My husband stumbled upon a beautiful melaleuca tree while traveling and hiking in Maui earlier this year and it got us thinking. Did you ever wonder what it is that makes people love to travel so much? When you can’t travel, do you find yourself gawking at colorful photos of beautiful beaches, trees, valleys and streams?
Traveling isn’t exactly comfortable. In fact it’s often very tiring and a lot of hard work, however at the same time it rejuvenates the spirit and seems to give meaning to life as you begin to realize that everything in nature is connected. Simply meeting new people in new places and empathizing with them strengthens those connections and improves health. Even western doctors encourage human contact to speed recovery in hospitals.
When you are stuck at home, have you ever noticed how much better you feel if you just go for a walk outside and get those endorphins flowing through your body, eliminating pain and stress almost instantly as you awe at the beauty of a tree or sky or smile at a family passing you on their bikes. Even just standing outside in the sun, your body begins to produce the vitamin D that it needs for healthy living.
Swimming or surfing in the salty ocean water full of minerals also has so many health benefits. It took me a while to understand why my husband would spend hours paddling on his surfboard to catch just 3 waves that lasted only seconds. However, I always knew he would come home happy.
We also recently began to appreciate the benefits of drinking pure natural water without contaminants. Water is the source of life, and the largest component of your body. Perhaps that is one reason we have always felt compelled to live by the water or why waterfront properties hold such premium value.
The beautiful trees, flowers, and plants that we stare at also have tremendous nutritional and healing powers. They provide the foundation of a healthy diet and are the source of many remedies used in both traditional eastern and modern western medicine.
The melaleuca tree is only one of hundreds or thousands of nature’s gifts. Oil Derived from melaleuca trees can be used to support healthy skin and nails, bolster the immune system, and for its natural cleansing properties. Many essential oils such as frankincense, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, myrrh, fennel, basil, cilantro, and oregano, derived from plants and trees have been used for thousands of years to support the body and mind.
People surround themselves in their homes with plants and flowers that look beautiful and emit odors that instantly bring peace and calm and purify the air. When we wake up and have our coffee, we also diffuse essential oils to elevate our mood and energy levels. People plant gardens outside their home for organic food nutrients as well as the mental peace that comes with bringing new life into the world simply by adding water to seeds and soil.
Perhaps this is why we love to travel so much and stare at beautiful photos. Nature gives in many ways, and traveling is a gateway to soak in nature’s gifts that foster a healthy life.
First off beautiful photos! It’s also exciting to see that you are embracing essential oils. Scent is so powerful. I’m currently studying for a Master Clinical Aromatherapist certification and I’m learning so much.
That’s awesome. Are you doing it online? One of my close friends just got her certification.
Love the power of essential oils… We love to use them for EVERYTHING. ?
Lovely post. These beautiful photos are awakening my wanderlust. 🙂
I know the feeling. My wanderlust grows daily… As does my travel bucket list. ?
Beautiful photos and beautiful sentiments, Jill. I would love to visit Hawaii. These simple pleasures really speak to the human heart.
? Thank you! I totally agree with them speaking to the heart!
I hope you get to Hawaii!
Traveling is the best release of stress there is. When I travel, especially to another country, I forget about absolutely anything that was stressing me or keeping me worried. I think is the simple fact of actually physically separating ourselves from the source of stress. Like it’s said: Out of sight, out of mind! – Great article!
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I totally agree!!! Its so nice to get away from the stress that is daily life. 🙂
I love this!!! Traveling is so so so important to us–having our next adventure planned means we’re caring for ourselves (as we have stressful jobs) and gives us something to look toward. Getting outside, breathing the fresh Northern Arizona air, is so key to just shifting our mental state from one of overwhelm to one of ease. Great post, Jill!!! xo
Ah. I love that we are on the same page. We feel the same about travel. It is good for the soul. Xo.
Beautiful photos, this make me want to travel so badly!
Thank you so much! And I totally understand wanting to travel… 😉
Your photos are stunning! Someday I hope to travel all over!
Thank you so much!! Traveling is great for the soul.
Getting out into nature is a great healing option. More people should take advantage of mother nature.
I absolutely agree!!! ❤️
Something to keep in mind as I sit at my desk all day, staring outside at a biking trail. It’s true; getting outdoors relieves stress and helps me refocus when I’m starting to feel sluggish. Your photos are gorgeous, and I absolutely love this post! 🙂
Thank you so much for your kind comment! 🙂 How amazing that you can view a bike trail from your desk… so refreshing…
Beautiful post and pictures! Traveling does seem to replenish the soul even the times when it’s exhausting to the body. I’m an essential oil lover too so loved your thoughts there as well.
Thank you! So happy to hear you are also an essential oil lover! 🙂 They’re amazing!!
Wow, I travel a lot but I haven’t been traveling like this. You make me want to stop and appreciate nature more!
So happy to hear that!
Stunning photos, it makes me wish I was on a beach but your article is spot on about getting away. Thanks for sharing!
I understand the feeling of wanting to be on a beach!! 🙂 Thanks for the compliment on the photos.
I’ve been trying to spend more time with nature. I love the tropical stuff, and water related is even better. But I’ve also been trying to spend more time traveling to nature locally. Our own backyards are filled with amazing and unique gems. So remember to travel nearby.
You are so right. This year we have really been exploring the west coast…close to home and a little farther. We used to try to travel to more remote locations, but we have really been enjoying ourselves.
i really enjoyed reading this. Makes me want to travel now, especially looking at your lovely photos!
Thank you for the sweet note. I hope you are able to travel soon.
This was a good day for me to read this about travel…have been contemplating canceling an upcoming trip…maybe I won’t!
Oh. I’m glad this came at a good time. Where are you planning on traveling?
I wish I lived in a place where we can hike! =)
Where do you live? Are you close to any place you can hike?! Nature is amazing.
Umm..we live in Saudi Arabia. Either desert or urbanized cities. =)
Lovely post and yes you’re right! I love to buy new flowers to keep inside to make it my beautiful haven 🙂 I’m definitely following your blog! 🙂
Aww. That’s a wonderful way to bring nature inside!!! And thanks for the love. ?
What a beautiful place to visit. Your pictures are just perfect!
Thank you so much! 🙂
This looks beautiful!
Thank you! We find the beauty in nature essential to our well being! 🙂
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I’d love to travel more. It’s one of the reasons that I’m getting out of debt!
Awesome! Congrats on taking that HUGE step! You will be so happy when the debt is gone and you are free to travel without the guilt…
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