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Gardening Therapy

By Mindy Lawrence

After winter’s chill,
Comes the sun and spring appears.
Time to plant with me.


If your parents didn’t allow you to play in the dirt, you were at a disadvantage. Dirt itself is therapeutic. Soil contains an antidepressant called Mycobacterium vaccae which is now under study for its potential to stimulate serotonin in the body.

Gardeners breathe in bacteria which gets into their bloodstreams. The effect is thought to last up to 3 weeks. Getting out and working in the soil can help with depression and lift your mood. Go out and plant. It’s the season.


Get Your Therapy in the Garden, Garden Tech, Jolene Nelson

How Gardening Affects Mental Health, WedMD

10 Mental Health Benefits of Gardening, Psychology Today, Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D.

How Gardening Became the Self-Care Staple I Never Knew I Needed, Everyday Health, Tonya Russell

How Plants Improve Your Mental and Physical Health, Hillside, Atlanta

How Plants Improve Your Mental and Physical Health, Gardening Know How, Video

Gardening as Therapy, Chicago Botanic Garden

Antidepressant Microbes in Soil: How Dirt Makes you Happy, Gardening Knowhow,



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