Gardening for the Mind, Body, & Soul

We all know that healthy eating, regular exercise, and positive thinking are wonderful for both mental and physical health. Did you know that digging in the dirt and caring for your garden also has wonderful benefits for your mind, body, and soul? A recent scientific study discusses how gardening can positively impact health.

Reduce Stress by getting down in the dirt at the end of a busy day or week. Participants in one study who spent 30 minutes gardening after a stressful activity reported an improved mood. Growing fragrant herbs such as lavender has also been known to be relaxing and improve stress levels. Gardening can be as physically demanding as you make it. Even leisurely gardening can keep you active, which reduces stress levels and in turn help to prevent heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other associated lifestyle issues.

Many studies have shown that many health and mental issues, including anxiety, are directly linked to the amount of time that you spend outside. You may have heard of Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) which effects many individuals in the winter months. Gardening can help to keep away the blues, improve creativity, and provides a sense of accomplishment. All of these things are great for the whole family! A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that various physical activities, including gardening, can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 50%. It has also been found that horticulture therapy is very engaging for dementia patients.

Experiencing more of life’s precious moments with the ones you love is why living a healthier life is so important. Everyone has a reason in their life to do so and that reason is why Jackson & Perkins is proud to partner with the American Heart Association®. By purchasing the Grateful Heart™ Hybrid Tea Rose, you will help support the American Heart Association® and their Life is Why We Give™ campaign.

Who’s your reason? What’s your why?

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About Madison

Madison has a newly found passion gardening. Green thumbs run in her family! Her great-grandmother was a self-proclaimed "master gardener" with a yard that overflowed with beautiful blooms. Madison is a writer for Jackson & Perkins and in her free time she enjoys: cooking & baking, home-improvement projects, reading, crossword puzzles, and learning random trivia.

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