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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spring All Year Long—Maintenance

Spring All Year Long—Maintenance

April 22, 2015

Author: Lily Mazzarella 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

April 21, 2015

Author: Lily Mazzarella 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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The Skinny on Olive Oil 

The Skinny on Olive Oil 

April 07, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaThe 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

April 02, 2015

Author: Amber ValenzuelaI 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.

March 25, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaSUGAR SUGAR SUGAR sugar sugar sugar CRAVINGS CRAVINGS CRAVINGS cravings cravings cravings

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Introducing the Seasonal Cleanse!

Introducing the Seasonal Cleanse!

March 18, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaI’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 wrecke...

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The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth

December 11, 2014

Author: Lily MazzarellaBitters 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 ...

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