It's the 1980s, Japan is booming. People are miserable and unable to keep up with the monotonous grind of modern life. The government of Japan, relying on the collective intuition of an ancient forest society proposes public policies to help people return to the healing power of nature. Forest bathing is born.
Decades later, scientists would discover that the forest does hold magical fern gully like powers. Trees share information and food among themselves using the wood wide web, bees count and use their imagination to play games, and the human body, when exposed to the fragrant oils of pine, cypress, and cedar trees heals itself.
Forest bathing can lower blood pressure and improve mood better than prescription drugs. Exposure to the forest boosts natural killer cells and stimulates them to produce more cellular weaponry which makes them more efficient killers.
Scientists have found that while forests rejuvenate us, we can get some of the benefit just from smelling oils distilled from fragrant trees. That could be achieved from visiting a local park, or using common steam distilled essential oils.
Some other amazing fact, just one visit to a forest for a few hours has benefits that last over a month.
Viewing green light reduces pain signals in the body. One of the few places on earth to find green light, forests, as light passes through the foliage.
So forests are good. We should all go to them.
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