The body and mind are temples that need to be worshiped with consistency. However, the busy lives and schedules some of us have, prevent us from paying proper attention to the most vibrant parts of our being.
Do you believe that the beauty of nurturing plants, and watching a seed transform is calming? It even goes beyond that.
Horticultural therapy engages you in plant or gardening activities and in the process improve your body, mind and spirit.
The therapy has been recognized worldwide as an effective treatment for people of all ages and abilities.
Research has confirmed that healthful benefits accrue when people connect with plants by viewing, planting, growing and/or caring for them.
Still not convinced? Check out these four amazing things horticultural therapy does for you.
1. Physical Benefits
Horticultural therapy contributes to strength, stamina and mobility, which are extremely important for every individual.
It promises an increase in range of motion, improvement in fine motor skills, toning under used muscles, improving coordination as well as balancing and increasing muscular strength.
Active involvement with hands-on work improves hand-eye coordination and strengthens muscles.
When you are exposed to nature even on a passive level, it helps lower blood pressure, increase the vitamin D in the body and restore circadian rhythms.
2. Social Benefits
Horticultural therapy gives you the opportunity to interact with people, the privilege of making a commitment to a living thing, and the advantage to work with other people and have team working skills.
You get to improve your coping skills, in the process dealing with success and failure, and you have access to an environment that allows you learn and be inspired by others.
All of these experiences are gold when it comes to effective social integration.
Rachel and Stephen Kaplan found that certain types of landscapes made people feel more comfortable in particular environments.
Similarly, a research carried out by Roger Ulrich’s (1984) has demonstrated that patients with views of trees had shorter hospital stays and needed less medication
When you immerse yourself in horticulture, it Increases independence, self-esteem, observation skills, provides choices and ability to use problem solving skills, encourages creativity, as well as provide an outlet for stress, anger, and emotions.
On an emotional level, gardens and gardening have been known to help people to calm down faster, as well as imparting a sense of well-being. It relieves stress and anxiety, stimulates the senses through sight, touch, smell and taste.
When you nurture plants, you nurture optimism, hopefulness and confidence.
4. Intellectual Benefits
Working with your hands and having a close up interaction with nature does wonders for concentration and ability to focus.
You also have the benefit of improving your problem solving and planning skills, both of which are valuable.
Horticultural therapy is great for exercising the memory and promoting positive thinking.
Need to relax? You should try some horticultural therapy for yourself.
Its amazing results has led to its use in rehabilitation and vocational centers, youth outreach programs, nursing homes and other types of senior facilities, hospitals (especially Veterans Administration facilities), hospices, homeless shelters, substance abuse centers, prisons, schools, mental health centers, and botanical gardens.