Why is nature called ‘Mother nature’? The healing power of nature is immeasurable. And what better way to relate to Mother Nature than with the mud at your feet, wind whipping your hair, the sun beating down you brow, digging up a handful of mud and..inhaling the fragrance of it. It is no wonder that poets talk of the intoxicating smell of freshly dug earth.
Next to animals I feel children are closest to earth. They are sensitive to its textures, its vibrations and absolutely rejoice in its offerings. Without preconditioning the child to think of mud as ‘Dirty’ with as many words or with frowns and shakes of head, if you let any child down on soil you will know what I am talking about it. I assure you that the child will not stop himself from grabbing a handful of that wonderfully textured material and begin exploring it.
Did you know that soil also has a therapeutic value? Research says that soil calms children down. Researchers have also already found clear evidence that childhood exposure to, outdoor microbes is linked to a more robust immune system; for example, Bavarian farm children who spent time in family animal stables and drank farm milk had drastically lower rates of asthma and allergies throughout their lives than their neighbors who did not.
So, the next time your baby wriggles out of your arms to touch the earth or your little girl wants to get messy digging up soil, go ahead and let them do it. After all, it is better to wash dirty clothes than to raise a child who could fall sick often simply because we choose to raise him or her in a completely urbanised sterilized environment.