The healing powers of the earth
The Washington Post - 04/23/2015
There’s another, somewhat mysterious dimension to a gardener’s pleasure, though, and that’s your partnership with a living soil. Ever since penicillin was first crafted from a soil fungus, the earth has yielded up agents of healing. As recently as January, researchers at Northeastern University announced a newly tested antibiotic produced from a soil sample that kills resistant strains of staphylococcus and tuberculosis. We can expect more discoveries like these to turn up, along with the more anecdotal stream of evidence that humans, both young and old, are somehow healthier if allowed to play outside in the mud.