The forest is a very special place and more and more people are convinced that a walk in the forest serves their well-being.
Every forest is different and offers its own atmosphere. In addition, the condition and mood in the forest is depending on the season. And even the time of day changes the forest experience.
In spring it is the blossoms and chirping of birds in the forest that attract many people to nature, in summer it is the pleasant temperatures and the special scent in the forest. Because even in hot periods, forests offer a pleasant atmosphere.
In autumn it is the colorful leaves that turn every forest into a special backdrop. In winter, the trees offer protection from cold winds, which makes a walk a pleasant experience even in winter. Forest is good for us humans.
Forests are a fascinating place. They offer a home to a wide variety of animals and house a diverse flora. Every single forest is special. But one thing is common to all forests, they form a fascinating ecosystem, without that life for humans and animals would be impossible.
From a scientific point of view, forests are gigantic filter systems that remove dust from our air, among other things. For example, the air in the forest is much less contaminated with dust particles than the air in cities. Forest soils are also a huge water reservoir that do not dry out even in hot periods.
From an economic point of view, the forest is an important economic factor, because the demand for wood is unbroken worldwide. People use wood for building houses, for furniture production, for paper production and even in clothing there are parts of wood. Wood is also used for heating.
Since wood is a renewable raw material, the use of wood could be made sustainable. That means you only use as much wood as can grow back. But the demand for wood is so great worldwide that trees are felled in some places regardless of the environment.
This often leaves behind a barren landscape that no longer offers a habitat for animals and plants. You should therefore make sure that you buy wood products from sustainable production. Because forest is important for the survival of people and animals.
Go out and let the forest work its magic on you. The next forest area is certainly not far away.
It is not difficult to perceive the forest atmosphere, you do not have to understand the ecological context of the forest. A short walk through the forest improves your well-being. But in order to really enjoy the forest completely, you should adjust your behavior in the forest.
Decelerate, let the surroundings work on you. There is no need to rush. In Japan, the so-called Shinrin Yoku, forest bathing, has long been a tradition. But it is not to be compared with hiking or walking. It is a special way of perceiving the forest and has health-promoting effects. It is now also called natural therapy.
But even a short stay in one of the world’s forests has a positive impact on every forest visitor. Forest is stress-reducing because nature distracts and sometimes clears thoughts. The soft light in the forest, the clear air, the special fragrance, the unique background noise and the fascination of old trees make up the unique mix that makes every visit to the forest in a special way affect every single person.
Furthermore, bioactive substances such as terpenes that flow from plants (ferns, flowers and moss) and trees and are absorbed by humans have positive effects on the immune system.
Everybody’s body is supposed to produce more natural killer cells by breathing in the special forest air, which is supposed to strengthen the immune system. The scent of forest often brings back beautiful memories. Forest is good for us, it is medicine for body and mind.
In the region of the Lower Rhine you will find numerous natural attracions, like forests , rhine dykes and more.
The forest is also a source of herbs and plants, the properties of these , when used correctly, are beneficial to human well-being. Herbs and plants from the forest were often the only remedy for diseases and complaints in the past. Today, modern chemical preparations have taken over. However, it should not be forgotten that modern drug research still uses knowledge about the healing properties of plants and herbs from the forest for the manufacture of drugs.
So-called wild herb excursions are also becoming increasingly popular. During this, an experienced guide will provide you with useful information about the useful properties of medicinal plants in the forest or along the path. For example, the nettle is often found in forests. Their ingredients are useful for external and internal complaints. The nettle can also be used as a culinary herb. However, care should be exercised with every use of self-collected herbs, because it often depends on the dose whether an application is useful or not.