It’s about chemistry
One reason why we feel better when surrounded by plants is the effect of the phytochemicals that plants release in the air and we, along with other animal and plant species, perceive them and react accordingly. One reason why ‘Forest Bathing‘ is good for us is that we breath in these good chemicals that affect our hormones and trigger positive feelings including relaxation and happiness.
But you don’t have to go all the way to a forest to lift your mood, you could as well be in your garden and enjoy the perfumes of your roses or jasmines, or sit in a meadow in your local park to get some of that positive plant effect.
If you are lucky enough to get out in sunny weather, then there’ll be the boosted benefit of sunshine and vitamin D, which helps with general health as well as reducing blue moods.
It’s about physics
Ever heard of ‘grounding’? All energy, including ours, is made of electrons. Being stressed means that we have a positive charge in our body, and to balance that we can make direct contact with the ground (soil, grass, even concrete). Mother Earth has a negative charge, therefore direct contact with our skin (bare feet for example) will re-tune us into the right energy setting, which helps reduce inflammation. I agree that sounds far-fetched but there’s plenty of research on this, look it up!
It’s about colours
Colours are known to have an affect on our mood, reason why we choose certain colours over others depending on what we are trying to achieve. Nature is predominantly green – well 50 shades of green! And green is a deeply relaxing colour. The various other colour accents produced by flowers and fruits contribute to harmonious colour displays. Some horticulturalists have specialised in garden designs by colour, where depending on the client’s needs certain colour palettes are chosen to provide the required vibe. Fascinating!