129: Plant Therapy

Using plants to enhance the emotional and mental health of human beings is a growing trend in today’s society. Scientists and behavioral therapists are beginning to recognize the positive effects that plants can have on the human psyche. One of the best types of therapy available to people is simply being surrounded by plants.

While this trend represents a positive development in the field of human health, one cannot help but see the obvious shortsightedness inherent in using plants for human therapy. This attitude presents the relationship between plants and people as a one way street, where people receive all of the emotional positives of the relationship.

As any relationship expert will tell you, this type of relationship is incredibly destructive. A positive relationship offers something of value to all parties involved. It’s time that we, as the human race, broaden our perspective and begin to focus on the mental and emotional well being of plants.

There are many practical ways we can go about this.

Many plants suffer from a disconnect with nature. By putting them in a dark room and playing bird songs over high quality stereo systems we can begin to bridge this disconnect in a gentle and soothing way.

Classical music is very helpful for the emotional well-being of plants. Plants respond very well to the soothing tones of Bach and Brahms. You should be aware that not all plants respond to all music in the same way. While most plants are quite fond of Tchaikovsky, plums seem to have an adverse reaction to his music. Similarly, apple trees experience increased anxiety when listening to the William Tell Overture.

Try to touch the plants around you on a frequent basis. As with any other living being, touch provides plants with an important element of emotional connectedness.

Try to avoid eating plant based substances when you are near plants. If you must eat plant based substances for sustenance make sure that all direct sight lines to plants are obscured. Death and reapportionment of physical resources is a necessity of life, but that does not mean that it is pleasant for those being reapportioned.

Also be careful about wearing plant based substances when you are near plants. If you are serious about the wellbeing of the plants in your life, and live in a climate where it is feasible, you should seriously consider nudity. Plants are surprisingly unoffended  by unadorned human flesh, and it will save you the trouble of having to switch clothes between watering your hydrangeas and petting your cat.

Most importantly: always pay attention to the plants in your life. Listen to what they are trying to tell you. Be aware of their perspective and try to understand it.

There’s a lot of therapy out there for human beings. Sometimes plants need therapy too.

 

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16 thoughts on “129: Plant Therapy

  1. Great advice. I particularly like the nudity angle. As a lover of cotton, it has never occurred to me the daily torture I was putting my plant friends through. Usually I stop by their pots and breathe on them heavily. They like the food, I like the company. Only during the day, of course. As the old saying goes, let sleeping plants lie.

  2. I guess I was too dumb to ever realize what I was doing. I am going to send this to all of my Vegan friends! Well, I would. If I knew any. I’ll never look at the comic strip of Garfield pushing the fern on John’s head in the same way.

  3. When I visited my garden-loving great Aunt Florence I wore clothes made entirely of polyester out of deference to her plants. Imagine my horror when I went inside and her artificial flowers went all droopy. Next time I visit her I shall certainly take your advice – although her collection of Amaryllis belladonnas (aka Naked Ladies) might not know where to look. Oh – and she has a cat.

  4. Which is why cut flowers are sold and given, although they will last for only a short time (therefore, plants in pots are better, as they last longer). Great post. Yes, plants – especially flowers! – can motivate our moods.

    • I would follow the general guideline of obscuring sightlines to the plants. Maybe see if you can put a protective shroud around the plants, so they aren’t bothered by the smell.

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