5 Elements of a Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Breast Cancer Healing Garden for African Americans

Photo Courtesy of Sisters Network, Inc.

By Dawn Bradford Lange, Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

The therapeutic benefits of gardening during breast cancer treatments may be what you need to slow down and create a path to healing and wellness.

Nurture Wellness With A Breast Cancer Healing Garden
Create a breast cancer healing garden as a private sanctuary where you can find solace and quiet reflection. All that is needed is a backyard to create a space for healing and reserve this spot for that purpose only. Here, you can lift your spirits, or nurture and soothe the soul amid the pleasant surroundings of flowers, nature, or wildlife. You may instead prefer to create an herbal healing garden where medicinal herbs are grown. Creating a healing garden is a project for the home gardener to do even without any artistic ability.

  1. Include Color That Invigorates Passion
    Colors definitely have tremendous effects on our senses. And, since color dictates emotions, you want to select colors for your garden that suits the mood you wish to express. If you desire a healing garden that invigorates passion, include complementary colors. Do that by selecting low-maintenance annuals and perennials in reds, violets, orange, and bright yellows to provide stimulation and to add drama.
  2. Include Healing Fragrances To Trigger Positive Thoughts
    One major benefit of adding fragrant plants is that pleasing scents are the perfect pick-me-up at anytime. Scents tend to evoke fond memories, or trigger positive images of certain places and special things. Beloved plants, such as roses, are famous for their scents—the same is true for familiar plants like lilac, magnolia, and jasmine. Include honeysuckle if you can.
  3. Add Reflective Water to Minimize Stress and Promote Relaxation.
    One of the most popular elements (and main focal point) in a healing garden is water. Try adding interest with ‘still water’, in a pond perhaps, or in a purification basin. Water features are perfect for quiet reflection as you stare into it, while letting your mind wonder freely. The presence of water in a garden has been proven to minimize stress and relaxation.
  4. Include Therapeutic Soothing Sounds
    If your healing garden is designed to energize, opt to create unusual sounds with tall ornamental grasses and bamboo leaves. These plants create rustling sounds when the foliage moves in the wind. If you enjoy the sound of wildlife, a trumpet vine will always attract hummingbirds. In serene environments, tranquility wind chimes or cascading waterfalls (that mimic the sound of a river) are also common in healing spaces.
  5. Don’t Forget Serene Seating For Meditation
    Enjoy your garden from a comfortable seat where you can sit and be still, read, or practice meditative techniques. Locate a shaded spot to put in a bench swing or a wooden bench.

Everyone’s idea of a garden for healing is unique. There are no fixed rules for creating a healing garden in your backyard. Do whatever appeals to your senses and put those ideas in the space. When developing your area, begin with what you already have, and then improve on it by making it more healing. You don’t need an elaborate space to uplift your mind and soul. Even a simple, colorful garden will do.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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