Forest Therapy in Bellingham
We are fortunate to live in a location which parallels the well-studied forests of Japan in terms of botanical diversity and climate. Our native conifers emit phytoncides identical to the trees found in Japan which are responsible for numerous health-promoting effects. Here in Bellingham we have an abundance of walking trails which wind through these trees, many which are near running water and populations of birds, two factors which have physiological benefits. Now that a substantial body of research exists which shows the impact of forest "bathing," it is time for Bellingham to create a dedicated trail system for the purpose of improving the function of both the mind and the body.