Happy Earth Day! Since the celebration of this day started in 1970, its purpose has been to help protect the environment and spend time in nature. Today, it’s celebrated in over 193 countries, each with traditions, organizations, initiatives, and activities to keep Mother Nature healthy and happy. MONQ recognizes the importance behind this day and has very strong roots with nature and the environment because of the use of all natural essential oils in personal aromatherapy diffusers. Get a taste of nature and reap the benefits of aromatherapy with one of the Feel Nature blends: Forest, Ocean, and Mountain.
This day comes around once a year but you can do little things to celebrate it all year long! Many organizations, environmental or otherwise, host special events on Earth Day including cleaning up litter in the community, planting trees, or learning about composting and recycling in your area. Donating time or money to these causes are great ways to protect the environment. While it’s ideal to have this mindset more than one day a year, it’s nice to have a little reminder with a dedicated day for it. Today and all other days of the year, you can also take the small step of appreciating nature.
Also known as forest therapy or Shinrin-yoku, this Japanese tradition establishes the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in a forest to soak up nature. The natural compounds released by the trees in the air, called terpenes, are instrumental in the following proven health benefits of forest bathing:
- Improved immune system function
- Lower levels of stress
- Reduced blood pressure
- Improved mood
- Increased ability to focus
- Boost of energy
- Improved quality of sleep
- Accelerated recovery from illness and surgery1
Forest bathing is definitely an ideal way to spend time in nature to celebrate Earth Day, however with urbanization and city-living, it’s not always possible to find enough trees in one spot to feel the benefits. The use of essential oils in aromatherapy is an excellent alternative.
Earth Day Essential Oil Blends
MONQ’s Forest blend was created with the benefits of trees and forest bathing in mind. With essential oils such as douglas fir, black spruce, and sandalwood you can feel soothing, yet subtle, scents of these trees. Even if the possibilities of spending time in a forest are slim, you can have a sense of peace and feel the scents and healing properties of the terpenes of the trees with this blend. Some include anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties as well as healing minor cuts and wounds.2
If you prefer the ocean over the forest, try the essential oil blend of eucalyptus, lime, and tangerine. The combination of these relaxing scents help transport your mind to the sea. If you’re able to spend Earth Day taking a stroll on the beach, or even helping to keep trash out of the water by picking up debris in the sand, take the chance!
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You can also take a deep breath of the invigorating scents and experience stress relief and a mood boost from tangerine3, help your immune system with the high limonene content in lime4, and improve your respiratory system with the eucalyptus.5
If you’re a mountain climber at heart, check out the Mountain essential oil blend. Resplendent with the scents of juniper, peppermint, and pine, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back into the mountains after just one breath. These oils offer numerous health benefits such as improved memory6 and muscle and joint pain relief.7
Take the scent anywhere you choose to go and you’ll be mentally transported back into the mountains without having to set foot on the trail. That clean air feeling that clears the mind and senses will transport you quickly to your “go to” place and offer you some relaxation.
Whatever you choose, let your senses guide you on Earth Day and enjoy some time in the great outdoors. Treasure every moment you are able to spend helping and enjoying nature today and focus on giving back to reap the rewards of a life well lived.
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