Embrace the Healing Power of Shinrin-Yoku: Bringing Nature Into Your Home

Embrace the Healing Power of Shinrin-Yoku: Bringing Nature Into Your Home

“Indoors, we tend to use only two senses, our eyes and our ears. Outside is where we can smell the flowers, taste the fresh air, look at the changing colours of the trees, hear the birds singing and feel the breeze on our skin.
And when we open up our senses, we begin to connect to the natural world.”

- Dr. Qing Li, ‘Into the Forest’


What is Shinrin-Yoku?

In today's fast-paced world, stress has become an unwelcome companion for many of us. The constant hustle and bustle of daily life can take a toll on our mental and physical well-being. 

Fortunately, there's an ancient approach to connecting with our surroundings that offers a refreshing antidote to this modern malaise: Shinrin-Yoku, or ‘forest bathing’.

Originating in Japan in the 1980s, Shinrin-Yoku is a therapeutic practice that involves immersing oneself in nature, typically in a forest setting. 

Followers are advised to slowly walk through forests, parks or wooded areas, engaging their senses fully. To take deep breaths and inhale the forest air, noticing the scents of the trees and plants. To listen to the sounds of nature, from birdsong to rustling leaves, and to touch the natural elements around them, feeling the texture of tree bark or the softness of moss. 

The concept is simple yet profound: by mindfully connecting with the natural environment, we can experience a myriad of benefits for our health and happiness.

By allowing oneself to be fully present in the moment, letting go of worries and distractions, Shinrin-Yoku encourages a mindful connection with nature, resulting in relaxation, stress reduction, and a sense of rejuvenation.


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The Benefits of Shinrin-Yoku

Stress Reduction

One of the most well-documented benefits of Shinrin-Yoku is its ability to reduce stress levels. Studies have shown that spending time in nature lowers cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress, leading to a greater sense of calm and relaxation.


Improved Mental Health

In addition to reducing stress, Shinrin-Yoku has been linked to improved mood and mental well-being. Nature has a restorative effect on the mind, helping to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.


Enhanced Immune Function

Spending time in nature can give your immune system a boost. Phytoncides, the natural compounds emitted by trees and plants, have been found to increase the production of white blood cells, helping to strengthen the body's defenses against illness and disease.


Increased Energy and Vitality

Nature has a revitalizing effect on the body, leaving us feeling more energized and alive. Even a short walk in the woods can leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated, ready to tackle whatever challenges lie ahead.


Heightened Awareness and Mindfulness

Shinrin-Yoku encourages us to engage our senses fully, immersing ourselves in the sights, sounds, and scents of the natural world. This heightened awareness fosters a sense of mindfulness and presence, helping us to live more fully in the moment.


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Bringing Shinrin-Yoku Into Your Home

While not everyone has easy access to a pristine forest, there are ways to incorporate the principles of Shinrin-Yoku into your everyday life, and in the comfort of your own home. 

One of the most effective ways to do this is by surrounding yourself with indoor plants.


Create a Green Oasis

Fill your home with lush greenery to create a calming and rejuvenating environment. Choose a variety of plants with different shapes, sizes, and textures to add visual interest and create a natural sanctuary indoors.

Brooke Morrow, a Botany Technician and plant expert, gave us her rundown of the best plants to bring into your home. Check out the full guide here


Practice Mindful Gardening

Take the time to care for your indoor plants mindfully, treating each watering and pruning session as a mini meditation. 

Pay attention to the sensations of touch and smell as you tend to your plants, and take pleasure in the simple act of nurturing new life.


Incorporate Natural Elements

Bring elements of the outdoors into your home decor, such as natural wood furniture, stone accents, or woven textiles inspired by nature. These elements help to create a sense of connection with the natural world, even when you're indoors.

Our Spring Gift Guide is an excellent place to get started on your natural accessory and decor collection. 


Engage Your Senses

Surround yourself with plants that engage all of your senses, from fragrant herbs like lavender and rosemary to velvety-soft ferns and fuzzy succulents. Place your plants near windows or doorways to capture natural light and encourage airflow, enhancing the sensory experience.


Create a Space of Relaxation

Designate a cozy corner of your home as a dedicated relaxation space, complete with comfortable seating, soft lighting, and plenty of greenery. This tranquil retreat will serve as your own personal oasis, where you can escape the stresses of daily life and reconnect with nature.


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Shinrin-Yoku and Marly

Marly Planters are the perfect place to start building your personal sanctuary.

Our self-watering planters make home gardening effortless, enjoyable and beautiful.

Plus, our planters are designed to stack, meaning whatever sized space you live or work in, building a green haven is simple. 

Shinrin-Yoku offers a powerful antidote to the stresses of modern life, promoting health, happiness, and a deep connection with the natural world. 

By incorporating the principles of Shinrin-Yoku into your home and life, you can experience the healing benefits of nature right at your fingertips. 

So why not take a leaf out of nature's book and create your own green oasis? Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you for it.

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