Daily Nature Plunge

- By: Michelle Auerbach

Daily Nature Plunge

What’s the fastest way to get to the mountains from where you are sitting right now? Spoiler alert: Any highway you mention is going to be the wrong answer. The very fastest way to take a trip to the mountains is through your sense of smell. That’s right. Your nose and your brain can take you there faster than a plane, train, or automobile. Your sense of smell and your feelings are stored together as memory, so when you dip your body into a warm bath scented like the forest, your brain takes you back to the last time you smelled that scent. "Smell and emotion intertwine and can be saved in the brain’s software for years," says psychiatrist Leela Magavi, MD. And, we can use that software to go back to places that pleased, soothed, or relaxed us.

According to Venkatesh Murthy, Raymond Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor and chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University, “Smells are handled by the olfactory bulb, the structure in the front of the brain that sends information to the other areas of the body’s central command for further processing. Odors take a direct route to the limbic system, including the amygdala and the hippocampus, the regions related to emotion and memory.

That is a lot of science to tell you what you already know. The scent of Ponderosa Pine will take you back to the time you smelled it in the woods, next to the creek, and nothing in the world smells just like it.

So if you want to go back to a forest, a lavender field, or even a hike in the Pacific Northwest, you can do that by changing your body wash. Our Castile Body Wash is a quick vacation you can take with your nose. It’s also made of a rich combination of organic Olive and Coconut oils. This super concentrated, highly effective, yet gentle cleanser can also be used as a shampoo, gentle laundry soap, hand soap, and more. With sustainably-sourced, essential oil aromatherapy blends, it’s also nurturing, plant-based, and sourced with respect for people, planet, and purity. You can make every day a nature plunge, even if you can’t get outside. Just let your nose do what it does best and your shower can transport you anywhere.