“It’s about bringing plants and light into the rooms in which you spend most of your time – the right light and the right plants.”

“Skogluft” is a Norwegian word that translates to “Forest Air”. It’s a method for bringing nature into your home and office to improve your health and happiness.

It’s also the title of a book by Jørn Viumdal, a mechanical engineer who found the need to incorporate a more biological understanding into his everyday and professional life. NASA’s laboratory tests on the ability of plants to absorb harmful gases had a major impact on his work. Later on, he was involved in the practical implementation of pioneering tests under the direction of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, which looked at the practical effect of using plants in typical indoor environments. The publishers of Skogluft say:

“Why do we spend so much time indoors, which is not our natural habitat? Why have trends such as forest-bathing become so popular? The answer to the last question lies in the proven benefits we obtain from our connection with nature – from increased productivity to feelings of happiness and an enhanced sense of wellbeing.

For millions of years, humans developed in natural environments, in close contact with sunlight, vegetation and fresh air. But most of us spend 80-90% of our time indoors far from the environments for which we are naturally suited and in which we evolved. Skogluft’s mission is to bring a natural living environment back into your home and workplace.
Based on years of research data on the impact between nature and people … Skogluft reveals how installing a wall of easily available plants in your home environment can dramatically improve health, strengthen the immune system and increase productivity. The plants are easily available, cheap to buy and simple to look after …”

You can find out more about the book from here. And you can visit the Skogluft home website here.

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