Better Nutrition October 2019



See the Forest

for the Trees

One of my favorite childhood memories is when my dad

and I planted a few trees outside our new house. It was an

up-and-coming subdivision at the time, and the lots were

mostly dirt. These were the first trees to go up. Instantly,

an aura of tranquility permeated the yard. And I experienced

the power of trees to transform a space and affect my mood

in a positive way.

Trees are at the center of a practice called forest bathing.

As Emily A. Kane, ND, LAc, explains on p. 22 (“How Forest

Bathing Helps You Feel Better”), forest bathing is more than

a walk in the woods. “The purpose is simply to ‘be’ in the

presence of trees without any goal other than to allow the

natural calming, healing potential of the forest to seep into

your skin, eyes, and lungs.”

The roots of forest bathing can be traced back to Japan.

In the 1980s, the Japanese government coined the term forest

bathing (shinrin-yoku), according to Hannah Fries, author

of Forest Bathing Retreat (Storey Publishing, 2018). “Only

relatively recently in evolutionary history have so many of

us humans lived largely indoors—is it any wonder that our

bodies, minds, and souls crave the outdoors?” asks Fries.

Fall seems like the perfect time to experience the pleasure

and benefits of forest bathing. Be among the trees and reap

all of their healthy rewards. Happy trails!

Beautiful trees

frame my

childhood home

outside Tulsa,

Okla., where my

parents still live.



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