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Happy National Love a Tree Day

 

There are so many reasons to love a tree! Today, May 16th is National Love a Tree Day.

The Tree of Life has long been revered as a symbol of strength & endurance.

The Tree of Life has long been revered as a symbol of strength & endurance.

 

Tree-t yourself today!

Lizzy James is celebrating National Love a Tree Day with a FREE Tree of Life charm with a minimum purchase of $50.

An easy to use lobster clasp comes with this charm which allows you to put it on where you want, and take it off when you want!

Offer expires at Midnight!!

 

USE CODE: TREE

 

1 Code per Customer; Can not be combined with other offers, promos and/or discounts

 

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With a pewter base and silverplate finish. An easy to use lobster clasp comes with this charm which allows you to put it on where you want, and take it off when you want.

With a pewter base and silverplate finish. An easy to use lobster clasp comes with this charm which allows you to put it on where you want, and take it off when you want.

I love trees. I love their sweet smell, their natural vast beauty, and the amazing health benefits that come from surrounding yourself with them.

Nerd Alert! I can be a total science geek, bare with me. One of my favorite podcasts, RadioLab, explained in an episode how a forest’s root system is the closest thing in nature to the human nervous system. The way trees are all connected is the same way our bodies our all connected. Pretty crazy.

Our Redwood Forest wedding.

Our Redwood Forest wedding.

In December 2016, I made the move from San Diego with my husband to the redwood forests of northern California. We even had our wedding earlier that year in the middle of the forest.

Iron Mountain in San Diego, CA has some fun trees to relax by.

Iron Mountain in San Diego, CA has some fun trees to relax by.

I have always been drawn to nature, especially water and forests, but I never gave it a second thought on the science of why that may be. I always just assumed I was just sick of living in the deserts of southern California.

Taking in the forest's healing air.

Taking in the forest's healing air.

Recently, my amazing mother shared an article and short video on “Forest Bathing” with me. Long story short the article explains that from 2004 to 2012, Japanese officials spent about $4 million dollars studying the physiological and psychological effects of forest bathing. Forest bathing is essentially just spending time with trees, no hiking, no effort, just breathing in and spending time with trees.

If you peek out from the trees, you also have a gorgeous ocean view here in Northern California.

If you peek out from the trees, you also have a gorgeous ocean view here in Northern California.

One of these studies concluded, “Forest environments promote lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, greater parasympathetic nerve activity, and lower sympathetic nerve activity than do city environments.”

Enjoying a tree bench with my dog bear.

Enjoying a tree bench with my dog bear.

This means that nature calms your nerves and slows down your stress hormone release, without you having to do anything besides relaxing and breathing.

"In a  2009 study  Li’s subjects showed significant increases in NK cell activity in the week after a forest visit, and positive effects lasted a month following each weekend in the woods.  This is due to various essential oils, generally called phytoncide, found in wood, plants, and some fruit and vegetables, which trees emit to protect themselves from germs and insects. Forest air doesn’t just feel  fresher and better —inhaling phytoncide seems to actually improve immune system function."

"In a 2009 study Li’s subjects showed significant increases in NK cell activity in the week after a forest visit, and positive effects lasted a month following each weekend in the woods.

This is due to various essential oils, generally called phytoncide, found in wood, plants, and some fruit and vegetables, which trees emit to protect themselves from germs and insects. Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better—inhaling phytoncide seems to actually improve immune system function."

 

“City dwellers can benefit from the effects of trees with just a visit to the park. Brief exposure to greenery in urban environments can relieve stress levels, and experts have recommended “doses of nature” as part of treatment of attention disorders in children. What all of this evidence suggests is we don’t seem to need a lot of exposure to gain from nature—but regular contact appears to improve our immune system function and our wellbeing”

 

Enjoy this small video that my mom had shown me!

 

 

 

So no matter where you live, go outside, sit by some trees! Celebrate the free given health benefits!

 

Go a step further to show some tree love, plant a tree! I did this last weekend! I chose a lime tree, so that I can enjoy its fruit this summer!

 

Lizzy James is celebrating National Love a Tree Day with a FREE  Tree of Life charm  with a minimum purchase of $50.

Lizzy James is celebrating National Love a Tree Day with a FREE Tree of Life charm with a minimum purchase of $50.

Tree of Life charm  shown on  April with Tree of Life  wrap bracelet and stacked with  Lizzy Too Blueberry .

Tree of Life charm shown on April with Tree of Life wrap bracelet and stacked with Lizzy Too Blueberry.

Lizzy James is celebrating National Love a Tree Day with a FREE Tree of Life Charm Lg with a minimum purchase of $50.

 

Offer expires at Midnight!!

 

USE CODE: TREE

 

1 Code per Customer; Can not be combined with other offers, promos and/or discounts

 

FREE Shipping on standard USPS orders

 

 

 

-Emily, Lizzy James Blog Editor

 

 

Sources:

 

World Economic Forum: The Japanese practice of 'forest bathing' is scientificially proven to be good for you

 

Outside Online: Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning