We are so happy to have the Natural Health Apothecary brand: Zen Maitri, which is part of our Autumn Box! We have interviewed them.
Who are you, where are you from and where in the world are you now?
We are Zen Maitri. We offer a range of scientifically-backed natural health products, meditation experiences, and comprehensive natural health consultations to empower your wellbeing journey, one step at a time. Our store and herbal apothecary is on Turnham Green Terrace, in Chiswick, London.
How often do you take some “me time” and how important it is for you?
At Zen Maitri, we have built an urban haven in the middle of a buzzing, exciting but often stressful and depleting big city life. In buzzing environments like London, and through busy times in life, we feel it is essential to regularly take “me time” to pause, reflect, restore your energies, to maintain your physical, emotional and spiritual balance and vitality.
What are your favourite wellbeing rituals to do at home?
Night-time wellbeing rituals are among our favourite. Restorative sleep is so important to vibrant health, and it can often be so elusive. Following a night-time routine with some pampering self-care rituals can be a tremendous help in getting better sleep. Mindfully infusing and sipping a delicious, relaxing, mildly sedative bed-time tea (like our Deep Sleep tea), soaking in a warm bath infused with Epsom salts, herbs and carefully chosen essential oils, following a natural skincare night-time routine can all be delightfully helpful – alongside some screen-free, quiet, relaxing time, and perhaps some gentle stretching, breathwork or meditation exercises.
What are the benefits of your brand to a person’s wellbeing?
We strive to empower people to make positive changes to their lifestyle to enhance their health and wellbeing – through carefully designed and crafted products on our shelves but also through natural health consultations. A consultation gives you the opportunity to deeply explore your health concerns with a Medical Herbalist, who can tailor a bespoke herbal prescription to meet your goals. There is no one size fits all approach to health because every person’s journey is unique. That’s why we take the time to listen to you, understand your lifestyle, needs, and goals and use this to provide expertise on the best next steps. You determine your natural health journey. You lead the way. We are here to guide you through the process.
One piece of advice to help reconnecting with our body?
Go to nature – a mountain, a beach, a forest or an urban park, you name it. Sit in a comfortable position, if possible with bare feet in contact with the ground. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply. Sit still for a few minutes, focusing on your breath, observing your thoughts come and go, and slowly opening to the sounds and sensations around you, without reacting to them, just observing. You can also do some mindful movement – some gentle yoga, pilates or Qigong for example. And of course, self-care rituals – like a delicious cup of herbal tea or some self massage – using natural products coming straight from nature are often lovely grounding experiences.
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