Today we’re going to talk about using forest bathing to boost the immune system. Forest bathing was used in Japan in the 80s for physical and mental health. It’s about getting out in nature and taking in the forest atmosphere. Basically, you’re out in the forest, and you’re breathing in certain chemicals or essential oils from the trees. There seems to be a very interesting immune benefit from being exposed to certain essential oils emitted from the trees in the forest. The group of compounds we’re talking about is called phytoncides. This chemical could significantly increase your natural killer cells. The natural killer cells are a part of the innate immune system, and they do several things. They will actually punch a hole into cells that have been infected by viruses and destroy the cell and the virus inside of it. Different studies have also found that diffusing the essential oils with the same chemical in the home could provide benefits. Forest bathing could potentially provide not only immune benefits but stress lowering benefits as well. It’s incredibly important to do what you can to strengthen your immune system. This could be a fantastic, natural, and inexpensive way to do that.