Summary of “Is Nature Deficit Disorder A Thing? Try Forest Bathing To Find Out”

In Japan, the country that has the highest population density in the world but also vast expanses of green forests, an ancient tradition tries to balance out the crush from urban living.
In a book hitting shelves this month, Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health And Happiness, Dr. Qing Li, the world’s foremost expert in forest medicine, introduces readers to the healing practice of forest bathing – and the art and science of how trees can enrich your life.
Here is the scoop: Forest bathing reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and anger.
Essential tree oils, such as phytoncides found in forest air, increase energy levels by more than 30 percent.
Aromatherapy enthusiasts know well that such tree oils conjure a general state of well-being, capturing the essence of forest bathing.
Lest urban-based readers feel discouraged, forest bathing doesn’t require huge expanses to be effective.
Who hasn’t felt an inner sense of well-being when walking along a forest trail, the sun filtering through the leaves to create a kaleidoscope of light and shadows on the ground? We take these walks to feel rejuvenated, more attuned to our bodies, to refresh our minds.
Stepping into a forest, or just into a small grove, is like pushing a life reset button, reestablishing a connection with our deepest needs.

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