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By harrisjensen - Posted on 24 March 2015

Nature Helps Calm All Of Our Minds...So Tap Into The Power!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

A happy reader of Good Day Journal recently sent me an email.  She too, like me, is amazed at the power of nature to help heal the mind. Her article is about how growing plants helps people heal from all kinds of anxiety, including post traumatic stress disorder.

Check this article out: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/02/17/147050691/can-gardening-help...

In my office is a book that has collected hundreds of scientific studies in just how to use animals to help control anxiety or depression.  Animals really do help, but you have to nurture them before they will nurture you.

Enjoy the article on how plants can help you heal.  I am using full spectrum lamps in my office, from The Boulder Lamp Company, in part because they help plants grow.  I have Italian herbs growing with this light, and I feel calmer just watering them a little every day. They are inexpensive and it is one of the simple joys in my life to see their leaves unfurl and reach up to the light.

OK, they also make a great natural herbal tea!

But for some, that is all they can handle.  A dog or cat is too much to care for.  Then try a plant!  Inexpensive grow lights are available at Home Depot or Loewes.  Get an Italian herb plant and pot it and watch it grow!  Now you are living an Italian tradition about 3,000 years old, that of growing wonderfully tasting plants and enjoy them in your food and teas, as part of enjoying "The Good Life."

HJ