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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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