Category Archives: NUTRITION + WELLNESS

Psilocybin in Mushrooms For Treatment Of Depression

April 28, 2022

Psilocybin Mushrooms have been in the headlines quite often lately. And it’s not stories about the negative effects. Psilocybin is being studied for its ability to help with a wide range of complicated ailments and has even been given FDA breakthrough status as a potential medicine for treatment resistant depression.

Exploring these options seems more and more important as health and wellness are constantly challenged. The safety profile, when done in a safe setting, is extremely high. Statistically, psilocybin is one of the physiologically safest compounds known to man. Academic institutes are doubling down on this research and are being led by Johns Hopkins University.

Umbo’s co-founder, Del Jolly, has been working on one psilocybin study with JHU for the last three years and is looking to start publishing this year. Umbo was founded to help support this cause through corporate social responsibility. A portion of sales from Umbo goes towards this research. Umbo also believes in the importance of functional mushrooms as well. Lion’s mane, Cordyceps, Reishi, Turkey Tail and many others are proving to also be incredibly beneficial and an important part of our diets. Umbo offers functional mushroom bars, and energy and rest capsules made up of high quality, organic fruiting body mushrooms and other beneficial adaptogens and compounds.

The Art Of Sacred Smoke : Energy-Balancing Rituals to Cleanse, Protect, and Empower

March 28, 2022

Last week I had the privilege to attend a live Breathwork class with Neelou Malekpour, creator of S M U D G E D and now, the author of the forthcoming book, The Art of Sacred Smoke: Energy-Balancing Rituals to Cleanse, Protect, and Empower.

It was phenomenal. Big energy, big release, big breath. It was a deeply profound opening, simply accessed via the breath.

The Art of Sacred Smoke is available on Amazon and at your favorite bookstores. (Barnes & Noble,,, Amazon,, Indiebound, Books-a-Million, and Brick & Mortar Indies + more!)

A gorgeously illustrated, essential guide to the energy rituals that will transform your life!

Readers will learn how to cleanse and protect yourself and your space, tap into your intuition, and elevate your frequency through sacred smoke, candle, stone rituals – and more. Neelou Malekpour is here to support you for all occasions, whether that is:

  •  healing heartache, relieving anxiety, and dispelling bad dreams;

  •  cultivating focus, receiving support during travel, and prepping a space for meditation; or

  •  calling in love, blessing others, and connecting to your highest self.

With The Art of Sacred Smoke, Malekpour is ready to share the rituals that are essential to aligning and calibrating your energy. Learn how to use the natural ingredients she employs in her practices—and in her frequency-raising business, SMUDGED—from rose petals to palo santo, and how to source them responsibly.

At a time when many of us are looking for mindful solutions to the chaos of modern life, The Art of Sacred Smoke offers an empowering new way to connect to nature and to your best self.

The book reviews are in: 

“Ancient techniques of energy clearing have positive effects on our lives today. Neelou’s book contributes to that store of wisdom.”—Marianne Williamson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love and A Year of Miracles

“What touches our hearts most are the rituals that bring meaning to the smallest moments of our days. This practical guide to the uses of sacred herbs and flowers as medicine for cleansing is perfectly timed and utterly inspiring.”—Elena Brower, bestselling author of Art of Attention and Practice You

“Now, more than ever before, we need to be reunited with the sacred, with the light that never went away, only dimmed. This book, these beautiful words, these rituals, sweep in like smoke but stay. These are the miracles in all the mundane I always try to speak of, and Neelou manages to capture them so perfectly. What a gift.”—Tyler Knott Gregson, bestselling author of Chasers of the Light

“The Art of Sacred Smoke is heartfelt, easy to read, and well organized, an outstanding addition to the recent explosion in shamanic literature. Beautifully illustrated, the book is a wealth of knowledge, drawing from the richness of her cultural roots and yet made clear and accessible to everyone. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in healing and finding balance through time-tested and practical shamanic practices.”—Jose Luis Stevens, PhD, author of How to Pray the Shaman’s Way and Awakening the Inner Shaman

About S M U D G E D: 

S M U D G E D started as a tribute to the founder, Neelou Malekpour’s grandmother, who was her best friend and passed away many years ago. She taught her all about smudging with Wild Rue to dispel the “evil eye” and how to be responsible for her energy, and the vibration she put out into the world.

Energy is real. So, S M U D G E D is all about attaining and maintaining a high vibrational frequency. All of their ingredients and products are sourced mindfully and they do the very best to respect the abundance Mama Earth provides. Since White Sage has become so popular, they are careful not to add to it’s over harvesting. The Sage they use is certified organic, and sustainable. The other herbs, flowers, and plants included in their products are gathered with care and anything that can be, is culinary grade.

Their intention is to unite people energetically and raise the collective vibration by first, being responsible for our own energy and what kind of vibes we put out into the world. And then, by creating all kinds of goodies that transform one’s energetic frequency and get rid of bad juju. They are committed to mindful and ethical business practices, 11% of all proceeds are donated to charity, and everything they create is handmade in Miami Beach.

About Neelou:

Neelou Malekpour was born in Seattle and raised in Tehran, Iran, before moving to Los Angeles during the Iranian Revolution. She started SMUDGED as a tribute to her late grandmother, who taught her to be responsible for the vibrations she put out into the world.

She has worked with brands such as UNICEF, YogaWorks, 1 Hotels, Selina, Soho House, Sydell Group, Guerilla Union, Real Dog Rescue, and more. Malekpour has contributed to publications such as New York Metro, the Los Angeles Daily News, Us Weekly, and Harper’s Bazaar.

The book is so lovely in so many ways. It’s something to savor, in the tub, on the couch, in the morning along with your morning ritual to ground and set intention for day. I can’t wait to continue with the breathwork as well!

This plant-powered, functional super tonic brand just added superfood powders and we are obsessed!

March 19, 2022

Do you know Sunwink ? You need to.

Divine functional beverages, crafted with real ingredients and real benefits in mind — all while keeping the nutritional labels simple and short.

Today, Sunwink offers both superfood tonics and powders across three key benefit categories: mood, detox, and body. Whether you opt to stir a scoop into warm water, blend into a smoothie, or include in a baking recipe, the brand — alongside a team of clinical herbalists — designed its range of products to be adaptable to the way you live your life, ensuring you can get your superfoods in no matter what. From assisting in debloating to sharpening focus, check out some of the greatest hits — and what they’re best for — below.

  • For a brain-boosting coffee-replacement: Cacao Clarity Powder ($22.94) delivers focus, energy, and clarity wrapped up in a full, creamy and chocolatey taste. Crafted with lion’s mane, maca, and reishi, its a tasty alternative to a traditional cup of coffee packed with caffeine.

  • For a mood-heightening mocktail: Hibiscus Mint Unwind Tonic ($40.80/12 pack) is a light, spritzy option that will help you unwind and chill in good company. Crafted with hibiscus, mint and ashwagandha known to refresh and relax.

  • For a gut-soothing detox: Digestion Lemonade Powder ($22.94) was designed to support digestion in a holistic and simple way, crafted with like chicory root, amla, and dandelion.

  • For dipping your toe into ingestible beauty: Beauty Fruit Punch Powder ($40.80/12 pack) takes the guesswork out of the ingestible beauty space with only five (!) ingredients. Crafted with herbs known to support glowing skin like acai, goji berry, and amla.

  • For boosting the body’s circulation: Turmeric Recover Tonic ($40.80/12 pack) can help ease the impact of low circulation, in addition to supporting its circulation day-to-day. Crafted with turmeric, ginger, and rosemary known for circulation support and boosting metabolism.


February 6, 2022

I am loving these new products from Roman. Especially, Roman Focus .

Roman enters the nootropic dietary supplement arena with a science-backed, fast-acting solution for calm energy and heightened concentration, while Roman Life tackles overall health at the cellular level with a powerful, doctor-formulated NAD+ supplement to promote healthy aging.

I just ordered 3 months’ worth of FOCUS because frankly, it’s helping my ADHD just as good, if not better, than Adderal.

Roman is branded for men, and totally cool, but cool enough for women.

Figlia, The Female-Founded, Non-Alcoholic Aperitivo You Need Now

February 2, 2022

Figlia, a female-founded, non-alcoholic aperitivo brand made with the sober community at the forefront. 

Figlia was founded by 25-year-old Lily Geiger in honor of her father who she lost to alcoholism at age 20. This experience led Geiger to explore society’s relationship with alcohol, identify many of the factors that hinder recovery, and engage in open conversations surrounding alcohol consumption. 

Figlia launched in April of 2021 with Bottle 001.,Fiore, a delightful but sophisticated aromatic non-alcoholic aperitivo with notes of Rose, Bitter Orange, and Clove. Envision tasting the lushness of Italian gardens combined with the energy of sidewalk dinners in New York City.

Both gluten-free and vegan, Figlia, is made out of all-natural ingredients and utilizes a hand-capped method and intensive hot-fill process to ensure a clean, preservative-free product. 

Unlike other non-alcoholic spirits currently on the market, Figlia does not mimic the alcohol taste and has taken many steps to ensure it is not triggering for those suffering from alcohol or substance addiction. Additionally, Geiger conducted extensive research to ensure there would be no effect on serotonin levels, allowing those on antidepressants to enjoy. 

Beyond the physical Figlia product, Geiger is on a mission to create an accessible community where sober, sober-curious, or those just looking to try something new can feel included, share experiences, find joy and create meaningful connections and moments. To bring this mission to the larger community, Figlia gives a percentage of its proceeds to Partnership to End Addiction, a non-profit that focuses on providing support for individuals and families impacted by addiction. 

Find your bottle here or purchase Figlia in one of the 100+ locations nationwide.