Whenever we are in a relaxed state, our bodies are in a better position to heal. The beauty and tranquility of a beautiful natural setting of a garden can provide a wonderful sense of relaxation. It been shown throughout history that gardens have been useful in the healing process.

Hospitals and medical care facilities are realizing the importance of a patient’s surroundings and the healing effect that it has with how fast a patient recovers. As medical technology began to advance in the 20th century, the use of gardens that helped in the healing process diminished. As more and more interest in natural and alternative therapies are beginning to emerge, we are seeing a resurgence of using nature to heal.

The possibilities are endless in how you can create your own healing garden which allows you to feel the serenity that your soul desires. You can tailor this special space to your own needs with splashes of color and accents that allow for a meditative garden or Zen garden, a butterfly garden or an herb garden. Use plantings, bird baths and feeders to attract birds. Nectar and host plants are needed to attract butterflies to your garden.

Experiment with day lilies, lantana or hibiscus plants. Hang wind chimes to enjoy their gentle tones or add water elements or a winding brick path leading up to an inviting hammock.

Whimsical planters or unique urns can be strategically placed as focal points. Medicinal gardens serve a double purpose as it provides beauty and the plants can be used to help heal the body on a physical level.

Some herbs can be used as culinary as well as medicinal, such as
peppermint, rosemary, thyme, sage or parsley. Plants such as
lavender are conducive to relaxation. Colors that are relaxing
are your cool colors such as hues of blue, violets and shades of green.

Aromatic plants such as Angelica could be planted to engage more of the senses.

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Author's Bio: 

Sue is a certified Healing Touch Practitioner which uses hands-on light touch to produce the relaxation response. She feels that you can use nature in your healing process. In the spirit of giving back to the community, she volunteers for Camp Bluebird providing relaxation sessions for cancer survivors, volunteers and staff. Sue also provides relaxation and stress reduction sessions with a Medical Clinic. In addition, Sue was a stress management facilitator with Volunteers of America. Please
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Sue also offers energetic trauma release classes for PTDS, stress, abuse or trauma, accidents, illnesses,etc.