According to research, gardening and growing your own food is good for your mental health and physical health. Especially during a global pandemic, all of us can benefit by spending time outside, especially in a vegetable garden. Gardening is good for the mind, body, and spirit!
On March 13, President Trump declared a national emergency because of the coronavirus. We all found ourselves under a "safer at home" order as our country went on lock down due to COVID-19. Panic swept the nation resulting in grocery store shelves being empty and products online being sold out and backordered for months.
sTons of people lost their jobs and many businesses closed down. Cases of clinical depression and anxiety related to isolation and financial struggles skyrocketed. At the same time, the sale of plants and seeds skyrocketed with sales jumping over 400% for some seed companies. Many seed varieties were sold out and would not be replenished until the next growing season. Millions of people found solutions to food security and happiness through starting backyard gardens.
Personally, as the filmmakers of a gardening documentary, we watched as views of BACK TO EDEN climbed over 1 million views in the first month after quarantine began in the United States. A new surge of beginner gardeners swarmed our website and questions about gardening filled our email's inbox. We found ourselves answering questions from all over the world from Africa to Europe to China. It was clear that people were turning to gardening to keep themselves busy but not surprising many people were desperately seeking food security. This isn't the first time gardening was popular during a crisis in history either! The victory garden movement began during WWI which called on people to grow food in whatever space they could which helped prevent food shortages.
My parents, who are featured in the movie BACK TO EDEN, are still growing food 10 years after the film was released! Every year they grow a Back to Eden Garden that produces a higher yield than the previous year. They grow enough food in rural Pennsylvania to sustain them throughout the year! Mark McOmber started a YouTube channel showing the results of a 10 year Back to Eden garden.
The benefits of gardening are so vast, but let us begin with physical health. Growing your own food gives you access to nutrient-rich food which improves your health. Studies show that most produce loses 30% of nutrients only 3 days after harvest! That means that the vegetable produce you purchase from the grocery store has less nutrients than homegrown vegetables and fruits. You will also reap the physical health benefit of being active. Exercise in the garden gives all of your muscles a fantastic workout!
The mental health benefits of gardening are also being researched worldwide. A report in the Mental Health Journal cited gardening as being able to reduce stress and improve mood with a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety. Gardening is related to better brain function and to improved concentration and memory. Some studies have found that it can even reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and dementia. One long-term study from Australia followed nearly 3,000 older adults for over 15 years, tracking incidence of all types of dementia and assessing a variety of lifestyle factors. The researchers concluded that daily gardening was the single biggest risk reduction of dementia, reducing incidence by over a third!
Back to Eden Gardening also taps into something that most gardening methods don't tend to focus on, which is our spiritual health. BACK TO EDEN film shares Paul Gautschi's inspiring journey listening to God in his gardens and connecting to God by observing nature. A Back to Eden Film review by Movie Guide states "Paul’s appreciation for God is infectious. He gives God the credit for his success."
Many studies show that wellness and health are improved when the human mind, body, and spirit are actively working together in our daily lives. Just like our bodies and minds, our spirits need to feed, so to speak, in order to feel our best.
A Few Drops To Clean Your Veggies & COULD PREVENT SICKNESS
Today we also want to share how to stay healthy by cleaning the produce you are eating and by consuming a few drops of this anti-viral extract, diluted in a drink.
We have been so thankful for easy access to the organic, fresh food supply from our Back to Eden Gardens right now! Of course, we all wish we were 100% self-sufficient, growing all the food we needed ourselves! Unfortunately, this is not the case for most people. But it's important we stay healthy and make sure store bought produce that may have been exposed to germs is safe to eat. Some people are washing their fresh veggies in dish soap. The only problem with this is the residues that are left behind for your to eat. But don't worry! You can still safely fresh produce from your local CSA farm delivery or from the grocery stores without harmful residues with a powerful plant-based solution we recommend.
The FDA says, "It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. However, it’s always critical to follow the 4 key steps of food safety—clean, separate, cook, and chill – to prevent foodborne illness."
If you don't have enough food growing yet to depend on here's how you can make sure your purchased fresh produce is clean. We recommend using the extremely powerful, plant-derived extract Agriscept-L to easily and effectively wash your produce in. It is known to kill viruses, bacteria, fungus and prevent sicknesses like colds and the flu. Just a few drops, diluted in water or juice is powerful enough to purify produce from harmful substances. Do NOT consume without diluting. The drops are acidic enough to burn off a wart on your skin and should not be consumed on their own or left on your skin.
How to help prevent viruses, gastroenteritis and the flu:
Dilute 12 drops in a glass of water or juice, once a day. We recommend taking this orally daily as a viral preventative. It has not been tested with COVID-19, however it has effectively been tested as an anti-viral in general studies. I have been using it for over ten years and I can't remember the last time I was sick. As soon as I start to feel under the weather or am aware of exposure I've had to someone sick I take it.
TIP: It tastes bitter! So, the easiest way to take it is to add the 10-12 drops in a small glass of orange juice. Think of it like medicine! It has been recommended that it is more effective if taken at night to allow it to sit on your throat and not be washed away by food and drinks immediately after.
How to wash fruits and vegetables in Agiscept-l:
1.Fill a salad spinner with 4 liters of clean water, about half way full.
2. Mix 7 to 8 drops in 4 into the water
3. Soak the fruits and vegetables for at least 15 seconds.
4. Rinse well in the colander.
5. Spin the fruits or veggies in your salad spinner to dry them.
6. Enjoy or store for later!
Here's a List of the Uses of the Powerful Drops:
Plant Fungus: mix 10 drops with 250 ml of water. Spray on the garden plants that are effected by a fungus.
Preventing gastroenteritis and the flu: dilute 12 drops in a glass of water or juice, once a day.
Candida Albicans (yeasts): 8 drops in a glass of water or juice, 3 times a day, 15 minutes before meals over a period of 10 to 30 days. For prevention: 4 drops, twice a day.
Parasites: 8 drops in a glass of water or juice, 3 times a day, 15 minutes before meals over a period of 3 to 6 months. For prevention: 8 drops, twice a day.
Gingivitis: morning brushing: wet the toothbrush, add 2 drops, then toothpaste, and repeat until symptoms subside.
Internal herpes: 8 drops in a glass of water or juice, 3 times a day, 15 minutes before meals over a period of 30 days. For prevention: 8 drops, twice a day.
Topical: mix 5 drops with 30 ml of distilled water and apply on lesions.
Athelete’s foot: mix 10 drops with 250 ml of water. Spray on the feet before going to bed.
Warts: apply 1 drop to the wart, let it absorb, and cover with a bandage.
Turista: 10 drops in a glass of water or juice, 1 to 3 times a day.
Drinking water: 10 drops for 4 litres of water. Mix well, let rest for a few minutes.
Washing fruits and vegetables: mix 7 to 8 drops in 4 litres of water and soak the fruits and vegetables Rinse well.
Washing meat (meat, fish, poultry): 7 to 8 drops in 250 ml of water and spray on the meat, fish, or poultry. Let stand for 15 minutes and rinse well. For ground meat, add 3 to 4 drops into the preparation and let stand for 15 minutes.
Animals: 2 drops in the water dish to prevent and eliminate parasites.