We live and work on a 21-acre forest farm in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. We know firsthand the healing power of nature. Spending time in the woods is as vital to our well-being as a healthy diet and regular exercise. The Japanese call it shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. Doctor Qing Li has devoted himself to the study of forest medicine, discovering all the ways the sounds and scents of the forest "ease our stress and worry, help us to relax and think more clearly."
As part of our effort to share the holistic values and raise the visibility of shinrin-yoku in Appalachia, we now offer a line of handmade aromatherapy body care products designed through select essential oils to release the scent of petrichor, the earthy fragrance produced when rain falls in the forest. We hope our products will promote both mindfulness of personal wellness and care for the forests that are essential to our very existence.
In our barn studio on Bloodroot Mountain we handcraft small batches of goat milk and vegan products. Our lotions, soaps, shampoos, and shaving bars are infused with clays from the earth along with forest-inspired essential oils. Our scented soy candles recreate the sensation of walking in the woods. Your purchase of our products will help support the Sustainable Forest Initiative.
"Simply being present in the natural world-with all our senses fully alive-can have a remarkably healing effect ... This is forest bathing. A practice inspired by the Japanese tradition of shinrin-yoku. It is a gentle meditative approach to being with nature ... "
From Your Guide to Forest Bathing, M. Amos Clifford
“We all know how good being in nature can make us feel. We have known it for centuries. The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air — these things give us a sense of comfort. They ease our stress and worry, help us to relax and to think more clearly. Being in nature can restore our mood, give us back our energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us . . . Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge. By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world . . . The key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five senses . . . This is your sixth sense, a state of mind. Now you have connected with nature."
From Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health And Happiness, by Dr. Qing Li