Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett - Golubka Kitchen

Rachelle
Robinett
is an Herbalist, Holistic Health Practitioner, and
founder of Supernatural, a company dedicated to real-world
plant-based wellness. Rachelle has been studying the relationship
between plants and people her entire life – be that on a farm in
the Pacific Northwest (where she grew up) to time with healers,
specialists, and shaman in farther-away places. She now provides
functional plant-based wellness services, products, and education
to empower people to understand their health, and lean into it,
naturally.

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett - Golubka Kitchen

Routine

— Is routine important to you or do you like
things to be more open and free?

This has changed a lot for me since launching my company and
having total control of my schedule. I do schedule
everything, but also move through life very intuitively. For
example, on a day off I’ll plan to ride my bike but once I’m on
it, it doesn’t matter to me where I go.
There are things I do routinely (meal preparation, exercise,
rituals, sleep) but I never ignore instincts or anything my body is
telling me. I love to be surprised but also care so much about how
I spend every moment that planning is a big part of my life.

— What do your mornings look like? If they differ
from day to day, describe your ideal morning.

No more alarm clock! Or, infrequently, which isn’t something I
would have predicted for my life. I’ll wake up to open windows
and the sounds of birds on a breeze. A glass of water with a
tincture and probiotics. If it’s a day off, I’ll skip caffeine
and head out for a run while I’m still sleepy. I love waking up
while I run. A work day means a small cup of cold-brew with MCT oil
and (currently, though it changes as I work with different herbs)
mucuna pruriens and L-theanine.
I practice intermittent fasting daily so don’t typically eat
until 11am or later but in the morning I’ll make a broth or giant
green juice and also a smoothie, which becomes brunch.
A meditation ritual with some South American plants I’ve come to
love and then it’s off to the races.

— Do you have any bedtime rituals that help you
sleep well?

Getting away from blue light! If I’m near screens, they have
physical filters and apps (like flux) installed to reduce the
effect. Dimmed lights, incense, my “Zen Spa Stuff” playlist,
and something to drink. There are always herbs at night as my
energy tends to run very high, naturally. I cycle between
kava kava, skullcap, valerian, poppy, lavender, and more.
Also very in love with a relaxing face-washing routine. 🙂

— Do you have any kind of mindfulness
practice? 

I’m working diligently at becoming a more regular meditator.
It’s most days now, but I’d like to deepen it. Otherwise, yoga,
running and long bike rides silence my mind. I can practice yoga
(ashtanga) for hours a day and be thrilled.

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett - Golubka Kitchen

Sustenance

— Describe your typical or ideal meal for each of
these:

Breakfast – A giant smoothie made with fresh tropical
fruits and fats, ideally picked from a jungle farm that
morning.

Lunch – All the vegetables, fresh and raw and local.
Amazing olive oil, avocado, or coconut. Maybe some seeds. Seaweed
too. Every color of the rainbow.

Snack – 100% cacao. Local.

Dinner – See lunch.

— Do you do caffeine and in what form? If not, what
is your drink of choice in the morning?

Currently I have about ½ cup of cold-brew coffee that we make
at home. I’m so high energy naturally that I often don’t finish
it. Green juice is my favorite energy support. Otherwise I use
water, food, sunlight and breath to adjust my energy.

— Do you have a sweet tooth and do you take any
measures to keep it in check?

Dark chocolate – often homemade but if bought it’s 92 –
100%. I’ll eat that for breakfast, honestly. My sugar intake is
so low that sweets cravings are rare but if they get aggressive
I’ll have extra cacao in smoothies or elixirs, or eat more fruit,
sweet potatoes/yams, etc.
Chocolate chip cookies are dear to my heart though.

— Are there any particular supplements, herbs, or
tinctures/tonics that you take regularly and find to be helpful
with your energy level and general wellness?

This evolves as I learn and grow too but …
– An excellent probiotic
– Personalized herbs. For me those are mood-supportive and
nervous-system soothing. I use a combination of herbal teas
(infused overnight), tinctures (HerbPharm are my favorite!) and
well-sourced powders.
– Supplements depending on bloodwork, body composition and
lifestyle.
– I’m seeing the greatest overall health changes in my clients
who are working on gut health. It just affects so much!

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett - Golubka Kitchen

Exercise

— Do you exercise and do you have a particular
exercise routine that you repeat weekly? 

I live to move. Every single day if possible! If I skip more
than two days, I get really restless. Running and yoga are my
favorite, but I need both. I joke that running is my church; I
treasure it and find it extremely cathartic. Yoga keeps everything
balanced and I hope to have the practice for life. Weather
permitting, I’ll ride my bike for hours but that just feels like
play.
I’m also into strength training (aka lifting weights at the gym,
which surprises people).
Overall, I consider exercise as essential as good food, water, and
sleep. My preference for high-intensity exhaustive stuff comes from
my high-energy personality but isn’t necessary for everyone.
I’ve seen some of the fastest changes in my body with a daily
yoga practice, some walking, and an excellent diet.

— Do you find exercise to be pleasurable,
torturous or perhaps a little of both? How do you put yourself in
the right mindset in order to keep up with it?

Absolutely heavenly. Excellent playlists are essential!
Also, just do it. 😉

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett - Golubka Kitchen

Beauty

— Are there any foods, herbs or supplements you
find to be helpful to your skin/hair/general glow?

I think people doubt me when I say greens, and especially green
juice, are responsible for the glow but I really mean it. Veggies
veggies veggies, healthy fat, tons of water, and sweat!

— Do you have any beauty tips/tricks you’ve
found to be especially useful throughout the years?

Aside from food, water, rest, and sweat, I find that a
consistent routine of gentle exfoliation and good quality
rehydration (topically, that is) work best for me. Continually
renewing the surface, allowing skin to breathe, and keeping it
nourished with really simple ingredients (I love Egyptian Magic and fruit enzyme or
honey-based masks) gives really great “face.” That said, I’m
not an esthetician and have increasingly more respect for what I
don’t know about skincare (thanks to spending more time with the
professionals at CAP
Beauty
, especially) and it will differ for everyone.
What won’t differ is the value of a right diet to help reduce
inflammation, increase circulation, maintain hydration, and provide
enough energy for both exercising and rest. 🙂

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett - Golubka Kitchen

Stress, etc.

— Do you practice any consistent routines in
order to avoid stress?

Exercise and sleep have always been stress-reliefs for me.
I’ve recently integrated more meditation, and herbs of course
(especially nervines). What’s making the greatest difference,
though, is – as with most things – addressing the root cause or
source of the stress. Rather than just trying to breathe between
emails, I’m looking at how to reduce email overall. Setting
timers, limits on the number of meetings I’ll take each day,
inbox pausing, and scheduling (and sticking to) more time truly
offline. Personal days, screen-free evenings or weekends, etc.
If doing this, it’s important to prepare for there to be
more to address when you return to it, so another part of
the practice may be letting go of how much we want to engage with
and choosing quality over quantity. Much harder said than done.

— What measures do you take when you sense a
cold/general feeling of being under the weather coming
on?

Heat and spice! I completely eliminate all sugar
including fruit and yes, honey too. I put on three extra layers to
get warm and stay warm. Garlic, ginger, and all sorts of spice. And
rest. Essentially, I’m aiming to help my body reach a sort of
break-point with the cold/flu, or to sweat it out before it even
reaches a peak, which I’ve had a lot of success with.
Medicinal mushrooms can also be great for cold/flu season.

— How do you reconcile work-time with free-time? Do
those things overlap for you or do you keep them distinctly
separate?

I’m working on this. (See above regarding stress avoidance!)
My work is my play is my passion is my love so what’s not work is
sometimes very hard to determine. My hypnotherapist friend suggests
that if it makes me happy, perhaps it’s not important to
distinguish. My partner has inspired me to take in information from
sources entirely outside of my usual bubble, which is great for
play, and avoiding a filtered or algorithmic existence.
This is a new practice for me. I grew up in a home that didn’t
allow for play so it’s something I’m creating space for and
learning how to do as an adult.

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett - Golubka Kitchen

Motivation

— Describe the actions you take or mindset you
try to tap into in order to stay on track with
your self-care practice and being
nice to yourself?

I’ve found that it’s just impossible to be my best self when
I’m not taking care. It’s really priority number one (and two,
and maybe three) at this point. That said, there are times when
life when it’s worth compromising different things. Like, in my
twenties when I worked my ass off (and loved it) in order to
achieve certain things. Now, I feel freer to play and rest.
These bodies are our only homes in this life. I am so grateful to
have one; I really think of it like my best friend and partner in
existence.

— What do you consider to be the single most
important change you’ve made to your routine or lifestyle in
terms of wellness?

Learning how to eat entirely plant-based, and well.

— How do you deal with periods characterized by a
lack of inspiration or procrastination?

Thankfully, I don’t have these. But, the opposite side of that
spectrum is overworking, under-socializing, or burnout. And,
existential crises which seem to strike when things are best. Rest
and changes of scenery can do wonders.(Lately, I have been exploring procrastination from the
perspective of mindfulness, though. This
is an enlightening talk on it.)

— A book/movie/class that influenced your view
of self-nourishment or self-care.

Instead I’ll choose a couple of people:

My mom, who as a Dietician gave me the greatest start in
understanding nutrition, but more importantly taught me how to
listen to my body. Rather than bandaging symptoms, she showed us
how to ask “why” and follow the clues to root causes.
My dad, an Anaesthesiologist who – much the opposite of Mom –
taught us about medicine yes, but of more value he gave me the
travel bug and experiences with wild nature that started and
perpetuate my relationship with earth.
And, Wendy Green, who I met
at the perfect time in my journey. She helped direct my then
multitudinous health practices into a more singular approach, which
I’ve honed and deepened since we met years ago. She also showed
me how much I love ashtanga yoga, which is the gift of a lifetime.
I’ll be back to her retreat for the third time this summer.

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett - Golubka Kitchen

Knowledge

— Do you have any recommendations for those thinking
of taking their career in a similar direction? Where does one
start, where to find the education, how important is certification,
etc.

This is one of the most common questions I receive! I appreciate
Mountain
Rose Herbs’ list of resources
for those looking into schools,
teachers, or even just books. It’s worth knowing which
certifications are recognized by The American Herbalists Guild,
though many people disregard the value of that and choose to study
from great herbalists or schools that exist outside of the system.
I’d recommend as much exploration and direct experience as
possible in the form of classes, workshops, and apprenticeships
before then committing to a longer-term study. Find someone whose
approach you respect and identify with and learn from them in
whatever ways are available.

— Tell us about HRBLS, your beautiful herb
infused chew line!

Woo, HRBLS! These are my babies! Long story short, I wanted to
give people an easy, delicious, beautiful but still very effective
form of herbs. The HRBLS are gummies, or chews, that are equivalent
to a dose of a tincture, a strong cup of herbal tea, or some
capsules. They’re a marriage between functional food and herbal
remedies. A snack medicine or treat with benefits.
Nerve Less is the first flavor (honeyed lavender tarragon) and
includes my favorite herbs for daytime stress and anxiety relief,
which so many folks come to me for help resolving. In the near
future, we’ll announce the next flavor – okay flavors. 🙂

— And a last, fun one: what are your three favorite
plants for the spring season and why?

– Nettle! Because it’s my bff (we grew up together) and the
coolest combination of edible green, super-green plant medicine,
and a natural antihistamine.
– Dandelion: I love the multi-taskers and like nettle, dandelion
is an edible flower and bitter green (great for digestion), and
medicinal top to root.
– Mimosa. “The tree of happiness” which blooms more in the
summer than spring, but close enough. Aside from looking magical,
it’s full of medicine – everything from antioxidants to
DMT.

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett - Golubka Kitchen

Fun and Inspiration

— What do you do to unwind or treat
yourself?

Deep massages – two hours with the strongest hands I can find
please! Acupuncture. Running, yoga, riding. TRAVEL.

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