This Forest Diffuser Blend may help induce calmness and peace. Research has shown that being in the forest can help reduce stress. The Japanese have done research on the calming effects of Shinrin-yoku, or forest-air bathing. When you can’t get away for a hike in the woods, try this aromatic forest blend in your diffuser.
Forest Diffuser Blend
- 30 drops Juniper Essential Oil
- 30 drops Pine or Spruce Essential Oil
- 30 drops Cypress Essential Oil
Mix the oils together and store in an amber bottle. Use with an essential oil diffuser – 5 drops per 5 ounce water compartment.
Forest Diffuser Blend Research
- In a study with 498 people, spending time in the forest improved emotions and reduced stress. From: Morita, E., Fukuda, S., Nagano, J., Hamajima, N., Yamamoto, H., Iwai, Y., … & Shirakawa, T. (2007). Psychological effects of forest environments on healthy adults: Shinrin-yoku (forest-air bathing, walking) as a possible method of stress reduction. Public health, 1.
- This paper reviewed research on 24 studies with 12 subjects each across Japan, totaling 280 people. Each subject walked in a forest one day, and walked in the city another day. Results showed that the forest walking resulted in lower concentrations of cortisol, pulse rate, blood pressure, and improved parasympathetic nerve activity, with lowered sympathetic nerve activity compared to the city environments. From: Park, B. J., Tsunetsugu, Y., Kasetani, T., Kagawa, T., & Miyazaki, Y. (2010). The physiological effects of Shinrin-yoku (taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing): evidence from field experiments in 24 forests across Japan. Environmental health and preventive medicine, 15(1), 18.
By: Kathy Sadowski