“Forest Bathing” is a modern Japanese tradition of immersing yourself mindfully in nature for mental and physical wellness.
Practitioners say the process is helpful because people can often forget to just be quiet and still and experience the outdoors.
Some research suggests- simply being exposed to nature can provide measurable health improvements- including lowering stress levels and boosting the immune system.
One small study out of Japan showed that “forest bathing” for two nights resulted in a 50 percent increase in NK cells, which detect and control early signs of cancer.
Some researchers think the chemicals released by trees to prevent them from rotting, could also be responsible for the health benefits detected in humans.