When we walk in the woods, we breathe in the most magnificent scents from the trees. These scents include the very important phytoncides.
In his book, “Forest Bathing”, Dr. Qing Li writes, “As well as having a higher concentration of oxygen, the air in the forest is also full of phytoncides. Phytoncides are the natural oils within a plant and are part of a tree’s defence system. Trees release phytoncides to protect them from bacteria, insects and fungi.”
Phytoncides have been shown to have positive effects on us as well! These include: improving anticancer proteins, lowering stress hormones, helping us to sleep, decreasing stress, and improving mood among other positive effects.
So, breathe deeply while walking in the woods - especially around evergreens.
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.