There's No Denying that standing in the garden and picking your first Summer Lemon gives you a good feeling. Even in an Urban Environment a small pot in the balcony can brighten your day. But is there a scientific reason that getting our hands dirty makes us feel Good ?
Did You Know that there's a Natural Anti-Depressant in Soil ? It's True.
Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac Provide. The Bacterium is found in soil and may Stimulate Serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier. Studies were conducted on cancer patients and they reported a better quality of life and less stress.
Lack of Serotonin has been linked to Depression, Anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar problems. The bacterium appears to be a natural antidepressant in soil and has no adverse health effects. These antidepressant microbes in soil may be as easy to use as just playing in the dirt.
Most avid Gardners will tell you that their landscape is their " HAPPY PLACE" and the actual physical act of gardening is a STRESS REDUCER & MOOD LIFTER. The fact that there is some science behind it adds additional credibility to these garden addict's claims.
Wish you all HAPPY GARDENING & Soil Playing...So let's get started.