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Nature Therapy

Nature Therapy Can Heal: Learn More!

What is Nature Therapy?

Everyone knows fresh air is good for you. But did you know that exercising outside or in view of outside is more effective than exercising inside? Or that dementia gardens can improve memory? Or that PTSD and ADHD can improve with nature guidance?
Nature therapy describes the idea of healing our physical and mental illnesses by immersing ourselves in nature. We often find excuses to spend time outdoors due to our hectic schedules, but we can use nature to make ourselves healthier people.
How does nature work? Behavioral activation? Cortisol, vitamin D and serotonin level change?
Phytoncide inhalation? Immune system desensitization? All of the above?
The science of specific environments (blue or green, garden or meadow, VR or forest) is just being revealed. But studying and then prescribing specific nature therapies is reasonable, smart and innovative. Here’s a primer I wrote about Culinary Medicine and Nature: Foods That Work Together: it’s one of the most popular pieces published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Nature As Medicine

5 Ways Nature Therapy Can Transform Your Health

In a world of Zoom calls, late nights watching Netflix, and social media scrolling, we’ve lost touch with the natural world around us. The average American spends 93% of their time inside (and that stat was before the pandemic) and 2 out of 5 Americans report feelings of anxiety and

10 Easy Summer Gardening Tips

It’s summer. The sun is staying out longer and so should your gardening gloves! While spring is when you start your garden, summer is when it faces the biggest foes: drought, deer, and more pests. Luckily, these gardening tips can make sure your garden thrives in the summer sun. Health

3 Medicinal Herbs You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Medicinal herbs are a hot topic for a good reason. They provide a variety of health benefits without the adverse effects of pharmaceuticals and other health solutions. Some herbs, such as rosemary and mint, are well known for their medicinal effects but there’s others that are just as effective but

The Benefits of Rosemary, Thyme, and Mint for Your Garden and Health

You’ve probably heard of mint, rosemary, and thyme, but you might not be aware of all the health benefits these popular herbs provide. They can be used in medicinal and regenerative ways that supercharge your health, making them a great addition to your plate and garden. Mint There’s nothing like

Understanding the Interconnectedness of Health and Nature

In the modern era, it can be easy to feel more connected to our cell phones and computer screens than to the world outside. But that might not be beneficial to our health. Our wellbeing is connected to nature in more ways than you might imagine. Multiple fields of study

10 Underrated Ways to Make Your Garden Organic

Organic is more than just an adjective to describe an ideal version of gardening or produce in a grocery store. It’s the practice of improving biodiversity and your own health through eco-conscious gardening practices. However, there’s probably a lot of organic gardening practices that you’ve probably never considered, such as

Culinary Medicine and Nature Therapy Connect Through What You Eat

Dr La Puma with Dr Oz

Plants, Entrees, and Autonomy: Make Yourself Happier with How You Live.

Write A GreenRX… presented to MDVIP’s Annual National Meeting

Key Nature Therapy SubSpecialties

Animal Assisted Therapy

Blue Care

Care Farms

  • CareFarming UK (Care Farming UK)
  • Current Status and Potential for Care Farms (NJAS – Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences)

Culinary Medicine

Ecotherapy

 

Green Care

Forest Walking/ Shinrin-Yoku

Nature Deficit Disorder

Therapeutic Horticulture

Executive Summary

 

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