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Stress and Immunity

Stress and Immunity

by Lily Mazzarella September 27, 2018

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?

by Lily Mazzarella September 27, 2018

Much 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

by Lily Mazzarella September 27, 2018

Designed 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

by Lily Mazzarella August 22, 2018

I 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.

by Lily Mazzarella August 07, 2018

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Taking The Mystery Out Of Food Re-Introduction

Taking The Mystery Out Of Food Re-Introduction

by Lily Mazzarella August 02, 2018

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.So it is with trepidation, excitement and relief that you approach the re-introduction of potentially problematic foods left off in this time.

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Sunburns: Our Skin's Natural Inflammatory Response To Overexposure

Sunburns: Our Skin's Natural Inflammatory Response To Overexposure

by Lily Mazzarella June 28, 2018

What 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

by Danielle Bryant March 27, 2018

Anyone 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

by Danielle Bryant January 18, 2018

Are 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

by Danielle Bryant January 10, 2018

Most 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

by Lily Mazzarella January 07, 2018

Congratulations! 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

by Lily Mazzarella January 05, 2018

How to eat for nervous system and adrenal stability.

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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

by Lily Mazzarella November 22, 2017

I 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

by Danielle Bryant November 14, 2017

As 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

by Danielle Bryant November 13, 2017

You 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

by Dr. Bridget June 30, 2017

Food 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?

by Lily Mazzarella March 21, 2017

The 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

by Lily Mazzarella March 21, 2017

Spring brings many gifts: lengthening daylight, forest-floor flowers, and increased energy & inspiration as we observe the earth’s cycle of renewal.This is, however, for many a dreaded time of year: spring’s volatile weather and wind form the perfect storm with a proliferation of tree, grass, and wildflower pollen.

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Clean, Green Spring Cleaning

Clean, Green Spring Cleaning

by Lily Mazzarella March 20, 2017

The dirty world of cleaning products – Chemicals used in “air care” and cleaning products are receiving much-deserved scrutiny—in California, bill AB 708 has been introduced: it calls for new labeling regulations and full transparency on products containing overtly toxic compounds that interfere with human health and development.

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Kick the ick faster with these herbal cold & flu fighters

Kick the ick faster with these herbal cold & flu fighters

by Lily Mazzarella November 16, 2016

With 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

by Lily Mazzarella October 03, 2016

Keep 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

by Lily Mazzarella September 28, 2016

Sugar. 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. But like a toxic partner, sometimes it takes the hard truth from a dear friend to help you see their insidious ways. Let me be that friend.  

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Do It Yourself Body Care with Essential Oils

Do It Yourself Body Care with Essential Oils

by Danielle Bryant August 27, 2016

Making your own body care products is a rewarding way to have complete control over your ingredients, scent, texture, look, and feel. With a little practice and the right quality ingredients, you can make luxurious, premium products that rival even the best store-bought brands. These also make wonderful gifts!  

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The Summer Cleanse – Your Inflammation Soother

The Summer Cleanse – Your Inflammation Soother

by Lily Mazzarella June 27, 2016

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?

by Danielle Bryant June 27, 2016

Grilling 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

by Danielle Bryant June 20, 2016

Humans 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

by Lily Mazzarella June 05, 2016

Pick 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

by Lily Mazzarella May 02, 2016

Shopping for organic, whole plant skincare?  

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The Truth About Belly Fat

Farm to Face Skincare

by Lily Mazzarella May 02, 2016

This 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?

by Lily Mazzarella February 02, 2016

A 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!

by Lily Mazzarella December 01, 2015

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

by Lily Mazzarella November 11, 2015

News 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

by Lily Mazzarella November 03, 2015

Since 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

by Lily Mazzarella October 20, 2015

neither plant nor animal nor mineral…….Get to know a mushroom!MAITAKE (grifola frondosa) a.k.a. “Hen of the Woods“ 

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The Truth About Belly Fat

The Truth About Belly Fat

by Lily Mazzarella July 29, 2015

Belly 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

by Lily Mazzarella July 06, 2015

We’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

by Danielle Bryant May 26, 2015

Bowenwork 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!

by Lily Mazzarella May 13, 2015

In 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!

by Lily Mazzarella May 08, 2015

We 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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Spring All Year Long—Maintenance

Spring All Year Long—Maintenance

by Lily Mazzarella April 22, 2015

Remember high school health class? In suburban New Jersey in the late 80’s, we weren’t learning anything particularly useful or compelling—even the sex ed wasn’t titillating. Now that I’m a teacher of physiology, and health practitioner talking to clients about their bodies, I’m always struck by how interested people are in how their insides work, especially children and teens.

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The Takeways

The Takeways

by Lily Mazzarella April 21, 2015

The 21 Days of Inspiration blog posts for your Spring Cleanse are wrapping up. Our virtual and local community’s response to The Seasonal Cleanse outstripped my expectations—dozens and dozens of you bravely dived in and participated on every level of the cleanse.

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3 ancient practices to spring clean your vibe

3 ancient practices to spring clean your vibe

by Lily Mazzarella April 09, 2015

Happy birthday, Spring! Happy 4.54 billionth birthday.

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The Skinny on Olive Oil 

The Skinny on Olive Oil 

by Lily Mazzarella April 07, 2015

The health benefits of olive oil have been touted for millennia, and as with so many plant-based medicines, recent research confirms what the ancients (and my grandmother, Benigna Mazzarella, who died at the ripe old age of 108) knew.

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Rise & Shine! Reimagining your morning ritual

Rise & Shine! Reimagining your morning ritual

by Danielle Bryant April 02, 2015

I can sense it now. I’ve seen it many times with my clients. That sudden flash of anxiety as you register those first few words: Rise and Shine…Reimagine your morning ritual. 

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Crave. Cave. Collapse.

Crave. Cave. Collapse.

by Lily Mazzarella March 25, 2015

SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR sugar sugar sugar CRAVINGS CRAVINGS CRAVINGS cravings cravings cravings

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Introducing the Seasonal Cleanse!

Introducing the Seasonal Cleanse!

by Lily Mazzarella March 18, 2015

I’ve never been a hardcore detox person. For the past 15 years I’ve seen scores of people “cleanse” and become depleted and feel worse, or feel great for 10 days of juice and rice cakes and then rebound—hard—into (dis)comfort foods and crappy habits. But we’ve all heard it: there’s flame retardant in our breast milk, PCBs in our subcutaneous fat, and pesticide accumulating in our thyroid glands. Our fingers absorb BPA from store receipts, and our livers are being wrecked by Tylenol. There’s r...

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Libido 101

by Lily Mazzarella February 18, 2015

Our body is an intricate network of systems designed to keep us alive and keep our genes proliferating. When any of these systems are taxed too heavily our body responds by preserving self above all else. What this means for us is some of our more “pleasureable” aspects of life get sacrificed like – sex, sleep, energy and mood, in favor of pure survival.

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5 Herbal Libido Boosters

5 Herbal Libido Boosters

by Lily Mazzarella February 11, 2015

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. Now available at Farmacopia. O...

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The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth

by Lily Mazzarella December 11, 2014

Bitters have been used pan-culturally, from Africa to Eurasia, as a natural tool to enhance digestion and appetite since our most primordial times. It would not be uncommon, for instance, to catch your primitive self nibbling on a bit of greenery along your post-hunt journey or rummaging in the village foliage after indulging in some flame-broiled bison. We humans learned very quickly that these bitter tasting shrubs growing all around often help ease our tummies after an unsettling meal.

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Aches?  Pains?  Insomnia?  Try Cherry Therapy!

Aches? Pains? Insomnia? Try Cherry Therapy!

by Lily Mazzarella May 16, 2014

Summer is upon us, and we are gearing up for a favorite summertime appearance: the cherry. Rainier, Lambert, Balton, Montmornecy, and perhaps the reigning champion–Bing. These luscious, red, juicy, stone fruits have always dazzled us with their flavor and beauty, but now we have even more reason to love them: a growing body of scientific research is putting the humble cherry on the frontlines to aid with a number of common ailments, including inflammation, insomnia,

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