RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – Studies have shown how taking care of house plants and gardening can be healing to the mind and body. Horticultural therapy takes the benefits of greenery a step further by incorporating plants into the practice of licensed therapists.
Amy Whitten is a certified health coach with Whitten Wellness who has seen first hand the benefits of plants in her own life. Though she is not a licensed horticultural therapist, she recognizes how therapeutic taking care of plants can be. In fact, research has shown that gardening releases dopamine in the brain – which is the same neurotransmitter that gets released during sex, when you go shopping, get a “like” notification on social media, or experience any other pleasurable sensation.
Getting your hands dirty, watching something you cultivated grow a new leaf, producing fresh fruit and vegetables for you and your neighbors – all of this can lead to higher levels of dopamine which increases joy and decreases anxiety.
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