Finding Self-Care Through Horticulture

Photo by Olena Shmahalo
Photo by Olena Shmahalo

What is self-care in your life?

Half my life, I had no idea what it looked like to care for myself. Being a mom, wife and entrepreneur throws a lot of responsibility at you. I believed I didn’t have a lot of time for self-care. For the longest, I followed the trend of others and mimicked what self-care looked like to them but it never really measured up to what I actually needed to feel recharged. I had no concept of what self-care truly was for me.

My love for plants started at a young age. I used to watch my grandfather grow plants in his garden, a beautiful haven of peace where we would just relax in silence and admire his work. Once I grew up and got my own place, I may have had one plant in my house. Then about four years ago, I started collecting them. I began visiting plant nurseries and felt that same sense of peace that was conjured in my grandfather's garden.

I learned that caring for plants comes with some amazing benefits. For example, houseplants get rid of toxins in the air by cycling out carbon dioxide and release oxygen. They have been proven to increase happiness, lower stress levels, and reduce anxiety.

Plants have reminded me so much of what growth looks like spiritually, mentally, and physically. It all starts with a little seed and dirt, water, and sunlight.

We were all seeds, once upon a time. It's funny how much we need the same nutrients as plants for optimal health and well-being. We need H20 and vitamin D from the sun just like plants. I suppose the soil could symbolize the womb, but I like to think of it as the dirty mess that seems to bury us at some point or another as we journey through life. Eventually, with nurture and care, we grow out of the dirt and blossom.

Now that I think about it, the water and sun we need to thrive aren't just literal. The water symbolizes the overflow of blessing in our lives and the sunlight is God watching over us.

Horticulture is such a healing experience. I reflect on my own growth and how God plays a role in our transformation as people.

Through caring for plants, I think I can finally say I've found what self-care looks like for me. Plants are more than decor item in my home. They're an intricate part of my mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.


About Our Guest Writer

Crissi Curly is a Youtuber, influencer, and cancer survivor known for hosting Kansas City's largest natural hair photoshoot. With over 2,000 followers on her channel, she empowers women to embrace the essence of their natural hair.