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Seven Popular Wellness Trends to Think Twice About

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Seven Popular Wellness Trends to Think Twice About

Devon 12 Comments

We all want better health, but some wellness trends are ineffective, expensive, and potentially dangerous. Think twice about these seven wellness trends.

We have all seen them.  The wellness trends.  The viral Facebook post that everybody is sharing. The Pinterest pin that is always in your feed.  The next latest and greatest thing to get you bikini ready, restore your youthful glow, give you boundless energy, and generally cure all that could ever ail you.

I am here to tell you, my friends, that if it seems a bit far fetched or too good to be true – it probably is.

I spend a lot of time biting my tongue, cringing, and otherwise trying to find ways of not jumping out of my skin when I hear about certain wellness trends and their wild claims.  I am an herbalist and aromatherapist, so my job is to suggest safe and effective natural remedies for those seeking complementary and alternative therapies to modern, conventional medicine and procedures.  This does not in any way mean that I eschew modern medicine – rather, I strive to help my clients and readers make informed choices about their health goals.  But some of these so-called wellness trends are impractical, anything but healthy, and can even be dangerous.  And virtually none of these “practices” are sustainable without purchase from a company that surely has your very best interests in their hearts, of course {leans heavily on sarcasm}.

Seven Popular Wellness Trends to Think Twice About

Here are a few wellness trends that you need to ask some very important questions about before trying:

  1. There’s An Essential Oil For That!

    essential oil
    Let me just clear the air here – I am a trained aromatherapist with a legitimate degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (dual major in herbal medicine and aromatherapy).  I respect essential oils and use them in my practice when warranted.  They are not, however, a cure all.  Moreover, in the wrong hands, they can be dangerous.  Internal use should only be done under the guidance of a trained professional (if ever), dilution ratios must be observed for external application, and thorough knowledge of side effects, contraindications, and drug interactions is a must for safe essential oil use.  Just because something is “natural” doesn’t mean it is safe, and one must always understand that if a substance is strong enough to help, it is strong enough to hurt.  Use caution and observe best practices when using essential oils.  For more information on essential oil safety, please see this post.

  2. IV Infusion PAR-TAY!

    IV infusion
    Wait, what is the downside to fluids and nutrients being delivered to your body? In theory – nothing.  In reality, there is so much potentially wrong with the concept and practice.  For the record, I completely embrace the practice if it is used as a short-term boost to regain wellness after illness, exertion, or traumatic experience or to offset chronic conditions.  We all need a “pick-me-up” from time to time.  But party buses filled with mommies getting their “fuze” on while sipping champagne and eating cake (I was invited to one)?  Mobile infusion units trolling the Vegas strip looking for drunk and hung-over patrons?  Centers not using medical grade IV substances?  JUST NO.  IV infusion should not be taking the place of good nutrition, adequate hydration, and most certainly shouldn’t be relied upon for recovery from alcohol abuse (how about not getting wasted in the first place, hmmm?).  IVs should only be administered by a medical professional using medical grade solutions – there has even been a death reported from the intravenous administration of a turmeric solution.  If you do choose to use IV infusion as part of a wellness plan, PLEASE seek out a qualified, medically trained provider and do so for the right reasons, under the right circumstances.

  3. Shake It, Baby!

    Nutritional Shake
    Lately, it seems that packaged “super food” nutritional shake mixes are all the rage.  But, please tell me, is using pre-packaged, expensive mixes really sustainable?  Many of these mixes are extraordinarily expensive and have a fraction of the nutritional value of the corresponding fresh ingredients.  And what happens when the company changes formulas or goes out of business?  Shakes just shouldn’t replace good, old-fashioned, freshly prepared from scratch meals.

  4. Wrap It Up, Girlfriend…

    Slim waistline, toned abs, and smooth, cellulite free thighs —  I mean, who doesn’t those words describing their body?  The simple fact of the matter is that those things are the result of a healthy diet, adequate exercise, and good genes.  Popular body “wraps” only give the appearance of those results temporarily.  Perhaps one might feel compelled to use such products before a class reunion, a trip to the beach, or such and I wouldn’t judge them for it one bit.  Just understand that the results are not permanent, and certainly do not replace a healthy lifestyle.

  5. Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse…

    nutritional cleanse
    Guess, what?  Your insides aren’t dirty and your body has a natural detoxification process.  A brief fast or “juicing” diet might give your digestive system a break after heavy indulgences, and certain herbs and foods might support the liver and organs of elimination – but there really isn’t any call for these uber expensive, so-called “cleansing” products.  Here again, a healthy diet, adequate hydration, fresh air, exercise, and perhaps the thoughtful use of a few herbs is all that you really need for clean living.

  6. Adaptogenic Everything

    As an herbalist, and a woman with a poorly function adrenal system due to genetic factors, I well know the virtues of adaptogenic herbs.  They have played a very important part of my wellness journey.  But these herbs are a band-aid on a bullet hole if you are not making the lifestyle changes to minimize the stressors and triggers in your life.  Think of adrenal fatigue like a leaky water trough and adaptogenic herbs like the hose and water source.  Sure the hose can keep the trough from going empty, but repairing the leak is the actual fix.  Adaptogenic herbs work best when you repair the proverbial leaks in your lifestyle so that they can “fill” us back up more effectively.

  7. Crazy Adviceunsolicited advice

    Guess what – Vick’s Vapor Rub doesn’t cure cancer, and neither does Windex, baking soda, or millions of other things.  If you have a serious condition you need to consult your medical professional and leave the whack-a-doodle, unsolicited advice where you find it. Discuss any complementary or alternative treatments with a qualified CAM provider AND your medical professional.  And, please, don’t perpetuate these potentially dangerous and certainly ineffective rumors.  It greatly discredits the CAM practices that may actually provide measurable and profound benefits.

There you have it.  Seven wellness trends that need special consideration before using.  You are responsible for your own health and there simply is no replacement for a healthy lifestyle.

FDA Disclosure

I am a trained herbalist with a degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, I am not, however, a doctor. Posts in this blog are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Before using any herbs, check for appropriate dosage, drug interactions, and contraindications. Information contained herein is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prescribe. Please consult your primary care physician regarding your specific health concerns.

Wellness Trends to Avoid


Devon is a writer and author on subjects of holistic and sustainable living. She has a degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, and her first book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary, was published by Page Street Publishing in Spring 2019. Devon's work outside of can be seen at,,, and in the magazine The Backwoods Home. Devon's second book, The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen, will be published Fall 2019.

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  • Pam June 19, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Daughter has migraines to the point she thinks she is going to die and wishes she would, Can you help.

    • Devon June 19, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Pam, I am so sorry to hear about your daughter’s troubles. I will reach out to you privately via email.

  • Sarah September 21, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this article! It is so true, and so many people think that these things are healthy and will help them (lemonade Master Cleanse anyone?). It is so frustrating that you can’t get through to them! It is wonderful that you are trained in herbalism and aromatherapy and still understand the uses of modern medicine! Thanks again. -Sarah

    • Devon September 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Sarah! I really hope to provide people with natural living education that balances with modern medicine! I feel like some of the greatest healing takes place with an integrated and balanced approach to healthcare! I also think that it is my responsibility as a blogger and practitioner to shed light on potential unhealthy and possibly dangerous practices. I am glad that you enjoyed the post!

  • francis-olive October 5, 2017 at 6:04 am

    such a great post. xo

    • Devon October 5, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you!

  • Jill November 17, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Amen. The IV especially! I’m a technician who freaks out about some hospitals standards, I can’t imagine hopping on a party bus and letting someone pop a needle in me. The safety standards just aren’t there.

    • Devon November 17, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Hi Jill! I am glad that my post spoke to you! I can’t imagine either. I have really difficult veins for even seasoned technicians to perform IVs or blood draws. A nurse once cried because she felt so bad for poking me so often while trying to put in an IV (I did tell her that it wasn’t my first rodeo and I was fine, not to worry). I can’t imagine a how a party bus tech would handle my veins, nor would I want to be on the receiving end of the numerous pokes!!!

  • Jaymie January 13, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Insightful, Intelligent, informative and eloquent! Discovered site today and intend on becoming an avid follower. Love your spirit and determination. So nice to connect with the “real” in this crazy world. – Imparting wisdom with a bit of wit and humor.

    • Devon January 15, 2018 at 1:47 am

      Jaymie — THANK YOU! I am blushing. Did my mother put you up to such compliments?! 😉
      But seriously, thank you. I really do try to make sure that I give accurate, non-sensationalized information to me readers. This wellness industry is full of dodgy characters out to make a buck of the ill-informed. Trying to do my part to set the record straight!!!

  • Morgan Crampton May 18, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Yes! Love this 🙂 People always think natural means safe and that is just plain wrong! It always gets my blood boiling. Science is not the enemy. It goes hand in hand with alternative/holistic/herbal medicine. I know so many people who try or follow various wellness practices because they read it somewhere or a friend told them or something popped up in their feed on social media.

    • Devon May 18, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      Thank, Morgan! My blood is almost on continual “simmer” these days. I can’t browse any social media with being accosted with things that make me go “NOPE”! My goal with this post was to encourage some critical thinking about these so called wellness trends! Thanks for reading!

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