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

Turmeric-Mango Lassi

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Turmeric-Mango Lassi Recipe

This delicious lassi side-steps the dairy with coconut yogurt, mango, and creamy nuts and seeds. If you don’t have a batch of Divine Turmeric Paste this is a reason to whip one up (or use dried spices if you don’t have time!). Turmeric stimulates the flow of bile, protects liver cells against toxins, and reduces inflammatory enzyme load in the body. What more do you need? Continue reading

Herby Artichoke + Artichoke Water

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Spring Detox - Artichoke Water Recipe - Farmacopia Seasonal Cleanse

The artichoke is a perfect spring food—they are in season and perfectly suited to our purposes of liver and gall bladder support. Artichoke leaf (botanically speaking, we eat the bract, which subtends the gorgeous, spiky, periwinkle flowers) is a classic herbal medicine for the hepatobiliary system; compounds found throughout the plant help repair and prevent damage to the liver, while the bitter flavor gets the gall bladder moving.

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