Body & Soul: Heal Muscles with Apres-Gardening Indulgences

| April/May 2010

5 Body Care Recipes for Gardeners

• Wake-Up Shower Gel
• Foot-Refreshing Soak
• Ache-Soothing Balm (Gardener's Salve)
• Body-Restoring Soak
• Muscle-Repair Massage Oil 

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Gardening can be a great workout. There is nothing like a day spent outdoors among your plants to give you a healthy all-over glow and a generous dose of feel-good endorphins. But you may also feel a bit sore and tired—getting garden plots and pots planted and looking good can be hard work.

After a day of digging, planting and bulb dividing, treat your body to some TLNC (tender loving natural care). Massage your sore muscles with herbal oils and lotions and take a long, warm soak in a scented tub to refresh and revive.

Several herbs can be used to warm and soothe sore muscles and joints. Thyme, marjoram, bay and lavender all stimulate your circulation and comfort tired muscles. Arnica and rosemary also are well-known pain relievers and can be added to creams and oils or purchased in commercial preparations. Passionflower, chamomile and lemon balm have anti-inflammatory properties and are useful when made into a warm cup of tea. 

Here are five recipes that you can easily make at home. They will revitalize your body for another day of hard work in the garden. Enjoy!

Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty from the Garden (Holt Paperbacks, 2002). 

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