Category Archives: Immune Boost

6 Ultra Simple Lifestyle Tips to Break up With Sugar

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Farmacopia 6 tips to kick the sugar habit
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

Robin Lander
Author: Robin Lander

D.I.Y Body Care with Essential OilsMaking 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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Do you have a leaky gut?

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Leaky gutA 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. Continue reading

What the Shiitake!

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms

neither plant nor animal nor mineral…….Get to know a mushroom!

SHIITAKE  {nice to meet you}  Lentinula edodes

“Shii” = name of several types of tree upon which shiitakes grow, in Japanese 

“take”= mushroom, in Japanese

Aka:  black mushroom, black forest mushroom, donko Continue reading

Vitamin C: Fact, Fiction & Function

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Vitamin C Facts & Sources

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.  Continue reading

What your Sore Throat is REALLY Telling You

Author: Lily Mazzarella

13 Types of Sore Throat

Get to know your Ring of Fire

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.  I call the back of the throat the “ring of fire”:  a dense clustering of lymphatic tissue.  This body-smart adaptation allows us to mount an immune response at the periphery of the body and (hopefully) keep viruses, bacteria, and molds at bay.  It also means that when this tissue is in *activated fighting* mode, inflammation, soreness, and overt pain can arise as it works to protect us.  Continue reading

Get to Know a Mushroom – The Mighty Maitake

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Farmacopia - Maitake Mushroom Recipe & Facts

neither plant nor animal nor mineral…….Get to know a mushroom!


MAITAKE (grifola frondosa) a.k.a. “Hen of the Woods“

If you have never eaten a maitake mushroom, I am a little jealous:  you get to experience this exquisite creature for the first time. Continue reading