Blossom Brain

A personal Editorial Illustration project about plant phytoncides.

Did you know that trees and plants and flowers emit volatile organic compounds called phytoncides? They act as a defence system for the plant itself, protecting them from bacteria and fungus, and rather cleverly enabling the plant to communicate with other plants around it to warn them in case of attack. However, the phytoncides can be beneficial for humans too. When we breathe them in, they can actually increase the NK cells in the body (helping your immune system function), and even reduce cortisol levels and increase serotonin production, making you feel more relaxed and happy, and turning your brain into a lovely cherry blossom tree.


Blossom Brain illustration by Lizzy Doe


Many thanks to Jehane’s Golden Thread for the prompt “Sakura Blossom”!