Shinrin-yoku Forest Bathing

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 dollars studying 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.

Read the full story HERE.

 

Forest Bathing

photo: ©Marisa Gross/Lady Greenthumbs – Canon 10mm

Marigold, Army of the Garden and #MondayMeditation

Marigold is the silent army of the garden as it produces what is known as alpha-terthienyl, a substance that suppresses nematodes, which are microscopic worms that attack the roots of plants. Strong roots = successful garden. Plant around the border of beds and crops.
 
Also very powerful medicine when used internally for cramps and coughs, and topically for sunburn and so much more.
 
#MondayMeditation
Besides simple style “seated meditation”, my favorite way to “go in” and activate a meditative state is while stringing flowers. A sure way to access the magic of consciousness and get in under the mind’s chatter. Warning. It can be especially activating and intoxicating via the flora, if you let it. Plus, afterwards you will have a stunning and precious garland imbued with all the goodness that you are.
Try it sometime. Cut the stems off your flower stalks. Use fishing wire to puncture through the center of the bud and string away to desired length!
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 photo: ©Marisa Gross/Lady Greenthumbs