Written by David Y. Wong, MD, Mar 6, 2019
We have all experienced the calmness and peace being in nature can make us feel. Nature can help us establish the equilibrium and balance that we need in our busy lives. Living in a city, we do not have easy access to forests and woods without having to drive a fair distance. Spending time in nature on a regular basis can improve our health and happiness. Here are a few places in the South Bay where you can experience the healing power of trees, plants and flowers.
Madrona Marsh Preserve – across Sepulveda Blvd. from Health Integration Center. Nature walks, bird watching, etc.
South Coast Botanica Garden – 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes. Different sections of trees, cacti, succulents, rose bushes are featured. My favorite area are the herbs where you are encouraged to touch, smell and even taste! Small admission fee. Free every third Tuesday of each month. Become a member to support this wonderful place.
Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach – small park at 1102 Camino Real when one can camp out with permit. Free entrance; nice view of the city.
The Japanese have studied and published on the art and science of “shinrin-yoku” known as “forest bathing”. There are many parks in Japan that have been designated where forest therapy is available. A lovely and informative book, Forest Bathing, published in 2018 by Dr. Qing Li, vice-president and secretary general of the International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine, is highly recommended.
Please share your experiences or recommendations of other natural locations you enjoy visiting.