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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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New at Farmacopia:  Curated CBD

New at Farmacopia: Curated CBD

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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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

Mushrooms & Immune Intelligence

September 27, 2018

Author: Lily MazarellaDesigned for discernment (self/other, threat/benign stimulus), the immune system can become confused in this crazy world of ours.  

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

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

August 07, 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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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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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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The Detox-Allergy Connection

The Detox-Allergy Connection

March 21, 2017

Author: Lily MazzarellaSpring brings many gifts: lengthening daylight, forest-floor flowers, and increased energy & inspiration as we observe the earth’s cycle of renewal.

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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 MazzarellaWith folks streaming into Farmacopia, there’s no question that sick season has arrived. From swollen throats to blocked sinuses, coughs and congested chests, here’s what Farmacopia Owner  & Lead Herbalist 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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The Summer Cleanse – Your Inflammation Soother

The Summer Cleanse – Your Inflammation Soother

June 27, 2016

Author: Lily Mazzarella If you are a person in the world these days, a person who speaks to other people, or walks through the vitamin section in your supermarket, who turns on a computer or glances at magazines in the dentist’s office, it is likely you know what a buzzword “inflammation” has become.

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Is Grilled Food Bad for You?

Is Grilled Food Bad for You?

June 27, 2016

  Author: Dr. BridgetGrilling season has arrived! As we celebrate Summer, let us use these days of sunshine for play and sociability, for spending time outside and for moving your body. This weekend remember to stay hydrated with water, electrolytes and other nourishing beverages like chia water or water kefir. This will help keep your muscles fluid, skin healthy, and your immune system balanced.

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Having a Healthy Relationship with the Sun

Having a Healthy Relationship with the Sun

June 20, 2016

Author: LaurelHumans have had a natural relationship with the sun since far before sunscreen came along – a relationship based on common sense, intuition, and being present by listening to one’s own body. 

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Get more sleep, tonight

Get more sleep, tonight

June 05, 2016

Author: Lily MazzarellaPick your winner: “I fall asleep easily but wake up after 4 hours and can’t go back to sleep.”    

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A-Z Quick Guide to Whole Plant Skin Care

A-Z Quick Guide to Whole Plant Skin Care

May 02, 2016

Author: Lily MazzarellaShopping for organic, whole plant skincare? Here’s a quick guide to whole plant ingredients and how they impact your skin.  

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The Truth About Belly Fat

Farm to Face Skincare

May 02, 2016

Author: Lily MazzarellaThis spring at Farmacopia we are welcoming a new line of skin care with the highest standards for organic, biodynamic, raw, unrefined whole plant ingredients.  Learn from Laurel, owner and founder of Laurel Whole Plant Organics, how to feed your skin with the nutrients it needs…  

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Do you have a leaky gut?

Do you have a leaky gut?

February 02, 2016

Author: Lily MazzarellaA leaky what? “Leaky gut”: a shorthand colloquialism for “abnormal intestinal permeability” or “intestinal hyperpermeability,” a well-researched condition that is at once clearly defined in the medical literature, and largely ignored in the practice of conventional medicine.

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What the Shiitake!

What the Shiitake!

December 01, 2015

Author: Lily Mazzarella neither plant nor animal nor mineral…….Get to know a mushroom!SHIITAKE  {nice to meet you}  Lentinula edodes  

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Vitamin C: Fact, Fiction & Function

Vitamin C: Fact, Fiction & Function

November 11, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaNews from the health food craze percolated even through suburban New Jersey in the late 70s and early 80s:  I, like most people, grew up thinking that vitamin C was good for me, and that oranges were the only way to get it.  When I was home sick with a cold, I would tip an icy canister of orange juice concentrate into a pitcher, pausing to eat it by the spoonful, getting perilously high on sugar.  As I felt my energy levels rise, I knew for certain I was curing myself.

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What your Sore Throat is REALLY Telling You

What your Sore Throat is REALLY Telling You

November 03, 2015

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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Get to Know a Mushroom – The Mighty Maitake

Get to Know a Mushroom – The Mighty Maitake

October 20, 2015

Author: Lily Mazzarellaneither plant nor animal nor mineral…….Get to know a mushroom!

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The Truth About Belly Fat

The Truth About Belly Fat

July 29, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaBelly fat:  it comes on stealthily, accumulating as we go about our fast-paced and stressful lives, perhaps not eating as well as we know we should, not exercising as much as we used to. It creeps up during hormonal transitions (puberty, postpartum, menopause & andropause), or after a long illness. And, seemingly suddenly we are stuck with it—for belly fat is notoriously difficult to lose.

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Lymph Magic

Lymph Magic

July 06, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaWe’re having a heat wave. There’s no AC in northern California, and the house is 89 at bedtime.

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Bowenwork: A New Approach to Bodywork

Bowenwork: A New Approach to Bodywork

May 26, 2015

Author: Sandra GustafsoBowenwork is an established form of bodywork increasingly sought by clients who desire approaches to pain relief, postural realignment and relaxation; and by bodywork practitioners seeking an effective, hands-on modality that does not unduly strain their bodies when working on multiple clients a day.

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Go Local!

Go Local!

May 13, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaIn honor of National Small Business Month, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate our fellow [local] small businesses.  

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Celebrate Small Businesses!

Celebrate Small Businesses!

May 08, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaWe are celebrating Small Business Month and so should you! As a small business we understand the dedication and courage it takes to open your doors that very first time.

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