The Greening of My ThumbMay 01, 2023 05:05PM ● By Kris Urquhart
I’ve never been known for my green thumb. In fact, years ago my husband gave me three small succulent plants because they were said to be impossible to kill. My black thumb and I managed the impossible. However, that experiment caused him to take a more proactive interest in any plants we brought home. With his support, we have successfully kept several plants going for more than a year giving me a little more confidence and maybe even a light green thumb.
Since losing my two beloved kitties, I’ve turned to plants to bring some life back into the house. I’ve found caring for these little beauties a soothing activity and have even playfully named some of them to keep it fun. I also enjoy tending to our landscaping by pulling weeds, pruning, and planting annuals to add some blooming color to our space. In Gardening Therapy: Healing Mind, Body and Spirit in the Yard [page 16], Charlie Hall, professor of horticultural studies and department chair at Texas A&M University, who has researched the physiological, psychological and social benefits of plants shares, “When you get your hands dirty, there are beneficial microbes in the soil that improve your health and well-being.” It is definitely a grounding, meditative, and stress-relieving activity for me.
This month we focus on women’s wellness to honor mothers and women. This issue is jam-packed with tips for solving stress in Solving Stress: Holistic Tips From Lifestyle Doctors [page 18], resolving vaginal dryness in First Signs of Menopause [page 20], nurturing radiant skin in Skin Fitness: Daily Routines for a Radiant Appearance [page 22], and eating for hormonal balance in Taking Control of Our Hormones: Nutritional Tips to Support the Delicate Balance [page 24]. If you care for a pet that finds it difficult to move due to aging, injuries or other ailments, check out Bringing the Bounce Back: Integrative Treatments for Pets With Mobility Issues [page 30]. One of my kitties suffered from an injury that resulted in her walking flat on her hind feet; many of the highlighted therapies brought my pet relief. You can also enjoy these online exclusives at my-NA.com: The Divine Messiness of Motherhood and Carol Penn on Finding Calm in a Chaotic World. I hope you find wisdom in these pages to support the women you love.
Happy Mother’s Day,
Kris Urquhart, Publisher