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Do you love the smell of fresh flowers or the aroma that wafts through your home as you cook with herbs? Smell might not be the first thing we think of when it comes to gardening, but it’s actually a super powerful way to bring joy to our gardens! In fact, our sense of smell has strong associations with our long-term memories and emotions. Today, we’re chatting with my friend Amy Anthony, a certified clinical aromatherapist and aromatic gardener, who will share her expertise on how aromatic gardening can cultivate joy, calm, and memories through scent.
Growing Joy: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung
Amy Anthony is a certified clinical aromatherapist and aromatic gardening expert. She’s got a diverse background in aromatherapy, herbalism, gardening, composting, and artisanal distillation, so she really knows her stuff when it comes to engaging the senses in gardening. Amy has made it her life’s work to explore the amazing properties of plants, including the power of scent to influence our emotions and memories.
Amy shares that our olfactory system (that’s the fancy term for our sense of smell) has a strong connection with the part of our brain that processes long-term memories and emotions. Certain smells can trigger specific memories or feelings, which is why aromatherapy uses scents to make us feel certain ways and provide therapeutic benefits!
There are several ways to incorporate aromatic plants into your gardening, both indoors and outdoors. Here are some plants to get you started:
Shrubs and Trees
Scents can take us back in time, reminding us of cherished memories. Maybe the smell of geraniums reminds you of your grandparent’s greenhouse, or the aroma of basil takes you back to your mom’s garden.
Aromatic gardening can help create positive emotions and memories. By growing spaces full of sensory experiences, we can make a haven where our senses of sight, touch, and smell can be indulged.
Appreciating the scents around us and their connection to our emotions can make our gardening experiences even more amazing and boost our emotional well-being.
So go ahead and engage with the scents around you while gardening! It’s a simple but powerful way to connect with your senses, trigger memories, and enhance your mood. Transform your garden into an aromatic oasis and let your senses come alive as you indulge in the incredible scents that fill the air, plant friends!
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