Indoor Plant Therapy
I have been bringing some of my herbs inside for the winter. This is a great way to extend the growing season and have fresh herbs to use in cooking during the winter months. It is also a nice way to bring some of those great fragrances inside. Lemon balm in a pot by the window helps bring back memories of a great garden this past summer.
If you did not act quickly enough before the frost, there are a few stores that carry potted herbs. I have seen rosemary, thyme, chives and other herbs for sale. There are some things to consider when finding the right location and exposure for these plants. Sunlight, watering, temperature and other factors need to be taken into consideration. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal has some great tips on transitioning herbs indoors. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204712904578094731197090020.html
The Restorative Powers of Nature and The Nature Principle
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in Woods, has published a new book that further defines the importance of our connection with nature. His new book The Nature Principle combines the research with day to day examples of how people are connected to nature. The book is a must read for anyone looking to incorporate nature into their everyday lives.
The Nature Principle explores our dependence upon nature and the ways we interact with the natural environment that surrounds us. The benefits affect our individual and collective health, happiness and quality of life. I encourage you to pick up a copy today and begin to explore the ways to incorporate more of the natural world into our respective lives. A link to the Nature Principle web site is at http://richardlouv.com/books/nature-principle/Read more
Circadian Rhythms – Nature Therapy
Circadian rhythms are the natural waking and sleeping cycles of our body. If we travel between time zones our circadian rhythms are upset and we may be hungry at the wrong time or cannot get to sleep because the natural clock in our body is thrown off. It has been shown that one of the best ways to reset our circadian rhythms is to spend time in the sunlight, such as enjoying time in a garden.
An article on our circadian rhythms in today’s Wall Street Journal (WSJ) indicates that there are optimal times during the day for specific tasks and activities. A good way to regulate our bodies clock is to stay connected to nature. It is a natural way to reset and/or maintain our natural rhythms . A link to the article in the WSJ can be found at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444180004578018294057070544.html?mod=ITP_personaljournal_0Read more
TREE HOUSE THERAPY
Want to feel like a kid again? Remember when you had a tree house or played in a friends tree house? How about staying in a tree house the next time you travel? These hotel rooms in the trees really help you get close to nature. If you’re not height averse (and they are not all that far off the ground), the tree house rooms offers a feeling of being close to nature. The idea of being in a tree and a part of nature can be fun and exciting. It can also be restorative and that’s really what it is all about..
There are some great locations throughout the U.S., including the Conn., Washington and Hawaii. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights vacation rentals in Maisons-Laffitte, France. A link to the article in the WSJ is at http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10000872396390443989204577603204221965514-lMyQjAxMTAyMDIwMjAyODI3Wj.html?mod=wsj_valetleft_emailRead more
Healing Through Nature conference
I just returned from the “Healing through Nature” conference at the Chicago Botanic Garden. This inspirational conference focused on Cognitive Issues and PTSD. Dr. Mark Detweiler, Jonna Detweiler, Sandra Lane of the SVAMC and myself talked about the importance of creating Therapeutic Gardens for Veterans. It was great to be able to show the Landscape Plans for the SVAMC Therapeutic Garden and present an update on the development of the garden.
The Salem VA Therapeutic Garden is comprised of a Physical Therapy Garden, Woodland Meditation Garden, Labyrinth Garden, Conservatory and a greenhouse with raised planters for crop production. All areas of the courtyard 1.75 acre garden are being designed for therapeutic purposes. The installation of the garden will be assisted with the help of the Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program at the SVAMC.
Information on the Healing through Nature conference can be found at http://www.chicagobotanic.org/school/certificate/hgd_seminar.php?goback=.gmr_4292194.gde_4292194_member_99872749
Additional information on the Salem VA Therapeutic Garden project can be found at http://theroanoker.com/home-garden/gardener%E2%80%99s-paradise-salem-veterans-administration-medical-center-2012Read more