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Smell as an Emotional Stimulant in Horticultural Therapy: Lessons from Activities Conducted for Orphanage Children in Bangalore PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 June 2017 00:37

V. Karthikeyan (Arty Plantz Nature Revitalization Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, India)
Surya Suresh (Arty Plantz Nature Revitalization Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, India)
S. Ramyapriya (Arty Plantz Nature Revitalization Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, India)

DIP: 18.01.096/20170403

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.

Keywords: Horticultural Therapy, Natural Fragrance, Sense of smell

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© 2017 Karthikeyan V, Surya S, Ramyapriya S

This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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Received: May 18, 2017; Revision Received: May 27, 2017; Accepted: June 10, 2017

How to cite this article: Karthikeyan V, Surya S, Ramyapriya S (2017), Smell as an Emotional Stimulant in Horticultural Therapy: Lessons from Activities Conducted for Orphanage Children in Bangalore, International Journal of Indian Psychology, Volume 4, (3), DIP: 18.01.096/20170403

 



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