You don’t need to have lots of land in order to have a garden.
Anyone can have a garden.
If you’re short on space, have an indoor container garden on a small table by a sunny window. If you have a big room in your house, you can have a large table with multiple plants by a sun-streaming window. If you have any space outside, you can have a garden that ranges from a little patio container garden to a full, walkable garden.
But, the question is: Why should you have a garden?
Gardening is about more than just making your space look beautiful (although that certainly doesn’t hurt any). Tending to plants can also boost your mental and physical health, science suggests. The physical exercise, paired with the natural impact plants and soil have on health and wellness, contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
And incorporating CBD into your gardening routine can make things easier. We’ll get more into that later.
So, for now, roll up those sleeves and get to planting! Here are the seven ways gardening improves your mind and body, plus tips on gardening with CBD:
7 Benefits of Gardening
1. Gardening Improves Brain Health
During a study on those with Alzheimers, subjects were asked how often they exercised in order to determine how many calories and how much energy they burn on a weekly basis. The results determined that increasing physical activity improved the brain volumes in the main lobes of the brain. The subjects who exercised more had a 50% reduction in their risk of Alzheimer’s dementia.
Furthermore, in another study, participants showed increased levels of brain nerve growth factors by gardening for just twenty minutes at an easy pace. This study showed the potential for gardening to improve memory, even in elderly individuals.
2. Gardening Improves Self-Esteem
A recent study by Angelia Ruskin University examined the impact of allotment gardening on self-esteem. Those who participated said gardening improved the way they felt about themselves and their bodies, making them more confident and raising their self-esteem.
3. Gardening Improves Heart Health
According to health experts, gardening may be just as effective as formal exercise at reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Another study found activities like gardening can reduce risk of death from heart disease. The study found that the participants who gardened for less than one hour a week cut their risk of death from heart disease down by 12%, and those who gardened for more than two hours each week cut their risk by 37%.
4. Gardening Reduces Stress
A recent study asked two groups of participants to do something stressful and then garden for thirty minutes after. When the participants gardened after the stressful task, they showed lowered cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone, and stress is a major health risk. So, let’s get those cortisol levels down — get to gardening!
5. Gardening Literally Makes You Happy
There really is a scientific reason as to why gardening makes people happy — and not just when they’re using CBD. Studies suggest that inhaling M. vaccae, a healthy bacteria present in soil, can raise your serotonin levels and reduce anxiety. Serotonin is your brain’s “happy chemical.” It’s a natural antidepressant and immune system booster. Not having enough serotonin leads to depression. So, playing around in the dirt will make you happier.
6. Gardening Helps You Sleep Better
Research suggests gardening is light enough activity that it will help you sleep better at night.
Additionally, being surrounded by plants while you sleep improves your oxygen intake and helps you get a better night’s rest.
7. Gardening Burns Calories
Gardening – pulling weeds, planting flowers, watering, etc. – burns roughly 200 to 400 calories per hour, according to WebMD. If you’re looking for a low-impact, low-risk type of exercise, start gardening.
Additionally, studies show individuals who grow their own vegetables tend to eat more of them, which provides a whole list of health benefits. Plus, growing your own means you know how they’re being grown and that they’re free of pesticides.
Other Benefits of Gardening
1. Creating Something Beautiful
Gardening brings on a sense of accomplishment and reward for those who do it, especially when they can stand there and look out at their beautiful collection of plants. They get the feelings of abundance when harvesting armfuls of tomatoes; the feelings of awe when we see seedlings sprout through the earth; the feelings of joy when cutting beautiful flowers they’ve grown to put in a vase.
2. Gardening Breeds Compassion
Gardening takes a lot of patience and commitment. You need to account for the needs of the various plants you have, including their watering, feeding, and sun needs. It’s not unlike caring for a young puppy or kitten.
3. Plants Give Off Oxygen
Plants produce oxygen, so surrounding yourself with them will help you breathe better and feel healthier.
4. Creating a Connection With Nature
Gardening helps you to connect with nature, to feel the pulse of the earth. You help nature along as you seed and nurture plants.