The Benefits of Forest Bathing

Winter Wellness Mini Series

The Japanese practice of shirin-yoku is also described as ‘forest bathing’ or ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’. Many studies have found that forest bathing has a wide range of health benefits and is a powerful way to support our wellbeing, this is partly thanks to the essential oils found in the leaves of forest trees known as phytoncides.

When you breathe in the fresh forest air, you are inhaling it’s natural aromatherapy. Pay special attention to trees such as conifers, spruce, cedars and pine trees as these emit high levels of phytoncides (even more reason to start tree hugging!).

Benefits of Forest Bathing:

  • Has been shown to boost our mood, allowing us to experience more joy and welcome creativity.

  • Activates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping to improve sleep quality and strengthen our immune system.

  • Helps to promote mental clarity and a sense of wellbeing, while decreasing anxiety, fatigue and mental confusion.

  • Reduces stress hormone production, helping to lower heart rate and blood pressure.

Tips on how to practice forest bathing: