All plant life give off their own sounds if we but listen!
As you have probably heard before, studies have been done in the past with plants and music. But those studies were to see how different forms of music affected how plants grew when subjected to that music for certain periods of time. Many studies found that when loud, heavy music was played near plants they withdrew and wilted, but when quiet, uplifting music was played, they thrived. Also, many plant owners have found that when they gently touch or talk to their plants in soft tones, those plants tend to grow better than others that have no such interaction. I have experimented with my own plants and have found these things to be true. So, if music, touch, and words can affect plants, then it stands to reason they should have sounds of their own. Why not?
Last fall, I had a chance to meet with Teresa Helgeson, Certified Medical Hypnotherapist, in Denver, Colorado. I also met her therapy plant, Pixie, and found their story quite fascinating. Teresa previously worked in the corporate world for 25-30 years before she found Pixie and her true calling and passion. Teresa choose Pixie, or maybe Pixie choose Teresa, from an array of hundreds of plants while at a local nursery. Now she spends her time giving seminars and concerts all over the country with Pixie and many other plants.
Teresa was first introduced to plant music therapy in 2007 in Northern Italy in the Federation of Damanhur. She was attending a retreat where she was shown by the locals living and studying nature what they had discovered by studying the local plant life: each individual tree, plant, bush, etc. makes its own sound or music. She watched as clips from a biofeedback machine were attached to the leaves of a nearby tree. She was amazed at what she heard. Music!
The biofeedback machine has 2 wires coming from it, each one with its’ own alligator clip attached to the end. One alligator clip is attached to the plants’ leaf and the other to a grounding wire that is placed in the soil next to the plants’ roots. The machine is then turned on where it picks up the electro-magnetic frequency of the plant’s leaves, thus giving the plant the opportunity to hear its own voice and play music.
“Forty years of experimentation seem to tell us that plants realize that it is they who are determining the sequence of notes emitted by the device, and therefore they modulate it intentionally. They do not just react to stimuli from their surroundings but can be ‘trained’ to use the device increasingly well, to respond to the human voice or to someone playing an instrument. Plants ‘remember’ their training and over time they learn to interact in an ever more sophisticated and precise way with their audience. Indeed, highly trained plants, capable of masterly performances, are able to teach other plants, significantly reducing learning time compared to training carried out by human beings.”
Plant Music has been known to reduce stress, detox the body, and boost the immune system.
Check out this site to learn more about Teresa and her plant therapy–