The practice, long-popular in Japan, is gaining popularity as a way of harnessing the health benefits of being outdoors.
Using nature for emotional wellbeing is well known across the globe. The term ‘forest bathing’ was coined in Japan – even becoming part of the national public health program in 1982. The idea is simple: being around trees for relaxation and recreation can help to reduce stress, increase mental-wellness and boost immune systems. Breathing in the organic compounds that trees emit – phytoncides – as you explore the forest can help improve your immune system.