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Stressed out? Let’s try forest bathing!

by Jennifer Richard on August 11, 2023

Forest bathing or Shinrin-yoku is a form of nature therapy, scientifically proven to provide benefits such as improved immune system, improved sleep as well as improved focus.

The art of forest bathing

Forest bathing, to put it simply, is the act of walking or hiking in forests and ‘bathing’ in nature. The smells, the sounds, the way the air flows and even the feeling of leaves and the barks on trees; the scenic views of the forest have been proven in multiple experiments that it can help with multiple mental illnesses like chronic stress disorder, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.

With this simple act of walking in the forest, you are also breathing in a silent benefit that nature is giving to you. The benefit, the ‘aroma’ of the forest, ‘Phytoncides’, are the ones hard at work for your health!

The science of Phytoncides

Phytoncides are proven to have antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, all of these crucial for the human body to give us a stronger immune system for a healthier mind, body, and soul!

Phytoncides help increases the activity of ‘natural killer cells (NK)’ in our bodies by attaching to our cells and helping us fight off bad infections such as cancer and acting as antibiotics to keep us healthy and happy!

(Read more here on the science of phytoncides!)

“Forest bathing is too hard for the modern city life”

Fret not! There are so many ways to forest bath even in your busy city life! Ways include walking (or jogging, whichever you prefer!) in your nearby nature park, having some houseplants on your office desk, diffusing essential oils right in the comfort of your own house or even apply it directly to your skin, for example, with SOLYPH’s phytoncide-filled products!

So it is very simple! Nature has always been the cure! Embrace our nature and they will take care of us as they have been doing for millions of years.

So, what are your thoughts on forest bathing? Would you try it for the benefits?


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