For centuries it has been known to us how good nature can make us feel. Just the idea of a thick green forest, sunlight drizzling through the canopy of the trees, sweet scent of the clear fresh air, and that one deep breath, is enough to restore our mood.
In over the last couple of decades, with more and more movement towards urban civilizations, the practice of Forest Bathing has been making rounds, and for all the right reasons. The term comes from what Japenese practice as shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.”
It doesn’t have to do much with lathering your body up in a shower, but can be as good a stimulus as your favorite soap, if not better. Forest Bathing is defined as
“a set of practices aimed at achieving ‘preventive medical effects’ through exposure to natural stimuli that render a state of physiological relaxation and boost the weakened immune functions to prevent diseases.”
A simple retreat into nature for you to relax and unwind is the essence of Forest Bathing. And our eco resort, Jilling Terraces is just the right place for that. With over 100 acres of decades’ old untouched forests of Kumaon, every oxygen loaded breath you take here, your body will release compounds to assert vigor and health.
Here is the list of benefits you will receive with just a short trip to Jilling.
Improved immune system through increase in natural killer cells. Our body has these natural killer, or NK cells that fight and destroy bacterial infections and also cancer causing cells. There has been multiple researches indicating an exponential increase in such NK cells through a simple activity as camping in the nature.
Healthier cardiovascular system decreasing the risk of heart problems. Forest Bathing is known reduce the blood pressure and pulse rate, as well as have anti inflammatory effect on blood vessels, reducing the chances of heart attack.
Better respiratory tracts due to intake of fresher and cleaner air, reducing allergies and respiratory diseases. The forest is continuously converting CO2 into oxygen, and this oxygen rich air helps reduce breathing problems like asthma. Not just that, the oxygen in our body is also reflected in our skin, keeping us young.
Helps relax anxiety/mood disorders/stress that could lead to depression. And this in turn also helps improve the overall health of the heart. Forest Bathing also fights fatigue, improves sleep by releasing specific hormones in the body.
Increase in gratitude and selfless. It is a feeling known to most humans. Whenever we come across something that makes our existence feel puny, we have this moment f selflessness, and of gratitude towards life for this experience we are having. And at Jilling, it could be the dense forests filled with life and energy, or the mighty snow clad Himalayas rising kilometers into the air.
“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician”
- Paracelsus, 16th Century Swiss-German physician