Want a brilliant gift to give for the holidays? Why not give an aromatherapy living wall garden and give the gift which keeps on giving. WIN A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK AT THE CONTEST AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST!
Why an Aromatherapy Living Wall Garden
Aromatherapy gardens can be started inside during the winter, then brought out for a gate or doorway hanging in the spring. These style living wall gardens pack lots of plants in a small space and are entirely weed-free. Below are some excerpts from my latest book, Grow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, teaching you a few tips on growing an aromatherapy living wall garden.
Smells trigger memories and they can change your mood. For instance, [when I was a little girl] on a gorgeous August morning, mist hangs in the air as I get ready for the first day of school. My house is an island in a sea of cornfields in the middle of Indiana, and I wait on my front porch steps for the bus to come down the angling road and pick me up to drive me 10 miles to school. It is already 80 degrees with 90-percent humidity, and as I sit on the steps, I am enveloped in the scent of Mr. Lincoln—the reddest, most beautiful rose I ever did see and the prize of my father’s garden. That rose could lure in any human from 20 feet away with its beautiful, heady, overpowering scent. I would come out early on those first days of school just to have the privilege of sitting next to Mr. Lincoln because his scent was a powerful stimulant. When I smelled this rose, even when my childhood was emotionally complex and filled with drama, I was happy.
Good-smelling things can improve your mood, just as Mr. Lincoln did for me as a child. While aromatherapy is the use of fragrance to enhance health and promote feelings of well-being, there is a limit to the power it has, according to scientific studies. Discussions on essential oil and scents have been going for centuries; Egyptians used odors to treat diseases. Scents are used in modern-day times to relieve pain, reduce chemotherapy side effects, and promote restful sleep. However, the only thing that aromatherapy has been scientifically proven to do is improve mood. I’m all for improving my mood and helping as many people find a positive attitude as possible.
HOW TO PLANT A HOME OFFICE LIVING WALL GARDEN
Pull your Bright Green GroVert Living Wall Planter Kit out of the shipping box and fill it with your favorite soil such as Espoma Organic Potting Soil plant it up with herbs, backfill with any extra soil, water well while it’s flat on the ground, then hang your unit up. After it is hung, it will need to be watered from the top irrigation bin. This planting design includes basil, chocolate mint, cilantro, curry, mint, oregano, sage, lemon thyme, and thyme – you can order seeds or plants through Jung Seed’s online ordering center. Planting it now, then bringing it outside in the spring makes this a great dual-duty living wall and a wonderful gift.
SIX COMBINATION SCENTED PLANT IDEAS FOR AN AROMATHERAPY LIVING WALL GARDEN
• Pizza-Scented Culinary Garden: rosemary + oregano + basil
• Calming Garden: lavender + rosemary + mint or mint-scented geranium
• Stimulating Garden: lemon balm + lemon thyme + lemon geranium
• Happy and Relaxing Garden: rose-scented geranium + lavender
• Memory Stimulating Garden: cinnamon geranium + basil + thyme
• Invigorating Garden: mint + anise hyssop + fennel
Please consider giving my latest book, Grow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, as a holiday gift as well as the aromatherapy living wall garden – I appreciate your support and want to give away a free book to one of my readers.
How to Win the Free Book Contest —
If you would like to win a copy of Grow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, simply leave a comment below telling me where you would like to hang a living wall and why.
THIS CONTEST EXTENDS OVER THE WEEKEND AND ENDS ON 12/6 when a random winner from the comments section will be selected and announced Monday morning 12/7 on the blog post.
CONGRATULATIONS TO VALENCIA CHRISTION! HER NAME WAS SELECTED BELOW BY THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR AND WILL BE SENT A BOOK!!!