I’ve studied a lot of herbs and plants that are used for healing.
But I’ve always secretly known that all plants heal, that it restores my energy and turns my life around just to be with them, especially in the woods.
Turns out that my feeling that all plants heal is now a scientific fact. Or at least on its way to being one.
Besides generously providing us with that stuff of human life, oxygen, being surrounded by plants – any plants – seems to help people heal faster. A study at Kansas State University put plants in the recovery rooms of half their appendectomy patients. The patients in the rooms with plants healed faster.
In three days, “plant” patients had kicked their pain meds, while “sterile” patients were still on moderate doses. The plant-surrounded patients also had less fatigue and anxiety, lower heart rates and blood pressure.
For some of us, this one’s a no-brainer: I’ve always felt the sterile, all-artificial-materials environment of hospitals was a very hard place to heal. And any gardener or nature-lover has felt the healing powers of plants: it’s why we hang out with them, after all.
Older traditions of healing work on the assumption that plants have spirits and personalities; we can communicate with them for healing. I’m convinced that this, and not lucky guesswork, is the way human beings found the plants to stock our larders and medicine cabinets. But while I’m sure you get more benefits from a skilled understanding of how to communicate with plants, it seems that even total novices and unconscious people can take in their healing personalities.
I’m glad science is catching up with folk tradition.
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