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by : BTF

As I Wander...

Living in tropical Malaysia, we tend to take the hot humid weather, thundery rainstorms and the spectrum of wild evergreen plants as a given.

Recently, I noticed more exotic plants making its way into landscaped home gardens, recreational parks, frontages of shopping malls and
commercial buildings.

Along kerb sides of residential streets and busy motorways, palms, trees and flowering plants make pleasant and interesting fringes.

This is a record of the various species "as I see it" for I am in awe of palms. Hence, my premise for this blog is that the global garden,
i.e. every physical garden (tended or untended), becomes a part of my, simply said, cyber palm garden. ;-)

Please feel free to share your thoughts or comments.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Shinrin-yoku | Forest Air Bathing

Now, before anyone gets any funny ideas from this title, it is certainly not what you think!

Rather than expecting to find a group of aged hippies washing themselves in a forest clearing, this is certainly more gratifying for the individual...

If recent trends in Japan is anything to go by, we hope that more people in Malaysia will learn about this and be encouraged by the practice of 'shinrin-yoku' meaning forest air taking + walking or forest air bathing.  Basically a simple activity of visiting forests and nature parks for its therapeutic effects.  How easy is that?

Now scientists have discovered that phytoncides (chemicals that prevent plants rotting and protecting them from insects) do provide a positive chemical influence on humans too.

Spending time outdoors have been said to be a greatest invigorator to the soul and mind and hence, brings about therapeutic health benefits, especially in stress management.

If many a time, one finds oneself totally recharged, rejuvenated, reinvigorated and refreshed after a leisurely walk in a nature park or the more energetic bush walks, now you know the answer. It's in the air!

So, do get out there and take your air bath. (oops! deep breaths)

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