Holistic Mental Health coach Folsade is Cultivating An Aromatherapy Healing Garden For Africans & Diasporans.
Historically flowers have been used therapeutically to help people seek wellness and personal growth. Research has described how Egyptian doctors prescribed patients to walk in gardens, while also describing contemporary trends in horticulture therapy. In Japan, they practice something called forest bathing, or Shirin-yoku. Shirin in Japanese means forest” and yoku means bath”. Bathing in the forest is used as part of recovery treatments in hospitals in Japan. It’s seen as allowing patients to open their five senses, by reconnecting with nature.
“My aromatherapy healing garden will be used in very much the same way. Gently guiding healing by allowing visitors to mindfully use their five senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch”.
Mental and physical health are inseparable! In post-colonial Africa, mental health throughout the continent has historically been neglected or met with stigma as a taboo subject. There are cultural, religious, and economic factors that come into play when looking at how Africans self-care when it comes to their mental health. Folasade has an urge to revisit African indigenous wellbeing practices for the modern-day person seeking holistic mental health support. As an African woman who speaks freely, and openly about her mental health, she hopes this encourages other Africans to open up a dialogue on how we can better take care of our communities’ mental wellbeing through nurturing conversations, and natural remedies.
Many lessons can be learned about social anxiety and trauma from the loss of land and culture that children of the African diaspora have experienced. Modern psychology can move away from the western tradition of expert and patient, towards a more holistic narrative form based on African traditions and reconnecting with the land. As more psychologists begin to incorporate these African-inspired concepts into their practice, such a combined approach might help the Africans on and off the continent dealing with social anxiety to reconnect with the indigenous ways of the land and improve their mental health, too.
* Let’s revisit traditional African farming techniques, with indigenous grains, for healthier organic balanced diets, brain health, and non-harmful farming techniques.
* Diving into African ancient botany for holistic wellness support.
* Working in rhythm with nature to support body movement and general physical health.
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