The practice of venturing deep into the woods to bathe in the refreshing energy of trees is widely embraced for its long list of healing benefits.
What’s commonly referred to as ‘forest bathing’ has been known to:
Since we don’t always have time to get lost in the forest, we made an Earth Alchemy Box that's packed with items to connect you with the vibrance of our planet.
Here are 5 of our favorite ways to create enchanting forest vibes at home:
1. Decorate with Forest Treasures
Adorn your walls, shelves and windows with beautiful reminders of nature’s deep-rooted and balanced beauty. Pine cones, leaves, flowers, seeds, moss, sticks and stones are natural treasures we love to keep around.
To help you fill your space with reminders of the planet's abundant gifts, the April Earth Alchemy Box includes a Floral Resin Crystal Point from Soul + Selene. Each flower has a message and it will be a surprise to see which one you receive.
2. Surround Yourself with Purifying Plants
The lively color of green plants creates a serene and welcoming atmosphere. Some plants even provide a cleaner and safer environment by filtering the air.
NASA scientists confirmed that a variety of plants actually help to remove irritating toxins from indoor spaces. Some of our favorites are Kimberly Queen Ferns, Flamingo Lilies, Broadleaf Lady Palms, and Peace Lilies, just to name a few.
Plants are not only great natural air filters, they also increase oxygen and humidity levels which can result in a better mood, increased productivity and enhanced overall well-being. When selecting plants to take home, please keep in mind that some don’t play so well with furry friends so be sure to do your research.
For an energetic cleanse, you can burn a smudge stick made with woodsy herbs like sage, palo santo, pine, rosemary, cedar or juniper to clear out negativity and create space for healing.
3. Breathe In Healing Forest Scents
Many trees, especially evergreens, naturally release aromatic chemicals called phytoncides that help them defend against insects, animals and decomposition.
These phytoncides are made up of a component called terpene which has been shown to increase the immune responses to illnesses. Essential oils also contain terpene allowing us to enjoy antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal benefits at home.
To help you experience the revitalizing benefits of forest aromas, we've also included the Earth Goddess Mist from Light Body Creations in the April 2019 Goddess Provisions Box.
Spritz this blend of juniper, cedar, cypress, spearmint, cinnamon bark, myrrh and vetiver essential oils throughout the day to re-ground your senses and connect to your root.
4. Stock Up on Earthy Products
Forests are brimming with vibrancy. In a such a healthy ecosystem you’ll find an abundance of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants to refresh and revitalize the physical body.
Outside of their medicinal properties, gifts from the forest can offer a sense of groundedness and interconnectedness with the earth.
Fill your pantry and medicine cabinet with things like tinctures and herbal tea blends that use tree barks and roots, beauty products with cleansing clays and elixir blends that have medicinal mushrooms (like chaga, reishi, and lion’s mane) on the ingredient list.
5. Create a Distraction-free Zone
Unplug. Put down your phone, computer, or tablet and turn off the TV. Do a digital detox for an 30 minutes, an hour or maybe even a full day!
Take a break from the artificial blue light on your screen and all the stories and stimuli that distract you from the beauty of the present moment.
Read a book, journal, draw or just listen to the sounds of nature outside your windows. Try an activity that engages all 5 senses. However you do it, create some space in your life to get quiet, connect with yourself and tap into the realness of being ALIVE!
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