Watch this video to return yourself to the remembrance of the forest at any moment!
Shinrin-yoku, "forest bathing" or "taking in the forest atmosphere," is a therapeutic practice rooted in Japan, but of course, we can all enjoy it no matter where we live. It involves immersing yourself deeply in a natural environment, typically a forest, and mindfully experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. Unlike a traditional hike, shinrin-yoku is not about covering distance but about being present in the moment and fully engaging your senses with nature. John Muir who was known as the “Father of National Parks” once said, “Keep close to nature’s heart…and break clear away once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
Here I am with two of my children and my father, forest bathing in the rejuvenating Rocky Mountain forests last week. -Tammy
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Some Benefits of Shinrin-Yoku
Reduced Stress, Anxiousness, and Cortisol Levels: The art of forest bathing or shinrin- yoku has been scientifically proven to reduce stress hormone levels and promote relaxation. The calming environment of the forest, combined with mindful breathing and a break from digital distractions, helps lower cortisol levels and alleviate anxiousness. According to an article on the NIH National Library of Medicine website, from 2005-2006, several studies were conducted in 24 different forest areas in Japan. The results of those studies performed on the effects of shinrin-yoku on individuals, show that natural forest settings can lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, increase parasympathetic nerve activity, and lower sympathetic nerve activity compared with more urban environments.
Improved Mood and Mental Clarity: Spending time in nature has been linked to improved mood and cognitive function. Forest bathing can enhance creativity, boost mood, and increase overall mental clarity.
Enhanced Immune Function: Some studies suggest that shinrin-yoku may strengthen the immune system. Breathing in phytoncides, natural compounds released by trees, can potentially increase the production of (NK) natural killer cells in the body. A study by Byun et al. (2014) found that green space exposure was associated with epigenetic changes related to inflammation and immune function.
Better Sleep: Regular practice of shinrin-yoku may help regulate sleep patterns and improve sleep quality. Exposure to natural light during the day and the calming effects of nature contribute to better rest.
Connection to Nature: Perhaps one of the most profound benefits of shinrin-yoku is the reconnection to the natural world. It fosters a deep appreciation for the environment, leading to more sustainable and eco-conscious living. Referring to shinrin-yoku, Dr. Qing Li, a prominent shinrin-yoku researcher stated, “Indoors, we tend to use only two senses, our eyes and our ears. Outside is where we can smell the flowers, taste the fresh air, look at the changing colours of the trees, hear the birds singing and feel the breeze on our skin. And when we open up our senses, we begin to connect to the natural world.”
Taking the essence of the forest with you wherever you go is made possible with doTERRA's Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing Blend. doTERRA, the most trusted name in the world of essential oils, has captured the spirit of the forest in a bottle, allowing you to experience the benefits of forest bathing even when you can't escape to the woods.
The Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing Blend is carefully crafted to evoke the tranquil essence of the forest. It contains a harmonious blend of essential oils, including Cedarwood, Ho Wood, and other tree oils, designed to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and create a sense of well-being. The Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing Blend consists of Certified Pure Tested Grade essential oils abundant in terpenes known for their association with forest bathing. Scientific studies have shown that diffusing essential oils rich in terpenes can create a serene atmosphere that encourages relaxation, concentration, and inner balance. Terpenes are a vital component of a group of compounds called phytoncides, which function as a defense mechanism in trees. These phytoncides encompass limonene, α-pinene, and β-pinene, all commonly found in oils renowned for their soothing and grounding fragrances. Whether you choose to diffuse this oil at home or apply it directly to your skin, you can enjoy the tranquilizing effects of the forest, regardless of your location.
How to Incorporate Shinrin-Yoku Essential Oil into Your Routine
Diffuse: Add a few drops of Shinrin-Yoku essential oil to your diffuser and let the aroma fill your space. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, and visualize yourself in a serene forest.
Topical Application: Dilute a few drops of the essential oil with a carrier oil and apply it to your wrists, temples, or the back of your neck for an instant calming effect.
Nature Meditation: Combine the use of Shinrin-Yoku Essential Oil with meditation or yoga in a natural setting to enhance your connection with nature and boost the benefits.
Shinrin-yoku, the art of forest bathing, offers numerous physical and mental health benefits, from reduced stress and anxiety to improved mood and enhanced immunity, and many more. With doTERRA's Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing Blend, you can bring the tranquility of the forest into your daily life, promoting an overall well-being and a deeper connection to the natural world. Embrace this ancient practice and experience the healing power of nature wherever you are. I look forward to making shinrin-yoku a regular part of my life and I encourage you to participate in your very own shinrin-yoku forest bathing experiences. Whether out in nature, in the convenience of your own home, or wherever you may be, doTERRA’s all-new Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing Blend brings the healing power of the forest right to you.
"Discover the Power of Shinrin-Yoku" written by Elliot Watts
Be joyful always!
Byun, H. M., Colicino, E., Trevisi, L., Fan, T., Christiani, D. C., & Baccarelli, A. A. (2014). Effects of air pollution and blood mitochondrial DNA methylation on markers of heart rate variability. Journal of the American Heart Association, 3(6), e000731. Erskine, Mike, (2018) Quotes from Shinrin-Yoku — The Art and Science of Forest Bathing. https://medium.com/@mikejerskine/quotes-from-shinrin-yoku-the-art-and-science-of-forest-bathing-a3ca30f7f249#:~:text=%E2%80%9CIndoors%2C%20we%20tend%20to%20use,connect%20to%20the%20natural%20world.%E2%80%9D