PATH TO HEALTH

Blushing heirloom rose

From a WSJ article,“The Leafy Green Road to Good Mental Health: New Science Points to Benefits of Weeding, Watering Gardens by Michael Waldholz.

Common sense and experience tell us that hiking in the wild or working in a garden can be emotionally restorative. Now, scientists are beginning to understand why: Gardening — or simply observing a lush landscape — holds a powerful ability to promote measurable improvements in mental and even physical health. . . .

One study published in June found that people who were exposed to nature recovered from stress more quickly than others who weren’t; what’s more, thepositive effects took hold within just a few minutes. Dr. Ulrich’s research has showed that hospitalized patientswhose windows looked out at landscape scenery recovered from surgery more quickly than those without such access. Other studies have found that simply viewing a garden or another natural vista can quickly reduce blood pressure and pulse rate and can even increase brain activity that controls mood-lifting feelings

A growing body of evidence suggests that humans are hard-wired not just to enjoy a pleasant view of nature, but to actually exploit it, much like a drug, to relax and refresh after a stressful experience. Our earliest ancestors, Dr. Ulrich theorizes, likely needed a way to swiftly recover from a traumatic experience such as a hunt, a battle or an attack from a wild animal. “You can imagine that those who could look out at the open savannah, seeing its safety and tranquility, and quickly feel calm but also alert to their environment would likely have a survival benefit over others,” Dr. Ulrich says. . . .

“The gardens of the ancient Egyptian nobility, the walled gardens of Persian settlements in Mesopotamia, and the gardens of merchants in medieval Chinese cities indicate that early urban peoples went to considerable lengths to maintain contact with nature,” according to Texas A&M’s Dr. Ulrich. More recently, Harvard zoologist Edward O. Wilson has written extensively on this natural affinity, which he calls “biophilia” and defines as a partly genetic tendency by humans to respond positively to nature. (Via JBB Musings)

DIY SOLAR SHOWER

The guys are using an old wood trellis, some salvaged metalwork and bricks to put together an outdoor solar shower. But as you can see, they’ve only screened in one side. So there’s two more to go….

Temporarily for our hot water, they are using a black garden hose, but eventually, we would like to hoist a black drum of somesorts overhead to heat the water. But we’ll be needed a welder for this so it will just have to wait for the time being.

The used water that flows out the bottom is reclaimed and drained into the compost pile to help speed up the decomposition process. After the building process is complete, we’d like to cover the shower with a ramblingPoets Jasmine.

Lately, we’ve been busy making sure the place is neat and tidy because on Sunday we are giving a tour to a group who are participating inPermaculture Design Course.

Creating abundant, locally self-sustaining human settlements is the aim of Permaculture. This does not mean, however, that we must abandon our cities and move to the country in order to get away from the pollution of modern cities. Instead, we must work to transform our cities from within. It is through making our cities sustainable that we preserve wilderness. Join us in an exciting process of renewing and remaking our cities! (EarthFlow.com)

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