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Even to Adriana Ayales, owner of Brooklyn’s Anima Mundi herbal pharmacy, adaptogens can be somewhat hard to define.  Touted as an essential element in securing clarity/balance, they have lured many of us (myself included) to hop on the wagon in an effort to EVEN OUT. But, as with so many things, where to begin? Through an extensive conversation with Adriana, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 10 popular adaptogenic herbs, so that you can make informed decisions about which ones may work best for you.

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Alright, you guys the time is here: let’s talk about MUSHROOM COFFEE!! I’ve been making this “mushroom mocha” drink and sharing it on my Instagram stories daily for a few months and I get SO. MANY. QUESTIONS. about it, so I decided to address them all in a blog post that you can reference whenever you’ve got questions...

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What Exactly Are the Benefits of Collagen Pills? Two Experts Weigh In.... "This is my all-time favorite collagen source because it was created by my amazing herbalist in Costa Rica," Olivia says. "It supports metabolism and helps restore balance to the immune, nervous, and endocrine systems. And in addition to naturally boosting collagen in the skin and body, this blend of medicinal herbs also benefits the thyroid, liver, cardiovascular system, kidneys, and pancreas."

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Costa Rican Rainforest Herbalism Finds a Home in Brooklyn.....Tucked away down a side street in Greenpoint, a stone’s throw from the East River, Anima Mundi herbal apothecary has a hidden-gem quality about it. The interior of Anima Mundi is decorated like a hipster’s lounge, with string chairs and macramé wall hangings. At the back of the store, caffeinated wellness beverages are served from behind a beautiful – and beautifully arranged – countertop.

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