| Published: June 10, 2017
Smell as an Emotional Stimulant in Horticultural Therapy: Lessons from Activities Conducted for Orphanage Children in Bangalore
Objective: Horticultural therapy is a relatively new practice in India conducted in small pockets. In this paper we focused on determining the importance of natural fragrance in stress reduction, improved productivity and increased self-confidence. Data collection: The session was conducted with a group of orphanage children ranging from 7 to 20 years (n = 27; male = 17, female = 10). Analysis: We used the Rosenberg scale to measure self-esteem of participants. Children with depression were uplifted by the different fragrance related activities. Results: All activities aided in boosting their self-esteem and self-confidence, which encourage social interaction among other children (normal school children) and with the management. Conclusion: In this study we concluded that the human emotional system is highly correlated with the sense of smell. Plants serve as a powerful tool for healing and can be constructively used to improve mental and physical wellbeing especially in an urban environment where health is a compromised asset.
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© 2017 Karthikeyan V, Surya S, Ramyapriya S
Received: May 18, 2017; Revision Received: May 27, 2017; Accepted: June 10, 2017
Published in Volume 04, Issue 3, April-June, 2017