You Evolved to Breathe Plants

You evolved to breathe plants

You may not have ever heard of terpenes, but your ancestors breathed in thousands of them every day in their native environments. Now, as more than half of the population lives in urban rather than rural areas, these natural fragrances are absent from our lives. As a result, our state of wellness suffers.

Luckily, restoring our natural vitality does not require complicated intervention, but can be pleasant and gratifying. MONQ Therapeutic Air® lets you experience these natural compounds wherever you are.

breathe plantsNature Makes You Feel Good

In 1982 the Japanese Forest Service described the act of ‘forest bathing, in which participants reap massive health benefits by visiting the forest with no objective other than ‘to be’. Those immersed in nature exhibited lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, increased numbers of immune cells, lower levels of stress and better mental clarity.

Bathing in the forest engages all 5 senses, and they collectively lead to the benefits above. However, it seems that the smell is most important. This is because the smell is so intimately tied to the limbic system, the brain’s center of emotion.

For eons, people have lived in terpene-rich environments, and as a result, we are simply more acclimated to such environments. The trouble is that these terpenes, central to our evolution, do not exist in the city.  So when we say you evolved to breathe plants, we mean that your body is used to breathing in an environment in which the secondary metabolites of plants, such as terpenes, are in the air.

Feel Nature Forest Oil DiffuserMONQ Lets You Feel Nature®

MONQ® is the personal aromatherapy diffuser that contains natural plant extracts, which have an amazing variety of terpenes inside them. In just a few breaths you can replace many of the terpenes that you may be missing.

Each blend has a dozen whole plant ingredients, collectively arranged to inspire specific effects. The most important three ingredients are listed on the label and provide the primary basis for the blend’s name. The three blends within the Feel Nature line are Forest, Ocean, and Mountain.

Terpenes are very powerful even in dilute forms, and you can start the terpene replacement process with just a few moderate breaths, a few times a day. Missing your terpenes can lead to a condition we have termed Terpene Deficiency Syndrome in which we are missing our normal homeostasis and live out of balance. Breathing terpenes can alleviate those symptoms.


Eric Fishman, MD

By Eric Fishman, M.D.

With substantial experience in western medicine, including decades of operating on patients, and an interest in eastern medicine through practicing yoga and homeopathic remedies, Dr. Eric Fishman has developed MONQ® Therapeutic Air® products, allowing millions to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy in an easy-to-use personal diffuser. An orthopedic surgeon, holistic physician, yogi, and creator of MONQ (the healthy lifestyle brand promoting personal essential oil diffusers and other wellness products), Dr. Fishman takes a scientific approach to holistic health.

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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