Posted by: Diane | April 1, 2007

Dirt’s anti-depressant qualities

I love springtime. It’s glorious where I live right now. Dogwood, wisteria, irises, and Indian paintbrush are blooming and a hundred different shades of green paint the wooded hillsides.

Normally, I would be out planting a garden, but I have just been way too busy with my studies to do much this spring. There is something about sinking your toes and fingers into that cool, moist, freshly turned earth as you plant seeds and seedlings that just soothes the soul.

Interestingly, UK scientists believe that mycobacterium found in the soil may boost your body’s serotonin levels. Serotonin is a hormone that is connected to mood and immunity.

No wonder digging in the dirt feels so good!

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