Latest Post

The conscious walk in the shade of the trees gives energy and at the same time grounds. But what does science say?

In the beginning it was a marketing idea. In Japan in the early 1980s, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries was looking for a clever word creation to lure more people into the forest in their free time and to integrate their stay as an integral part of their lifestyle. In a culture that was once deeply rooted in nature, but gradually broke away from it, the term "Shinrin Yoku" came into use. In German: forest bathing.

It has little to do with a dip in the water. It means to immerse yourself in nature, to trace your own five senses, but also to open up to your own psyche. In the meantime, forest bathing has established itself in Japan as a serious research field and part of health care. In Germany, this type of recreation is only now being discovered.

Stop the hamster wheel

First of all: forest bathing is not the same as forest therapy. They are similar to one another, and the borders are blurring, especially in the Far East, but the latter is offered by doctors in our latitudes. The focus is on people with lung diseases, orthopedic or psychosomatic problems. Bathing in the atmosphere of a forest, on the other hand, is supposed to promote health, ideally before there are any physical or psychological complaints. How intense engagement with nature is up to you. From a conscious walk to lingering and listening intensively - in the forest and in yourself - everything is possible. Exercises from yoga or qigong can increase the effect. Whatever you do, you need to do it with care and attention.

"We are all very crazy today," notes Werner Buchberger. " Lots of people are embedded their hamster bikes and also don't do anything with woodland bathing. They go to the maximum for running in nature." And there the performance concept, which often drives everyday life, continues: Of course, the forest is a good place for sporting activities, says Buchberger: "But if I constantly look at my watch and think How fast I am on the move and what I still want to achieve, I am far away from feeling, feeling, coming to rest - and from what can arise in communication with the trees, the forest and yourself." Buchberger knows what he's talking about. As a forester in the Innviertel the forest has accompanied him for 38 years. In addition, he has completed training in the energetic field and holds workshops and seminars that focus on the healing power of nature, simple meditations and exercises: "In Japan, people and nature are much more part of a whole, in Austria and Europe it becomes rather disconnected. " Simply when the woodland Baden would be included this mystical degree, numerous issues would definitely have access to discover on the topic, so Buchberger. However: For fans of hard facts, science has recently compiled a wealth of results that reveal a connection between people and nature that goes far beyond the intuitive perception of "Forest air is good". Japan is again the pioneer here.


Tree of Knowledge

"Only the data from the past ten to 15 years allows us to make scientific statements about the effects of Shinrin Yoku," says Yoshifumi Miyazaki from the University of Chiba in Japan, who has been researching the subject since 1988. It was only since 2000 that technical progress made it possible to measure the activity of the mind and the autonomic nervous system in connection with stress more precisely. During this time, several studies have shown that the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol, which can be measured in saliva, decreases noticeably after a 15-minute walk in the forest. It has also been proven that blood pressure and pulse rate decrease. Yoshifumi MiyazakiHe also went it alone with the help of his team: in 2007, they proved for the first time that prefrontal brain activity calmed down while bathing in the forest - whether walking or sitting did not matter. The subjective feeling that body and mind relax particularly well in nature, was also given objective status.

Qing Li, a pioneer of modern forest medicine, at the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, was no less diligent: in 2004 he discovered that staying in the forest supports the formation of killer cells in the immune system. Not only do they fight viruses and bacteria, they recognize and destroy cancer cells (more on this at the end of the article).

Also Read: Take a deep breath: the best relaxation exercises for stress

More trees in the concrete jungle

In times when around half of the world's people live in cities, the knowledge gained in connection with forest bathing is quite exciting. The conclusion cannot only be to visit forests in the surrounding area or natural parks. Today it is known that the health status of residents increases the more trees there are in the neighborhoods themselves. So came environmental and neuropsychologist Marc Berman, one in Toronto The study carried out, to the result: Residents of particularly green apartment blocks, which lay with ten additional trees above the overall average of the city, were "younger" in terms of health by seven years: their risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and other civilization diseases as compared to other city dwellers.

Find back

"For me, we are not just part of an entire system, nature holds up a mirror to us," says Buchberger. " From the problem of bark beetles and also the passing away of ash in Austria to the big clearing in South America - there is a comparable difficulty in nature as with people. To put it in good German: We are not particularly well. " As well as considering that Homo sapiens spent the majority of its 300,000-year evolutionary background in nature, it is potentially not unusual. Only in the past 200 to 300 years - in the wake of the industrial revolution - have people increasingly removed themselves from their natural environment, writes Yoshifumi Miyazakiin his recently published book "Shinrin Yoku" (Irisiana Verlag): "Genes cannot change completely in just a few hundred years, which is why we live in modern society, but our bodies are still adapted to a natural environment ." His conclusion: We are in a permanent state of stress - and this is followed by stress-related illnesses.

Whether pressure to perform, negative thoughts and emotions, anger or arguments - in the forest, all of this seems to disappear at least for a while. " Obviously it is also an issue of concept," said Buchberger. "That there is a place here where I can let go of things." Ideally, healthy, older mixed stocks, polluted places such as old theaters of war or sick trees should stay clear of: "If you truly feel inside on your own, you will certainly observe that you are not exercising. Then you just go on." Because it could already be a hundred meters away: the private power place where you can take root for a while.


The science behind the rustling of leaves

The positive effect of forest bathing has a lot to do with the so-called terpenes. They serve as a way of communication for the forest and are separated from leaves, needles and other parts of plants as gaseous substances or essential oils. A tree infected with pests can send signaling substances to warn the environment. Plants that understand the message can then start up their own immune systems. Some of these innumerable terpenes are also related to humans.

The knowledge that certain substances, for example, in the form of aromatherapy, can be used well is not new. What has not been known for a long time is that our immune system reacts with a significant increase in the immune system. The team around scientist Qing Li, who has carried out a number of studies at the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo over the past few years, found this out around 2004. In order to find out whether the high amounts of terpenes in the forest have a health-promoting effect, test subjects were quartered in hotels. What the test subjects did not know: With the help of an atomizer, half of the participants became one with terpenes during the night enriched air directed into the room. The affected people did not notice anything. Blood was drawn from all subjects on the evening before and the morning after. And lo and behold: the next day, the people who inhaled the tree terpenes at night revealed a significant rise in the number and also activity of natural killer cells and an increased level of anti-cancer proteins in the blood. It was also astonishing: The effects could still be demonstrated after days.

Walkers who experience the effect of terpenes want to take advantage of this can, of course, do it all year round. In the forest, however, the concentration is highest in summer. From April it rises and peaks in July and August. The deeper you go into the forest as well as stay close to the ground, the higher the density of the terpenes. Beside the forest and in the treetops, however, the concentration is lower. The air is particularly rich in wet and cold weather, after rain and in fog. Breathing exercises from yoga or Qi Gong can support the recording. A nice side effect: the relaxation and the peace of mind that occurs when breathing in the forest air.


Pimples are undoubtedly annoying and extremely annoying. Even if they haven't shown up for a while, they will definitely make themselves felt at the big garden party or the summer wedding of their best friend. In such moments, impure skin can have different causes. It is much more important: How can I get rid of the pimples as quickly as possible? The following three treatments give a fairly clear answer because the specifically designed beauty products and treatments work effectively and quickly against blemished skin thanks to their peeling effect how to use it correctly and adjust skincare.



use of SULFUR for skin

Sulfur is considered a particularly effective beauty tip against pimples. It may sound strange at first that the active ingredient is based on the element sulfur. But in a combined treatment with zinc or alumina, for example, like Mario Badescu's “Drying Mask Anti-Pimple Mask”, the ingredient forms hydrogen sulfide and sulfides on the skin. These inhibit the formation of new bacteria, which means that inflammation-related skin problems such as pimples and irritation can be alleviated more quickly. However, since Sulfur also has a drying effect, the treatments should never be applied to the entire face, but only to the affected areas. The exfoliation effect of Sulfur can, in turn, be increased by using a beauty product with additional BHA or AHA acid. To avoid scarring due to pimples or redness, the skin should be supplied with sufficient moisture immediately after the treatment. Depending on the time of the peeling, the usual daycare or an even richer night cream is suitable.



Salicylic acid is also known under the name beta-hydroxy acid (short: BHA). Regardless of the name, however, is its promising effect in the treatment of blackheads, pimples and blemished skin. This is due in particular to the lipophilic property, which has a deep-pore effect. That means that skincare treatments with salicylic acid bind the fats of the skin and thereby cleanse the pores clogged with sebum. With highly concentrated treatments that are specifically designed for spot treatment, the inflammation of the skin irritation heals faster and is, therefore, an ideal means of treating stubborn pimples. Especially for sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a balancing treatment such as the "Super Spot Remover Anti-Pimple Care" from Origins. Additional ingredients such as red algae and caffeine soothe the skin. Regardless of the treatment, however, the same applies to salicylic acid, the drying effect with moisturizing Counteract care.

Also Read: 15 skin problems & their antidotes from nature


SPOT STICKERS for skin care

This social media trend was triggered, among others, by the New York beauty company Zitsticka. With these initially somewhat ominous-looking spot stickers, an initial hesitation is understandable. But as practical as the transparent stickers look, they can actually be as effective. You do n't have to worry too much about using it correctly with  Spot Stickers. Glue once on the pimple or blackhead and you're done. Of course, the ingredients are decisive: The spot stickers by Sarah Chapman contain, among other things, the just mentioned salicylic acid and also contain vitamin C, which has an antibacterial effect and at the same time the complexion compensates. The skin is moisturized and soothed by anti-inflammatory sytenol as well as soybean and grape seed oil, which protects it from further impurities.

Hôtel the Cap-Eden-Roc

There are places whose beauty exists beyond time. Places that have nothing to do with the world that surrounds them. The Hôtel Du Cap-Eden-Roc on the Côte d'Azur is such a place. For 150 years. Yet that does not suggest that absolutely nothing will change here. Architect Patricia Anastassiadis, a Brazilian with Greek roots, has just modernized the famous hotel restaurant. She got her inspiration from nature. Soft shapes, shades of green, blue, lots of white, of course. The colors of the Côte d'Azur.


The hotel was built in 1863 by August de Villemessant, editor of the French daily newspaper "Le Figaro", as a residence for writers. In 1870 the Villa Soleil was welcomed, as the house was called at the beginning, the first guests. But the idea of ​​a retreat for scribers turned out to be a brainchild - it was only the Italian hotelier Antoine Sella who was able to charge intelligence with sensuality and glamor in order to attract another wealthy clientele to Antibes. In 1889 he reopened as Hotel du Cap and with Sella came British aristocrats, film stars and famous and therefore solvent writers instead of poor poets. The legend was born.

“Cloudless sunlight envelops the sea and the coast like a bath of pure sheen.” Edith Wharton (“Bellomont House”, 1905). Edith Wharton was the pioneer of a whole generation of international artists and intellectuals who lost their hearts on the “Riviera” at the beginning of the 20th century. Scott F. Fitzgerald, a Wharton fan, ended his "Big Gatsby" in Antibes. There he met Gerald and Sara Murphy, American expats who rented the Hotel du Cap all summer 1923. Fitzgerald immortalized these weeks in the hotel in his novel "Tender is the Night", which he later declared to be the "happiest time of my life".

“On the friendly shores of the French Riviera there is a large, proud rose-colored hotel about halfway between Marseille and the Italian border. Reverend palms cool his flushed forehead, and a short, brilliant white piece of beach lies at his feet ” Scott F. Fitzgerald (Tender is the Night, 1934).


Holidays in a "great hotel" offer more than luxury and service at the highest level in an exclusive location, even more than the just popular "experiences". A hotel legend like the Hotel du Cap draws and feeds its own history. With the help of the prominent guests and long-time employees, a shimmering screen emerges from fragmentary traditions. Each one, on the one hand, exciting enough to be carried on and, on the other hand, incomplete to leave room for the imagination of the listeners. Together, these myths form an ongoing narrative.

As a new guest, you immediately become part of this story. Because a boat here is never just a boat, it is the boat on which John and Yoko basked in May 1971 during the presentation of their joint film "Apotheosis" in Cannes. The beach huts of the spacious property are the ones that Marc Chagall painted. The suite in which Marlene Dietrich and her writer lover Erich Maria Remarque stayed for two months in the summer of 1939 and allegedly did not leave the bed for a whole week (she called him "bonuses", he called her "Puma"), the chaise lounge, where Helmut Newton photographed Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger in 1991, the table where Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot were having lunch in 1968.


On the hotel beach, this is the trapeze over the Mediterranean, on which Karl Lagerfeld photographed his 2012 spring/summer campaign after he chose the famous avenue that leads from the main house to the pavilion for his Chanel Cruise Show 2011/12 transformed into a catwalk under the open sky - the same avenue on which Coco once strolled towards the Mediterranean. "Tuesday: wake up in the evening (around 11:00 am) and have lunch in the entrances to Eden Roc (of course at the hotel restaurant). Then we went to Nice airport to pick up the children who had flown from Geneva with Bea. Later I took the kids for a swim on the Dapeng and gave Michael and Christopher two keychain compasses that they liked. For breakfast, we went to Juan Les Pins for a pizza. We have obsessively observed the number of people fascinated by the old Rolls Royce. " Richard Burton.

sea  view of hotel

An eloquent witness and chronicler of the hotel's history are journalist legend Graydon Carter, who for many years hosted one of the most important party buzz in the film year, the “Cinema against AIDS Gala”, which takes place at the hotel during the annual Cannes Film Festival. On the occasion of the anniversary, Carter wrote a text in the Financial Times. A little episode from the genre "eccentric special requests" is particularly beautiful: the star is concierge Eric Grace, an institution in the Hotel du Cap for 30 years, who helicoptered a guest for an urgently requested Tarte Tropézienne from St. Tropez. The bill, which the guest paid without hesitation, reflected this special service, 4 euros for the tart, 2,000 euros for the aircraft and pilot. Another story tells of a regular, who had an exact copy of the Eden Roc restaurant installed in his garden house. To relieve longing, of course.


Such love has its price, also in the field of payment - the hotel loathed credit cards for a long time. The invoice is settled in cash or by bank transfer before the start of the trip, of course. Anecdotes whispered between whispered cypress trees in the park and the brilliant white building, have been suggesting a luxurious lottery experience for 15 decades, including the parties, galas, dramas or the little moments of happiness by the pool. The everyday life of celebrities goes their roller-coaster way, but the Eden Roc stayed and will stay. Iris Apfel celebrated her 98th birthday here last summer, complete with cake and Instagram post.

Which brings us back to the changes that are always being carefully initiated at the Hotel du Cap. The long frowned upon credit cards have been allowed to be presented since 2006. Overall, the innovations remain clear, the familiar predominates. The employees, who have worked in the legendary hotel for more than 20 years, wear a small diamond on their name badge. Graydon Carter writes: "If you look closely, you will see quite a few of them."


Contact Form


Email *

Message *

Powered by Blogger.
Javascript DisablePlease Enable Javascript To See All Widget