Nowadays everyone talks about stress but not everyone would be able to define what it is. The World Health Organisation defines stress as “the reaction people may have when presented with demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities and which challenge their ability to cope” as well as one of the big epidemics of modern working life .
Stress can be accompanied by different symptoms as feelings of anxiety, overall irritability, insecurity, nervousness, social withdrawal, loss of appetite, depression, panic attacks, exhaustion, high or low blood pressure, skin eruptions or rashes, insomnia, lack of sexual desire and migraine among others . In this article we are going to explore the results obtained by scientists and researchers that have explored the use of horticulture therapy as a way to treat and fight stress and its symptoms.
Horticulture therapy employs plants and gardening activities in therapeutic and rehabilitation activities that could be utilized to improve the quality of life of the worldwide ageing population, possibly reducing costs for long-term, assisted living and dementia unit residents . Image left: Pilgrimage to an allotment garden by PK under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0).