More Healing Trees: Forest Bathing

Contributed by Hank Hancock
February 14, 2018

We’ve discussed already the important findings that just being near trees is good for our mental health, as well as public health and so on.

Now check out this NPR story that shows how we can really activate those arboreal benefits by indulging in something called “Forest Bathing.” It’s not just a way to pass the time pleasantly. A thoughtful immersion into the woods can even boost your immune system and reduce your blood pressure!

The aim of forest bathing, (certified Forest Therapy guide] Choukas-Bradley explained, is to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment. She helped us tune in to the smells, textures, tastes and sights of the forest. We took in our surroundings by using all our senses.

Maybe our primary care physicians could consider forest bathing as part of a prescribed wellness regimen!

There’s more: another radio story from the program Innovation Hub includes more perspectives on the healing properties of the forest. It also reveals that, yes, a community of practitioners are advancing the use of parks and public lands to improve health and wellness among individuals and communities

Both of these radio stories include additional links that you can explore, like some footpath through the woods.