Why your brain needs a Garden


“There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.” – Mirabel Osler

Gardening awakens a primal urge that many of us have to connect with the earth. By putting your hands in the soil, you are able to physically unite with nature on an elemental level.
At the same time, gardening gets you outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine, helping your body produce much-needed vitamin D. It gets you moving, providing important exercise, and allows you to connect socially with others.
When you garden, you’re adding beauty to the landscape and habitat for birds, bees, frogs, worms, and so much more. Depending on what you garden, you can reap a harvest of fruits and vegetables to feed your family. You can also indirectly feed your brain for better mood and emotional health, and to satisfy your curiosity for knowledge.
In fact, learning is the fourth top reason why people say they garden — after to grow safe, healthy food, get exercise, and add beauty to their yard. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that people garden, in part, to stimulate their brains, as gardening has been shown to impact brain health considerably.

Spending time in a garden may help calm dementia patients
A new systematic review examined the impact of gardens and outdoor spaces on the mental and physical well-being of people with dementia. The research suggested that garden use, whether it be watering plants, walking through a garden or sitting in one, led to decreased levels of agitation or anxiety among the patients.
As for why the garden may help induce calm, Dr. Mark Stecker, chairman of neurosciences at Winthrop-University Hospital, who was not involved with the study, said:
“When your brain is impaired, you go back to your basic instincts. Many people have always enjoyed the outdoors. They may not have an explicit memory of that, but it’s an implicit memory. And they find it comforting to be outside.”
Interestingly, while spending time in a garden may help relieve some dementia symptoms, it may also help to reduce your risk of developing dementia in the first place. As reported by CNN:
“Two separate studies that followed people in their 60s and 70s for up to 16 years found, respectively, that those who gardened regularly had a 36 percent and 47 percent lower risk of dementia than non-gardeners, even when a range of other health factors were taken into account.
These findings are hardly definitive, but they suggest that the combination of physical and mental activity involved in gardening may have a positive influence on the mind.”

Gardening may make you happy via antidepressant microbes in the soil
According to a survey by Gardeners’ World magazine, 80 percent of gardeners reported being “happy” and satisfied with their lives, compared to 67 percent of non-gardeners. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that gardeners are happier.
Mycobacterium vaccae is a type of bacteria commonly found in soil, which people may ingest or inhale when they garden. Remarkably, this microbe has been found to “mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide.” It helps to stimulate serotonin production, helping to make you feel happier and more relaxed. No wonder so many people describe their garden as their “happy place.”
In one animal study, mice that ingested Mycobacterium vaccae had a demonstrated reduction in anxiety and improved learning. The researchers noted that natural exposure to microbes may be important for emotional health and behavior:
“Recent studies show that contact with tolerogenic microbes is important for the proper functioning of immunoregulatory circuits affecting behavior, emotionality and health […]
Collectively, our results suggest a beneficial effect of naturally delivered, live M. vaccae on anxiety-related behaviors… supporting a positive role for ambient microbes in the immunomodulation of animal behavior.”

Gardening helps you get grounded
There’s another way that gardening may help your mood and brain health, and that is grounding. The surface of the earth holds subtle health-boosting energy, and all you have to do to harness it is touch it. Walking barefoot on the earth transfers free electrons from the earth’s surface into your body that then spread throughout your tissues.
Grounding has been shown to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, and enhance your well-being.
Aside from increasing your sense of well-being and calm, keeping a garden can also improve your health by providing you with fresher, uncontaminated food; nutrient-dense food that is simply unavailable in your grocery store. It will also help you reduce your grocery bill. You don’t need vast amounts of space either.
Even apartment dwellers can create a well-stocked edible garden. You can use virtually every square foot of your space to grow food, including your lateral space. Hanging baskets are ideal for a wide variety of crops, such as strawberries, leafy greens, runner beans, pea shoots, tomatoes, and a variety of herbs. You can also grow sprouts like sunflower seeds and reap a harvest in 7-10 days.
And instead of flowers, window boxes can hold herbs, greens, radishes, scallions, bush beans, strawberries, chard, and chilies, for example. Just start small, and as you get the hang of it, add another container of something else. Before you know it, large portions of your meals could come straight from your own edible garden.

author: Dr. Mercola
Full article at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/21/gardening-impacts-brain-health.aspx

Healing Herbs for Gardens

it is called the “king of herbs”. It is used medicinally as a natural anti-inflammatory and is thought to have mild antiseptic functions. Some healing uses are for flatulence, lack off appetite, nausea and cuts and scrapes.
Basil is an annual plant so you will have to start anew each year.

German Chamomile: Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs in the Western world. Its flower heads are commonly used for infusions, teas and salves. These in turn can be used to treat indigestion, anxiety and skin inflammations.
As a tea, it serves as a mild sedative to help with sleep.

Feverfew: The name feverfew comes from a Latin word meaning “fever reducer”.
This perennial is a member of the sunflower family and has been used for centuries in European folk medicine as a remedy for headaches, arthritis, and fevers.
Its many uses include easing headache pains – especially migraines. This is done by chewing on the leaves. A tea made from the leaves and flowers is said to relieve the symptoms of arthritis.

Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is a member of the mint family. Considered a calming herb, it has been used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion. Even before the Middle Ages, lemon balm was steeped in wine to lift the spirits, help heal wounds, and treat venomous insect bites and stings.
As with many other herbs in your healing garden, lemon balm promotes relaxation and a sense of calm.

Parsley: There is nothing like a sprig of parsley to take away bad breath. It is no wonder that this biennial (meaning it lives for two years) is used to decorate and garnish plates in the fanciest of restaurants.
When brewed as a tea, parsley can help supplement iron in a person’s diet, particularly for those who are anemic. Drinking parsley tea also boosts energy and overall circulation of the body, and helps battle fatigue from lack of iron.
Parsley tea fights gas and flatulence in the belly, kidney infections, and bladder infections. It can also be an effective diuretic.

Sage: The genus name for sage is “salvia” which means “to heal”. In the first century C.E. Greek physician Dioscorides reported that sage stopped bleeding of wounds and cleaned ulcers and sores. He also recommended sage juice in warm water for hoarseness and cough. In modern times, a sage tea is used to sooth mouth, throat and gum inflammations. This is because sage has excellent antibacterial and astringent properties.

Thyme: Back during medieval times, thyme was given to knights before going in to battle. The purpose was to infuse this manly man with vigor and courage.
These days, thyme used to relieve coughs, congestion, indigestion and gas. This perennial is rich in thymol, a strong antiseptic, making thyme highly desirable in the treatment of wounds and even fungus infections. Thyme is a perennial that does well, even in cooler, Pacific Northwest climates.

Rosemary: Long ago, rosemary was known as ‘the herb of remembrance.’ Even today, in places like Australia and New Zealand, it is used as a symbol of remembrance since it is known to help sharpen mental clarity and stimulate brain function.
You might recall that many statues of the ancient Greeks and Romans show men wearing sprigs of rosemary on their heads, signifying mental acuity.
The needles of the delightfully fragrant rosemary plant can be used in a tea to treat digestive problems. The same tea can also be used as an expectorant and as a relaxing beverage that is helpful for headaches. Other healing uses include improving memory, relieving muscle pain and spasms, stimulating hair growth, and supporting the circulatory and nervous systems.

Peppermint: Peppermint has a long tradition of medicinal use. Archaeological evidence places its use far back as ten thousand years ago. It is commonly used to soothe or treat symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, indigestion, irritable bowel and bloating.
The leaves and stems contain menthol which in addition to use medicinally, is used as a flavoring in food, and a fragrance in cosmetics. The plant is prolific, growing well in moist, shaded areas as well as in sunnier locations. The roots emit runners that can quickly overtake the garden so most gardeners prefer to plant peppermint in pots.

Lavender: A tea made from lavender has many uses with one of the foremost being it’s ability to have a calming effect on a person’s mind and body. To that end, lavender can promote a sense of well-being and alleviate stress. It is also useful for dealing with various gastrointestinal issues such as upset stomachs and flatulence.
Because it is a strong antiseptic, lavender tea, when applied topically, can help heal cuts, wounds and sores. It can also be used to mitigate bad breath.

How to Start
It depends mainly on the amount of space you have, the climate, and the availability of seeds, starts, or cuttings.
A recommendation is to start with three or four herbs that appeal to you from a healing perspective. Many can be grown in pots on a porch or deck so if space is a problem, you can start modestly.

How to Make an Herbal Tea
First bring some cool water to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, fetch a non-mental container that will be used to brew the tea. A quart mason jar works nicely for this purpose. You do not want to use a metal container since the metal may interfere with the purity and taste of the tea.
Add 2 tablespoons of fresh (or 1 tablespoon of dried herb or crushed seed) to the empty pot or jar for each cup of water. Then, and this is the important part, add an extra 2 tablespoons of fresh (or 1 tablespoon of dried) herbs “for the pot”. So, for example, if you are making 2 cups of hot tea, you would use 6 tablespoons of fresh herbs or 3 tablespoons of dried herbs.
Pour the boiling water over the herbs and let them steep, covered, for about 5 minutes give or take. There is no exact time since everyone’s strength preference is difference. When ready, strain the herbs and pour the tea into a cup. At this point you may want to garnish your heavenly and healing cup of tea with honey, citrus fruits or addition herb sprigs.
For iced tea, increase the quantity of herbs in the basic recipe by 1 1/2 to allow for dilution from the melting ice.

author: Gaye Levy
original source: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2014/03/10-healing-herbs-to-grow-in-your.html

Bioenergetic Landscapes: How the energy of plants can improve our health

The idea that plants and in particular trees are beneficial to men is today broadly shared. Over the last decades, university institutes and research centres all over the world have addressed this issue, carrying out experimental studies on the influence of green areas at psychological, sensory and emotional level, above all in medical facilities, study rooms and workplaces. Results are often astonishing.

Research activities carried out by the University of Texas demonstrated that patients hospitalised in facilities provided with gardens have shorter hospitalisations and are more satisfied, as is the staff: ultimately lower costs and higher comfort (R.S. Ulrich et al., 1984-1999-2002; Cooper-Marcus and Barnes, 1995; Whitehouse et al., 2001). Also at workplaces, the presence of plants can increase the yield by up to 12% and reduce stress and sick leaves (V.I. Lohr et al;, Washington State University, 1996; T. Fjeld, 1998). Studies have also proved that just watching natural landscapes and plants is enough to improve blood circulation in a few minutes, reducing stress (R.S. Ulrich et al., 1991-1999; Hartig, 1991; Nakamura and Fujii, 1992; Heerwagen, 1990) and activating a therapeutic effect based on emotional suggestion, which could be therefore defined a “placebo” effect. Hence it is confirmed that the “healing tree” is an archetype of ancient origin that is still today deeply rooted in our psyche. Over the last twenty years these results have encouraged many designers to create “Healing Gardens”, which are gardens thought above all for the weakest and most disadvantaged people, with the purpose of producing wellbeing feelings through the therapeutic effect of the landscape, which is mainly linked to emotional, psychological and sensory stimulations. For a few years, new studies have been investigating the reasons of the beneficial influence that plants and above all trees can exert on human beings, analysing this interaction in terms of “energy”.
Ancient cultures used to teach practices and rituals that included the physical contact with trees, as they thought they had a therapeutic power based on the exchange of vital energy.

We are linked to the plant world through a biological affinity, which seems to have been confirmed by scientific research, as it has highlighted the existence of great similarities between some aspects of the animal and plant physiology. For example, recent discoveries by LINV (International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology) of Florence have proved that the plant root system has a great similarity with the animal brain and that plants have sophisticated skills enabling them to react to external stimuli and to choose the most suitable answer to the environment and the human beings they come in contact with.
Moreover numerous studies have proved that all physical forms (humans, animals, plants and minerals) are held together and controlled by electromagnetic energy fields (electrodynamic theory by H.S. Burr, Yale university, 1940; H. Frolich, 1988, F.A. Popp, 1989), spurring further research to deepen the knowledge on the relation existing in this field between human beings and the environment. Hence it is no surprise that in terms of energy men, animals and plants depend on the environment even though at the same time they emit biological energy fields, in form of weak, but specific electromagnetic fields.
In the 60s the Belgian researcher, Dott. Walter Kunnen (1921-2011) started to investigate the electromagnetic influences of biosphere on life and health of human beings, stating that we are not really aware that the only difference
between a corpse (animal or plant) and a living body is neither of physical, nor of anatomic nature, but it is only an energy matter. His unconventional studies highlighted the existence of subtle electromagnetic fields emitted by men and of those existing in nature, which are able to influence health. Thanks to the evolution and the use he has developed of the most advanced tool of biophysical measurement, the “Lecher antenna”, he was able to measure the biological quality of natural and artificial electromagnetism with a precision that still today is impossible for electronic equipment.

As a consequence, new studies have been recently carried out in the plant field to deepen the knowledge on the energetic relation between men, trees and biosphere, which lead to the idea of “Bioenergetic Landscapes”. It is an innovative technique, which, through specific measurements, recognizes that plants and in particular trees are able to influence men and their vital functions from an energetic point of view and which is used to create therapeutic “bioenergetic gardens”. All this is possible because plants emit electromagnetic frequencies, which are identical to those produced by human organs, the intensity and quality of which vary according to the plant genus and species. These frequencies interact with our organism by resonance, the same principle applied for the functioning of radio, and according to their characteristics they can provide energy to the different human organs, sometimes producing also great benefits. Electromagnetic properties of each species can be precisely measured and used for therapeutic purposes in the creation of green spaces and areas where is beneficial to have a relaxing and regenerating stop.

Actually the intensity of electromagnetic fields emitted by trees is very low (like the one of bio-energetic fields produced by man, which are currently studied in many universities all over the world); yet it has an extremely high biological affinity. It usually does not have any influence on the organism if the distance from the tree is more than few tens of centimetres.
Yet the study carried out has enabled the discovery of natural electromagnetic vectors, called “generator fields”, able to transmit the energy properties of trees, which can be defined their “biological information”, up to a some meters of distance.
Thanks to accurate measurements, plants are located with high precision and in compliance with specific procedures along the path followed by these
vectors, which collect the bio-electromagnetic information of the plant. This allows to create bio-energetic areas rather large. These can stretch up to 20-30 metres from the plants, roughly of the same width.
To better illustrate the phenomenon, it could be useful a simile. Imagine the natural electromagnetic field as a pure and clear mountain stream; then we immerse in the middle of it a glass filled with ink of a certain color, that in our case is the tree with its particular energy: until the ink will come out from the glass, the water will flow downstream coloring itself for some distance, until returning transparent. Much like this happens in electromagnetic reality studied by the Bio-energetic Landscapes, with the only difference that the tree never wears out.
Bioenergetic areas are particularly suitable for a rest and they have different levels of beneficial electromagnetic qualities to our organism according to the plant used and its specific properties of biological influence. Staying a few minutes in these spaces facilitates and nourish the most vital functions and well-being of our organs (immune system, circulatory, liver, thyroid, adrenal gland, etc ) and involves a more intense and effective recovery from stress as evidenced by the measurements performed with diagnostic tools as GDV Bioelectrography (Gas Discharge Visualization) by prof. K. Korotkov – University of St. Petersburg – (Russia) and with various vibration devices of electromagnetic and TRV infrasound and ultraviolet analysis.
Using this technique, it is possible to plan and then create bioenergetic parks and gardens,the therapeutic function of which is truly based on the beneficial properties of selected plants, achieving levels of qualification for the environmental electromagnetism that no other system can provide. To obtain this result, the choice of plants is fundamental. Most of the common mediterranean and continental species exert a positive influence on the different organs, and only few of them have negative effects, such as the Walnut (genus Juglans) or Cypress.

Interestingly over time men have used their experience and sensitivity to recognize the positive influence of many tree species, which have then become symbols of vitality and objects of worship. In ancient times, they represented the powers and the qualities of the deity, who was associated to them and who sometimes chose the tree as dwelling. For example, Oak (Quercus robur) is a tree with an excellent resistance and particularly beneficial for the cardiovascular, immune and endocrine systems, as well as for the reproductive organs.
In antiquity, in the whole Mediterranean basin and up to northern Europe, it was considered an oracular tree, a sacred tree, which was placed at the centre of the Celtic Nemeton or of the Roman Locus as object of worship evoking the power of Zeus or northern deities. It is not excluded that the thaumaturgic power attributed to some sacred trees could stem from a particular position that enjoyed the best conditions of the local biosphere, thus enabling them to enhance and spread around their great beneficial force.
The link between tree and symbolic and divine meaning is clear also in other plants belonging to the European sacred tradition, like the Olive, the Ash and the Birch. These trees have a positive effect for the organism, they help the heart and the immune system, and hence they are precious for our health. As far as the Ash is concerned, for example, we know that in the Greek mythology it was sacred to Poseidon, the god of the sea, the springs and the waterways. The bio-energetic analysis of this tree highlights an excellent therapeutic influence also as regards kidneys, bladder, lymphatic system, all organs concerning indeed liquid flows of the body.

The ancient gesture of hugging a tree achieves a higher meaning, as it brings us in contact with the real energy emissions able to activate wellbeing mechanisms, as well as walking in a wood enables us to move and rest within an environment that is deeply influenced by the bio-electromagnetic proprieties of trees, thus transforming our trips into moments.

author: Marco Nieri
article source: http://fountaininternationalmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Fountain-International-Magazine-October-20141.pdf

The Healing Power of Nature

In today’s fast-paced world, almost everything we ingest is artificial, processed and synthetic, be it food or medication. Even when it comes to exercising, many of us choose to walk on the treadmill, or take a dip in the public pool, instead of heading towards the park or the ocean. Smoking and drinking have probably becomes the most common ways to reduce stress and anxiety, especially with working individuals. Needless to say, the air we breathe in is far from pure, at least in urban areas! And when it comes to curing any ailment, even something as mild as a common cold, many of us waste no time in popping a pill. But did you know that many of your health problems can be treated without a trip to the doctor or the pharmacy?Fortunately, many people are now realizing the healing powers that nature can have on their bodies. After accepting homeopathy and herbal therapy, for treating several different types of ailments, many individuals are now exploring the benefits of Eco-therapy.
In simple terms, Eco-therapy can be described as a form of natural treatment, which encourages people to build mutually-beneficial relationships with nature. Those who have been undergoing this therapy make an attempt to use their mind, heart & senses to interact with the world. While many people practice Eco-therapy in different ways, this treatment requires you to:

  • Head off to the woods or a garden
  • Sit beside some flowing water
  • Watch the scenery when you are traveling by car or train
  • Interact with domestic animals like cats, dogs and horses
  • Embrace activities like gardening as well as tending plants and watching them

Basically, you need to get involved with different types of living species other than your own.
Intuitively, many of us have been aware of the healing power of nature for a very long time and recent research proves that we have been right all along.

Nature can have a positive impact on your body in numerous ways

Medical Benefits: Just looking at nature can help your body heal faster. Research has shown that patients in hospitals experience less pain and recover faster, if they have access to the views and sounds of nature. Even looking at murals of natural scenery and listening to recorded sounds of nature can have a similar effect on your recovery process.

Emotional Benefits: Continuous focus on everyday tasks, at work and home can drain you, causing you to feel irritable, fatigued and stressed. Nature can increase your sense of overall well being with its restorative effect. Adults and teens claim to feel more relaxed after spending time outdoors. Taking part in a variety of activities like jogging in the park, camping in the woods or swimming in the river, can help you feel more self-confident and patient.

Therapeutic Benefits: Interacting with nature for just a few hours each day can help you combat some serious health issues, like depression and anxiety. A recent study conducted in England showed that people experienced a reduction in depression when they walked outside, but experienced little improvement or even worsening of their symptoms when they went walking in a shopping mall for the same amount of time. In certain schools, teachers are encouraged to take hyperactive students outside for a brief walk, so that they can concentrate on classroom activities for the rest of the day.
No one can really explain how or why nature has such a deep impact on our bodies and yet, its therapeutic power cannot be ignored. The best way to test the effectiveness of Eco-therapy is by spending time in the outdoors and interacting with other living beings.

source: http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/benefits-of-natural-healing-power-slideshow.html

Eco-terapia. Come curarsi interagendo con la natura

Passeggiare in un parco o in un bosco, rimanere sdraiati a lungo su un prato, affrontare un sentiero di montagna: ecco tante idee per ritrovare energia e sentirsi subito meglio. L’eco-terapia, nota anche come eco-therapy è un metodo di curarsi in modo naturale, che incoraggia le persone a creare delle relazioni positive con l’ambiente che le circonda.
Chi sceglie l’eco-terapia, compie il tentativo di utilizzare mente, cuore e sensi per interagire con il mondo naturale. Esistono molte alternative per dedicarsi all’eco-terapia, ma in generale questa tipologia di trattamento richiede di:

  • Trascorrere del tempo in un bosco o in un giardino.
  • Sedersi accanto ad un ruscello, un fiume o una fonte d’acqua.
  • Ammirare il paesaggio durante un viaggio.
  • Dedicarsi al giardinaggio e prendersi cura delle piante.
  • Interagire con gli animali domestici, compresi cani, gatti e cavalli.

Alla base dell’eco-terapia troviamo la necessità di allontanarsi dal proprio ambiente abituale perriavvicinarsi agli spazi verdi e ai loro ecosistemi. Molti di noi, semplicemente per intuito, si saranno resi conto del potere curativo che la natura ha sulle persone e della sensazione immediata di benessere che una semplice camminata tra gli alberi può regalare. Ora anche il mondo della ricerca si è reso conto che il contatto con la natura è in grado di garantire benefici da non sottovalutare.
Al momento, nessuno può spiegare fino in fondo perché il contatto con la natura abbia un impatto tanto profondo su di noi, ma i relativi benefici terapeutici non possono essere ignorati. Il miglior modo per sperimentare l’efficacia dell’eco-terapia consiste semplicemente nel trascorrere più tempo all’aria aperta, cercando di interagire con gli altri esseri viventi.

I benefici dell’Eco-Terapia

Medici: La semplice osservazione della natura può aiutare il nostro corpo a guarire più in fretta. Secondo alcune ricerche, i pazienti in ospedale si riprendono prima e avvertono meno dolore se hanno accesso a immagini, panorami e suoni della natura. Anche osservare dei dipinti di paesaggi naturali o ascoltare dei suoni registrati può avere effetti positivi sul recupero della salute.

Emotivi: Ogni giorno la vita ci richiede elevati livelli di concentrazione per compiere le azioni quotidiane, a casa, in famiglia o al lavoro. Ciò può provocare irritabilità, stanchezza e stress. La natura può contribuire a migliorare il benessere generale, garantendo un vero e proprio effetto ristoratore. Gli effetti benefici del trascorrere tempo all’aria aperta sono evidenti  sia sugli adulti che sui più giovani. Una vacanza in campeggio, una bella nuotata o una corsa nel parco possono aiutarci a sentirci più pazienti e sicuri di noi stessi.

Terapeutici: Secondo le più recenti ricerche, il diretto contatto con la natura può offrire un supporto da non sottovalutare a coloro che soffrono di disturbi come l’ansia o la depressione. In alcuni istituti scolastici gli insegnanti vengono incoraggiati a trascorrere del tempo all’aria aperta – anche per una breve camminata – con i bambini iperattivi, così che in classe e nelle altre attività della giornata possano concentrarsi di più. In caso di malattie gravi, l’eco-terapia potrebbe rappresentare un supporto interessanti alle normali cure.

Attività che richiedono il contatto diretto con la natura e che potrebbero rientrare nell’eco-terapia:

Biofilia – Secondo la biofilia non si può trascorrere una vita sana e completa lontano dalla natura. Sulla base di questa affermazione, un gruppo di studiosi olandesi ha dimostrato che la natura può aiutarci a vedere il nostro futuro in chiave positiva. Osservare un paesaggio naturale rigoglioso, anche in fotografia, sarebbe d’aiuto per aprire i propri orizzonti verso prospettive esistenziali decisamente più rosee

Silvoterapia – Abbracciare un albero per sentirsi meglio. Ecco il consiglio di base della silvoterapia. I maggiori effetti terapeutici si otterrebbero appoggiandosi con la schiena al tronco degli alberi e posizionando la mano destra nella zona del plesso solare. La mano sinistra è a contatto con il retro della schiena, nella zona dei reni, e l’albero stesso. E’ necessario respirare a lungo e profondamente per avvertire una nuova sferzata di energia.

Ortoterapia – L’ortoterapia è stata introdotta come supporto alle cure convenzionali in diversi ospedali, nel mondo e anche in Italia. Vi avevamo parlato, ad esempio, dei casi di Detroit e di Mantova, dove è nato un orto-giardino curativo dedicato ai malati di Alzheimer. Prendersi cura del proprio orto è un vero e proprio antistress naturale. E chi ha la possibilità di coltivare delle piantine aromatiche in ufficio godrà di benefici per quanto riguarda la produttività sul lavoro e la concentrazione.

Garden Therapy – La garden therapy è una forma di terapia olistica, utile a promuovere la salute ed il benessere interiore. Si associa soprattutto alla cura del giardino, con particolare riferimento a piante e fiori, e in alcuni casi all’aromaterapia. Grazie alla garden therapy, infatti, il nostro olfatto è stimolato in positivo dai profumi emanati dalle corolle e dalle erbe aromatiche di cui possiamo occuparci. La cura del giardino favorisce la serenità, infonde speranza e desiderio di impegnarsi.

fonte: http://www.greenme.it/vivere/salute-e-benessere/12966-eco-terapia-curarsi-natura

Letture consigliate:
Healing Garden. Il giardino che cura
Cristina Pandolfo
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