For those of you who garden regularly, you probably already know many of the benefits to your health. Studies have proven there are great benefits physically, spiritually and psychologically from just a couple hours a week of nature therapy.
Even just a few minutes a day in the garden or somewhere else in nature, whether you plants some bulbs, walk through a forest or walk through a park, your body and mind will thank you. This effect is called “Nature Therapy” and the benefits are countless.
A generation ago, most families had a backyard garden area where they grew seasonal fruits and vegetables. Often times, the children shared the responsibilities of weeding and harvesting the garden. Sometimes the family would preserve or can the fruits of their garden labour to enjoy during the winter months. This contributed to a healthy lifestyle, both physical and spiritually and saved money. All members of the family enjoyed increased activity and vitality from the healthy foods they grew and consumed.
How the world has changed. An article written several years ago, questioned a group of young Toronto students (age 5 & 6) about where their food comes from. Many were unaware that food is grown on farms. Several students told the interviewer that the food comes from the grocery store. Beyond that, they had no idea.
This is due in part to the transition of populations to live in cities rather than on farms and in smaller communities where there was still a connection to nature. Today, most of us could grow some of our own food and contribute to a healthier lifestyle. It is possible to grow practically anything in a pot…including fruit trees. If you have a patio or balcony, you can grow a tomato plant or some strawberries.
For those of you who would like to learn more about “Nature Therapy” here is a link to clinical trials that have been done with outstanding beneficial results. This link is updated regularly with new information from ongoing clinical trials.
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