Do not be afraid to hug the tree! Discover the medicinal properties of forest baths and wood therapy.

Do not be afraid to hug the tree! Discover the medicinal properties of forest baths and wood therapy.

Plants are used in medicine. Some are used to produce the medicaments. However, it is worth noting that the very existence in the bosom of nature has a healing effect on our body. So let’s take our children on a trip to the forest and join the healing power of the trees together!

 

Forest bath

The concept of forest therapy, also called Shinrin-yoku, was established in 1982 in Japan. This is a worldwide known kind of natural aromatherapy. Japanese scientists have discovered that by inhaling the aromas produced by trees, we immunize the body for disease. These compounds, called phytoncides, have strong bactericidal, fungicidal, microbial killing and microbial life retention. Studies have also shown that the forest bath lowers blood pressure, regulates the pulse, reduces cortisol levels, which is responsible for stress levels, adds vitality, increases concentration, also in children, speeds up recovery from surgery or illness, soothes depressive states. In turn, doctors at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo have proven that staying in the woods over two hours significantly increases NK cell production, which is the main group of immune cells. Thanks to the favorable forest’s conditions – air humidity, volatile etheric compounds, negative air ionization and phytoncides – our organism is regenerated and we feel rested.

 

Wood therapy

This is another kind of natural therapy that we can practice together with a child, staying in a forest or a nearby park. Trees, also known as silvotherapy, stimulate the body to self-heal through contact with the trees. Hugging the trees can be fun for the little ones! Substances contained in the leaves, flowers, bark and roots affect our body. Touching, stroking, leaning on and, above all, hugging a tree is beneficial for our health. Trees are particularly active in spring because they self-regenerate after winter. Tree species are important. Some of them adversely affect our body and should be avoided. Avoid contact with poplar, alder, yew or elm. It is worth to organize a picnic beneath a charcoal birch, beech, linden, oak, cherry or chestnut. Scientists have investigated the impact of individual trees on our body and research shows that:

  • Birch – calms, stimulates circulation, relieves muscle tension, accelerates wound healing and improves metabolism;
  • Beech – improves concentration and well-being, helps to treat a sore throat and improves kidney function;
  • Pine – has beneficial effects on the respiratory system, helps in the treatment of depression, restores balance, removes fatigue and discouragement, and its essential oils are commonly used in aromatherapy;
  • Lindenstimulates the respiratory and circulatory system;
  • Oak reduces stress, improves concentration, strengthens the psyche;
  • Chestnut – supports the treatment of insomnia;
  • Cherry – relaxes and improves blood circulation.

 

Try to relax in the bosom of nature!

Let’s use the spring season and what nature offers to naturally improve our health. Let’s go for a Sunday walk to the forest and enjoy the beautiful weather, providing the healthy dose of air and movement. This will not only affect our body, and the bodies of our loved ones, but we will also spend time with our family, relax and actively spend the day!

 

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