Working with nature, plants and soil always give some sort of good experience for you. There are many reasons behind this. Fresh air, sensory stimulation, beneficial bacteria present in soil, energy exchanges between plants, human and environment are some among them. While we are in the outdoors many of the nerves in our brain get activated and help to secrete hormones in a balanced way. There were studies all over to explain the healing power of nature. As we know it is vast and enormous. Recently there was a study and the result shows that walking in the outdoors especially in a plant-rich environment will help to enhance the performance of your brain. It is really interesting, here I am attaching a few excerpts of the research and hope you will enjoy that.

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“Urbanization has many benefits, but it also is associated with increased levels of mental illness, including depression. It has been suggested that decreased nature experience may help to explain the link between urbanization and mental illness. This suggestion is supported by a growing body of correlational and experimental evidence, which raises a further question: what mechanism(s) link decreased nature experience to the development of mental illness? One such mechanism might be the impact of nature exposure on rumination, a maladaptive pattern of self-referential thought that is associated with heightened risk for depression and other mental illnesses. We show in healthy participants that a brief nature experience, a 90-min walk in a natural setting, decreases both self-reported rumination and neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex (sgPFC), whereas a 90-min walk in an urban setting has no such effects on self-reported rumination or neural activity. In other studies, the sgPFC has been associated with a self-focused behavioral withdrawal linked to rumination in both depressed and healthy individuals. This study reveals a pathway by which nature experience may improve mental well-being and suggests that accessible natural areas within urban contexts may be a critical resource for mental health in our rapidly urbanizing world.”

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There are lots of studies going on but the experience what we have got so far with Horticultural Therapy sessions leads us to believe that plants can heal. You should try and spend time with plants and gardening and tell us the benefits you received form doing so. Happy Nature Connect!

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ArtyPlantz is conducting workshops and one to one consultation on  Horticultural Therapy for various populations. If you want to know about more send a mail to karthik@artyplantz.com or give a call at 8762679127