bars carrying our products that are trying there best to stay open and navigate social distancing. 

In packing light, we decided to stop offering the 28G Herbal Tins and put a pause on elixirs and prerolls. We are only offering our most loved 10G Herbal Tins along with tea balls, rolling papers, rolling box and muslin bag accessories

Please Please Mr Postman. Why’s it takin’ such a long time?

Another victim of 2020 is the postal service… globally. Not only did these lockdowns create an explosion to online shopping (e-commerce grew in 3 months what it was projected to grow in 10 years). But also the postal service, being one of the most important essential jobs to keep the economy going, were not ready or equipped to deal with the COVID outbreaks in there workforce. All in all this compounded an already taxed global situation. 

Diamonds Nothing is forever

After 12 years of being “crazy in love” and co-creating two beautiful children and numerous successful projects including DroppingSeeds, we decided to start a new & different chapter. 

SirRoan has moved on to building and running We Are Earth (WAE), a multi faceted operation featuring high yield vertical farms in collaboration with GROWBOX™. We both continue to co-parent our growing children while entering our second year in homeschooling them. And DroppingSeeds became a one womxn show who’s herbal operation is currently in transition to the Hudson Valley. 

Surfing the Chaos

2001, 2008 and 2020 has literally felt like a sunami came and destroyed everything I knew at the time. But similar to being in the ocean, when a wave crashes on you, if you resist, the wave will drag you down. If you surrender, you float to the top and if your lucky, you bodysurf to the shore. 

After the sunami receded for me in 2001 and 2008, there were many treasures that it left behind. In 2001 I launched my graphic design business and in 2008 I travel the world. Am very much looking forward to the treasures 2020 will leave behind. 

So Whats Next?

We will continue a focus on producing the 10G Herbal Blends for online and wholesale. Once we fully transition the Herbal Studio operation to the Hudson Valley, we will re-focus on the Herbal Preroll and Herbal Elixirs. We will try our best to keep ahead of the delays in packaging material/herbs as well as the delays in postal services.

Stay safe & stay in love, as well as patient.  2021 and the years to come will be “messy” globally. And rather than focusing on the “collapse”, let’s start focusing on the rebuilding. Much much More to come 🙌🏾

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Ride the Energetic Waves

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2020 has been something and we are about to enter the second half.

You would think we were in a reality series of the Apprentice and Survivor! From COVID, to BLACK LIVES MATTER to the ECONOMY to EDUCATION and POLITICS. We are in transformative times and if you believe it or not, YOU and I decided to be here for it.

What are Energetic Waves?

Think of all the drama out there and in your own life like a wave in the ocean crashing on you. When you fight it, you are dragged by it. When you surrender and release, you float up. This has been my mantra thru this year. You will find that once you float up, you then have the ability to ride/surf this energetic/emotional wave that always passes.

How does this relate to DroppingSeeds?

Every facet of ALL our lives is being transformed and this transformation is affecting DroppingSeeds in the following way:

Global Supply Chain

Delays in production to delivery due to the economical impact COVID had on businesses is making it harder to purchase raw material like packaging and raw herbs in a timely and low cost way. In addressing this disturbance, we are streamlining our offering to be only the 10G Tins. We are holding off on producing 28G Tins & Elixirs till 2021. Herbal pre-rolls will be available for the holiday season.

Postal Service

The cost and turnaround time for shipping is increasing globally due to COVID, the economy and politics. We ask for your understanding and cooperation with shipping. If we could deliver the blends to your doorstep we would BUT that is not possible.

Worker Own Cooperatives

Extreme inequities in wealth worldwide is showing how the current capitalistic modal is just not working. New models like worker own coops are gaining popularity. Currently DroppingSeeds is researching models to transform into a worker own coop.

Intentional Community

We are depressed as a community because we have been programmed to live alone. It has shown to not only shorten our lifespan but also keep us in an unhealthy state of mind/body. Since DroppingSeeds is a home business, intentional communities (along with worker own cooperatives) is the direction we are moving towards.

Homeschooling

Education in America is on a collision course towards unhealthy and unhappy children. We are at a cross road to rebuild the future and it starts with how we educate our children. Having a home business allowed us to customize our schedule to provide home schooling for our children. This means that our home life, our home business and our children home schooling is all intertwined EVERY day.

Simply put, we are not waiting for society to collapse, we are focusing on rebuilding it. And thankfully the plants are here to help us with this transition. During this time, we all process stress differently so we developed the following three Balancing kits.

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We thank you for your full support these last 7 years and hope we can continue riding these waves of change! Lets #RidetheWaves into a new future.

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State of our World Update

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“The first revolution is when you change your mind” – Gil Scott-Heron

We are in truly transformative times. Even as the coronavirus has killed 24K and with more than 380K testing positive in NY State, we New Yorkers still gather together to #DefendBlackLives. This conversation is 500 years coming. Accountability is knocking at the door of every institution and individual person from the media, park statues, legislation, individual statements etc. We all must ask Does #BlackLivesMatter to me?

How Does Black Lives Matter?

It is a real conversation that needs to be have NOW with our friends, our family and ourselves individually. Some people are just waking up to this conversation and many others have dealt with this conversation for generations. 

Where do you start? 

We all are on different points of this medicine wheel called life. We highly recommend the following Racial Equity Resources page gathered by our friends at Minka Brooklyn. From taking a Harvard University Implicit Bias test to listening to podcast on Structural Racism and White Privilege. In understanding the concepts and words towards Racial Equity, we can change not only our individual mindset, inspire our friends/family but also shift the structural legislation towards true social justice.

Global Supply Chain

In addition to the delays due to Covid, protest worldwide for racial equity have affected all global supply chains including world wide delays in shipping. We are still prioritizing 10G Herbal Tins. The 28G Tins, Prerolls & Elixirs will be available in smaller batches at a limited time closer to the Fall. Join our mailing list to be informed of back in stock products.  

During this time to process stress as well as symptoms to cold/flu symptoms we recommend the following:

FACIAL STEAMS

Can help with:
  • Anxiety … too much TV/Screen/Info Headaches (Recommended Blends: CALM & CENTER)
  • Tension in the Neck & Shoulders due to overthinking (CALM & CENTER)
  • Nasal and Chest Congestion or Soar Throat (if highly congested, recommended to be done 3x a day) (CALM, REVIVE & CENTER)
  • Daily disinfection of the Nasal and Throat cavities (highly recommended for “essential workers” who can’t work from home, to do daily) (CALM, REVIVE & CENTER)
  • Additional, HIGHLY recommended herbs for face steams: Thyme & Rosemary

VIEW TUTORIAL HERE:


WARM TEAS

Keep your core warm to keep any virus from building up in your body. It will also calm your nervous system that is on overdrive with so much stimulation.

  • Any mint plant is highly recommended (Mint, Spearmint, Catnip, Skullcap, Lavender, Damiana). (CALM, REVIVE & CENTER)
  • To move mucus, recommend Marshmallow (PEACE)
  • Additionally recommend making tea out of 1-2 Garlic cloves with Ginger for congestion or Thyme for that icky feeling.
  • If your body is processing a virus, 2-3 Qts of tea recommended a day

MINERALIZED WATER

Keep your body hydrated with mineralized water by making herbal lemonade or just drinking room temperature tea. Water is our first medicine!

FREE HERBAL CONSULTATIONS

The biggest illusion in modern time is separation and as the world transform, we can not transform alone. Offering FREE 15 Min. Herbal Consultations via phone for those in need of guidance with what plants/techniques to use.

Contact us for a FREE HERBAL CONSULTATION if you need herbal support.

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Brooklyn & Queens COVID Update

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*READ OUR JUNE 12th 2020 UPDATE HERE*
As of April 11th 2020, there has been over 180K+ coronavirus positive cases & 8.5K+ deaths from complications due to the coronavirus in NYC.

Our own backyard of Brooklyn & Queens have been hit as the global epicenter of this pandemic with mostly men of color dying. It is an amplified reality we have continuously seen in NYC of the inequality in healthcare, mental health, food accessibility as well as education for our community.

Since we are a family run home business + home schooling, our priority has been to secure our Homelife. We have thankfully managed to keep DroppingSeeds open online thanks to our shipping fulfillment company who is 100% operational.

All global supply chains have been affected, so we are prioritizing 10G Herbal Tins. The 28G Tins, Prerolls & Elixirs will be available in smaller batches at a limited time. Join our mailing list to be informed of back in stock products.

We highly recommend the following methods that we are currently using at home during this time to process symptoms/reactions to this pandemic:

FACIAL STEAMS

Can help with:

  • Anxiety … too much TV/Screen/Info Headaches (Recommended Blends: CALM & CENTER)
  • Tension in the Neck & Shoulders due to overthinking (CALM & CENTER)
  • Nasal and Chest Congestion or Soar Throat (if highly congested, recommended to be done 3x a day) (CALM, REVIVE & CENTER)
  • Daily disinfection of the Nasal and Throat cavities (highly recommended for “essential workers” who can’t work from home, to do daily) (CALM, REVIVE & CENTER)
  • Additional, HIGHLY recommended herbs for face steams: Thyme & Rosemary

VIEW TUTORIAL HERE:


WARM TEAS

Keep your core warm to keep any virus from building up in your body.

  • Any mint plant is highly recommended (Mint, Spearmint, Catnip, Skullcap, Lavender, Damiana). (CALM, REVIVE & CENTER)
  • To move mucus, recommend Marshmallow (PEACE)
  • Additionally recommend making tea out of 1-2 Garlic cloves with Ginger for congestion or Thyme for that icky feeling.
  • If your body is processing a virus, 2-3 Qts of tea recommended a day

MINERALIZED WATER

Keep your body hydrated with mineralized water by making herbal lemonade or just drinking room temperature tea.


FREE HERBAL CONSULTATIONS

The biggest illusion in modern time is separation and as the world is in isolation, I can truly say we are alone TOGETHER. We are offering FREE 15 Min. Herbal Consultations via phone.

Contact us for a FREE HERBAL CONSULTATION if you need herbal support.

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The Synchronicity Movie

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Time Is Art is an inspiring documentary film that follows the journey of a writer, compelled to make sense of the mysterious and powerful energy she felt at her aunt’s deathbed. Considering herself a skeptic, a series of strange coincidences leads her on an exploration of synchronicity – the concept that all beings are mystically interconnected.

We were lucky enough to be part of the series of compelling conversations with fellow seekers Toko-Pa Turner, Richard Tarnas, Graham Hancock, Daniel Pinchbeck and biologist Rupert Sheldrake. It inspired the creation of our SYNC blend that supports a states of empathy and lucidity. It increases the synchronicities in your life by enhancing your psychic awareness.

The film will tap you into a way of being that is not ruled by a finite sense of time, but rather by the ability to live in harmony with the true creative nature of our existence.


WATCH IT TODAY w/ 50% off Online Streaming w/ code: 1111


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Where to get gifts in B.K. for the Holidays?

Organic Herbal Smoke, Vape, Bath, Tea, Mixology Blend Dropping Seeds Holiday 2019 triangle alter

Its that special time of year again, crazy deadlines, crazy traffic, crazy stress layered with buying all your holiday gifts. But we have the solution to all your troubles in three little letters CBD.

Come join us during our Pop-Up shop at the Brooklyn Museum. Its filled with shopping, food, family holiday activities and our Healing Tea Temple. We are selling out of crystals, aura mist, cleansing herbs, tarot/palm/astrology readings by Minka Brooklyn, CBD oil by Master Growers, our own multi-use blends AND our three *new* herbal blends and elixirs with CBDHemp Flower.

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When is the Next Pop-Up?

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OH how we love every season in Nueva York. Come join us for some herbal talk, ice tea, warm tea (on those cold days) and cocktail elixers (on those after work days) plus free samples. Check out our line up via social media to be informed of new stores, festivals and markets that we are participating in.

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What are the Planets + Elements of a Plant?

Everything on our planet including People, Rocks and Plants are made from the same elements of Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Each Element has a particular quality like heat with Fire or grounded-ness with Earth. Additionally each Planet/celestial body in our galaxy also holds a particular quality like fire with Mars or water with the Moon.

In Ayurveda, Native American, Yorubic and Chinese medicine, the quality of each Plant/Herb is associated with a Planet/Celestial body and Element. When we choose to work with a a plant, we can then create a state of resonance with a planetary or elemental energy of our choice to strengthen our counter-balance our energetic fields.

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How did we start our herbal blends?

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Inspired by her discovery of the healing power of plants during a home birth pregnancy, Brooklyn-based Kokoro Chic entrepreneur, Johanna Guevara-Smiley, brings both business expertise and herbal wisdom to her exciting new venture, Dropping Seeds. Johanna crafts her blends for sipping, soaking and even smoking, as a health way to help New Yorkers be stay calm, get focused and be well.

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