Bay Village Garden Club welcomed Robert Rensel from the Cleveland Botanical Garden to their February luncheon meeting. Mr. Rensel spoke on the healing value of nature.
Mr. Rensel cited several studies done world-wide that connected health and wellness to the presence of trees and gardens.
Trees and plants provide oxygen and help to clean the air by absorbing pollution. He referred to several studies that revealed surprising findings. People that live near parks and green spaces were less likely to become ill with COPD, heart disease, and cancer. One study produced data showing that among 6000 pregnant women, those living close to parks had the highest successful birth rates when compared to those not residing near parks or green spaces.
Hospital patients that had access to views of gardens healed faster and required fewer medications. The gardens also provided a benefit to visitors and staff working long shifts. A simple walk in the woods can boost your immune system, help shed stress, and lift your mood.
Too much time inside leads to what is now being called “Nature Deficit Disorder”. In one study they found that time out in nature had the same effect on ADHD sufferers as medications. Children exposed to outside activities are less aggressive than those who spend most of their time inside.
The benefits of trees and beautiful gardens are many and prove how important nature is in our everyday lives.