Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Therapy, is a research-based practice for supporting healing and wellbeing through immersion into the atmosphere of forests and other natural environments.
Forest therapy originated in Japan in 1982 as part of a national health program designed to reduce population stress levels.
It has since been discovered that trees and other plants give off volatile essential oils called phytoncides. Phytoncides have antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. When inhaled, phytoncides may influence both our physiology and psychology.
The scientifically-proven benefits of Forest Therapy may include:
• Boosted immune system functioning
• Reduced blood pressure
• Reduced stress
• Improved mood
• Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
• Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
• Increased energy level
• Improved sleep