The Urban Life of Herb : Healing Through Gardening
Nature calms and restores us. For some of the most traumatized, including those suffering from the devastating effects of a pandemic, chronic illness, untimely death of a loved one, or even a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, nature and gardening can be a critical component in healing process. The benefits of creating an indoor green space or spending time outdoors are widely recognized for its healing properties. Several studies have examined the effects of nature on our mental health and well-being, proving that our feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress can be significantly reduced just by being outside. The rapid growth of the local agriculture movement highlights a need to deepen connections with the food we eat. The coronavirus lockdowns are pushing more city dwellers to not only grow herbs and vegetables in their homes but also create a green space full of life and joy within your living space and providing a lasting boost to urban farming. From providing fresh food for your home and community to regenerating unused spaces and containers, fresh food is at your fingertips. Access to fresh food options can have a profound effect on the health and well-being of individuals, which can transform communities and ultimately our lives. With limited space in an apartment or no outdoor space at all, maximize what you do have and don't let limited space inhibit your from growing a garden, consider a raised bed, or grow what you can grow vertically. This book uses examples from around the world to demonstrate how healing gardens can be designed to support mindfulness while growing nutrient rich food and promoting a healthy lifestyle choices.