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Plant Therapy

Updated: May 24

Plant therapy, also known as horticultural therapy, is a practice that involves the use of plants and gardening activities to improve mental and physical health. This therapeutic approach leverages the natural healing properties of plants and the nurturing act of gardening to enhance well-being. Plant therapy can take various forms, from simple indoor plant care to community gardening projects and structured therapeutic programs led by trained professionals.

One of the primary benefits of plant therapy is its ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Engaging with plants, whether through watering, pruning, or merely observing their growth, can have a calming effect on the mind.

Studies have shown that spending time in green spaces or interacting with plants can lower cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress. This reduction in stress can lead to improved mood, increased feelings of happiness, and a general sense of tranquility.

Moreover, plant therapy can also foster a sense of accomplishment and purpose. The act of nurturing a plant from seed to bloom can be incredibly rewarding, providing a tangible sense of progress and achievement. This is particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with depression or anxiety, as it offers a constructive and positive focus.

Additionally, the physical activity involved in gardening, such as digging, planting, and weeding, can improve physical health by increasing strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. Plant therapy, therefore, serves as a holistic approach to health, addressing both mental and physical aspects of well-being.

As well as putting oxygen back into the air, the positive effect of plants are good for our well being, promoting and lowering blood pressure, calming of the mind. Repotting them and generally looking after them helps our mental health. Happy planting? 🤩

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