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The scent of eucalyptus essential oil is enough to clear the sinuses. Many people recognize it as a very popular fragrance. Chances are you’ve inhaled eucalyptus oil in the form of a decongestant salve or other homemade remedy. So, how can this scent be so popular when the tree is native only to Australia? The […]
While we are certainly more comfortable in our modern age, there could be a darker side to all this unparalleled convenience and indoor living. Humans today are losing their integral touch with nature and the results are diminished health and mental capacity. But there is a ray of hope and a practical solution to this: […]
Forests make up approximately one-third of the earth’s total land mass, but every year we are losing more and more of them. What are the causes of deforestation, and what impact does this have on human health? We know that forests are a vital part of oxygen production, as well as the absorption of carbon […]
People have prized sandalwood throughout history for its distinct aroma and therapeutic properties. It is the second most expensive wood in the world, and Indian culture highly reveres it. People harvest the heartwood of the tree for its unique scent, as well as its use in woodcarving. People use the essential oil from the tree […]
The urban world offers amazing advantages to young people beginning their lives in an exciting and fast-paced society. But is this really better than the quietness and serenity of living far away from maddening traffic in the natural surroundings of the countryside? In the following article we will take a completely unbiased view of the […]
When you think of the dark, cold, mysterious forest that’s so often used as a location in old folk tales, what you are imagining is a boreal forest. The boreal forest is also referred to as the snow forest or Taiga, a Russian word that means coniferous forest. Boreal forests are only found in far […]
Forests cover approximately one-third of the earth’s land surface and are home to 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial species of plants, insects, and animals. There are three major forest zones, although each of these zones includes specific forest subtypes. The three major zones are tropical, temperate, and boreal. Tropical Forests Tropical forests are located close […]
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It’s early morning and a beam of light makes its way through the dense canopy of trees. A bird begins to sing, and a brightly colored butterfly flits its way through the warm air. A sloth slowly opens its eyes, and a jaguar prowls the land for its next meal. Another day begins in the […]
On average, more than 100,000 forest fires occur in the United States every year. These fires clear between four million and five million acres of land every single year. While not all forest fires make national news, many have become more aware of this issue because of the recent fires in California. Forest fires occur […]
The need for larger natural forests is greater today than ever before. Forests provide humans with just about everything we need to survive, from the food we eat to the healthy air we breathe. They also maintain natural balances that keep this world habitable. As human populations grow and industry expands to meet the greater […]
Taking the day to wander the forests and glades in the surrounding countryside is always enjoyable, relaxing, and invigorating. Trees have always been a symbol of life and abundance in many cultures, but it is only recently that the therapeutic benefits of simply being in the company of trees have been clinically explored. Today, forest […]
Terpenes are compounds released by plants that our ancestors breathed in every day. If you live in an urban environment, these terpenes may be missing from your life.
A hike through the mountains can instantly refresh your senses and clear your mind. There’s just something about the air in the mountains that feels so much fresher than air found anywhere else. However, what’s the science behind this phenomenon? What makes mountain air so good for you, and is it really as clean as […]