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Would You Eat an Ant to Fight Fatigue and Stress? 11 Adaptogens That Hollywood Loves

Hollywood is trend conscious and now the trend is toward Adaptogens. The Hollywood Reporter reveals some of the most popular adaptogens of the stars:

The wild, weird and (some say) wonderful ingredients at the center of the entertainment industry's latest supplement craze.

Ask the internet, and adaptogens are sprinklings of "pretentious hippie" woo-woo that caused L.A. juice entrepreneur Amanda Chantal Bacon to be excoriated while promoting her Moon Juice Sex Dust. But the National Institutes of Health has found in trials that the supplements made of medicinal plants, herbs and mushrooms "exert an anti-fatigue effect that increases mental work capacity" when stressed. Eleven adaptogens and supplements currently popular in Hollywood:

CHAGA Pretty Little Liars' Shay Mitchell orders the off-menu Blue smoothie (which tastes like cereal milk; $12) loaded with this immune-boosting mushroom at Lifehouse Tonics. "With supershroom adaptogens, we see improvements in energy, focus, creativity and sleep," says co-founder Fraser Thompson.

DRIED WHITE MULBERRIES Gisele Bundchen snacks on these purportedly longevity-boosting berries ($18; SunPotion.com).

REISHI Emma Stone's and Amy Schumer's facialist Georgia Louise says some of her clients are obsessed with Sun Potion's individual adaptogen powders, which can be mixed into water, juice, tea or smoothies. Katie Holmes, Laird Hamilton and Ben Harper are devotees of the offerings, including the reishi mushroom, called the "queen healer" for its reported liver-regenerating properties ($50).

1. Chaga 2. Dried white mulberries 3. Reishi 4. Moringa 5. Schisandra 6. Rhodiola 7. Mucuna puriens 8. Pine pollen 9. Siberian ginseng 10. Polyrhachis ant 11. Ashwagandha
1. Chaga 2. Dried white mulberries 3. Reishi 4. Moringa 5. Schisandra 6. Rhodiola 7. Mucuna puriens 8. Pine pollen 9. Siberian ginseng 10. Polyrhachis ant 11. Ashwagandha

MORINGA AND MUCUNA PURIENS Sun Potions' "miracle leaf" moringa fights aging free radicals ($20), while mucuna puriens has mood-enhancing qualities ($37).

PINE POLLEN AND POLYRHACHIS ANT Brownstone Productions' Renate Radford claims that with a bit of Sun Potion's Pine Pollen ($55), "you don't feel a buzz; you're just alert and awake." The wild-harvested polyrhachis ant is used by Chinese healers to boost musculoskeletal and digestive systems ($55).

SCHISANDRA, RHODIOLA AND SIBERIAN GINSENG Torii Labs' anti-anxiety Awake tonic contains stress-reducing Siberian ginseng, energizing schisandra berry and anti-anxiety rhodiola ($45 for a pack of six; ToriiLabs.com).

ASHWAGANDHA This anti-aging adaptogen that, like schisandra, is said to inhibit enzymes that break down collagen, is part of Raw Complexion's Skin Balance No. 2. Yolanda Hadid Foster and Ireland Baldwin mix it into drinks for a beauty boost ($35; Raw-Complexions.com.au).


Horoscope for the Week of February 27, 2017

George clooney mars in leoWelcome March this week which they say comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Since Venus retrogrades in Aries, making us emotionally rambunctious, I say hold onto your hats! Or is your heads...??

(George Clooney has Venus in Aries)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
You make a very strong first impression now. Is that what you had in mind, Aries? For those who want to knock folks off their feet, you will do it easily. For those who may prefer a more subtle approach, tread carefully and watch what you say and how you say it. You can inspire strong emotions. Just which emotions are totally up to you...

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
If you have a mysterious admirer, let them stay in the background for a few more weeks. Taureans anxious to reveal secrets may find them far more emotional than they first thought. Stay in your dreamy nirvana and meditate on mellow vibes. There will be plenty of time to open up your Pandora’s Box of wild excitement and you want to be well rested.

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Friends may have your best interests at heart but you may not believe them. Your heart says otherwise! Geminis sometimes are in love with love. But right now you are apt to shower your affections on less-than-deserving amours. Don’t go overboard until you ask the advice of a pal. They say love is blind but a second pari of eyes can help you avoid an accident.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Do what you need to do to advance your career but don’t get overly emotional if things take longer than you expect. Cancers might find that those in power have other priorities and any attempt to push your agenda now will cause pushback. Don’t despair - go with the political flow and bide your time. You will gain the advantage soon enough. Heh, heh.

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Leos with dreams of faraway romance may have to wait for the spring before an exotic love life heats up. But if you have itchy paws that want to wander the world, don’t postpone your travel plans. Go and see the world through objective, logical eyes. You can formulate your plans and use all of your experiences for future conquests. Anyone we know??

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Even your sexiest moves may miss the mark now, Virgo. Maybe it is because you are overly emotional. There seems to be a lot riding on a particular romance. My advice - playing a little hard to get will spark the passions of some very sexy prospects. Once you get them where you want them, what then? Be sure to plan ahead, just in case!

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Partners demand more of your attention and may get upset when you don’t give it to them. So be sure that you tread carefully in any important relationship, Libra. Don’t let your mind wander or your attention be diverted at pivotal times. Being present, even if you don’t totally agree, will make a difference. You can always kiss and make up.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Are you finding all of the little things in your life building up to a stressful breaking point, Scorpio? If so, this is a great time to learn to place all these things in context. Don’t sweat the small stuff. All stress will pass without any major effort on your part. So pull back, meditate and divert your attention to more pleasant activities. Stamp collecting, anyone?

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Fun may not be all that it is cracked up to be now, Sagittarius. In fact, anything frivolous might turn out to be more work than you thought. Parties may become a bore or too frenzied to enjoy. Romance may require lots of work. Artistic pursuits may involve much more effort, energy, stress or worry. Well, they say that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Any home redecorating plans should be postponed for a few weeks. Any large family gatherings should be scheduled elsewhere. Why? Because your directions may be misunderstood or the beauty of the project may change as it gets underway. Relax in your current surroundings with the happy knowledge that eventually, things will improve. But not right now, Capricorn.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
While you think you are being crystal clear and even elegant in your verbal requests, you may not be. In fact your requests may produce the opposite results. Aquarians with loud opinions are advised to keep things to themselves for a little longer. Let your magnificent personality shine through without saying a word. But, oh, those roaming hands!

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Even if you really think that something is a big bargain and there is no time to lose, let your dream purchase slide. Things are not what they seem and gold can turn to dross before your eyes. Pisces with a yen to spend should spend their time instead. Wasting time, at least for the next few weeks, is much better than squandering your hard earned cash.

 

 


Lucky Numbers for the Week of February 24, 2017

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of February 24-March 2, 2017:

1, 14, 18, 32, 36, 60, 76, 80

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month


LoveScope for the Week of February 22, 2017

LovescopesLive and learn throughout the week as you are given the opportunities to stretch your talents. Go for the gusto and stretch ... but don’t snap!

ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Aries usually feel more comfortable relying solely on their own abilities. But now you ache to embark on a world adventure with some fun travel mates. They will help you open up your vistas and spice up your life, Aries. So get hot, hot, hot!

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Get rid of any secret that is holding you back from taking a few risks in your life. Taureans need to feel that they can achieve anything, everything and anyone. Then turn your attention to helping others. Altruistic karma is amply rewarded. Whoo hoo!

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Geminis can fall head over heels for a particular pal. But lovedust may cloud your better judgement in this pursuit. It would be a shame to disrupt a perfectly beautiful friendship for a quick fling. Are you absolutely sure that this is the One?

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
You’ve put in a great effort in your career and it’s time to reap rewards. Cancers hit the ground running and can achieve a lot in a short amount of time. Good, because soon you would rather play with your friends than push a paperclip. Who wouldn’t?

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Sex is highlighted now, Leo. It can mean that you’re especially seductive or there may be intense interactions from others. Try to add a little spark to certain relationships. If you are searching for your ultimate match, strike up a few new hot numbers.

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Solidify and strengthen partnerships throughout the week, Virgo. You know what others really want so do all you can to make others happy. Who knows what can happen when a fine tuned instrument starts humming? Shall we hum along?

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Focus more on your day to day job now, Libra. Do what needs to be done immediately. Soon, the temptation is to escape from the harsh realities but don’t. Getting things done now will save you lots of worry and stress later. Maybe enlist a helpmate??

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
The fates deliver an embarrassment of riches for Scorpios with an urge to party hearty. Grab a pals and make the scene scream. Enjoy it while you can before you find yourself back at work or nursing a hangover or five. Ah, but what a way to go!

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Break a few staid rules around relatives - there is nothing that you cannot discuss (with a bit of diplomacy tossed in) that won’t be listened to. Sagittarians tend to talk first and think later. But now you seem to know just what to say and how to say it.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
A fool and their money are soon parted, Capricorn. Hold onto your wallet before you fall for a sweet scam or splurge on some bit of nothing. You are usually pretty savvy about money, but not now. Look for a well endowed benefactor. Ahem.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Aquarians can fall for false flattery when your need for romance blurs your common sense. But you can also make an especially alluring first impression on folks. So take a risk and make yourself available. Acquaintances made now can pay off big later on.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Who says Pisces lack self confidence and direction? Not me! Your public persona is in peak form. So use it to corral and hoggie a particular love interest. Or go bigger and use your charisma to move your personal agenda forward. Push it!

Here is my favorite book on astrology and a "must" for anyone interested in learning more: Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You and here's a guide to the best books available this month. This column is (c) 2017 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. Madam Lichtenstein is the author of the best selling astrology book “HerScopes ” now in its 8th printing and available as an eBook   


Hollywood's Crystal Obsession

The Hollywood Reporter reports on Hollywood's obsession with crystal power. Who am I to argue? I use The Crystal Bible.
 
Here is the full account:
 

Take a pill for what ails you, or clutch a crystal? A-listers are deploying gems for everything from increasing positive home energy (Kate Hudson, Victoria Beckham) to decreasing performance anxiety (Adele grips one during concerts). "I definitely see an increase in crystal use," says meditation guru Olivia Rosewood, whose clients include stars and moguls. While there's no medical proof — studies on crystals have proved only the power of suggestion or a placebo effect — many cultures have histories of them purportedly healing via energy vibrations. "An intellectual understanding is not required to feel peace instantly," says Rosewood. "I attribute crystals' current popularity to increased stress and their inherent calming power."

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1, 7 — Rose & Clear Quartz

Katy Perry carries rose quartz for love, "a feel-good stone," says Michael Carbaugh, founder of L.A.-based Sandoval, which sells scents containing crystals ritualistically charged by the full moon.

2, 4, 6 — Black Tourmaline, Pyrite, Hematite

These gems and others are embedded under the sprung-oak floor of movement guru Taryn Toomey's new NYC studio opening in January. Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson attend sessions of her cultish The Class, held daily in Santa Monica and Hollywood.

3 — Amethyst

Some of Rosewood's clients use infrared-heated, crushed-amethyst-filled "BioMats that cover an entire bed," she says of the $1,695 pad that harnesses technology NASA uses to help astronauts regain vigor. "It's deeply relaxing and life-changing for sufferers of chronic pain."

5 — Malachite

Renate Radford, senior vp of TV for Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone Productions, says writers rub stones to cure anxiety. "I work with a big writer who carries around a malachite stick," she says. "Creative people are more open to trying different things, and all this stuff is imbued with the magic you give it."