Thursday, November 6, 2014
What Exactly is Forest Bathing? #hiking
I love taking a walk in the woods. There is something about being in the woods that makes me feel calm and at ease. When I am there, I can forget everything. It is almost magical for me. I feel closer to God and nature. There really aren't words to fully describe what I feel, but it feels wonderful.
An article the other day caught my attention from Mother News Network as it referred to Forest Bathing. I have never heard this expression before. Part of me was curious--was it really talking about baths or something more, like being bathed in the feeling I get in the woods. Basically, the article talked about the phenomenon called Shinrin-yoku--Japenese for forest bathing and the scientific evidence touting its benefits. Naturally produced allechemic substances in the forest (like pheromones for plants) help ward off insects and slow the growth of fungi and bacteria. When we are exposed to these substances, known as phytoncides, science has proven that it lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and boost the growth of cancer-fighting white blood cells.
So, put on your shoes and get into the woods. It will do a body good!