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Supernatural HRBLS in Well+Good | Your Adaptogen Habit is Getting the Gummy Treatment


The go-to way to get a daily dose of stress-reducing adaptogens is usually to put a tablespoon in your smoothie or coffee. But let’s be honest: The earthiness can totally change the taste of your morning beverage—and not in a good way. Well, get ready for a much sweeter means of reaping their benefits: Herbalist and Supernatural founder Rachelle Robinett just launched adaptogenic gummies.

The formula is called Nerve Less because the blend was specifically crafted by Robinett to help reduce anxiety, depression, and stress holistically—consult your doc before starting any new treatment regimen, FYI. Here’s what’s inside: lavender, skullcap, oat straw (AKA avena sativa), and ashwagandha. “Skullcap very specifically targets the nervous system,” Robinett says in a press release. “Some of its active compounds bind to the same receptor sites in our brain as benzodiazepines. In other words, this strong calmer is nature’s Xanax.”

Oatstraw, she explains, is also a nervine, or medicine on a mission to help the body mellow out. Ashwagandha has been shown to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and soothe the parasympathetic nervous system. And lavender, of course, is best known for its calming qualities. The gummies are also organic, vegetarian, gluten-free, non-GMO, and have no artificial ingredients or food coloring. They go on sale today.


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For Be Well by Frank Lipman: 5 Nervines To Relieve Stress And Calm You Down

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I don’t have to tell you how popular adaptogens are. I would posit that this is in large part due to their broad support for the (also broad) term “stress.” I’ve made plenty of arguments against relying on adaptogens as bandaids for chronically stressful situations, which is a caution any good herbalist will also give you. So, I won’t do that again here. I’ve also called out the importance of checking sources, as there are many out there about adaptogens — but they’re often misrepresenting them.

I’ve also reminded people to inquire into the source of the stress, not just its effects. For example: are we treating tiredness with energizing herbs when we should really be going to bed earlier or adjusting our diet? Herbs are helpful, but they aren’t magic carpet rides to bliss. (Well, some are, but that’s another story.) And, very importantly: are the herbs we’re using the right ones for the situation we’re treating?

Stress and anxiety are some of the most common challenges clients ask for my help with. They’re not always at the top of the list, but they’re almost always on it. Many folks are trying adaptogens to treat the symptoms, though not sure if they’re “doing it right,” which is fair — since most products on the market don’t include great dosage information.

The first thing I explore with them is the source of the stress and how to minimize it. Then we look at what “stress” means for them and their bodies. For some, it’s tension headaches and hyperactivity. For others, it’s knotted shoulders and exhaustion. One commonality is that the stress is affecting our nervous system. (Makes sense, right?) And so, rather than reaching for adaptogens, I’ll likely pull some nervines off the shelf.

Ner-whats? Nervines are herbs that treat our nervous systems, and, by definition, have “a soothing or calming effect upon the nerves.” Do I have your attention now?

Just as “adaptogen” is a classification of herbs, so is “nervine.” One major difference is that adaptogens are general in their action — meaning broad and non-specific — whereas nervines are specific. They have a more singular mission: to mellow you out.

Different nervines have slightly different effects. Some are nourishing, like milky oat, while others are more sedative, like valerian. Generally, they’re very well tolerated and more gentle than adaptogens, which I prefer to reserve for recovery rather than prevention or long-term support. A nourishing mix of calming nervine herbs has become the single most popular tea that I blend and sell at Supernatural Café.

Read on for a few of my favorites

Featured in Well+Good: 3 Plants That Can Give Your Skin A Boost When Fall Hits

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You know winter usually wreaks havoc on your skin (hello, majorly dry air), but as your face faces the impending cold front, is there anything you can actually do to prep your complexion in advance?

According to Rachelle Robinett, holistic health practitioner and founder of Supernatural, there is—it just requires hoarding some proverbial acorns (ahem, plant-rich skin-care essentials).

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Lavender isn’t just for your diffuser. The purple flower is a key ingredient for fall skin care, according to Robinett.

“Amid the busyness of fall, if there’s one herb to keep on-hand, this may be it,” Robinett says. “It’s a calm-creating plant, known for giving us a sense of wellbeing without being too uplifting nor sedating. Think of it as peace in plant form.”

“Amid the busyness of fall, if there’s one herb to keep on-hand, [lavender] may be it.”

Play up that soothing effect with Weleda’s Lavender Creamy Body wash. The gentle formula adds extra hydration with sesame oil for another nourishment boost, too. Turn on a steamy shower, lather up, and feel the tranquil vibes.


Robinett cites literature to talk about rosemary’s reported mindfulness powers. “In Hamlet, Ophelia says to her brother Laertes, ‘There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance,'” Robinett says. That’s why she likes to have rosemary on hand for a mid-day pick-me-up.

“I use rosemary in essential oil form…essentially as a caffeine replacement,” she says. “[I] warm it between my palms and then inhale deeply from them. It’s such an enlivening and also calming experience.”

The rosemary leaf extract in Weleda’s Skin Food can help give tired skin (sound like winter skin to anyone?) a dose of glow. The ultra-rich moisturizer is a universal salve for rough elbows and hands, and acts like a layer of deep hydration for your face, too.

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“Fall (and winter) can be ideal times to recover from sun damage that may have been done in the summer,” Robinett says. “It’s still important to protect against the sun all year long, but when there’s less of it, we can go a little deeper with brightening, exfoliating, or corrective actions.”

Her pick for a skin-boosting plant is wild rose, which she praises as a full-spectrum herbal remedy. “Vitamin C, which rose is high in, is commonly relied on for making skin feel smooth,” she explains. “This is one ingredient I’d seek out in serums, moisturizers, and masks, especially.”

Snag a moisturizing body oil that owes its silky smoothness to a bouquet of wild rose oils (plus hydrating sweet almond and jojoba oils in Weleda’s Pampering Body & Beauty Oil), and head into fall with your best, most moisturized face forward.


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