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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Books for wellness and self care

by Timber Press on November 29, 2018

in Craft

If there’s someone on your list who loves health and wellness—or perhaps even better, someone who doesn’t, yet—these beautiful guides to nature-based self care are bursting with inspiration, full color photographs, and clearly presented instructions for integrating mindfulness and self care into every day.


Forest bathing, also known as shinrin-yoku, is the Japanese practice of connecting deeply with nature. In Shinrin Yoku, nature meets modern science in a lushly illustrated book about the healing power of trees. Leading expert Yoshifumi Miyazaki explains the science behind forest bathing and explores its many health benefits, including reduced stress, lower blood pressure, improved mood, and increased focus and energy.

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Fully illustrated with gorgeous color photographs of the forest and its inhabitants, Among Trees is a lush guided journal that helps you record and reflect on your therapeutic trips into the woods. Use the blank pages to capture the date, season, weather, and location of specific outings. Creative prompts throughout will help you deepen your experience.

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In Creating Sanctuary, Jessi Bloom taps into multiple sources of traditional plant wisdom to help find a deeper connection to the outdoor space you already have—no matter the size. Equal parts inspirational and practical, this engaging guide includes tips on designing a healing space, plant profiles for 50 sacred plants, recipes that harness the medicinal properties of plants, and simple instructions for daily rituals and practices for self-care.

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The Herbal Recipe Keeper is a beautiful, keepsake item for recording the ways you have used healing plants—as herbal medicinal, in cooking, or as essential oils. It includes space to record botanical and common names, plant descriptions, harvesting notes, preparations uses, and details on health and wellness.

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