While I’m no stranger to the stress reducing benefits of adaptogens, like ashwaganda (thanks to my discovery of Moon Juice a few years back), or the ability of Chinese herbs like jujube, longan and astralangus to ease labor and delivery, the benefits of western herbs are rarely salient in my mind when I think of herbs. When I mentioned this to Traci Donat, herbalist and founder of Simples Tonics, an herbal apothecary that specializes in western herbs, last week during our interview she wasn’t surprised. “In our society, we often look to Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine or the Andes…

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(Above: Me at 25 weeks pregnant on our babymoon in Maui!) Pregnancy is such a joyous, exciting, and often overwhelming time. There is so much to learn, so much to prepare for and so much to avoid to keep your growing baby healthy – food and beauty-wise. When I got pregnant, all of these “don’ts” were swirling around in my head: don’t eat deli meat, don’t eat sushi, don’t use retinol. The biggies I knew, but figuring out everything that could be potentially harmful to my baby took some time, online digging and talking with friends with kids to figure…

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The thyroid, a little butterfly shaped gland in the neck, can have immense effects on our bodies if it’s not working properly. Dry skin, brittle nails, hair loss, weight-gain abnormal menstrual cycles, fatigue, impaired memory – are just a few of the symptoms related to thyroid deficiencies. Synthetic medications to combat these ailments are available (and were the route I ended up taking to rebound my hair loss), but they may not be the right path for everyone. Natural food therapies and supplements are alternatives available to support thyroid health, or can work to complement pharmaceuticals. To discuss this further,…

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The health and diet space in the American psyche is evolving. We are finally entering what I hope will be the final frontier leaving behind the last two decades of meal shakes, starvation, extreme diets, like juicing and Atkins and a misplaced emphasis on calories versus nutrition. It’s taken a while, but we’re here now with an ever growing understanding of the importance of organic sourcing and the power of mindful, balanced eating. We are collectively shifting towards reconnecting with food – real food. Processed is out, farmers’ markets are in. But the new challenge with healthy eating is the…

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   Last Friday, my partner-in-crime and fellow beauty lover, Chrissy, and I ventured to Venice for a tasting at the hip juice bar Moon Juice. If you haven’t been, it’s a MUST while in LA. I especially recommend venturing to their Venice location which feels more intimate than the others. There you’ll find tonics, milks, elixirs, juices, fermented snacks and adaptogen powders all created by Amanda Bacon with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic principles in mind. The wellness brand currently has twenty juices/elixirs/milks available with rotating seasonal additions. While the juices seem on par with other juiceries, like Pressed Juicery, their milks…

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