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  • Writer's pictureAlizée CCM

The Andean Apothecary

“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”

Charles Bukowski

Living Zero Waste lifestyle is not only about avoiding the waste production and lowering our carbon footprint; the important part is also to stop polluting our mind and body. It was said many times before, but as the repetition is the mother of wisdom, we take the opportunity to say it one (or few) more time(s) – to live in harmony with the rest of the world is to live in harmony with yourself.


Everyone has their own unique way how to reach and maintain balance – It might be painting, gym “torturing”, practicing yoga or meditation, running, singing, cooking, gardening; whatever comes to your mind! Finding time to do what we love is an act of loving ourselves. When we feel the connection with ourselves, very naturally we look at the world from a different and brighter perspective. What a day to be alive!


Zero Waste SH team: relaxing time at Chongming Island.

We, in Zero Waste Shanghai, would like to tell you about two ways how to quieten your busy mind, balance your emotions, increase your intuition, creativity and have a great energy to fulfil your dreams! There are two wonderful gifts of nature that have been used for thousands of years: sound and flowers.


The first time I experiences a sound therapy myself was some years ago during the last part of a yoga session– relaxation pose Shavasana. That time my teacher used singing bowls to guide our meditation by the vibration that ran through our bodies; I could feel how it touched my every organ, I felt the goosebumps on my skin and some tones I even felt physically. This sound healing boost my energy, but at the same time it truly calmed me down. And this heavenly sound has been following me till now. I even bought the singing bowls and time to time I try to “play” them, but honestly it is nothing comparable to the therapy given by someone else. I was looking for a sound therapist in Shanghai and was lucky to found Katherine from The Andean Apothecary who was trained by a renowned master from Nepal. And trust me, lying on the floor for almost an hour, fully relaxed, while enjoying the sounds filling your every cell really is the way to do it :)

我第一次体验声音疗法十多年前再一次瑜伽课当中-一个放松的Shavasana姿势。老师用的是颂钵的震动来指引我们的冥想。我明显感到每个脏器的震动,甚至还起了鸡皮疙瘩。这次声音疗愈不但增强了我的能量,还平息了我么心境。其效果至今我还历历在目。于是我买了一套颂钵,时不时地用一下。但效果不及老师用的那一次。到上海之后,我找到了The Andean Apothecary的Katherine,一位在尼泊尔受过名师训练的声音疗愈师。和她疗愈,躺在地上一小时,完完全全的放松,同时让声音浸润每一个细胞,是一种独一无二的体验。

Now, let’s talk a little bit about the flower power. The essential oils and flower remedies were widely used in many ancient civilizations as a medical treatment or in cosmetics.

Every flower also has its own vibration which can positively influence imbalances within the body, thus to balance our mental, physical, and spiritual health and well-being. I personally fell in love with flower remedies and essential oils (the main difference is that essential oil works on our nervous system and flower remedies helps us to heal emotionally) and whenever I feel some discomfort – no matter if it’s a starting headache or my mood drops down (or when I cut my finger, for example! In that case the high quality lavender essential oil can make a miracle, trust me), I would reach for the flower help. As they say in The Andean Apothecary: “Essences have been described as liquid acupuncture. They move energy.”

下面聊聊花疗的力量。精油和花药方在很多传统文明中都有用作药和化妆品。每种花都有它的频率,都有纠正体内失衡的作用,让我们的身体,心灵,灵魂和谐。精油和花疗是我的最爱(区别在于精油对神经系统起作用,花疗对疗愈情绪有作用)。所以每当我有些不适时,有些头疼或心情低落(或手切破了,用高规格的薰衣草精油很管用),我都会用花疗或精油。The Andean Apothecary有一句话:精华就像液体针灸一样,可以打通能量。

Let’s be the alchemists of our lives and create the magic elixir that makes our time here golden. Let’s keep our emotions, energy, senses, intentions and planet clean.

The nature will surely help you :)



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