What’s commonly referred to as "forest bathing" has been known to:
- reduce stress
- improve mood
- increase mental focus
- strengthen immunity
- inspire creativity
- improve sleep
- boost energy
- enhance intuition
Since we don’t always have time to get lost in the forest, we have some tips for bringing forest bathing into your home to help you connect with the vibrance of our planet.
Here are 5 of our favorite ways to create enchanting forest vibes at home:
1. Decorate with Forest Treasures
Adorn your walls, shelves, and windows with beautiful reminders of nature’s deep-rooted and balanced beauty. Pine cones, crystals, gemstones, leaves, flowers, seeds, moss, and sticks are natural treasures we love to keep around.
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2. Surround Yourself with Indoor Plants
The energtic color of green plants creates a serene and welcoming atmosphere. Some plants even provide a cleaner and safer environment by filtering the air.
NASA scientists have confirmed that a variety of plants actually help to remove irritating toxins from indoor spaces. Some of our favorites are Kimberly Queen Ferns, Flamingo Lilies, Broadleaf Lady Palms, and Peace Lilies, just to name a few.
Plants are not only great natural air filters, they also increase oxygen and humidity levels which can result in a better mood, increased productivity and enhanced overall well-being. When selecting plants to take home, please keep in mind that some don’t play so well with furry friends, so be sure to do your research.
For an energetic cleanse, you can also try herb-scented sachets or burn an herb bundle made with woodsy herbs like sage, lavender, pine, rosemary, cedar, or juniper to clear out negativity and create space for healing.
3. Breathe In Healing Forest Scents
Many trees, especially evergreens, naturally release aromatic chemicals called phytoncides that help them defend against insects, animals, and decomposition.
These phytoncides are made of a component called terpene which has been shown to increase the immune responses to illnesses. Essential oils also contain terpene allowing us to enjoy antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal benefits at home.
To help you experience the revitalizing benefits of scents in nature, check out these essential oils to bring the magnificence of nature right to your nose.
4. Stock Up on Earthy Products
Forests are brimming with vibrancy. In such a healthy ecosystem you’ll find an abundance of nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants to refresh and revitalize the physical body. Outside of their medicinal properties, gifts from the forest can offer a sense of grounding and interconnectedness with the earth.
Fill your pantry and medicine cabinet with things like culinary herbs, aromatic herbs and herbal tea blends that use plants, tree barks and roots. Natural beauty products like salves, massage oils, medicinal oils and herbal remedies that contain medicinal herbs and mushrooms (like chaga, reishi, lavender, CBD hemp and lion’s mane) are good reminders on how natural products are the best for our health and well being.
5. Create a Distraction-free Zone
Unplug. Put down your phone, computer, or tablet and turn off the TV. Do a digital detox for 30 minutes, an hour, or maybe even a full day!
Take a break from the artificial blue light on your screen and all the stories and stimuli that distract you from the beauty of the present moment.
Read some books, journal, draw, or just listen to the sounds of nature outside your windows. Try an activity that engages all five senses. However you do it, create some space in your life to get quiet, connect with yourself, and tap into the realness of being ALIVE!
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