The human body is a molecular machine. Sometimes this machine needs tuning up as it ages. Forest bathing and sea scrubbing, both from the natural world, provide this tune-up for you.

The human body, with its surface layer of epithelial tissue, is designed to capture aerosols. Some of them, like many perfumes, have a natural fixative when they land on the skin. They can be slowly absorbed either in a fat or water-soluble state. The body recognizes the molecule and uses it when needed. This is the basis of forest bathing, saunas, native sweat lodges and the ancient tig n’ allais, or house of perspiration of the Druidic priests.

Aerosols have one more big advantage: they come free as the air with a walk in the woods. The biodiversity of the northern forests is a treasure trove of medicinal aerosols that can boost your immune system and protect your body. There is forest bathing to reduce the stress-induced hormone cortisol, for relieving depression and sadness, to protect the body against many kinds of cancers and even to increase the IQ ratio in children. The list goes on. As you bathe in the forest, these airborne medicines nourish your body into better health and vigour.

The sea, too, holds many life-enhancing secrets, one of which is sea scrubbing with the invisible sea forest. Some species of seaweed at certain times of the year boost your thyroid and para-thyroid glands when used properly. This gives you a clarity of thinking and health protection you’ve never before experienced. It is the holistic genius of nature, available to nourish and support your health and well-being, if and when needed.

Join us on beautiful Cortes Island to enjoy the many benefits of forest bathing in the beautiful coastal temperate rainforest, and scrubbing with the healing plants of the Salish Sea.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a world recognized author, medical biochemist and botanist. Orphaned in Ireland in her youth, Beresford-Kroeger was educated by elders who instructed her in the Brehon knowledge of plants and nature. She possesses a unique combination of western scientific knowledge and the traditional concepts of the ancient world. Her books include The Sweetness of a Simple Life, The Global Forest, Arboretum Borealis, Arboretum America, and A Garden for Life. A Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, her work is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees. calloftheforest.ca

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A showing of Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, followed by a live talk with a Q&A with Diana will be hosted in Vancouver on June 10th. Get Tickets

In this Hollyhock Talks Podcast, Diana Beresford-Kroeger takes us on an enchanted journey where we learn about the treasures released by trees the ancient art of sea-scrubbing. This podcast is sure to inspire a deep love for the treasures of the West Coast:

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