5 Unexpected Health Benefits Of Gardening

We all know that plants are important for, y’know, producing oxygen and stuff. But did you know that they can also do wonders for your mental health? It’s true! Studies have shown that interacting with plants can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety, and boost your mood. Not to mention, it’s a great way to get some exercise and fresh air.

If you’re not exactly a green thumb, don’t worry. I’m definitely not either. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the benefits of having a few plants around. In this blog post, I’m going to share 5 reasons why you should start gardening today + some tips on how to get started (even if you’re a plant-killing novice like me). Let’s get started!

Here Are The 5 Health Benefits Of Gardening

  1. Gardening is a great way to relieve stress.
  2. Gardening can help reduce anxiety levels.
  3. Gardening is a great form of exercise. Some even call it gardening exercise.
  4. Gardening can help boost your mood.
  5. Gardening is a great way to connect with nature.
    Bonus Tip: Start small! Don’t try to grow an entire garden overnight. Start with a few plants that are easy to care for and go from there. Trust me, your mental health will thank you for it.

3 Things That Are Easy To Grow

  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Mint

So not only are these things amazing for health beyond mental health, but physical health they help pep up any meal. You can make rosemary tea or sprinkle some rosemary flakes on your roasted potatoes, or those little baby reds baked for 30 minutes laced in olive oil and dusted with rosemary flakes. Ahhhh….what a delight.

Checkout this post on herbs and take a few pointers or ideas on what would be the absolute perfect herb when getting your little indoor garden started.

And of course basil for that homemade pesto – even a little basil can go a long way. I add it to my salads, my tea, and my cold rice paper wraps I’ve been cranking out lately. One little basil leaf is all it takes to spruce it up.

Mint we know is the absolute ultimate garnish. I crush it at the bottom of my cold brew and oh my goodness what a delight.

No you don’t need a big yard to grow herbs. A few little seedlings from your local nursery or dare I say Home Depot, a few little potting plants, a small bag of soil, water, a kitchen window for a little sunlight or put them on the porch or balcony and little love and care.

Research also substantiates this idea of gardening as a power tool in your arsenal for longevity.

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Of Course There Are A Few Essentials That Any Serious Gardener Needs


So there you have it! 5 reasons why gardening is good for your mental health + 1 bonus tip on how to get started (even if you’re not exactly a green thumb). Now get out there and start growing! Your mind (and body) will thank you for it.

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