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Healing power right outside your house

Published: December 16, 2013, 4:02 pm, by Jen Mulson

forestYou don’t need megadoses of vitamins or mugs of green juice. Forget the acupuncture, the reiki and the craniosacral therapy.

What you need is the great outdoors. I’ve seen it called different things: Forest bathing, earthing and Vitamin G for green.

Forest bathing is simple. Get out and immerse yourself in the woods. Be among the trees. The Japanese and Koreans even have names for it. In Japan, a forest bathing trip is called Shinrin-yoku. The Korean word sanlimyok means the same thing. It’s considered natural aromatherapy.

I’ve also stumbled across a site (earthing.com) that sells earthing mats. The company says these are perfect for us humans who so rarely walk bare foot on the earth. And, well, they’re right about that. When was the last time you walked on actual dirt or grass and not cement? It’s especially challenging during the cold months.

The company says walking barefoot allows you to condcut the earth’s natural energy.

Now, I’m not sure how well, if at all, the earthing mats work, but I do heartily concur with the whole concept of Mother Nature as the great healer. Think about walking through the grass or on a beach. Remember what it feels like to sit by a river stream. I am a hugger of trees, readers, and I’m not afraid to admit it.

How do you feel after a walk in the woods? Or sitting in the grass for a picnic? And how do you deal in the winter, when the last place you want to be is outside? Write me: jen.mulson@gazette.com.