Is gardening an effective way to combat depression? Sure, gardeners claim that their stress levels drop and their emotions improve due to gardening, but how far can that be taken?

Soil microbes are antidepressants, as it turns out. Yes, that’s right. Understandably, your first reaction is one of surprise; nonetheless, these microscopic organisms are fascinating.


Known as M. vaccae, these bacteria can naturally trigger the production of serotonin and dopamine in human brains! To communicate with our brains, these two neurotransmitters must exchange chemical signals. Serotonin and dopamine are two hormones that influence our moods.

These microorganisms are absorbed and breathed through our skin and breath as we garden. As soon as they enter your bloodstream and respiratory system, they immediately improve your mood and mental health. Even though this link was accidentally uncovered, we should all be aware of it. We should engage in some gardening or soil play at least once a week.

Research published in the Behavioural Processes Journal by a team of scientists found that mice’s immunological and neurological systems were helped by M. vaccae, a soil organism that was eaten, touched, and breathed in by the animals. Most individuals suffer from mental health issues due to a lack of outside exposure? Gardening and mental wellness seem to go hand in hand.

If you haven’t done so previously, head outside and work in the garden. These advantages are undeniable. Investing in a garden is a worthwhile endeavor that should not be overlooked.

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