When you plant a plant, some kind of responsibility and hope will stir in your heart. Each time you water or care for the plant, you will become closer to the plant. Once the plant starts to give gifts like flowers or fruits, it will become an inseparable friend for life. Horticultural Therapy gives a platform to patients to experience such bonding which will help them to enhance physical, mental and cognitive skills. I came across an interesting blog which explains about the possibilities in Horticultural Therapy. Hope you will also enjoy!!!
“Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, which results in the loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensation. Recent research has established the importance of daily activities that exercise the body, mind, and soul for those living with MS.
Horticultural therapy is practiced by millions around the world for various reasons, such as exercise, mental solace, relaxation, or self-esteem that is enhanced by the activity itself. Gardening is the number one outdoor pastime in the United States, likely due in part to the fact that it can be an enjoyable and therapeutic activity for anyone, regardless of age, gender, or disabilities. Gardening activities are so many and varied that there is bound to be a gardening activity suitable for anyone, regardless of ability or experience.
For those participating in horticultural therapy, it can be very therapeutic. Gardening can help alleviate depression, improve motor skills, and teach problem-solving. Additional benefits include social interaction and the development of self-confidence. It’s is a safe, quiet pursuit that provides a respite from everyday stresses.”