I’m a huge fan and supporter of shinrin-yoku AKA, forest bathing. From a very young age I felt a deep kin to trees. So much so, that in second grade when we were asked to share a story about ourselves in front of class, I admitted to having multiple past lives as a tree. I also informed the littles that trees can heal us. They thought I was nuts, but I knew in my heart I wasn’t. As a wellness practitioner, I am confident that nature is a master healer.
Fast forward 30 years and Japanese officials spent about $4 million dollarsstudying the physiological and psychological effects of forest bathing, designating 48 therapy trails based on the results. The upshot of the study? Forest bathing effects viral infected cells and can shift immune system health and cancer prevention.
“This is due to various essential oils, generally called phytoncide, found in wood, plants, and some fruit and vegetables, which trees emit to protect themselves from germs and insects. Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better—inhaling phytoncide seems to actually improve immune system function.”
Can’t get into the forest? All good! A simple hack is to brew up some pine or cedarwood (for example) essential oil in a diffuser, meditate and drop in.
Nothing will get in the way of the journey of a weed. Always reaching towards the light for sustenance and pushing through all resistance with gusto and might. Inspiring little green friends they are. There’s so much to learn from nature. Are you listening in Earth School?
Sowing seeds with the most precious littles at Cecudi Montes De Oro, for Dia Del Agricultor with #VidaFarm and Puerta A La Vida… Nothing lights kids up quite like planting, music and art. May all children everywhere be exposed to these wonders.
Most kids these days thinks “food” comes from a plastic package in a store. Yet once you inspire them with the greenthumbing process they are absolutely enthralled and don’t understand why anyone would buy vegetables from a store when you can grow your own, even indoors in a small apartment. Nursery Fields Foreveris an innovative design proposal that fuses urban farming with nursery education” and can bridge the gap between the agriculture process that kids are exposed to.