Have you heard? National Tree Day is Sunday, August 6th!
The day aims to raise awareness about the importance of trees in our daily lives and the environment as a whole. Trees are an essential part of human existence, providing us with numerous benefits.
The Impact of Trees on the Environment:
Oxygen Production: Trees are the primary producers of oxygen. Through the process of photosynthesis, they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, which is vital for the survival of all living creatures.
Carbon Capture & Storage: Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their trunks, branches and roots.
Food & Shelter: Forests are home to an incredible variety of plant and animal species. Trees provide shelter and food for numerous animals, contributing to our planet’s biodiversity.
Soil Conservation: The root systems of trees help prevent soil erosion by stabilizing the soil and reducing the impact of water runoff.
Economic Benefits: Trees contribute to various economic sectors, including timber, paper and medicine. Forests provide livelihoods to millions of people worldwide.
Threats Trees are Facing:
Trees are crucial to life on earth, and yet they face numerous threats in today's world. Deforestation, caused by activities such as logging, agriculture and urbanization, has led to the loss of extensive areas of forest lands. Other threats include pollution, disease and the spread of invasive species, which can harm tree populations and disrupt ecosystems.
Celebrating National Tree Day:
National Tree Day is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to come together and take action to protect and promote trees. There are many ways to celebrate.
Plant a Tree: One of the most common ways to celebrate National Tree Day is by planting a tree or participating in a tree planting event. Planting new trees helps replenish forests and green spaces and raises awareness about the importance of reforestation.
Volunteer: Participate with a community group or organization to help raise awareness about the significance of trees and the threats they face. Get involved in local tree care activities in your community.
Conserve a Forest: National Tree Day is a great opportunity to support and promote forest conservation. Conservation projects can include efforts to combat deforestation, protect endangered tree species and restore degraded forest areas.
Forest Bathe: Connect with nature by taking the time to walk through a forest and experience the beauty and serenity of trees firsthand. Forest Bathing is a great way to reduce stress and enhance well-being. When you can’t make it outside, you can still experience the benefits of forest bathing with our Forest Bathing products, which includes the new Forest Bathing Hand & Body Lotion.
National Tree Day is meant to serve as a reminder of the vital role trees play in our lives and the well-being of the planet. By celebrating this day and taking action to protect and promote trees, we can all contribute to a more sustainable relationship with nature and a greener future for generations to come.
How to Incorporate the Benefits of Trees in Your Skincare
Evergreen trees, like pines, cypress and cedars, produce aromatic chemicals called phytoncides that benefit us in several ways. Amazingly, these phytoncides are present in essential oils and we can inhale them and use them topically (on our skin) to receive their benefits.
How to Benefit from Trees in Your Skincare Routine:
ATLAS CEDARWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL is soothing to skin irritations and is aromatically calming to help with relaxation. High in potent phytoncides, cedar is deeply calming to skin and nervous system and are natural mood lifters. You'll find this in our Forest Bathing Shower Gel, Forest Bathing Hand & Body Lotion and in the Blue Sapphire Facial Oil.
BALSAM FIR ESSENTIAL OIL Soothes sore muscles & joints. High in potent phytoncides, balsam fir is deeply calming to skin and nervous system and are natural mood lifters. You’ll find this oil in the Deep Freeze Sore Muscle Rub.
COPAIBA BALSAM ESSENTIAL OIL is well known for its calming and pain relieving properties. "Copal" is derived from the Spanish word for incense, copelli, and any number of resinous gums or exudates from trees in Malaysia and South America are known as "Copal". We use essential oil from the Brazilian Copaifera officinalis tree which has the most published research on its soothing effects. You’ll experience it’s soothing effects on muscle and joint pain in the Deep Freeze Sore Muscle Rub.
CYPRESS ESSENTIAL OIL restores skin hydration, helps softens, tones and clarifies the skin. It’s antioxidant properties protect the skin and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. High in potent phytoncides, cypress is deeply calming to skin and nervous system and are natural mood lifters. You’ll find it in our Verbena & Sage Cleanser, Forest Bathing Shower Gel and Forest Bathing Hand & Body Lotion.
EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL helps reduce dryness and improves the skin's moisture barrier. In aromatherapy, it is widely used for its simultaneously uplifting and calming fragrance. Known as the "fever tree", eucalyptus is one of the oldest traditional medicines in Australia, prized for its ability to open the sinuses when inhaled (which is why we tend to associate it with the traditional “spa” smell). We add it to our Seaweed & Mint Exfoliating Scrub and Skin Doctor Salve.
HORSE CHESTNUT EXTRACT is antioxidant rich and very soothing. It reduces the appearance of redness, spider veins, fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps repair skin that is suffering from environmental stressors. You’ll find this ingredient in our RADIANCE Collection.
JUNIPER BERRY ESSENTIAL OIL Native to our home of Central Oregon, juniper trees cover the landscape here. The dusky blue-purple berries are rich in nutrients. The essential oil is steam distilled from the fresh berries and is highly beneficial for use on skin that is troubled by inflammation. It works to repair and strengthen the epidermis, allowing it to defend itself from impurities that can damage the skin and cause premature aging. High in potent phytoncides, cypress is deeply calming to skin and nervous system and are natural mood lifters. You’ll find it in our Forest Bathing Shower Gel and Forest Bathing Hand & Body Lotion,
KUKUI NUT OIL is high in linoleic and alpha-linolenic essential fatty acids. It has been used by Hawaiian natives for hundreds of years for its highly absorbent and soothing properties. It is an excellent treatment for dry skin, irritated skin, which is why we add it our Broad Spectrum Sunshade Lotion and Goji Mate Ultralight Moisturizer.
MYRRH ESSENTIAL OIL is used aromatically to calm and relieve stress. On the skin, it brightens darker spots. Myrrh can also help maintain healthy skin by soothing chapped or cracked patches and itchiness. This wondrous oil does its work in the Amber & Myrrh Firming Body Cream, Zinc Rescue Cream and Blue Sapphire Facial Oil.
SANDALWOOD has woody, smoky and sweet heart notes complement the warm and rich balsamic base, with a tenacious woody dry-down that smells fresh, sweet and herbal. It is used as a base note in perfumery. We obtain our sandalwood essential oil from regenerative farms in Western Australia. Sandalwood is a powerful emollient, reducing dryness and replenishing the moisture in skin, increasing elasticity. The oil also tightens skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while soothing skin with calming compounds that even out tone, reduce the appearance of scars and leave skin renewed and refreshed. This precious oil enhances the Calming Facial Oil, Honey Avocado Rescue Mask and Cucumber Face Polish.
FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL is highly prized for its irresistible aroma. Wild harvested from tree resin in Somalia (without damaging the trees, of course!), Frankincense oil can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, calm irritation, and protect skin from the ravages of aging. All skin types can benefit from its restorative effects. You'll find it in our Yarrow & Willow Bark BHA Toner, Blue Sapphire Facial Oil, Saving Grace Night Cream and the Yarrow Oil Free Moisturizing Gel.
SHEA BUTTER is chock full of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. It's deeply moisturizing and helps calm irritated skin. Ours is sustainably harvested and made using traditional methods by a women-run cooperative in western Africa. We use this precious butter in many of our formulas including the Deep Tissue Massage Butter, Forest Bathing Hand & Body Lotion, Broad Spectrum Sunshade Lotion and Zinc Rescue Cream.
Many other tree-based ingredients that provide fantastic skin benefits don't readily come to mind - fruit-bearing trees like citrus, papaya, apple, apricot and avocado, for example. Trees are life!
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