The Healing Powers of Nature

Discovering nature's hidden secrets

5/16/20234 min read

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Nature has long been recognized for its restorative and healing properties. From the calming effects of a walk in the woods to the invigorating energy of a waterfall, nature offers a plethora of benefits for our mental and physical health. In this blog, So today, I thought I would share some bits of nature that maybe you didn't think about before. I've compiled 10 cool subjects as an introduction. I think I'll do a series on this and give each one its own blog because, in all seriousness, nature is one of my absolute favorite subjects. The healing properties and the expansive wonder of nature is unparalleled. So let's get into these 10 cool subjects. and as I said earlier, I'll do subjects on each one so when that comes, I'll link those all here

  1. Biophilia: Our Innate Connection to Nature

"Biophilia" was coined by the renowned biologist, E.O. Wilson to describe our innate affinity for nature. This deep-rooted connection to the natural world is believed to have evolved over millions of years as our ancestors relied on their surroundings for survival. Recent research in neuroscience has shown that exposure to natural environments can reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance cognitive function. By embracing our biophilic tendencies, we can harness the healing power of nature to improve our overall well-being.

  1. Phytoncides: Nature's Aromatherapy

Phytoncides are volatile organic compounds released by plants and trees to protect themselves from harmful insects and bacteria. When we breathe in these compounds, our bodies respond by increasing the production of natural killer (NK) cells, which play a crucial role in our immune system. Studies have shown that spending time in forests, where phytoncides are abundant, can boost our immune system and help us fight off infections and diseases.

  1. Grounding: The Earth's Natural Healing Energy

Grounding, also known as earthing, is the practice of connecting our bodies to the Earth's surface by walking barefoot or using grounding devices. The Earth's surface has a natural negative charge, which can help neutralize free radicals in our bodies and reduce inflammation. Research has shown that grounding can improve sleep, reduce pain, and enhance overall well-being. By incorporating grounding into our daily routines, we can tap into the Earth's healing energy and promote better health.

  1. Fractals: The Healing Patterns of Nature

Fractals are self-repeating patterns found throughout nature, from the intricate designs of snowflakes to the branching patterns of trees. These patterns have been shown to have a calming effect on our brains, reducing stress and promoting relaxation. By surrounding ourselves with fractal patterns, either through spending time in nature or incorporating them into our living spaces, we can harness their healing properties and create a more peaceful environment.

  1. Ecotherapy: Nature as a Therapeutic Tool

Ecotherapy is an emerging field that uses nature-based activities to promote mental and emotional well-being. Activities such as gardening, forest bathing, and wildlife observation can help individuals connect with nature, reduce stress, and improve mood. By incorporating ecotherapy into our lives, we can benefit from the healing powers of nature and foster a deeper connection with the world around us.

  1. Blue Mind: The Soothing Effects of Water

The "blue mind" concept, coined by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, refers to the calming and therapeutic effects that bodies of water have on our mental well-being. Research has shown that being near, in, or the water can lower stress levels, improve mood, and enhance creativity. By spending time near oceans, lakes, rivers, or even fountains, we can tap into the healing power of water and promote relaxation and mental clarity.

  1. Natural Light: Regulating Our Internal Clocks

Exposure to natural light, particularly in the morning, plays a crucial role in regulating our circadian rhythms. These internal clocks govern our sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, and other physiological processes. By spending time outdoors in the morning and allowing our eyes to absorb natural light, we can help synchronize our circadian rhythms, leading to better sleep, improved mood, and increased energy levels.

  1. Birdsong: Nature's Healing Symphony

The melodic sounds of birdsong have been shown to have a positive impact on our mental health. Listening to birdsong can reduce stress, improve focus, and even enhance cognitive performance. Incorporating birdsong into our daily routines, either by spending time in nature or using recordings, can help create a calming atmosphere and promote mental well-being.

  1. Mycology: The Healing Power of Fungi

Fungi play a vital role in maintaining the health of ecosystems, and they also offer numerous health benefits for humans. Certain species of mushrooms, such as reishi, lion's mane, and cordyceps, have been used in traditional medicine for centuries and are now being studied for their potential to boost immunity, improve cognitive function, and support overall health. By incorporating medicinal mushrooms into our diets or supplement routines, we can harness the healing power of fungi and support our well-being.

  1. Nature's Color Palette: The Psychological Effects of Color

Colors found in nature can have a profound impact on our moods and emotions. For example, green has been shown to promote relaxation and reduce stress, while blue can evoke feelings of calm and tranquility. By surrounding ourselves with nature's color palette, either through spending time outdoors or incorporating natural colors into our living spaces, we can create a more balanced and harmonious environment that supports our mental health.

I don't know about you, but that all makes me want to go outside for a bit. Nature is one of the best things available to us and it's absolutely free, if you needed any more reasons to go outside, here are a few books to get you excited. Maybe just get one of these and don't even crack it open into you're halfway through a hike

"The Nature Fix" by Florence Williams, explores the science behind nature's healing powers.
Forest Bathing" by Dr. Qing Li, explores the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing.
The Hidden Life of Trees" by Peter Wohlleben is a fascinating book that explores the communication and social behavior of trees.
Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer is a poetic reflection on the relationship between humans and nature.
The Wild Remedy" by Emma Mitchell is a personal account of how nature helped the author manage her depression.