Recent studies have examined the potential healing components of being in nature. The World Health Organization 2023 report titled “Green and Blue Spaces and Mental Health,” showed that time spent in nature in both country and urban regions improves mood, mindsets, and mental health. Here are some ways nature can have a healing effect.

  • Immunity protection: Trees and plants emit aromatic compounds called phytoncides, which when inhaled, ignite healthy biological changes similar to the concepts of aromatherapy. When people walk in forests or other green areas, they often experience blood changes associated with protection against cancer, improved immunity, and lower blood pressure.
  • Get a brain break: When spending time in nature, attention is focused on the scenery, animals, and the rest of the environment that can help quiet the rush of thoughts that clutters our ability to think freely.
  • Reduce stress: Stress is a catalyst for a number of health conditions, such as headache, muscle tension, fatigue, changes in sex drive, a weaker immune system, and more. Spending time in nature away from work and home responsibilities can help reduce stress.
  • Get vitamin D: The body naturally produces vitamin D from sun exposure. The National Institutes of Health having sun exposure for five to 30 minutes a day, most days a week, helps absorb UVB rays and effectively make vitamin D. Vitamin D is a nutrient the body needs to build and maintain strong bones, and regulate other body functions, in addition to possibly preventing cognitive decline.
  • Inspires exercise: People may be more inclined to be physically active while outdoors. Hiking, cycling, swimming, and walking contribute to our sense of wellbeing, while promoting heart health and helps helping maintain a healthy weight.