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