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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?
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.

Nature As Medicine

How to Make Your New Home Garden Organic

Nobody likes social distancing, but one of my personal favorite “silver linings” to this moment in time is how many people are turning towards home gardening. Starting a home garden is great for so many reasons—it’s good for your mental and physical health, it gets you outside, and it helps

What I Taught at Harvard: The Science of Nature as Medicine (Video)

This is the 40 minute invited “The Science of Nature as Medicine”, guest lecture (zoom video) to Harvard’s “Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine” course I taught in January 2020, with 20 minutes of questions. Many of the references for the studies I cite can be found in the Nature Therapy Primer

Healthy Bites: Cold Relief & Air-Cleaning Plants

Healthy Bites: Cold Relief There’s a nasty cold making the rounds right now that I’ve seen take down friends and loved ones for weeks at time. We all know there are myriad products that promise to reduce symptoms, from decongestants, cough suppressants, and pain relieving medicines. But we also know

The Surprising Health Benefits of Pineapple

Who can resist the juicy, vibrant flavor of a sweet and tangy pineapple? Apparently, not many of us—this prickly plant often ranks as one of America’s most in-demand tropical fruits. But beneath its rough exterior, the pineapple is hiding more than just flavor. There are many health benefits to eating

What is Green RX? 5 Parts

Green Rx is a nature-based prescription. It can include 5 (five) parts: A. lower-on-the-food-chain-food (e.g. grown, harvested, minimally processed, cooked locally), B. nature therapy (from forest bathing to surf therapy to therapeutic gardening to time with animals), C. aromatherapy, D. dietary supplements, especially botanicals, and E. bringing the outside in.

What is Gardening for Dementia?

Welcome to the next installment of our biweekly series on the many different kinds of nature therapy. This week’s topic is gardening for dementia. So what is gardening for dementia? Unlike some of the other topics we’ve covered, this one is a little easier to guess the meaning behind; gardening

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

 

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