Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing
“Shinrin-yoku” is a Japanese term that translates as “forest bathing” and describes immersing oneself in a forest environment in order to experience the healing effects of Mother Nature at her best. It is believed that the trees emit natural aromatherapeutic properties in the form of essentials oils. The essential oils in the woods are inhaled by us over an extended period of exposure in the forest, causing an actual "magic in the air." The oils are called phytoncides - They are antimicrobal, volatile organic compounds that come from the trees themselves. In Japan, this 'forest bathing' technique has become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan. We knew we were addicted to the woods for good reason. This might make you rethink how many times a week you go out; that 'high' you have from a day in the outdoors has long known to be therapeutic. Get out there.