According to an article in You Magazine the benefits of forest therapy are partly due to various plant-derived essential oils called phytoncides – airborne chemicals with antibacterial and antifungal qualities, which plants and trees emit to protect themselves from germs and insects. Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher; scientists now know that it is better for us. These chemicals are so powerful that, when we breathe them in, they help our bodies increase and improve the function of white blood cells, which we need to kill tumours and viruses. And that’s just the beginning of the story. The article lists the other benefits of forest bathing include:
Reduces Mental Fatique
Research shows that being exposed to environments such as a forest, lake or beach restores mental energy and that natural beauty inspires feelings of awe, which give the brain a boost. Spending time looking at plants, birds or any of the small details in the magical living world enables our brains to switch off and change gear, allowing them to focus better when we return to work or study.
Better Problem Solving
In nature, the brain is more open to reflect, daydream and wonder, which boosts creativity. So a stroll in the park before an important brainstorming meeting could be a good idea.
The Journal of Affective Disorders released analysis showing that a green, natural environment improves mood and self-esteem (crucial elements for happiness), and that the presence of water – a lake, river or ocean – makes the positive effects of happiness even more noticeable.
Dutch researchers found markedly lower numbers of diseases and health complaints, including heart disease, asthma and diabetes, in people who lived within half a mile of green space. Being in a whirl of phytoncides can boost the immune system, helping to fight off flu, coughs and colds. Another study has revealed how patients heal faster after surgery if they have a green natural view from their hospital bed.
Many studies show that exercising in forests – or even just sitting in one – reduces blood pressure and decreases levels of stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenalin. Even looking at photos or drawings of trees has a positive effect – and that’s why my screen saver is an image of woodland.
Improved Ability To Cope with Pain
A report by health charity The King’s Fund has revealed that being outdoors, and gardening specifically, offers the ill and unwell a myriad of physical and psychological benefits as well as natural pain relief. Source
Going Naked is Great for Healthy Skin
“Going naked is great for healthy skin,” plastic surgeon and skincare expert Dr. Michael Fiorillo said. “It helps the elimination of sweat toxins that clothing can reintroduce to the body and better overall blood circulation.”
Being Naked Boosts Vitamin D Levels
“Being naked in the sun not only boosts your vitamin D intake and your mood,” said Shaun Galanos, a sex educator and host of The Love Drive who works with famous nudist resort Hedonism II. “But, also it can help improve your circulation, and detoxify the skin.”