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

Alfred Austin – Quote

‎Alfred Austin was an old school poet with a deep love and admiration for nature. His words about gardening ignite my spirit and make me want to roll around in the dirt!

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. Share the botanical bliss of gardeners through the ages, who have cultivated philosophies to apply to their own – and our own – lives: Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” Alfred Austin