Shinrin-yoku means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." The practice was developed in Japan during the 1980s and it has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. The idea is really simple. Going for a relaxing walk in a natural area provides calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits.
You probably already knew this. My wife and I go for a forest walk almost every evening, all year long because it always feels so incredibly good. Over the past few decades scientific studies have demonstrated what many of us intuitively knew. For example, many trees give off organic compounds that support our “NK” (natural killer) cells that are part of our immune system's way of fighting cancer. I'll place a few articles on Shinrin-Yoku and health in the resources section.
The scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
Take a walk in nature this weekend and see how you feel.
I'm Dr. Dave, a modern druid. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice Druidcraft, eclectic shamanism and Ayurveda.