Perhaps not much has been heard about horticultural therapy at the present time, but it should certainly be given the corresponding importance. This healing therapy is essentially used to empower veterans. Canopy Growth’s famous brand, The Apothecarium, has taken on the task of explaining the therapeutic importance of cannabis from both a horticultural and beneficial perspective, as well as why its relevance is necessary to support companies that facilitate Compassion Programs.
Centuries ago, people were already talking about the benefits that nature brought to human beings and how a simple walkthrough gardens or a trip to the countryside could help to restore health. Today, thanks to numerous studies, it has been proven that walking in nature has a favorable impact not only physically, but also cognitively.
Today, in our country, gardening as therapy is practiced in several hospitals, nursing homes, schools, physical and mental rehabilitation institutes and in programs for the elderly. These activities are coordinated by a horticultural therapist to achieve specific objectives.
The treatments begin with a personal interview, in which the therapist tries to connect the patient with an experience he or she has had with nature, be it a landscape, a scent or a memory. Individual goals and work plans are then determined.
This type of therapy is known to have been used in the 1940s and 1950s after the military returned from those World Wars. Its use was due to its great benefits for stress reduction, exercise and learning.
Treatments begin with a personal interview, in which the therapist tries to connect the patient with an experience he or she has had with nature, whether it is a landscape, a scent or a memory. Individual goals and work plans are then determined. Both children and adults dealing with addictions, mental health problems or any other type of trauma can use this therapy as a treatment.
Horticultural therapy is developed through activities that expose people to direct contact with nature through gardening, work in the garden, outdoor walks, guided tours, workshops for the development of the senses, group meetings, waste recycling, among many others. It combines a wide range of knowledge on physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities, various pathologies, psychosocial disorders and special learning needs on the one hand, and agriculture, gardening, landscaping, environmental education and related activities on the other.