Aromagarten is prevalent in German bath towns or healing villages in two types of gardens. The kurgarten (cure-garden) and the aromagarten (aromatic-garden) are gardens that are created with the intention to promote healing. The aromagarten is typically a path with raised beds of soil making it easy to stop, lean forward and “smell the roses”.
At Beaver Ponds we have managed to cultivate many plants that tantalize the olfactory system. Notable plants in this high-altitude realm that have been successfully cultivated at Beaver Ponds includes thyme, marjoram, lemon balm, lavender, fennel, basil, dill, and cilantro.
Our forest is another branch of our natural aromagarten with fields of sage, yarrow, juniper, pine, spruce, roses, and other plants providing us with aromatic oils and resins. Volatile essential oils such as pinene have been studied for stress reduction and blood pressure regulation. For more on this check out forest bathing as a tradition in Japan and the current research in this realm.
We are creatures who perceive the world with our many sensory inputs. Visual, tactile, olfactory, auditory, and kinesthetic engagement with our environment is how we learn. Using our senses brings us into the moment and engages our curiosity. Whether walking in the woods or choosing seeds for your garden aromatics can provide one important layer of perception and contribute to our healing.
Eric Chatt N.D.