According to ew the statistics more than a quarter of UK adults meditate because of its healing benefits.
According to Bupa Global, 30 per cent of British men are practicing meditation almost twice as much as women.
It’s no surprise that people are seeking new ways to unwind, especially when having to work from home during a second lockdown.
Meditation and holistic therapies are increasingly becoming favoured among the UK population as natural ways to help reduce stress and plants can make a difference in this process as well.
Aside from the fact that plants help us breathe cleaner air and restore our energy, caring for them can be a therapeutic way to relax after a long day at work, and their flowers can also have profound benefits on our emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing.
Shannen Godwin from UK’s leading flower bulbs and plant supplier, JParker’s, says, ”Gardening teaches us another way of meditating mindfully, as we can feel grounded and fully present when planting a seed with intention, observing how it takes on a life of its own.”
If you want to fill your garden with plants that can enhance your meditation practices or have healing effects for your body, go over JParker’s suggestions below.
RoseThe Queen of Flowers is an ancient sacred herb that is said to open your heart, uplift your mood and alleviate depression. If you inhale its scent while you meditate, it can attract feelings of compassion, understanding and love.In addition, roses have antispasmodic, aphrodisiac and sedative qualities, and are anti-inflammatory. After the bloom has faded, you can use rose-hips for a great source of vitamins C, B2 and E.
LavenderWhen it comes to getting a peaceful night’s sleep and releasing your body from tension, lavender is the answer.For those who suffer insomnia or stress, the healing effects of lavender have been significant and it’s one of the reasons why the oil of this flower is very popular in aromatherapy. This beautifully-scented plant can be grown both outdoors and indoors as long as it receives adequate light and fresh air.
EchinaceaEchinacea, also known as Coneflower, is an edible and medicinal plant with long-lasting flowers. It thrives in almost every climate as it is drought, heat, humidity, and poor soil tolerant.These wildflowers will fill the garden with vibrant colours and attract butterflies, but also help boost your immune system, relieve pain and heal wounds.
CalendulaCalendula is a plant appreciated for its diverse gardening, culinary and medical benefits. The flowers, usually yellow or orange, have petals shaped as sun rays and can bring you healing with their antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
HibiscusUsed to be an offering to the Gods in India. Today, it is popular for its cosmetic and medicinal purposes, as its leaves contain nutrients and minerals which serve as toxin cleaners, skin cleansers and energy boosters.