Urban Stress

In the 21st Century, the Majority of People Live in Urban Environments.

Urbanization is a wonderful thing.  Studies have shown that there is a higher percentage of Nobel prize winners in urban environments, and among the theories is that the random interaction between people of very different educational levels, backgrounds and interests mingle with each other and this leads to 'out of the box' thinking.

However, there are issues with city living. One rather clearly demonstrable fact is that there is a higher level of stress in city dwellers.  A number of theories have been put forth for this documented increase in symptomatology, including crowding, errant neural circuits, and sensory overload.

We believe that a previously unrecognized risk factor is critically important, and that is Terpene Deficiency Syndrome! In this paper, we propose a variety of solutions.

 forest bathing

Forest Bathing

In 1982 the Japanese Forest Service first described Forest Bathing. Japanese physicians now routinely prescribe to their patients that they lower their stress by visiting a forest.  They take in the sights, listen to the sounds, and in our opinion, most importantly breathe the aromatic compounds, the fragrances, that are released by the vegetation. As they are breathing, they are breathing in Paleo Air® just like the air our ancestors breathed!


So, what are these secondary metabolites, these aromatic compounds? We believe that the most important characteristic of the Forest Bathing experience is breathing in the wide variety of terpenes that are in the forest.  There is clear evidence that visiting a forest lowers pulse rate, and reduces stress.  Similarly, there is equally clear evidence that breathing in terpenes in a laboratory leads to lower stress levels!


Urban Stress / City Stress

We believe that a material contributor to the significant increase in psychological stress noted in urban environments is due to the lack of terpenes which are found naturally in rural environments.  Just as the Paleo Diet is intuitively appropriate to maintain consistency with our natural history, so the Paleo Respiratory Diet, in which we breathe the same aromatic compounds we've breathed for millions of years, is intuitively appropriate. We call this Paleo Air®.

To put it simply, we believe that the absence of terpenes or Terpene Deficiency is a material component of Urban Stress or City Stress and that replacing the terpenes, such as by forest bathing or using MONQ Personal Diffusers, can help lower stress levels in urban populations.

Not only is this intuitively obvious, but the thousands of customers who have stated that using Zen MONQ essential oil diffuser has dramatically lowered their stress levels make it clear that simply taking a few fragrant breaths, a few times a day, in what we call Terpene Therapy, can be of tremendous assistance in reducing your stress!

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.