By Ann: Do plants communicate with humans? What do we have in common with plants? Scientists have been studying plants for decades to answer these questions.
Plants don’t have nerve cells but can release electric signals and respond to their environment and weather around them and can be affected and show signs of distress or poor health. They can sense when they are touched even though they do not have brains or think, they do react to vibrations.
Plants respond to light and dark, day and night, rain, and sunshine. One thing we have in common is oxygen and carbon dioxide as humans’ breath in oxygen and breath out carbon dioxide and plants take in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen from their leaves by photosynthesis. Humans rely on plants for air and food. Plants react to chemical changes and to sound waves as they are a living organism and are highly sensitive. Plants transport water and chemicals to stems and leaves through plant vascular tissue which in turn creates a sound vibration in the xylem vessel which produces gas bubbles. When stressed and thirsty they make ultrasonic sounds that humans cannot hear.
Scientists claim plants can perceive sound also and respond to a caterpillar chewing its leaves or the buzzing of a bee for example. This in turn can affect seed germination, ripening, etc. Sound emissions by plants can attract pollination insects and bats. Imagine a world without plants and trees. We often take them for granted and more awareness is needed because without them we cannot survive. They support our health by producing oxygen and food and medicine and they clean out water and provide fiber for our clothes and material for our homes. Some people believe that talking to your plants comforts them and helps them to thrive and grow healthier and happier. Biologists believe that plants communicate with one another releasing chemicals from their roots, branches and leaves and helping weaker members of their own species by proving nutrients. Plant roots move towards water by sensing its acoustic vibes. Some cultures believe plants are sacred and spirits dwell within them and are used to heal mind, body and spiritual awakening and certain plants can bring good and bad luck.
Different studies show plants respond to the sound of your voice and flourish more than plants that are ignored. A friend of mind grows orchids at her office, and they grow so beautifully because she is with them every day and they can hear her voice and music played and the same plants at her home have died and just will not grow because they are home alone, which implies plants may be sentient meaning they may experience feelings and sensations. The debate over plant consciousness and intelligence has been going on with scientists and biologists since Charles Darwin showed how plants sense light, moisture, and gravity which is still a controversial subject. Plants thrive to music by the vibrations like the sounds in nature. So, by taking more notice of plants and nature you will notice when they need water or weeding and general care. Most life on this planet does much better when treated with care and kindness which brings inner satisfaction. Some sceptics disagree with this concept and is still being researched and experimented.
Caring for our planet is our God given right and we benefit in the long run and reap the rewards in many ways such as physically, emotionally which can improve our health and wellbeing. The satisfaction of growing your own food and herbs and flowers is a wonderful thing to do and it teaches you how to have patience and care for living things.
Love and Light,