What Is Forest Bathing and How Does It Relate to MONQ?

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Did you know MONQ brings forest bathing to you anytime, anywhere? We do.

Listen in as Dr. MONQ explains forest bathing and how it relates to MONQ.

a girl holding forest monq in handOur terpene-rich essential oil blends deliver the benefits of getting outdoors and bathing in nature. Don’t worry, we don’t mean that literally. MONQ’s Feel Nature® line—Forest, Mountain, and Ocean—were specifically designed to help you breathe Therapeutic Air® and mimic the positive effects of immersing yourself in nature.

While we’d ideally love to deliver you to a peaceful forest removed from the stresses of city life, we’re happy to give you the next best thing, Aromatherapy Anywhere®.

Read the Transcript Below:

Forest bathing was described by the Japanese Forest Service in 1982, and they call it Shinrin Yoku. With forest bathing you’re not talking about bathing as in a shower, but rather bathing your senses – all five senses – in the forest. So you can go to the woods, you can go to a meadow, and hearing the sounds, seeing the sights, feeling the rough bark – everything that you experience through your senses is part of forest bathing.

I’d like to speak specifically about the sense of smell and so in forest bathing, you’re breathing in a tremendous number of aromatic compounds that come from plants and it has been proven conclusively to provide a tremendous number of health and wellness benefits.

There’s been study, after study, after study that shows it lowers blood pressure,1 lowers pulse rate, decreases what’s called salivary cortisol levels indicating a lower stress level, it increases concentration, it increases natural killer cells, which is an indication of a better immunity. In Japan physicians actually prescribe forest bathing, and so what they’ve done is they’ve taken some of the fragrances that you have when you were in a forest and brought them to a laboratory. Those fragrances have very clearly been shown to lower stress.

Now let’s talk about secondary metabolites for a moment that is all part of the concept of forest bathing, or forest therapy. Everybody knows about photosynthesis and when the light comes down and it hits the chlorophyll in the leaves it allows the plant to grow more plant material those are called primary metabolites. You may not have thought about this very much but if you go into the woods there’s a wonderful fragrance. Now in order for you to experience that fragrance, the plants need to have emitted compounds that are no longer going to be part of the plant. Those are secondary metabolites and it’s part of normal evolution and there was a tremendous number of benefits to the plant by emitting these secondary metabolites.

Let’s look at one example for instance. There may be a plant that has caterpillars eating the leaves and if the plant was to emit a fragrance that was attracting birds and those birds ate the caterpillars the plant would grow and be more healthy and so that’s an example of why a plant might emit a secondary metabolite many of these are called terpenes and that will allow the plant to be healthier.

It turns out to coevolution human beings find that these terpenes are essential to our own health as well and that’s why one of the major benefits of being in the forest. One of the major benefits of forest therapy is breathing in these terpenes and there’s been study after study showing that forest bathing lowers blood pressure lowers pulse rate increases concentration levels improves immunity. They’ve even taken some of the fragrant compounds that you find in the forest brought them to the laboratory and done studies there and that also seems to lower stress levels.

I feel so strongly that MONQ® is related to forest therapy that we have just recently released an entirely new line of products called the Feel Nature® line we have Forest, Mountain, and Ocean. As three new products that have a large number of pine trees and other evergreens as part of their ingredients and by breathing them it is almost as if you’re emulating almost as if you’re duplicating the forest bathing experience. So with MONQ you can be walking down a city street you can be in an office in a concrete jungle and by using MONQ® just like this you have the benefit of the terpenes of the secondary metabolites because MONQ has been designed specifically so that those beneficial fragrant compounds are available to you anywhere at any time.


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By Krista Burton

Krista is an aromatherapy enthusiast who enjoys writing and researching about all the new aromatherapy trends. When she’s not busy writing and researching you can find her dreaming about being on the beach.

Favorite MONQ blend: Ocean

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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.

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