Category Archives: the Seasonal Cleanse

How Happy is Your Liver?

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Happy Liver Detox - Farmacopia Seasonal Cleanse

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? Continue reading

Savory Golden Chickpea Pancake

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Savory Golden Chickpea Pancakes - Lily Mazzarella Santa Rosa Nutritionist
Behold the savory pancake: made with protein and fiber-rich chickpea flour, these pancakes are delicious topped avocado slices, Dandelion-Pistachio Pesto, or Herb and Chive Cashew Cheese. Kids love them, too—and you can hide veggies inside! Continue reading

Strawberry-Goji Happiness Smoothie

Author: Lily Mazzarella

This light, creamy, not-overly-sweet treat features vitamin C-rich springtime strawberries and goji berries, a.k.a. Happiness Berry or Wolfberry. Goji is a traditional Chinese medicine used for liver and kidney deficiency patterns, for “brightening” the eyes (no wonder, as it is chock-full of carotenes and anti-inflammatory pigments), and promoting happiness and longevity. Continue reading

The Detox-Allergy Connection

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Detox-Allergy Connection - Farmacopia Seasonal Cleanse

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. Continue reading

Dandelion Greens with Preserved Lemons

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Sauteed Dandelion Greens Recipe - Spring CleanseI love dandelion greens! These delectable bitters are chock-full of potassium, vitamins A, C, K, folate, and choline. In herbal medicine, we use them as a classic bitter tonic to stimulate digestion and gallbladder activity, and to decongest the liver. Continue reading

Clean, Green Spring Cleaning

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Organic Spring Cleaning Tips and Products - Farmacopia
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. Continue reading

Burdock + Bright Roots Detox Salad

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Burdock + Bright Roots Detox Salad - Spring RecipeThis gorgeous rainbow of a salad takes just a few minutes to make, delights everyone who eats it (It’s a great potluck dish!), and stores well tightly covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. It is fiber-rich and contains 3 hepatoprotectant superstars: burdock, beets, and kohlrabi. Continue reading