Why build raised garden bed based on the demonstrated aromatherapy benefits?
The purpose of a healing garden is a function of individual plants. To ease pain, calm the nerves or lower blood pressure are some examples. Consideration to the patient and individual plants’ characteristics is the essential component to this garden.
Aromatic plants bear characteristics that are in a special class of there own. Gardeners can frequently and skillfully handle the beauty of colors and design, but the creation of a healing garden has an added layer of planning when it comes to the application of fragrant plants. This is the contrast between healing plants and common plants. To understand the differences, its important to touch on the characteristics of aromatic plants.
Characteristics of the Healing Garden
Healing garden includes the essentials and characteristics of common garden. It places particular emphasis on the creation of the environment for recuperation and healing in accordance with different groups of users, and highlights the functionality of facilitating healing.
Furthermore, it guarantees that owners can utilize the garden space conveniently and comfortably, and plays the role of facilitating the healing. Healing gardens mainly involve four aspects, which are the orientation towards the disadvantaged groups, the objective of healing, the landscape as the material and interaction as the medium.
Healing gardens, which is oriented towards the physiologically or mentally disadvantaged (disabled) groups, such as the elderly, the sick, the disabled and the injured, etc., relies on such plant landscapes as arbor, shrub and flower (grass) to organize patients’ multi-dimensional landscape experience and social activities.
Hence, it implements comprehensive landscape venues which alleviate pain, recover (physiological) functions, build up confidence and delight the mood .
The Function of Aromatic Plants.
Adjust mood and alleviate pain
The effect of aromatic plants’ volatile matter in adjusting mood has been proved by many scholars. By virtue of olfactory pathway, aromatic matter acts on the central nervous system, adjusts and balances the vegetative nervous system, so as to generate the effect of stabilizing, relaxing, delighting or agitating.
Lower blood pressure and improve immune function
It has been proved by experiments that aromatic plants’ volatile matter plays a certain role in lowering blood pressure and improving immune function. It is pointed out by research that specific combination of aromatic plants manifests significant effect in lowering blood pressure and facilitating health care.
Beautify and aromatize the environment.
Aromatic plants’ flower, fruit, branch and leaf are of very high ornamental value. Meanwhile, the diversified colors, shapes, charms, fragrance and texture can all bring all-round enjoyment of beauty. Fragrant flowered plants can also attract butterflies and bees, which can collect pollen. The fruits of some aromatic plants can attract a number of birds, through which an ideal landscape effect with birds’ twitter and fragrance of flowers can be realized.
Purify air and drive away mosquitoes and flies .
The fragrance of an aromatic plants, plays a role of sterilizing, disinfecting and resisting oxidation, can sterilize the air, which further realizes the effect of purifying air. Through their blades, aromatic plants can absorb toxic substances in the air, so that some toxic substances can decompose within the body or degrade and convert into non-toxic substances on their own. The special aroma secreted by certain aromatic plants, which can drive away mosquitoes, flies and insects, become an efficient and generally popularized natural mosquito repellent that’s non-toxic and non-pollutant, and leaves no residue.
Classification of Aromatic Plants (Build Raised Garden Bed)
Aromatic plants can be basically divided into seven categories.
1) Fragrant Grass
Generally speaking, fragrant grass refers to aromatic herbal plants that deliver fragrance through the whole grass or the ground.
Lavender, mint, verbena, purple perilla, sage, parsley, spearmint and cymbopogon, etc. Fragrant flower
2) Fragrant flower refers to a type of aromatic plants whose flowers deliver fragrance.
Eg: sweet-scented osmanthus, wintersweet, narcissus, banana shrub, freesia, edgeworthia chrysantha, rose chinensis, fragrant plantain lily, Chinese wisteria, gardenia, orchid, jasmine, magnolia flower and sophora flower, etc.
2) Fragrant Leaf
Fragrant leaf refers to a type of plants whose leaves deliver intense fragrance. Eg: Camphor tree, acorus calamus and cajeput, etc.
3) Fragrant Root
Fragrant root refers to woody or herbal plants that deliver fragrance. Eg: Juniper, asarum sieboldin and vetiver grass, tc.
4) Fragrant Wood
Fragrant wood refers to aromatic plants whose trunks and timber can deliver fragrance. Eg: Phoebe, bournei, cinnamon camphora, aquilaria, agallocha, etc.
5) Fragrant Fruit
Fragrant fruit refers to aromatic woody or herbal plants whose fruits deliver fragrance. Eg Citrus, vanilla planifolia, mango, grapefruit, lemon and kumquat, etc.
6) Fragrant Tree
Fragrant tree mostly refers to aromatic woody plants, which deliver fragrance through two or above organs. Eg Camphor tree, cinnamon, algum, etc.
Creation of Visual Environment with Aromatic Plants
As a type of landscape plant, which uniquely bears the aromatic and ornamental property, it can aromatize and beautify the environment. Due to their ornamental characteristic, aromatic plants have been considered as an industrial crop that’s extensively utilized in garden appreciation and courtyard afforestation in European landscapes.
Because of its ornamental characteristics, aromatic plants have been considered an agricultural crop that has been used widely for garden cultivation and forestation in European and American countries, as well as in Korea and Japan for a long time.
Creation of Auditory Environment with Aromatic Plants
Aromatic plants produce a special tone of their own in nature. Tourists can hear the rattle of raindrops drummed rhythmically against the banana leaves, the rustle in the air produced by the shared motion of leaves, and the sound of birds sitting on the trees while having a rest and indulging in the environment. Both of these will help people get the normal breath and aesthetic pleasure.
Creation of Tactile Environment with Aromatic Plants
Aromatic plants will initiate purification from the environment and exert a subtle effect simultaneously on improving the immunity of recovering patients. The fragrance of sweet-scented osmanthus, for example, plays a role in cough relief, antisepsis and anti-inflammation, and in relieving the respiratory tract of patients with bronchitis.
After ballonets of the lungs absorb them, they will be converted to blood, which will circulate through the bloodstream, and distributed through the circulatory system across the body. Meanwhile, the components can serve as, for example, bronchus, a normal defensive shield of the respiratory system’s mucosa, to keep it from penetrating bacterial infection.
The next step is design the actual garden bed. To build raised garden bed I have attached a step by step instruction. There are many resources available on line. I will be adding more to this article as I find them.
Build Raised Garden Bed for Healing Summary
Plants are closely related to the life of organisms. Aromatic plants have been an important constituent part of urban settlement with the social growth. Additionally, plant landscape formation is the key point and centre of healing garden architecture. Aromatic plants demonstrate the trait in various ways of enjoyment and odour. In terms of aromatic roles
In light of the functions of aromatic plants, the landscape and characteristics, suitable aromatic plants are selected for different groups of people in hospitals, schools and nursing homes, so as to further exert certain influence on people and facilitate the maintenance of health condition. As a whole, aromatic plants will definitely play a significant role in the construction of healing garden.
In reference to the covid virus and if you do use a face mask and are wearing it for preventative measures, I would suggest you add five drops of blue mallee eucalyptus, four drops of tea tree and one drop of lemon to the mask before wearing it.
Alternatively, you could make up a spray by diluting the essential oils in some ethanol and spraying this directly onto the mask before wearing it. If you are making up a blend for a diffuser, based on the recent research into vaporizing essential oils.
I would recommend the following blend:
- 5 drops of blue mallee eucalyptus
- 4 drops tea tree
- 1 drop of cinnamon bark