What's All The Fuss with Wellness Powders And Do They Actually Work

They've got ingredients with crazy names and big promises, so what are wellness powders?

A new kind of supplement has risen to popularity. Called wellness powders, magic dust or elixirs people are mixing and stirring them with water, coconut water or alternative milks and preaching their benefits. Like most supplements worth their salt they are not cheap but promise great things. 

The ingredients that go into making the mixable powders stem from ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine which look to the natural world for curing ailments. Plants, minerals, herbs, mushrooms all have magnificent healing properties. If you've ever walked through Chinatown in New York City, you'll pass by at least one shop that sells and prepares customized herbs for curing illness. 

  Schisandra  berry an adaptogen that makes you feel calm, energized and focused at the same time.

Schisandra berry an adaptogen that makes you feel calm, energized and focused at the same time.

Modernizing these preparations for the growing number of health and wellness enthusiasts, there are a number of companies that sell powders to lift your mood, make your skin glow, help you focus, give you energy, or help you reduce stress and anxiety. Crystals seem to go hand in hand with this trend with the basic intent of achieving life balance. For the guys out there this might all seem like a bit much. But you may have people in your life drinking health powders who made you curious.

With all the stress in the world and inflammation causing foods, it's not surprising that there is a desire to find health in alternative ways and a powder with naturally healing ingredients can be a boost for someone following a balanced diet. 

So we decided to make one at home using ingredients that are fairly common to see what really goes on in the preparation of a powder and determine whether it really works.

How We Made It

  • Mushrooms from the local farmers market (lion's mane dried and pulverized)
  • Turmeric from Physical GraffiTea ordered from the Treatmo marketplace
  • Cacao from Organic Merchants Co.
  • Black pepper and ginger culinary oils from Terre Botanicals also from the Treatmo marketplace
  • Coconut sugar
 Lion's Mane is a brain enhancing mushroom we found at the University of Washington farmers market. We dried it, which is what you see above.

Lion's Mane is a brain enhancing mushroom we found at the University of Washington farmers market. We dried it, which is what you see above.

 Pulverizing mushroom is hard work. This is the end result of one of the mushrooms from above grinded into a powder.

Pulverizing mushroom is hard work. This is the end result of one of the mushrooms from above grinded into a powder.

 We mixed in cacao, turmeric, coconut sugar and the oil of pepper and ginger.

We mixed in cacao, turmeric, coconut sugar and the oil of pepper and ginger.

 Using an electric whisk and slightly warmed water poured over a heaping teaspoon of the mix, we mixed it all together.

Using an electric whisk and slightly warmed water poured over a heaping teaspoon of the mix, we mixed it all together.

 Then we added homemade Fat Uncle Farms raw almond milk. 

Then we added homemade Fat Uncle Farms raw almond milk. 

The Result

To be totally honest, this homemade concoction was a lot of work and required sourcing many ingredients, but it was pretty amazing. On an empty stomach (just coffee), after one glass we were felt an immediate energy lift and improved focus. We used organic ingredients from sources we know and that makes a difference in the quality. Depending on the ingredients and their potency, based on this home brewed experiment, there may be something to these interesting powders.

One that has caught our attention is from a local maker of healthy chocolate bites and powders, Cocorau, out of New York City. Sourcing premium ingredients and producing in small batches, the mixtures are flavorful and help to reduce stress and improve energy. Knowing what we know about sourcing and effort from our experience, it is worth the price, but also makes a great gift. You can purchase Cocorau elixirs and treat a friend on Treatmo and earn points for a free reward while doing both.

With Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day around the corner, both Cocorau's Immortal Elixir and Superlative Beauty powder make a great gift ideas! See how Treatmo works. Download the iOS app to order now. Terre Botanicals and Physical GraffiTea organic turmeric are also available on the Treatmo marketplace. #yum