Thursday, May 23, 2013

4 Plants Every Athlete Needs in the Garden

Nicole Crawford

A few months ago my husband and I decided to give our yard - or, as we called it at the time, the dustbowl - a makeover. We spent the entire weekend aerating the soil, removing rocks and gravel from the dirt, spreading fertilizer, planting grass seed, hauling mulch, and planting vegetables, herbs, and flowers. By the end of the weekend the dustbowl was on its way to becoming a yard and we were exhausted and sorer than we've been in a long time.

Since then I've thought many times that gardening is a lot like training. You put a lot of work and sweat into it, and if you're smart and dedicated, you will see results. If not you'll end up with dead plants and lots of wasted money and time. You also don't have to be the most naturally talented person in the world to have a nice garden. I've realized that just like I will never be an elite, world-class athlete, I definitely don't have the greenest thumb in the world.

 Beyond the analogous relationship between gardening and training, there's also a very real one. If you look at the supplements and other products used to treat typical athlete woes, you'll notice a lot of them originate in the dirt. Our own garden is a very practical one. We've planted a lot of our own food and most of the flowers in our yard are meant to attract pollinators and beneficial insects. We've also included a few medicinal plants, some of which have easy applications for use by athletes.
1. Aloe Vera 
2. Arnica 
3. Peppermint 
4. Rosemary


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