Throughout history, humans have used plants for a variety of different reasons. We have utilized their healing properties and developed herbal remedies that continue to better our lives day out.
Well, ask yourself this, if we can use plants for their natural and physical healing purposes to our advantage, is it possible that they can get even more beneficial, such as mental healing too? The answer is yes. Being around plants is helpful to us. Utilizing plants for their medicinal and mental health properties is the whole idea behind plant therapy.
Below are some of the plants whose therapy might work.
1. Lemon Balm
This is an example of a fragrant plant. They provide you with the opportunity to explore their smell. In fact, the olfactory sense is directly connected to the brain, especially the parts that control emotions and memory. Therefore, taking care of a plant with a sweet fragrance can trigger memories and make you feel emotions associated with the smell. This means that having lemon balm can help with memory loss.
Tomatoes are among a family of plants that have edible produce. These plants provide you with an opportunity to take part in their lifespan, from the planting to the eating. Taking care of a tomato from seed can make you develop a deeper, healthier, and better relationship with the produce.
Tomatoes’ harvesting season is long. The growing process is even longer. With its natural feel, you will enjoy every single bit of the process. It sure beats buying tomatoes at the store. You can even sell the produce!
Brahmi is one of the plant-based therapies where you consume the plant for its healing properties. Also known as bacopa, it’s been used in traditional Indian medicine for quite a long time. Some of the benefits of Brahmi/bacopa include:
• Improving your cognitive functions such as memory loss
• Reducing anxiety
Brahmi is known to increase several brain chemicals involved in processes such as learning and remembering. Research is also underway to prove that it can also help protect brain cells from different destructive chemicals.
Snapdragons are seasonal plants. Using them for your plant-based therapy gives you the chance to experience continuity of seasonal operations in your garden. For example, you might find that your snapdragons are growing at their best during the cold season. This provides some striking color and conspicuous sense when all the other plants look dull. You can also use them in other things such as in flower-pressing or by adding them to your garnish or salad.
5. Ornamental Grass
What else could grace your garden better than the whirling sound of grass during a breeze, let alone the soft texture? Ornamental grass therapy has been a favorite among preschool children since they offer a “hiding” place for them to feel the texture, avoid external noises, and many other things.
6. Aloe Vera
We cannot talk about plants and their various helpful properties without talking about aloe vera. This is a simple house plant that has tons of benefits. Better still, it requires minimal care. It would be the perfect fit for you, especially if you give a lot physically and emotionally.
You can cut off some of the leaves to treat wounds, inflammations, and scars. Moreover, the plant also purifies the air around it. It does not function like a typical air filter, but it absorbs harmful chemicals and detoxicates the air.
Engaging with plants provides a relaxing feeling and generates a sense of calmness and positive emotions. If done correctly, plant therapy can work wonders for you.