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5 Easy Habits To Improve Your Immune Function

5 Easy Habits To Improve Your Immune Function

April 10, 2020

Nothing to buy, no pills to swallow.  The pandemic might be a good opportunity to put these healthy, backed-by-science habits into place. 

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New Integrative Medical Community Research Article on Covid-19

New Integrative Medical Community Research Article on Covid-19

March 30, 2020

I have been getting so many questions from concerned clients and customers about Covid-19! On March 26th, an article by a group of researchers and doctors was made available online that evaluates some of the considerations for integrative approaches to Covid-19. Here is a breakdown of that article, along with some thoughts on this interesting and evolving subject matter. Lily Mazzarella, MS, CNSOwner, Farmacopia

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Clarifying the Vitamin C-Coronavirus Question

Clarifying the Vitamin C-Coronavirus Question

March 28, 2020

You’ve probably all heard reports of vitamin C emerging as treatment for Covid-19, based on clinical trials in China, which led to the inclusion of the nutrient in official guidelines for treatment of the virus.  There is also a clinical trial underway in the US to explore the possible role for vitamin C in the management of severe Covid-19 pneumonia.   So let’s take a look at what we do and don’t know about vitamin C and Covid-19. 

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Community Offerings In Response To The Coronavirus

Community Offerings In Response To The Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

We've put together a list of offerings and services that have become available in response to the coronavirus. Help us grow this list by listing the ones you know about in the comments. 

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Glutathione is Essential for Lung Health:  This is Why

Glutathione is Essential for Lung Health: This is Why

March 19, 2020

If you’re into natural medicines, you might already be familiar with glutathione, or it’s more famous precursor, N-acetyl-cysteine.  Or maybe you’ve never heard either of these strange words. Either way, now would be a good time to listen. 

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General Immune Support

General Immune Support

March 19, 2020

Immune health and resilience depend on many factors, and while each infectious disease is different, in many cases a person’s total burden of inflammation probably plays a role in susceptibility.   

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Farmacopia Operating Procedures

Farmacopia Operating Procedures

March 14, 2020

We are working on a plan for online and phone orders that will be in accordance with the latest 'shelter in place' mandate for Sonoma County. We will update this post as soon as we know more.

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Kid Tolerated Immune Treats

Kid Tolerated Immune Treats

March 05, 2020

Have a picky kid at home who wants nothing to do with tinctures, syrups, and pills? Here are 2 delicious kid-friendly recipes that nourish immunity.

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How To Stop Touching Your Face To Prevent Infection

How To Stop Touching Your Face To Prevent Infection

March 05, 2020

Did you know you may be touching your face 20 times per hour (or more!)? And when you do, you often come into contact with a mucous membrane--ie, a point of entry for viruses and bacteria that cause illness. We LOVE this action-oriented, practical article that helps you put a stop to this unconscious and ingrained behavior.

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Tuesday Vitamin-Shot Clinic

Tuesday Vitamin-Shot Clinic

March 04, 2020

Help boost your metabolism, combat fatigue, improve weight loss, optimize detoxification, and support a more balanced mood. Dr. Kimberly Hoffman Karuna will help you customize a formula to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to be healthier, happier and stronger.

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Experience Life Magazine Article, Featuring Lily Mazzarella

Experience Life Magazine Article, Featuring Lily Mazzarella

March 01, 2020

Curious about how herbs could help you with your stress? Lily was interviewed for this excellent article in Experience Life Magazine about herbs and stress. Learn which herbs can help you with specific stress states, acute anxiety, sleeplessness and more.

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What your Sore Throat is REALLY Telling You

What your Sore Throat is REALLY Telling You

February 10, 2020

Author: Lily MazzarellaSince the mouth and pharynx comprise the opening of the digestive AND the respiratory system, it makes sense we would have a strongly defended gateway there.  

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Metabolic Flexibility

Metabolic Flexibility

January 08, 2020

What is metabolic flexibility?Metabolic flexibility is the ability to easily shift from burning carbohydrates as your main fuel to fat burning, either from your diet or from stored body fat. Our bodies are designed to be metabolically flexible. However, our modern diet is based on easy-to-access carbohydrates which force our metabolism to be carbohydrate dependent. Because of this, over time, we lose the ability to easily use fat as fuel. 

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Fall Nourishment Guide

Fall Nourishment Guide

November 01, 2019

Author: Dr. Bridget    Autumn is the season of wind and dryness.  For those in Sonoma County and other fire-prone areas, you have probably been experiencing this first hand.  The climate change wake-up calls are increasing, and we’ve got a lot of work to do collectively. 

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Children's Health Supplements

Children's Health Supplements

August 29, 2019

Keeping our kids immunity strong!

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Wildcrafting

Wildcrafting

August 05, 2019

I've been thinking about how sustainability in herbal medicine, and herbal business/industry, in particular, isn't a one time thing. It's not something you "are" or "are not," it's a series of small decisions that you keep making, over and over, whenever the choice presents itself. ⁣

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Medicinal Vinegars & Shrubs!

Medicinal Vinegars & Shrubs!

April 12, 2019

Vinegar: From the French for "sour wine." Vinegar is an aqueous, fermented solution, containing 5-20% acetic acid. Vinegar has been used to extract and preserve plants for 3000-5000 years!

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Curated CBD Collection With Q & A

Curated CBD Collection With Q & A

April 09, 2019

You asked, we listened! We have been watching the evolving CBD craze with a combination of interest, skepticism and excitement. After loads of research and product testing (and the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, making most hemp-derived CBD fully legal), we have begun to bring on select companies to Farmacopia who meet or exceed our high standards. We’ve been test-driving these products ourselves for months, and couldn’t be more pleased!

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Happy Trails! Travel Tips For You :D

Happy Trails! Travel Tips For You :D

March 28, 2019

Sometimes the journey can mess with our sleep, our bellies, bloat us, constipate us, etc. All of that is distracting. We want you to enjoy the journey and the destination. We can help!!

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Reclaim Your Pleasure

Reclaim Your Pleasure

March 26, 2019

For people with vaginal and vulvar pain, pleasurable sex can seem like a distant memory, and an impossibility moving forward. This pain is more common than you'd think, occurring for reasons as diverse as trauma and injury to menopause.

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RepairVite Diet

RepairVite Diet

March 19, 2019

A leaky gut often means you need to heal something else first. That said, the abnormally permeable intestinal lining participates in a vicious cycle, and needs to be addressed directly as well. Ask your healthcare practitioner if a leaky gut test (available from Genova diagnostics) might be appropriate for you. I have found these to be useful in some situations, but since the condition can be transient and episodic (as with histamine sensitivity, binge drinking, and bouts of stress), the tes...

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Libido? Who, me?

Libido? Who, me?

February 05, 2019

There's a place on my intake form where you get to describe your libido as low, moderate, or strong. Many a creative/forlorn client has written in and checked off "non-existent." Often, this dearth of sexual desire is not what's bringing them in the door. No, libido has taken a seat way in the back of the school bus of life, essentially written off. The desire for sexual play, with a partner or self, is a distant memory.

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5 Herbal Libido Boosters

5 Herbal Libido Boosters

January 31, 2019

The roadblocks to a vibrant sexual life are as wide and varied as we are. And the solution is not always a wham-bam, one-answer-for-all remedy. Head Herbalist and Farmacopia Owner – Lily Mazzarella understands that the path to an amorous sex life sometimes first begins with turning ON the light – to see what makes your body respond. Here are her top 5 liquid herbal blends to counteract the 5 major roadblocks that may be preventing you from flipping that switch. 

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Curb Sugar Cravings with these Immune Boosting Herbs and Spice

Curb Sugar Cravings with these Immune Boosting Herbs and Spice

January 29, 2019

During my first sugar detox, I discovered a new reason to love spices - they really add a taste profile that satisfies your sweet cravings instead of sugar!

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Farmacopia Serenity Body Oil

Farmacopia Serenity Body Oil

January 25, 2019

I don't know about you, but for me 2019 is taking off like a freight train-747-stampede of wild horses. In order to house this movement in my nervous system and stay grounded, I have my routines that are non-negotiable: prioritizing sleep, taking my herbs and nutrients, doing brain training, eating the food that fuels me best, and exercising as much as possible.

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Is Keto Right For Me?

Is Keto Right For Me?

January 12, 2019

KETO has made a big splash over the past year or so, so you might be asking: Is it right for  me? 

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Smoke Toxin Protection Foods

Smoke Toxin Protection Foods

November 13, 2018

Author: Dr. Bridget SHOPPING AND HARVEST LIST FOR HEALTHY DETOXIFICATION AND MINIMIZING HARM FROM SMOKE-RELATED POLLUTANTS 1. Broccoli sprouts– contain some of THE most detoxification-stimulating and anti-carcinogenic compounds

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Protecting Yourself From Smoke

Protecting Yourself From Smoke

November 13, 2018

Author: Lily Mazzarella Protecting yourself from smoke, with things you may have in your house: First, keep your house a safe zone. If your house has old drafty windows like mine you'll want to run your hands over the closures to feel if air is coming in. If so, use weather stripping, tape, or draft blockers (sand in stocking works) to shore up the window or door.⠀

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Astragalus YOU'RE MAGIC

Astragalus YOU'RE MAGIC

October 23, 2018

Author: Lily Mazzarella Astragalus is best known as a deep immune tonic, traditionally used to enhance the "periphery" so that wind (considered a pathogen in Chinese medicine) and other invasions are kept at bay.  But astragalus offers so much more--and is a good reminder to me about how important it is to avoid reductionist thinking about herbs.

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Stress and Immunity

Stress and Immunity

September 27, 2018

Author: Lily Mazzarella PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY (noun):   A fancy word for "everything is related" and "it's all really one big system" 😂.

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Does Echinacea work?

Does Echinacea work?

September 27, 2018

Author: Lily MazzarellaMuch of what Echinacea was traditionally used for (by both First Nations and settler/colonizer folks, who learned about it from the people already here) would land you in a hospital today.  

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Mushrooms and Immunity Intelligenge

Medicinal Mushrooms (Reishi!) & Immune Intelligence

September 27, 2018

In the as-yet-unwritten book about herbs that have saved my life, Reishi would be the first entry.  It was my guide through quitting smoking over 15 years ago, and supported my nervous system, adrenals, and lungs while I recovered from that addiction.  It has done more for my insomnia than any other herb, and has helped my body thrive in the midst of chronic viruses. 

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Breezometer App

Why You Need the Breezometer App

August 22, 2018

Author: Lily MazzarellaI am a bit of a broken record these days, telling clients, friends, co-workers, students, strangers—anyone who will listen, really—about the importance of understanding air quality, especially during fire season in the west.

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Taking The Mystery Out Of Food Re-Introduction

Taking The Mystery Out Of Food Re-Introduction

August 02, 2018

Author: Lily Mazzarella Observations gleaned through a decade + of guiding clients through anti-inflammatory/elimination diets.You’ve been working hard at eating clean, doing an anti-inflammatory/elimination diet (like the Summer Inflammation Soother), and you’re feeling pretty damn good.

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Sunburns: Our Skin's Natural Inflammatory Response To Overexposure

Sunburns: Our Skin's Natural Inflammatory Response To Overexposure

June 28, 2018

Author: Lily MazzarellaWhat is a sunburn, really?   When our skin is overexposed to sun, UV radiation causes damage to our skin cells’ DNA—and therefore, the loss of the cells’ all-important ability to self-repair.  In the short term, our skin responds to overexposure by releasing chemical and cellular mediators of inflammation—what we see and feel as the red, hot, swollen (and sometimes blistering) misery of sunburn.   

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Travel:  so good for the soul, and so hard on our bodies.

Travel: so good for the soul, and so hard on our bodies.

March 28, 2018

Author: Lily MazarrellaWhere does travel hit you? Can’t poop? Trouble sleeping? Going to a place where you have little or no control over your food?  Anxious about packing, waking up early, getting on a plane—or being with family members? Get sick every time you go anywhere? We’ve got you covered!

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Unmasking Allergies and Other Histamine Related Issues

Unmasking Allergies and Other Histamine Related Issues

March 27, 2018

Author: Dr. BridgetAnyone who knew me before I became a naturopathic doctor would immediately know why I’m passionate about treating allergies and other histamine related issues—I had a serious problem with environmental allergies.

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Curb 6 Menopausal Symptoms with a Keto Diet

Curb 6 Menopausal Symptoms with a Keto Diet

January 18, 2018

Author: Bonnie NedrowAre you experiencing some of the many challenges of menopause? Do you suffer from weight gain, mood swings, insomnia, declining strength and vitality, hot flashes and/or diminished libido?

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Train Your Body to Burn Fat

Train Your Body to Burn Fat

January 10, 2018

Author: Bonnie NedrowMost people tend to think that they need to eat frequently to have energy. However, if we eat every time we need fuel, we lose our ability to burn body fat.

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Detox, De-stress, Digest

Detox, De-stress, Digest

January 07, 2018

Author: Lily MazzarellaCongratulations! If you’re reading this, you made it through the holiday season and the darkest days of winter (relatively) intact.

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Good Food = Good Mood

Good Food = Good Mood

January 05, 2018

Author: Lily MazzarellaHow to eat for nervous system and adrenal stability. Every day our digestive tracts are disassembling the outside world and providing raw materials to make our cell membranes and tissues.

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A Lesson in the Illusion of Control, and Why We are so Thankful

A Lesson in the Illusion of Control, and Why We are so Thankful

November 22, 2017

Author: Lily MazzarellaI was scheduled for major surgery in the early morning hours of October 10th, and had spent the weekend prior turning inward, preparing my mind and body and for the upcoming procedure. 

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Fire Protection Essentials – Part 2 – As the Dust Settles

Fire Protection Essentials – Part 2 – As the Dust Settles

November 14, 2017

Author: Dr. BridgetAs I wrote in my first blog on Fire Protection, the smoke that we’re experiencing in the Bay area is filled with the combusted contents of homes and businesses.

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Fire Protection Essentials

Fire Protection Essentials

November 13, 2017

Author: Dr. BridgetYou are probably feeling it – a scratchy throat, dry cough and irritated eyes or that whoozy, nauseous feeling from breathing something you shouldn’t be.

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Food Sensitivity Testing Just Got Better

June 30, 2017

Author: Dr. BridgetFood sensitivity can contribute to gastrointestinal inflammation and systemic inflammatory burden.  It can be an underlying cause of nagging symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, sinus congestion, chronic pain, headaches, and weight gain.

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How Happy is Your Liver?

How Happy is Your Liver?

March 21, 2017

Author: Lily MazzarellaThe liver is hot, metabolically speaking. And very active: on any given day, it is performing over 500 functions for us. We all know that it’s on the liver to get us out of a pinch when we drink too much, but did you know that the liver contains a unique enzyme system that co-evolved with plants, and that this system can detoxify just about everything we encounter now?

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Clean, Green Spring Cleaning

Clean, Green Spring Cleaning

March 20, 2017

Author: Lily Mazarella The dirty world of cleaning products – Chemicals used in “air care” and cleaning products are receiving much-deserved scrutiny—in California. 

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Kick the ick faster with these herbal cold & flu fighters

Kick the ick faster with these herbal cold & flu fighters

November 16, 2016

Author: Lily MazzarellaFrom swollen throats to blocked sinuses, coughs and congested chests, here’s what Farmacopia owner and lead herbalist, Lily Mazzarella, recommends to her clients to help ease their symptoms & speed recovery. 

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Your Can’t Miss Daily Immunity Ritual

Your Can’t Miss Daily Immunity Ritual

October 03, 2016

Author: Lily MazzarellaKeep colds & flus at bay with this 15-minute daily wellness ritual.  

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6 Ultra Simple Lifestyle Tips to Break up With Sugar

6 Ultra Simple Lifestyle Tips to Break up With Sugar

September 28, 2016

Author: Lily MazzarellaSugar. It’s the worst partner you’ve ever had. And it’s time to leave it in the X-files along with his old sweater and that tattered napkin she first wrote her number on. “What’s so wrong with sugar,” you ask? “It’s always there when I need comforting, makes me giddy at just the thought of it, and never says no to me,” you say.   

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