Like many LA girls, I developed a major girl crush on Moon Juice founder, Amanda Chantal Bacon. The dreamy juice goddess built her dusty business all on her own (as a single mom!) thanks to her deep knowledge of food chemistry and personal trials and tribulations with health problems. With her golden locks and glowing skin, her philosophy on ashwagandha, maca, pearl, reishi and other Chinese herbs swept the nation, or at the very least the pantries of wellness-loving 20 somethings. I was one of them!
My smoothies went from fruit and non-dairy milk to potions packed with all sorts of powders that I could hardly pronounce. And it didn’t end there. I made evening beauty lattes and sprinkled things like “sex dust” into my coffee. And while I REALLY had so much fun with it all, I’m putting it to rest. At least for now.
Truth be told, I don’t think any of the herbs were doing a whole lot besides giving my body a hard time to digest. I didn’t feel any more “AMAZZING” when filling my system with dusty cordycepts, and in fact, certain things made me feel worse. Sometimes jittery and even nauseous. And my skin, well, that wasn’t doing great either.
I kept going waiting for all the miraculous heeling properties to take over but they never came, and ultimately, my antics came to a screeching halt when I learned that there are warnings of consumption if you are pregnant or are interested in becoming pregnant. YIKES! I am not pregnant but it is in my foreseeable future, and if these herbs are dangerous enough to potentially cause fetal damage, they aren’t something I want to be putting into my system right now. So, as much as I love me some Amanda Chantal Bacon, I’m putting her dusts on hold.
Meanwhile, I am still down with things like chia seeds, flaxseeds, collagen, probiotics, 100% organic protein powders, and other natural supplements that don’t have any risks but carry great benefits like vitamins, protein, omega-3, fiber, etc.
What about you? Are you still on the dusty herbal train? And I’d love to hear what you’re taking that you genuinely think is helping.