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Did you know that there’s a natural anti-depressant found in soil? Antidepressant microbes in soil have been linked to the production of higher levels of serotonin. These microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain to Prozac, but without side effects. Gardeners inhale the bacteria or have direct contact when it gets into their bloodstream, perhaps through a paper cut or other pathway for infection. Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has been found to mirror the effect on neurons that some anti-depressant medications provide. You can read the full article here. I know there are avid gardeners amongst you who may appreciate gardening as a ‘happy place’. Other ways to experience the benefits could be through collecting conkers, acorns or leaves that have fallen into the soil for a nature art project, or next time you are at St Nicks check out all the different ways that plants use to spread their seeds, you will soon have your hands in the earth noticing and collecting seed pods!