Forest Bathing Isn’t Only Zen It Is Aromatherapy

In Japan, a hike or walk into nature is called forest bathing. Shinrin-yoku in Japanese. This trip into a forest is regarded as being similar to natural aromatherapy.

I always said that the most pleasant people I have met were the ones hiking and enjoying nature. In a recent article from Natural Awakening Magazine there is further evidence and proof in the benefits of why hiking and walking in nature is so vital. It is why I love nature and prefer it to any other recreational activity.

A group of scientists and medical research team in Japan, discovered that there are positive physiological changes in individuals walking in the woods compared with city walkers. Their finding on forest walkers showed:

Lower blood pressure and heart rate.
Lower concentrations of salivary cortical, known as the stress hormone.
Increase in immunity-boosting natural killer (NK) cell activity, and the numbers of NK cells and anti-cancer proteins known to combat cancer.
Reduction of adrenaline and noradrenalin, also stress-related hormones.

Further studies showed that a monthly walk in the woods could help people maintain a higher level of protective NK activity and perhaps even have a preventive effect on cancer generation and progression. Qing Li, Ph.D., the assistant professor leading several of these studies, suggests that dense forest areas are more effective at boosting immunity than city parks and gardens.

We were meant to be outside in nature, not sitting in doors all day or complaining about trivial egotistical things such as why we can’t afford gas for our SUVs. Besides, the real people with the most issues would also feel better if they take a Shinrin-yoku; an aroma therapeutic trip into nature.

“Nature doesn’t bang any drums when she bursts forth into flowers, nor play any dirges when the trees let go of their leaves in the fall. But when we approach her in the right spirit, she has many secrets to share. If you haven’t heard nature whispering to you lately, now is a good time to give her the opportunity.”
~ Osho, in Osho Zen Taro: the Transcendental Game of Zen

Craig SOUNDA Brown is a Electronica Artist/Sound Designer; from off the planet rhetoric to a warrior for justice, peace, love and light. I invite you to join me on Facebook Reverbnation and follow me on Twitter.


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Sound Designer, Electronic, Experimental, Audiovisual, and Multimedia Artist, with emphasis on Film/T.V and visual mediums. Craig Brown aka Sounda is a former Performance Artist with work featured within Compilation CDs, and tracks licensed for film and TV, just to name a few. My experience with the paranormal and connections to the cosmos, inspired a lot of my work. My goals include pushing the limit of Art through Sound and Music and establishing a strong foundation with my contribution in Film and TV. Favorite Lyric: You are just another brick in the wall by Pink Floyd Activities and Thoughts: Flying, stargazing, battling supernatural forces. There is no such thing as silence, silence has a sound. I am trying to figure out what lies within the 11th Dimension. I wonder if the beautiful ring planet is ready to take me back. Craft: Unidentified.
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2 Responses to Forest Bathing Isn’t Only Zen It Is Aromatherapy

  1. Leatrice Credo says:

    Aromatherapy is the best due to the fact it is so relaxing and it also some other health and fitness benefits to gain. ”,** Warmest wishes vitamin dosage blog site

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