How To Make Rosehip Jam, Tincture, Syrup & More

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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The benefits of rosehips are legendary . . . literally. According to Nordic folklore, Viking raids were fueled by the fruit of the rose plant – rosehips – which are loaded with vitamin C and other compounds that support immunity, vitality and well-being.⁠⁠I’ve already shared my recipe for making a refreshing, slightly tart, lightly fruity tea, so […]

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Gluten-Free Blueberry Waffle Recipe (With Optional Lemony Twist)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Some people have throw pillows that they change based on their mood – I have waffle flavors. We’re talking classic-style, chocolate, pumpkin spice, and of course this sweet and slightly tart blueberry recipe.  Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these gluten-free blueberry waffles are made with a simple (yet delicious) batter with […]

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The 10 Best Mushroom Growing Kits for Beginners + Recipes

Pierre Van Zyldiy, health

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Ready to add fresh oyster mushrooms to your gluten-free pizza, or pull some sizzling stuffed shiitake mushrooms out of the oven? Maybe you’re more of a seafood person – in that case, I suggest sautéeing lion’s mane (which tastes similar to crab or lobster) in garlic butter.  Growing your own mushrooms for both culinary and therapeutic […]

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5 Oyster Mushroom Benefits + How To Use Them

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When we talk about the health benefits of mushrooms, exotic species like lion’s mane, chaga and reishi often take the spotlight, but did you know that one of the easiest mushroom species to grow (and prepare) also contains therapeutic properties?  It’s true, oyster mushrooms are both delicious AND beneficial for evening skin tone, de-stressing, supporting immune function and more.  We’ll cover the benefits […]

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How To Find Out What’s In Your Tap Water

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Sometimes called “The Stuff of Life,” water delivers oxygen throughout our bodies, supports detoxification, lubricates joints, keeps skin supple, helps regulate body temperature, and so much more. And because it makes up about 60% of the human body, purity really matters. When we turn on our faucets, we don’t (usually) have to worry about dangerous […]

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What Are Ear Seeds? (Auriculotherapy Benefits + How To)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Can an acupressure technique called ear seeding support skin clarity, ease feelings of stress and anxiousness, support focus, deepen sleep and more? According to the acupuncturist who first placed some in my ears several years ago – and my own experience – the answer is yes. Back then, ear seeds were typically only available in […]

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7 Benefits of Rosehips + Tea Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth, Natural Remedies

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Quick, when I say “roses” what’s the first word that comes to mind for you? Is it Vikings? No? Well, let me tell you a story.  According to Nordic folklore, Viking raids were fuelled by the fruit of the rose plant, which is loaded with vitamin C and other compounds that support immunity, vitality and well-being.  […]

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Best of The Blog In 2021

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Happy almost New Year! Before we close out 2021 I thought it would be fun to look back at the top ten most popular posts from this year – thank you so much for being part of this community! As I write this I’m holding back tears of gratitude for what this year held for my […]

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7 Holiday Cookie Recipes To Make Your Season Bright

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Some of my favorite holiday memories are of baking with my family – eating dough, throwing a smidge of flour at each other, and most importantly ending up with a plate of hot, fresh cookies. If you’re planning a baking session soon, here are seven tried-and-true holiday cookie recipes to make your season a little brighter. I […]

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DIY Nourishing Coconut Milk Bath Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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There’s nothing like a warm bath to relax muscles and calm frayed nerves, and with a few simple ingredients you can upgrade the experience into a skin softening, deeply moisturizing bath soak.  First made famous by Cleopatra, who prized them as part of her routine for radiant skin, milk baths have long been used to nourish and […]

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6 Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushroom & How To Use It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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“So, guess what my mama is growing in our kitchen . . . ” << This was my son’s opening line for a presentation he recently gave at our homeschool co-op, and since the subject of this article is healing mushrooms I’ll …

8 Benefits of Milk Thistle + How To Use It

Pierre Van Zylhealth, Natural Remedies

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Does your liver need a little extra love? Or maybe you’re wanting to support skin clarity, hormone balance, and strong digestion? Milk thistle has a long history of traditional use for all of that and more.  In this article we’ll dive into the benefits of this powerful yet safe herb, how to use it . […]

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Best Under Counter Water Filters of 2021

Pierre Van Zylhealth, Natural Home, Reviews

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I love clutter-free kitchen counters, which is why when I started researching all the contaminants in our water supply I knew I wanted an under counter water filter. But researching WHICH filter . . . well, that was quite an undertaking.  After researching for about a year, I recently put together this in-depth buying guide that covers different […]

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2021 Home Water Filter Buyer’s Guide + Tips

Pierre Van Zylhealth, Natural Home, Reviews

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Water, agua, amazi << No matter the language it’s described in, water truly is “The Stuff of Life.” It makes up about 60% of our bodies, and is essential for delivering oxygen throughout our bodies, supporting detoxificatio…

5 Best Countertop Water Filters of 2021 + Buyers Guide

Pierre Van Zylhealth, Natural Home, Reviews

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When it comes to the “Stuff of Life” that makes up 60% of our bodies, purity absolutely matters. Many of the contaminants of emerging concern listed by the EPA are “forever chemicals” – or chemicals that bioaccumulate in our bodies. Unfortunately, it’s been nearly 20 years since the EPA has added any contaminants to the list of […]

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BioBalance PEMF Mat Review + FAQs

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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A few of my friends affectionately call my house “The Lab” because I love to test everything from traditional Ayurvedic remedies to modern neurofeedback training.  Though many of my favorite wellness practices are inexpensive or free – like drinking burdock root tea and getting daily sunlight – every once in awhile I come across a therapy that’s worth making an […]

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10 Benefits of PEMF Therapy

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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What do the ethereal bands of light that stretch across the northern sky and your body have in common? They’re both profoundly influenced by electromagnetic fields, of course.  When most of us talk about EMFs, we’re usually referring to the frequencies commonly referred to as “electrosmog” – man-made transmissions from radio waves, wifi, cell phones […]

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8 Benefits of Burdock Root + Tea Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Which herb inspired velcro and just so happens to be “one of the safest, tastiest, and most effective detoxifying and cleansing herbs in Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine”? (1) Burdock root, of course!  For thousands of years this relative of daisies and sunflowers has been used to support lymph flow, liver and blood detoxification, skin […]

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10 Benefits of Nettle Tea + How To Make It

Pierre Van Zylhealth, Natural Remedies

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“When in doubt, use nettle.” << Spoken by renowned herbalist David Hoffman, this bit of wisdom has benefitted my family more times than I can count. (1) Often called Nature’s Multivitamin because it contains so many nourish…

Spiced Vanilla Chai Ice Cream Recipe (Dairy-Free)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Infused with vanilla, black tea, and my five-minute masala chai spice mix, this cool and creamy chai ice cream recipe is super easy to make and so decadent.  Since I’m dairy-free right now as part of my healing journey, it doesn’t incorporate traditional ingredients like heavy cream and whole milk. You’d never guess that by tasting it, though – […]

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12 Benefits of Magnesium

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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There’s a good reason magnesium is often called “The Magic Mineral” – it plays a crucial role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, impacting everything from energy metabolism and stress management to hormone balance, detoxification, sleep, and the creation of proteins. (1) Years ago, I discovered it was the key to easing my restless legs at night, which […]

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What Causes Heartburn?

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Here’s a fun little question for you – which one of these statements is true? A) A Banyan Tree near Kolkata, India is larger than the average Walmart B) There are more nerve connections in your brain than there are stars in our galaxy C) Heartburn is usually due to too little stomach acid, not too […]

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4 Benefits of Dry Brushing Your Skin & How To Do It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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The first time I heard about dry brushing, all I could think was “Why are these people brushing their skin? I’m doing good to brush my teeth and change out of my yoga pants.” Never would I have guessed that it would become one of my favorite wellness practices, but it absolutely is. Although it’s most […]

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Easy Chicken Caesar Wrap Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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“Cook once, eat twice” is one of my favorite strategies for saving time in the kitchen. When I make a batch of a favorite recipe I’ll usually double it, then use the leftovers to make extra meals throughout the week. That’s the beauty of these chicken caesar wraps – they’re mostly made from leftovers, which means […]

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9 Benefits of Forest Bathing & How To Do It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Did you know that the discovery of aspirin can be traced back to a compound found in willow bark – salacin – which has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain? (1) Have you heard about the bark of the cinchona tree, which contains the same form of quinine that is used to treat malaria? […]

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21 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (That They’ll Actually Want)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Most of us want the little things for Mother’s Day – a 24-hour period in which someone picks up after us, feeds us, and handles all the household chores while we take a nap. Basically we want to be our kids, right?  Of course, if someone wants to gift us something a little extra special, […]

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5 Benefits of Coconut Oil Pulling & How To Do It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Can a 3,000 year old Ayurvedic practice whiten your teeth, reduce bad breath, detox your body and make unicorns appear? I haven’t been able to find studies to support all of those claims (though I’m really holding out for the unicorn one), but there is scientific evidence that coconut oil pulling may: Reduce oral bacteria that […]

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12 Ways To Help Your Child Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Parents are experts in sleep deprivation – we’ve guzzled the coffee, wiped the daytime drool off the back of our hands, and accidentally fallen asleep while trying to help our kids drift off to dreamland. You’d think, then, that we’d be also experts in recognizing the signs of sleep deprivation in our children.  When kids are […]

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Pink Noise Vs. White Noise (And How To Choose A Sound Machine)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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If you’ve ever turned on a white noise machine to drown out the sound of barking dogs, loud neighbors, or other disruptive sounds, you know how helpful they can be for falling (and staying) asleep. And that’s a good thing, because getting deep sleep makes us smarter, happier, more productive, more creative, and even keeps us looking […]

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Creamy Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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There’s nothing quite like crisp romaine lettuce tossed in creamy Caesar dressing and crunchy gluten-free croutons, but right now my traditional Caesar dressing recipe is off the menu as I continue my healing journey.  Fortunately, this dairy-free Caesar dressing it so delish I don’t even miss my old recipe. It’s creamy, garlicky and tangy, with just the right […]

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Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Tortillas

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Soft and pliable, these gluten-free tortillas are simple to make and easy to store for quick meals throughout the week. They’re similar in flavor and texture to the wheat flour tortillas I grew up eating in Tex-Mex country, which is to say that they work well in everything from burritos and chicken caesar salad wraps to after-dinner treats […]

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Why I Love Seed’s Daily Synbiotic (Probiotic + Prebiotic)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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What happens when you combine a brilliant mom, a scientist, and a team of experts in fields like microbiology, immunology and transcriptomics . . . including the guy who literally coined the word “probiotics”? The answer, of course, is Seed’s Daily Synbiotic. It’s no secret that probiotics benefit so much more than just gut health. They […]

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7 Common Probiotic Myths & What I Take

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Have you ever stood in the aisle of a health food store and considered the eeny-meeny miny moe approach to choosing a probiotic? It’s no secret that they have profound health benefits throughout our bodies, but there are a lot of myths that can make finding a good one – and knowing how and when to take it – […]

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Soft & Chewy Chai Cookies (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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If you haven’t already made up a batch of this five-minute masala chai mix, now is the time to infuse its warm flavors into everything in your kitchen. Okay, maybe not everything, but definitely your tea and these chai cookies.  Spiced with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and a smidge of black pepper, they’re soft, […]

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5 Minute Homemade Chai Mix Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Warming, slightly spicy, and ready in under five minutes, this homemade chai mix can be made with just a handful of ingredients you probably already have right now. Brew it into a creamy cup of comforting tea in cooler weather, sprinkle it into vanilla ice cream as it churns on your kitchen counter in the summer, or […]

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Easy Cajun Seasoning Recipe & 14 Ways To Use It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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I tasted my very first beignets, shrimp creole and dirty rice in Louisiana’s French Quarter, but they were far from my last. Through college, I worked as a server in a Cajun restaurant, where I gulped down gumbo between shifts and learned all I could from the cooks.  It was there that I learned to shuck oysters, make roux-based […]

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5 Benefits of Probiotics & What I Take

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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You are a wonder.Surprising. Amazing. Super. And by super, I mean superorganism. Scientists estimate that only about 50% of the cells in your body are human – the rest are microbial, and their genes influence your well-being just like yours do.  In fact, the microbes within you contain so much rich, synergistically interactive genetic material that they’re often called […]

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Benefits of Whole Body Vibration Therapy

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Can good vibrations really support lymphatic drainage, muscle toning, hormone production, bone mineral density and more? When I was introduced to the research behind whole body vibration therapy by a friend (who is also a doctor), I became so fascinated that I ended up getting a vibration plate to use at home.  We’ll dive into […]

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