Bathing in the Forest: Let Nature Undo the Stress

The Art of Forest Bathing

Here at Tiny Paradise we are strong believers that a good dose of nature keeps you healthy and happy. 

We have recently discovered Forest Bathing. Also known as Shinrin Yoku, the concept was invented in the 1980s by the Japanese Health Authority as a cure for depression. 

Studies show that phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are found in the air within the forest, have been proven to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones.

The Benefits of Forest Bathing:

  • Increasing the power of your immune system 
  • Lowering blood pressure and stress 
  • Increased levels of focus and creativity
  • Increase recovery times from injury, illness and surgery
  • Clearer intuition
  • Healthier sleeping habits

How to Forest Bathe:

  • Get yourself to a forest
  • Take your shoes off if you can
  • Walk slowly, being guided by feelings rather than a map 
  • Embrace the forest with all your senses - sights, sounds, smells, feelings in your feet.

Just be sure to remember where you came from ;)

 

Further Reading:

https://qz.com/804022/health-benefits-japanese-forest-bathing/
https://www.davidwolfe.com/forest-bathing/
 

 

 

Make your own fresh air

Hello!

2016 has been a rocker of a year - and we have been busy making, teaching and planting over the last 6 months.

Here are a few things we have noticed on our travels in the plant world..

1.PLANT LADY IS THE NEW CAT LADY

And we are owning it.

Being a cat lady is so 2015.

Talk to your plants. They love it.

Photo @soapwalla

Photo @soapwalla

Photo: Jacqui Turk

Photo: Jacqui Turk

2. MAKE YOUR OWN FRESH AIR

More and more research is coming out stating the benefits of having plants to detoxify the air caused by things like the Sick Building Syndrome 

Buildings all over the world  are being transformed into inside jungles like the most amazing Double Bay Library

According to this TED talk, Devil’s Ivy (one of our favs) turns so much C02 into 02 that you could actually live in a sealed bottle if it was filled with enough of it.

We aren’t advocating you live in a bottle with Devil’s Ivy but we are advocating having more plants in your living and working space so you can breath better air.

 

3. MY PLANT CALLED STEVE

More and more people are asking for us to name their plants. With living spaces getting smaller and smaller the plant is becoming the new pet.

People are connecting more with their plants and we are all for it.

If you come and visit us at the markets or buy online - we provide names for free so just ask. The most popular plant name so far is definitely Brian.

We also loved this idea so much that we created a special range of face pot plants.

 

HERE IS SOME STUFF WE HAVE BEEN DOING

We’ve been teaching kokedamas at the Botanic Gardens, terrariums at the Uniting Care Birthday party. We were lucky enough to also be a part of the Qantas World Environment Day where we were amongst other emerging brands like Tesla and we gave away a free tree with every purchase (well we donated money to One Billion Trees Organisation who plant them for us ;))

Photo @at702

Photo @at702

We have been working with an agency to provide the each of the 150 staff with a thank you cactus.

Our moment of fame in Jetstar Magazine in April.

Our moment of fame in Jetstar Magazine in April.

SO WHAT'S UP NEXT?

MARKETS

Over the next few months you can find us at markets across Sydney.

25th June - The Grounds of Alexandria

2nd July - Balmain Market

10th July - Arts and Design Market Kirribilli

WORKSHOPS 

14th July - Studio Make Manly 

21st August - EcoFestival Annandale

24th August - Classbunny with @Waverly Library

22nd October - Treading Lightly Series with the Canada Bay Council. 

Click here for more info on our workshops.

NEW STOCKISTS

You can now buy our crafted wares at the beautifully curated lifestyle shop at at Edna and Albert in Manly.