Top 6 health reasons to start gardening

With travel restrictions and even the fear of being near others in these turbulent times, a visit to your back yard or front garden has taken on the role of a nature fix, a genuine curative experience. No matter your gardens style, be it modern minimalist masterpiece, a simple lawn and bench, a cottage garden classic with roses and cut flowers, a wildlife haven, a grow your own raised bed wonder or a blank slate ready for your dream design – being in nature is the actuating benefit. Nature is where we are at optimal functioning.

Sunshine. Blue skies release serotonin (the happy hormone) while sunshine gifts vitamin D to not just benefit our teeth, bones and skin but to boost our mood and immune system. The human eye is also most receptive to the colour green, which triggers a response in the sympathetic nervous system, relieving tension in the blood vessels.

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Written by Fiann Ó Nualláin

Fiann is an award winning garden designer, author and broadcaster with a background in fine art, ethnobotany and complementary medicine. theholisticgardener.com / @HolisticG

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