There is no surprise that gardens are closely related to elevating one’s mood. Certain plants have even been found to scientifically improve moods. Working in your garden, or even just sitting in your garden enjoying a cup of tea in the morning or after a long day at the office is guaranteed to boost your mood. It must have something to do with the colours, smells and sounds that bring a certain level of calm to your mood.
Not surprisingly, the delivery and sales of fresh flowers doubled between 2019 and 2020. It seems that with the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, people were searching for a way to “boost their mood!” Beautiful blooms, enticing aromas, and captivating colours have the unique ability to make us happy.
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Here is a list of plants we believe is a sure way to keep your spirits high:
Sunflowers are a symbol of loyalty, longevity, and adoration and are known as “happy” flowers. Just gazing upon a field of sunflowers can instantly transport your spirits. Watching the large, brightly coloured flowerheads sway with the breeze, is so calming and brings a smile to your face every time. It’s not just the flowers that can boost your mood but the seeds as well! These delicious and nutritious seeds contain phenylalanine — a natural compound that has been shown to play an important role in regulating moods.
Inhaling the gloriously sweet scent of lavender is one of life’s simple pleasures, and it just so happens that this herbaceous perennial packs a powerful punch when it comes to elevating your mood. One reason we may find ourselves in a bitter mood is related to a lack of sleep. Lavender to the rescue! Make a simple lavender sachet using dried flowers and place it on your bedside table to help usher in great sleep. Wake up fresh, happy, and ready to take on the day with a smile.
Rosemary is a herb laden with significance in several different cultures worldwide and it’s a stellar accompaniment to a wide range of culinary exploits in the kitchen. But where rosemary really excels is in elevating mood.
A 2009 study showed that using rosemary essential oil in conjunction with a massage helped participants feel “more attentive, more alert, more vigorous, and more cheerful.” Just another reason to make rosemary your seasoning of choice!
Onions have got to be one of the easiest plants to grow in the garden, and they’re positively loaded with immunity-boosting, heart-supporting nutrients. Onions have also been shown to increase dopamine activity in the hypothalamus, meaning they have a strong antidepressant effect.
As you can see, plants are truly an exceptional form of natural mood-lifting medicine.
The PBR International team.