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The Surprising Health Benefits of Trees

 

It takes ten years to grow a Crimbotree Christmas tree.

Here at Crimbotrees, we take our Christmas trees very seriously. It takes a long time to grow a Crimbotrees tree. It takes ten years for our Nordmann Firs to reach their optimal Christmas tree height (around 7ft to us). Throughout those ten years, we lovingly nurture and shape each tree to make sure each one grows to its maximum potential. Growing our trees here in Scotland reduces their carbon footprint (no cross-channel transportation), is more sustainable and is better for the environment.

How many trees does it take to provide enough oxygen for one person?

Fortunately for we human beings, trees produce clean air – and we each need roughly 7 or 8 trees worth of oxygen a year, so our trees are worth looking after. As well as environmental benefits, trees provide real health benefits – both physical and mental.

Get fit in the forest.

Forests are great places for recreation – providing cycling routes to suit both beginners and daredevils, areas for outdoor pursuits like tai chi, yoga and of course outdoor eating. (Just remember to take your rubbish home with you). Trees create a tapestry of colour and shape that changes throughout the year, and the colour green is renowned for its calming influence – providing welcome relief from eye strain caused by too much smartphone or computer use. Their ability to block and absorb sound helps reduce noise pollution by around 40%, which makes them great spots for quiet contemplation!

Why you need to hug a tree

  • Trees do their bit for climate change by helping reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
  • Trees are natural air conditioners through their efficient absorption and filtering systems.
  • Trees capture and slow rainfall and their roots filter water and recharge the aquifer.
  • Trees provide home and shelter to innumerable birds and woodland creatures.
  • Tree-lined streets add significant value to residential property – sometimes selling for up to 25% more than their treeless counterparts.
  • Higher productivity and less absenteeism is reported in offices with trees visible from windows.

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul” John Muir

Shinrin-yoku – or the Japanese art of forest bathing.

Since the 1980s the Japanese have recognised and enjoyed the health benefits of forest bathing – Shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku literally means bathing in the forest atmosphere as it surrounds your senses.

Even a small amount of time in nature can have a positive impact on your health, helping you unplug from technology and escape the hustle and bustle of the town. Remember, this isn’t exercise, it’s just

about being with nature and enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the forest.

You don’t need any specialist equipment or training to go forest bathing – just look for a spot with trees and off you go! However, the official Shinrin-yoku organisation offers the following tips to get the most out of your forest bathing experience:

  • Find a suitable tree-filled spot – away from traffic if possible.
  • Make sure you leave your phone and camera behind.
  • Walk aimlessly and slowly. You’re not going anywhere – and you’re not in a hurry to get there.
  • Experience the sounds, smells and sights of nature.
  • Enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of your forest bath.

After that, if you fancy a new career, you could always train as a certified forest therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy!

Sources of info:

www.shinrin-yoku.org

http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/

 




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