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Get Digging and Start Healing

by Dr. Kathleen Hall

Benefits of Playing in the Dirt

There are innumerable health benefits to playing in the dirt. Emerging research shows us Ecotherapy, getting into nature, heals the mind, body, and soul.

  1. Stress reducer. Studies show gardeners report better moods and have lower cortisol, a stress hormone, levels.
  2. Brain health. Brain health and Alzheimer’s risk. Studies discovered daily gardening reduces the risk of dementia from 36%-47%. That’s incredible!
  3. Stroke and heart health. Regular gardening lowers the risk of stroke and heart attack by 30% for people over 60 years old. 
  4. Get strong. Your hand muscles get stronger and more agile.
  5. Immune boost. You prevent colds and flu with the Vitamin D you get from the sun.

Create Your Own Garden of Eden

Get digging in the dirt because it is a great stress reliever. Gardening also invites you to enjoy the beauty of nature around you. A garden symbolizes creativity, connection, beauty, and hope. In all major religious and spiritual traditions, a garden represents paradise on earth. In Eastern traditions, gardens represent consciousness and connectivity to nature. Start gardening today to reconnect with Mother Nature.

Start Gardening and Healing Today

  • Creativity. The earth is your canvas, and you can create anything you love on this rich canvas. This year plan a creative landscape or try something different. Go vertical on your landscape design and build a garden wall. It’s a great idea for gardeners with little space, and it makes a definite visual impact. Try hanging window boxes, filling a series of selves with plants, or creating a vertical succulent picture frame.
  • Connection. Gardening is an excellent opportunity to connect with Mother Nature. Experience the feel of the earth, the wind on your arms, and the sun on your face. Spring gardening gives you communion with the earth, the sunlight, your plants, and your soul. You can also connect to your garden by learning more about the plants that you use. Go beyond the Latin plant names and learn about the plant’s cultural history or possible medicinal uses.
  • Beauty. Gardening is a great opportunity to create immense beauty in your life. Go to your gardening center and visualize how the plants will look in your home—this will help you pick the right flowers for space. Imagine those roses, hydrangeas, and colorful zinnias blooming in your garden, and you cut them for your vases and your dinner table.
  • Hope. Gardens always symbolize hope. As you gently place the plant or flower into the earth, become aware of the hope rising in your heart. Share this healing experience with others. Children can learn a lot with gardening projects—planting a garden as a family will make for an educational and fun weekend project. Planting a garden is also a beautiful way to connect with your loved ones.

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