From time to time (read: often) I struggle with a tragically short attention span and a lack of focus. Social media and the lightning speed that our lives seem to travel at doesn’t help matters at all. Obsessed with all things beauty? Click here to get your tickets for the first-ever ESSENCE Beauty Carnival tour!One night while particularly frustrated with my inability to stay on one task, I searched for natural focus remedies and came across Brain Dust($38, norstrom.com) by Moon Juice, a plant-based wellness company. Spaced out name aside I was intrigued because, while we’re being transparent here, I’m a sucker for good packaging. After pouring through countless ratings, realizing that the brand is endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow and that it already had several professional reviews by wellness and beauty editors, I decided to give it a go. I’m a natural skeptic and was hoping for the best but preparing for more of the same. What I got instead was 3 hours of work done before I looked up and realized what was happening. Brain Dust is described as “an adaptogenic blend of enlightening super herbs & super mushrooms that help combat the effects of stress to align you with the cosmic flow for great achievement.” A mouthful that pretty much informs you of this majestic blend’s ability to help you get rid of brain fog and zero in on the task at hand.
The formula boasts ancient Chinese herbs that have been used for centuries to help with memory, cognitive health and stress. Lion’s mane root, maca root, astragalus root, rhodiola root, ashwagandha root, and leaf, ginkgo leaf and stevia make up the potent ingredients. The taste is quite bitter but just a teaspoon added to your smoothie, coffee, tea or even water (though I wouldn’t suggest it) does the trick. While the powder works differently for everyone, based on my wildly successful night of zoned-in work, I’d say it’s worth giving a shot. It’s also worth noting that this brand has a bit of something for everyone. There’s power, sex, beauty, dream and spirit dusts, as well as all-natural snacks, and other blended drinks and adaptogenic powders.
Be sure to consult with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen!
Dominique Hobdy is a fashion & beauty writer living between Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, NY. She spends her time hunched over a computer feverishly typing while simultaneously swiping strange objects out of her 1 ½ year old’s mouth before he can ingest them. You can follow her shenanigans on Instagram @d_hobdy.