San Francisco's latest wellness offerings enrich the body and the mind.
Wellness is a buzzword these days and for good reason: After the past year and a half, we’re all in need of more balance and less stress. Luckily, the Bay Area is teeming with homegrown brands— including these two standouts— that make it all too easy.
Stress-relieving Goldmine Adaptogens powders can be mixed into coffee, smoothies and more
After experiencing signs of burnout, chef and nutritionist Rachael Gorjestani was on the lookout for natural ways to cope with stress, brain fog and a lack of energy. Luckily, while in school studying nutrition, she learned about adaptogens—a group of herbs that help the body resist the negative effects of stress—and eventually launched her own line, Goldmine Adaptogens. “From superherbs to mushrooms, adaptogenic herbs are clinically proven to increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress, restore physiological functioning and support homeostasis,” says Gorjestani, who only uses responsibly grown, USDA organic ingredients in her powerful powders that are meant to be mixed into smoothies, teas and more. “Stress is at an all-time high,” she notes. “Goldmine is the natural way to cope with the stressors of daily life.”
Hinoki Onsen Hot Springs mineral foot soak and Rotenburo Air Hot Springs mineral foot soak, both by Amayori
When Françoise Decatrel first experienced the onsen bath tradition in Japan, it was love at first soak. “The beauty was in the simplicity,” she says. “Still water, the scent of hinoki cypress from which many Japanese onsens are made, the views of nature—the magic of onsen is in their self-possession.” Decatrel found her calling in Amayori, her luxurious line of scented soaks, lotions and more centered around the Japanese bathing tradition. Now, after many years away, she recently moved herself and the business back to the Bay Area. “The ocean here inspires me so much,” she explains. “It reminds me of the Sea of Japan. And the smells on the West Coast... it’s heaven here.”