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Tapping into the therapeutic benefits of forest bathing

Tapping into the therapeutic benefits of forest bathing

Did you know that high stress levels can compromise your immune system? By reducing these levels, your body’s natural defence system is able to work its magic. Trees release oils into the air, called phytoncides, and inhaling these natural essences can actually help to boost your immune system. 

Research conducted in transcontinental Japan and China points to a wealth of positive health benefits for the human physiological and psychological systems associated with the practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “Forest Bathing”.

Forest bathing has therapeutic effects on:

  1. Immune system function (increasing natural killer cells and improving cancer prevention)
  2. Cardiovascular system health (improving hypertension and coronary artery disease)
  3. Respiratory system (reducing allergies and respiratory disease)
  4. Mental health (depression, anxiety, mood disorders and stress)
  5. Mental clarity and relaxation (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
  6. Happiness (Human feelings of “awe”, increased sense of gratitude and selfless behaviour)
forest bathing
Photo source: Ontario Parks

References

Hansen, M. M., Jones, R., & Tocchini, K. (2017). Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) and Nature Therapy: A State-of-the-Art ReviewInternational journal of environmental research and public health14(8), 851. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14080851