Shinrin-yoku is Japanese for 'forest bathing': immersing yourself in a forest to experience the healing benefits of Mother Nature at her best.
Researchers in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest.
The idea is simple: if you visit a wood and walk in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits.
It's believed that the trees in a forest emit natural aromatherapeutic effects from the essential oils in the wood - an actual 'magic in the air' - that you inhale over an extended period, causing you to feel calmer, energised and relaxed.
Have you tried forest bathing?
Author & Curator
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.