Sowing, planting, harvesting: Gardening has healing powers for mind and body. In the garden therapy the healing effect of nature is utilized.

Anyone who owns or manages a garden, the healing powers of nature probably knows from personal experience. The circulation is stimulated by exercise in the fresh air, the muscles and the immune system strengthened. Also, the harvest from your own garden is a special experience. Apart from that you can decide whether and how many pesticides are used, also the ideal ripening degree of fruits, vegetables and berries can wait. By a shortened time of harvest to the actual consumption vitamins are retained to a greater extent. Studies have demonstrated the therapeutic effects of nature. A Texas study shows, for example, that patients recover more quickly when they can look at trees or green. In British Columbia, it could be shown that brain activity was stimulated by Alzheimer’s patients through gardening, even memories returned. Even in Germany you already use nature for therapeutic purposes. The garden therapy has become an accepted form of couple therapy.

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Horticultural Therapy as an interdisciplinary method of healing

Psychotherapists have developed the garden therapy for elderly and sick people with physical or mental problems. This is an interdisciplinary form of therapy, in which doctors, teachers, social workers, psychological, occupational and physical therapists together with gardeners and garden therapy trained specialists create a treatment plan for the patient. In the garden couple therapy activities are targeted to improve mental and physical well-being. A specific stimulation of body functions and improve concentration and communication skills are usually defined in advance as therapeutic targets. The garden therapy is suitable for all ages and for the treatment of many diseases. Garden therapist you will be mostly in Germany with a completed training in occupational or physical therapy. On this basis, through targeted training is then the opportunity to qualify to the garden therapist.

Building and planting a garden therapy

Thus, from a piece of nature is a place that is suitable for garden therapy, the external conditions of the garden must be adapted to the needs of patients. Ideally, a therapeutic garden an indoor area such as a greenhouse that patients both in winter and in bad weather can exercise their gardening activity. The exterior should have ramps instead of stairs. Handrails, wide trails and plenty of places to sit, are also essential. Furthermore, the beds should be increased so that wheelchair users or the elderly can easily work in the flower beds. On the other hand, the planting of the garden therapy an important function. A garden is only a therapy garden when stimulating the interest of the patient. Only by his sense man finds an access to nature. Only by smelling, tasting, seeing, hearing or Feel really can experience its surroundings as a salutary location of the patient.

Hearing and smelling increase well-being, taste is trained

Of course, the senses of hearing, smell and taste have an important function for the general well-being. Listening to the sounds of the garden, the hum of bees, the rustle of leaves, the sound of the water or the chirping of birds, exerts an extremely calming effect on people. Even fragrances stimulate the senses of man. Certain hedges and intensely fragrant flowers can immerse people in a sea of ​​scents. In selecting the various plant flavors are available. The cake tree for example smells of cinnamon, chocolate flower on chocolate and Colchian bladder nut of coconut. To train the sense of taste, the crops from the gardens on the one hand offer natural herbs but also have an important function. Herbs not only train the gustatory perception. You can be the year a constant companion of the patients also, at least indoors.