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Spicy musty scent, green in millions of shades, cracking and rustling of the trees – all the sensory impressions that affect us during a visit to the forest calm us down and increase our mental well-being.
The release of the stress hormone cortisol is reduced, which reduces fatigue and stress. In addition to the positive influence on the psyche, forest visits also strengthen the immune system. In the forest, we breathe in fragrances, so-called terpenes, which form the trees to ward off pests. They also send the terpenes as "alarm" fragrances to neighboring trees to warn them of possible pest infestation. The terpenes stimulate the formation of immune cells in humans.
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