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A BRIS­BANE-based bee­keeper is pro­mot­ing gar­den­ing ther­apy through na­tive bees.

Founder of Bee Your­self Sarah Hamil­ton said na­tive bees are not only safe, but also help­ful as ther­apy for peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing men­tal, emo­tional or phys­i­cal dif­fi­cul­ties.

Ms Hamil­ton said the ther­apy helped peo­ple get into a rou­tine with the bees’ care and main­te­nance, which could im­prove their men­tal state.

“Peo­ple with trauma or dis­abil­i­ties are able to con­nect on a dif­fer­ent level with th­ese crea­tures and use it … to ground them­selves,” she said.

The bees also helped chil­dren, such as Char­l­ize, 8, and Evie Bur­ton, 5, learn how to in­ter­act with an­i­mals.

Health ser­vices in Bris­bane, in­clud­ing aged-care clin­ics and child de­ten­tion cen­tres, are us­ing the treat­ment.

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