Tree Hugging Has Officially Been Validated By Science

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Treehugger. It’s a term used as a slur against environmentalists but that they happily adopted. It’s a way for a person to show that they care about trees. But according to scientists, hugging trees is worth a lot more than that.

Blinded By Science, a book published by Matthew Silverstone, proves that trees can actually impart positive health impacts on things like depression, concentration levels, stress, and some forms of mental illness. He also found that spending time near trees, as well as hugging them, also relieved headaches.

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Numerous studies in children have shown significant psychological and physiological improvement in their health when they’re involved with plants and trees. Some research showed that children function better in green environments and are more creative when in natural, green environments.

“Access to nature can significantly contribute to our mental capital and wellbeing,” writes Silverstone in his book.

Silverstone demonstrates that it’s more than being in a green space, but that vibrational properties of trees and plants are actually what gives us the net positive health impacts. An experiment showed that a glass of water treated with a 10Hz vibration is able to cause your blood’s coagulation rates to change pretty much immediately. It’s the same with trees. Trees have different vibrational patterns than you.