Doctor-prescribed gardening and Forest Bathing may be recent trends, but the notion of going to nature to be restored and cured is older than the Grecian garden temples for Aesclepius – the god of healing.
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.