Updated: Sep 28, 2021
The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health. The practice originated in Japan in the late 1980’s and was coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as “Shinrin-yoku,” which roughly translated means “forest bathing.”
"Simply put, forest bathing is retreating to nature to immerse in the forest atmosphere, it’s taking time to unwind and connect with nature."
Most of us think of a sweaty hike when we think of a trip to the woods but forest bathing is set at a much slower pace and is focused on fully experiencing the nature around us. It isn’t about covering a set distance, raising your heart rate or even about the exercise.
As little as 20 minutes in a park can boost feelings of well-being. Forest bathing tends to lower cortisol levels, lower depression levels in adults, and boost the activity of natural killer cells which help fight off infections and cancer. In addition, the aromatic substances produced by plants and trees have been linked with lower inflammation and brain protection benefits.
BENEFITS OF FOREST BATHING
Create fighting killer cells by boosting the immune system.
Decreased risk of heart attack.
Protection against obesity and diabetes.
More energy and better sleep.
Clearer, more comfortable skin.
Soothing relief for sore muscles.
Releases anti-inflammatory terpenes.