“In a recent study, men who touched plant leaves for two minutes felt calmer and had less cerebral blood flow to the brain areas associated with stress than men who touched metal or other materials.” [Source: Bottom Line Personal, Vol 35 Number 20, October 15, 2014] To read the actual study, click here.
The study was conducted by researchers at Chiba University, Japan, and published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology. We have been posting videos about letting nature absorb your stress. We can use our 5 senses to experience all that nature has to offer. Succulent plants, such as Stonecrop Sedum, give us an opportunity to touch their puffy leaves and release our stress! To see our post on Touching Stonecrop Sedum, click here.
The following videos show beautiful trees and evergreens as they change color in the Fall. Focusing on nature helps take your mind off of troubles.
Touch this sea of Asiatic Lilies to reduce stress … lightly run your fingers across the sea of lilies,as we show below …
Check your local Home Depot, Lowe’s, online Burpee Gardening or eBay for their selection of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals! To read the actual study on “touching plants to reduce stress,” click here. For more on reducing stress, watch our Gardening Reduces Stress Playlist! To learn how to plant, fertilize and prune your way to a gorgeous garden, subscribe to our YouTube channel!