“In Japan, a forest bathing trip, called shinrin-yoku (森林浴) in Japanese, or sēnlínyù (森林浴) in Mandarin and sanlimyok (산림욕) in Korean, is a short, leisurely visit to a forest.
A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in volatile substances, called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees, such as a-pinene and limonene. Incorporating forest bathing trips into a good lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. It has now become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan.”
Before I began my herbal studies, I had no clue what forest bathing was. I just knew that I loved to go exploring in the twelve million+ acres of forest found in Oklahoma. I love the sounds, smells, and tall trees in our forests. It could be the nature-lover in me or it could be the Native American in me, all I know is that forests make me feel peaceful and at home.
Approximately 28 percent of the land in Oklahoma is forested, so it’s not hard to find a forest that’s close to my home. The forests in Oklahoma provide numerous ecological services such as clean air and water, recreational opportunities, and scenic beauty.
So get out there y’all, find a forest near you and bathe in it! My family enjoys nature walks, camping, hunting, and fishing in our forests. Yoga, meditation, picnicking, and photography are some more great ways to enjoy the forest! 😊
Do you have some ideas on how to enjoy the forest? Please comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts! 😊
If you live in Oklahoma, to find a forest near you visit this site.