Bathing in the forest, called “shinrin-yoku” in Japan, is a simple walk in the woods. Trees emit certain essential oils called phytoncides that benefit humans. This activity has become popular in Japan as a way to relax and relieve stress.
Forest bathing can:
- Boost immune system
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduces stress
- Improves moods
- Increases ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
- Accelerates recovery from surgery or illness
- Increases energy level
- Improves sleep
How I add this to my life: I have a short walk near my home that takes me through an overarching canopy of trees. It takes me about twenty minutes to walk this half mile and return home. Although I am often engrossed in my thoughts on the way out, when I am coming back, I try to remember to thank the trees for their embrace and helpful essential oils.