Forest Bathing For Healthy Living

Forest Bathing is Today Where Yoga was 30 Years Ago

Just be with trees. No hiking, no counting steps on a Fitbit. You can sit or meander, but the point is to relax rather than accomplish anything.

Data from field experiments conducted in 24 forests across Japan found that subjects who participated in forest bathing had lower blood pressure, heart rate, and concentrations of salivary cortisol — a stress hormone.  This practice also improves mood, accelerates recovery from surgery or illness, improves sleep and increases the ability to focus.

 

This is due to various essential oils, generally called phytoncide, found in wood, plants, and some fruit and vegetables, which trees emit to protect themselves from germs and insects. Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better—inhaling phytoncide seems to actually improve immune system function.

We are fortunate here in Northumberland to have easy access to the Ganaraska and Northumberland forests. Try some forest bathing at these wellness hotspots.

Northumberland Forest

www.northumberlandcounty.ca

Ganaraska Forest

www.grca.on.ca

Peter’s Woods