Before arriving in Maui, I’d never stopped to ponder what the scent of “ocean breeze” was actually trying to capture. Upon arriving, I got a sense of what the chemists were onto. In Maui there was a delicate sweet scent that followed you around. I was almost convinced that the nearby hotel resorts were misting a fragrance onto beaches. In general beaches can either smell a bit briny or kelp-y, which I don’t usually mind, it’s all part of the experience. In Maui, the fragrant air, perhaps from the plethora of flora and fauna on the island, just added to the island’s mystic. It felt like healing space.
There is no doubt that Hawaii is beautiful, and Maui is exceptionally stunning. Its beauty is commanding, in the sense that colors and the sounds keep you utterly captivated, so you’re forced to set your phone aside and soak it all in, and that is a good thing. Unplugging and being in natural spaces is known to be good for your well-being.
visiting marine and coastal environments positively affected mental health
Blue is a color that most people are naturally drawn to; water means life. The rhythmic sounds are comforting while the negative ions in the mist are working on our brains to keep us calm. This is all part of nature’s therapeutic workings, otherwise known as blue health. Blue health is the notion that being around water is good for your physical and mental well-being.
A recent 2020 study in the UK found evidence that visiting marine and coastal environments positively affected mental health and overall well-being. People experience increased levels of calmness and feelings of revitalization around the waters. They also found that people living near the coast were exposed to more Vitamin D and were better at processing the hormone. Which is essential to our immune function and developing strong bones. So there are some excellent blue health reasons to head out to the coast, or a lake, or just out into nature this summer!