Every year I get a few interesting things to put in my vegetable garden. Last year it was Toothache plant, this year it’s these three which all share an interesting quality – the ability to reduce stress.
There’s a certain irony to ordering plants that promise to reduce stress and having them arrive almost 2 months late. I wrote, I called I begged …. PLEASE send me my plants. But everyone’s gardens were late getting going this year, even commercial growers. Especially commercial growers actually.
Therefore I had to wait patiently for this year’s experimental plants to show up on my doorstep. Ordering live plants online might seem a bit scary or risky but they arrive in perfectly good shape ready to go in the garden.
What are these stress reducing plants?
Plants that Reduce Stress
- Piss Off Plant.
Piss-Off plant apparently keeps cats, rabbits and dogs away from your garden. I have NO idea if there’s any truth to this but if it can keep rabbits out of my garden (voles? even BETTER) it’ll reduce my vegetable gardening stress by a ton. I’ll plant some this weekend around the perimeter of my garden and see how it goes. It might go like the experiment where I actually held a Citronella plant while mosquitos happily landed on it and me.
Hippies never seem stressed and they always smell like Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli) ergo – Patchouli must be a stress reducer. I’ll grow it, dry it and then sprinkle it around. I’d also like to figure out if there’s a way I can dry and braid it to make an incense stick out of it. Patchouli also has medicinal benefits including using it for headaches, nausea and fungal and bacterial infection relief.
This is probably the most interesting of the stress reducing plants. Rescueherb (Solenostemon monostachyus) is a plant that’s popular in Africa (although I don’t know which countries exactly) as an anxiety reducer. Nigerian research has confirmed that the plant is able to calm the central nervous system. To take it for medicinal purposes you crush the leaves in water, strain it then drink it.
I also ordered some Wintergreen mint which tastes like … Wint o’ green Lifesavers but they weren’t delivered because of crop failure.
Will any of these plants do what they say they will? I have no idea. The toothache plant didn’t really seem to relieve toothaches but it sure made people generate saliva when they ate it. It made you taste enormous amounts of salt in your mouth for some reason. Plus it was so hilarious watching people eat it while drooling copious amounts of spit, that if you did in fact have a toothache, you’d have forgotten about it for a while.
I’ll keep you updated on this year’s experimental plants. If all else fails I’ll just take photographs of the baby bunnies that are born in my plot every year. That seems to reduce stress as well.
Have a good weekend and let me know if you’re growing anything interesting this year.