Forest Bathing for Health

Go ahead, call me a Woo Woo dirty hippie; I believe the forest heals you.

When your mind is in turmoil, you can’t get good sleep, you find yourself in and out of depression, you can’t focus on life, or you just generally feel like crap, go into the woods.

Find the biggest tree you can, especially if it’s a little off the beaten path, and touch it.

A huge old white pine on a Spring day

I find the most pleasant time of year to do this is early to mid-Spring, but I have done this healing exercise during all points in the year. On a sunny day in Spring it can really rejuvenate you, but if you are feeling awful in the dead of winter, this will also work–especially if you can find a big, old pine tree. They are so friendly and full of loving energy, and I find them to be the only ones really awake in the winter time.

Even if you are afraid to try this, or don’t think you’ll actually be able to feel the energy flowing into you from the great old tree, you could still get out into the woods. Hiking trails abound if you know how to find them. AllTrails.com is available (you can use the free version) to find new trails near you.

Just stand here and listen to the stream for awhile

Just BEING in the woods, watching a stream trickle by, hearing birds and insects flit about their day, or even (for the brave) taking off your boots and letting your feet touch the earth is helpful for your internal well-being. I will admit this sort of therapy works better on your mental health; walking through a forest will not necessarily cure you if you have the flu. But much like utilizing the power of flower essences, forest bathing is a kind of energetic medicine that every human on an instinctual level really NEEDS sometimes.

If you happen to live in a city and are unable to get to a forest, find your nearest park. Locate the cleanest, most isolated area and sit down. Let your bare feet touch the grass. If winter, find the largest tree and stand or sit near it.

I might sound crazy to you, but this really works. There is even scientific evidence to prove my point. Humans did not evolve in cities, or with cars, or machinery. Sometimes we just need to hit the reset button on our stress levels. Being in wild places near trees can help that.

So go out and find your special place. Make friends with a tree. Wiggle your toes in the grass. That will help your anxiety a lot better than any pill you can take.

Changing Your Outlook

Changing your behavior or your emotions is really hard, especially for anyone with a strong personality or psychological issues. You could be addicted to some substance and having a hell of a time quitting, you could have Seasonal Affective Disorder over the dark, dreary winter months, you could have lost a loved one and be unable to let go, you could have an Attention Deficit Disorder and not be able to organize your thoughts properly or get yourself to actually DO any of the things that need doing around your house. There are many, many facets to psychology and the human mind. And I’ll say right now: I’m not a psychologist. But I AM a flower essence practitioner, and I know from experience that flower essences can help.

Flower essences are energetic medicine. Just a few drops of essence in your water or cool beverage of choice a few times throughout the day produces the desired effect– your mind will suddenly start thinking in a different way. Your heart or brain fog will clear and the feelings you WISHED to feel will materialize. The words stuck inside your head that you couldn’t manifest with your mouth will suddenly flow freely from the tongue. You’ll finally get up and do the pile of dishes in the sink that have been sitting there for days (Blackberry). You’ll finally tell your significant other that you want to do the thing you’ve been wanting to do, but were afraid to tell them about (Echinacea). You’ll finally be able to stop crying over Grandma’s death (Borage).

St. John’s Wort Flower Essence is a powerful tool against S.A.D.

Flower essences are POWERFUL medicine. But they are also incredibly SAFE to take. Flower essences are not the same as a medicinal tincture; you can be on actual pharmaceutical medicine and still safely take flower essences. However, if your pharmaceutical meds are of a kind that affect behavior in some way (antidepressants or ADHD meds for example,) the flower essence may not work as intended. The flower wants to work with YOU, not the medication you’re on.

Whatever personal goal you are feeling the need to help yourself with, please consider flower essence therapy. If you would like help or suggestions, use the Contact Us form and I will gladly help you choose the best essence (or combination of essences) to help you. Please peruse our Flower Essence Listings (scroll down for more) for yourself or a loved one. If you would like help healing your whole self, body and mind, consider a Consultation. But don’t knock the power of flower essences until you try them!

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