by Matt Alderton | February 21, 2019
If you're prone to sickness or depression, there's an easy and affordable solution that might surprise you: trees.
Dr. Qing Li prescribes the remedy in her book Forest Bathing. "Forests don't just affect us mentally, they affect us physically as well," author Jessica Stillman writes in an article about Li for "Trees are basically a wonder drug."

Li -- a devotee of forest bathing, which is a Japanese practice -- says the healing powers of nature aren't mystical, but scientific.

"Trees release antimicrobial essential oils that can produce slightly narcotic effects, and sometimes even act as a mild antidepressant," Stillman reports. "Studies show spending time among trees boosts the number of 'killer cells' in the immune system that are key to beating infections and fighting cancer."

Spending time in forests even reduces blood pressure and the body's levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

The best part of nature's curative powers? Small doses can have big benefits.

"Weeks of forest bathing would be fantastic. But ... [Li] thinks we can benefit from spending just a few minutes watching a single tree," author Ephrat Livni writes in a separate article about Li for the website Quartz.

So, next time you're feeling ill or off, don't just pop a pill. Go outside.

More Tips:

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?
Contact Successful Meetings with your "How To" ideas.