Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Jeanne Rose: Rock and Roll Couturière, Herbalist, Aromatherapist, Author, and Ecologist

Interviewee(s):
Rose, Jeanne
Interviewer(s):
Tewes, Amanda
Title:
Jeanne Rose: Rock and Roll Couturière, Herbalist, Aromatherapist, Author, and Ecologist
Abstract:
Jeanne Rose is an herbalist, aromatherapist, distiller, and was the couturière to rock and roll bands like Jefferson Airplane in the late 1960s. Rose grew up in Antioch, California, and graduated from San José State University in the 1950s before attending University of Miami Marine Laboratory for graduate school. She started a couturière business called New Age Creations in Cloth, and her fashions became emblematic of the hippie movement in San Francisco. Rose has written over twenty books about herbal remedies and uses, including the 1972 Herbs and Things: A Compendium of Practical and Exotic Herb Lore. She also owned and operated New Age Creations, the first natural cosmetic company in the United States. She continues to teach and lecture about herbalism in the Bay Area. In this interview, Rose discusses her early life and education in the sciences; living simultaneously in Big Sur and San Francisco in the 1960s; designing and making clothes for rock and roll bands in San Francisco, especially Jefferson Airplane; the hippie movement in California; researching and writing books on herbalism; making and selling natural products, including Bruise Juice; personal ecology and its relation to consumerism and environmentalism.
Subject area(s):
Arts and Letters
Community and Identity
Commerce and Industry
Interview date(s):
2018
Project:
Arts and Letters - Individual Interviews
Rights:
Jeanne Rose, “Jeanne Rose: Rock and Roll Couturière, Herbalist, Aromatherapist, Author, and Ecologist” conducted by Amanda Tewes in 2018, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2018.