Our Plant Medicine Journey

Connect People to Plants

Our plant medicine journey is full of ups, downs and inside outs. The plants told us to connect people to the power of PachaMama, Mother Nature, Gaia. To improve our quality of life by re~sculpting our day to day balance. Re~connecting to nature’s intelligence.

“We have a connection to the Earth. This connection was disconnected due to colonization 500 years ago. One of the ways to re~connect to the Earth, to our Ancestors and Decolonize society is by consuming herbs regularly”

Our Relationship with Plants

If it wasn’t for plants, we would not be here. They feed us, clothe us, shelter us as well as make medicine for us.

We must fully recognize our important relationship with plants. Our plant medicine journey is more than just consuming plants. We must also protect and honor her in each one of our steps. This is the relationship we seek with plants.

Through science, plants have shown us the intelligence of Terpenes. Through current events, plants have shown us the need for social justice with Equity from Day 1. Plants showed me the need to De~Colonize medicine, education, economies and all relations.

Honor Natures Intelligence

On your plant medicine journey, you will find, one of the most divine and direct channels to the spirit of the Earth is to commune with herbs daily.

A Tea, Steam, Vape or Smoke ritual creates a healthy intentional habit. This habit will assist you in vibrating true to your nature and be able to hear Nature.

Below we share our plant medicine journey that created DroppingSeeds.

How DroppingSeeds Started

The Journey

2008
Plant medicine journey at a fire in a sweat lodge.

The Great Recession


To adapt to the economic downturn, Johanna closed her graphic design studio and SirRoan closed his music studio in Chelsea, NYC. Together, they embarked on a digital nomadic life after one year of dating.
2009
Plant medicine journey POC hand with feather.

Only a Seedling

Johanna’s plant journey would lead her into certification for Ayurvedic Holistic Coaching, Reiki Level 1&2 and Integrated Energy Technique Advanced. As well as studies at the University of New Mexico for Curanderismo, a Wasteskun Meztli Canada Moon Dancer and Vision Quester in Atlantida, Colombia.

2010
Plant medicine journey building a temaszcal

The Plants are Talking

Johanna & SirRoans global travels very synchronistically turned into studies of sacred plant medicine in Brazil, New Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru and Colombia.

2011
Black herbalist SirRoan Smiley holding soil regeneration

Path of the Plants

SirRoan began with foraging and medicine mentorships. His education evolved into Permaculture Certification with Andrew Faust and Earthships Biotecture Training with Mike Reynolds.

2012
Plant Medicine journey 2021 yellow flower in POC hand with peyote sticking bracelet

The End of Mesoamerican Long Count

After much internal healing work, Johanna and SirRoan found themselves happily married & pregnant with their first child. Her two home-birth pregnancies and breast feeding journies would later on influence them in understanding the power of plants.

2013

DroppingSeeds Is Born

During a sacred plant medicine gathering, the intention to create blends for mental acuity {FOCUS} and stress coping {CALM} was seeded by the spirit of Ayahuasca. At first, the blends started off being stored in spaghetti jars. As we started to share our blends, positive feedback kept us motivated. Picture of Shantell Martins at her art studio, Soho, NYC.

2014
Plant medicine herbal blend sample spiral.

Duality

The blends started developing in dualistic ways: SUN & MOON, SLEEP & AWAKE and MASC. & FEMME. Soon we found ourselves creating an Herbal Sample Blend for customers to have the full collection experience.

2015

Growing

Our growing herbal blend line started to receive press. Interview by NativeTV Kokoro.

2015

Our Family Grew Too

As the business grew, so did our family. Picture being 7 months pregnant with a toddler at Joshua Tree after a cross country road trip from NYC to California. Much support and love continued from friends like Bilal Music. And we were part of the documentary Time is Art. It inspired the creation of our SYNC blend that supports a states of empathy and lucidity.

2016

Scale scale scale

Inventory, production, operations manuals all grew. Artist & Tarot reader Angie Guevara working the mid-night hour to keep up with demand.

2017

Lets Talk Tea

We started Herbal PopUps at shops like West Elm and Brooklyn Museum. As well as collaborations with Humblebloom and Bust Magazine. Not to mention our favorite Afropunk Festival curating the Healing Temple with Minka Brooklyn.

2018

Food Curated

Food Curated, a James Beard Award-winning food documentary series, featured DroppingSeeds: There Is More to the Medicinal Plant World than Cannabis.

2018
Plant medicine journey featured on Gaia TV Psychedelica S1E3

Gaia TV

Guest appearance on Psychedelica S1:E3 of Gaia TV. Discussing the power of Ayahuasca and its effects on the body, mind and soul with Dennis Mckenna and Graham Hancock.

2019

Deepak + Vogue + Hemp

We presented our blends MOON and SUN tea at Deepak Homebase at ABC Carpet and Home. While for Fashion Week, Vogue magazine feature our RELAX Elixir in an Osteria57 custom cocktail. And our Hemp blends PEACE, REVIVE, & DEEP became the latest ones to join the collection due to the legalization of Hemp in 2019.

2020

All Beginnings have an End

SirRoan moved on to building and running We Are Earth (WAE), a multi faceted operation featuring high yield vertical farms in collaboration with GROWBOX™. Also, COVID had everyone staying home which made our connection to the plant kingdom bigger.

2021

reGrow

The pandemic showed us the importance of growing our own food, medicine and sovereignty. DroppingSeeds operation moves to the Hudson Valley.

2022

Back To Basics

Post pandemic, the world is still changing but the basics in life don’t change ~ Our message is still the same: Connect People to Plants.

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