Um, sorry, not that Vera.
Actually, I mean Aloe Vera it is just that little Chimp calls it Hello Vera. The Aloe Vera Gel is a key part of our home medical kit and comes out to sooth all sorts of scrapes and bumps.
We get scrapes and bumps throughout the year – Monkey and Chimp are both very active and love playing outside, so it is to be expected. Also, Dad has a strong clumsy streak! However, summer time when we live in shorts and T-shirts (dresses for Monkey if she can get away with it) is when the scrapes are more obvious and painful. So chilled Aloe Vera Gel straight from the fridge is very soothing and helps to ease the ‘owie‘ straight away. Aloe Gel is also renowned for its healing properties, so I can be sure that the hurt is not only soothed but helped to heal too.
Monkey has come back from school a few times in the last week or two with insect bites on her legs. She reacts quite a bit, the bites swelling up and I think she must scratch them in her sleep. So it is to the Aloe Vera we return – soothing it on after bath time so that it helps to relieve the itch and heal the bite.
It really is a great asset to have in the ‘medicine cabinet’ and one bottle goes a long way, even with my two who rather like ‘Hello Vera’!
I suffer from hayfever, though did think it would be mild this year when did not get any symptoms through the tree pollen period. But then grass pollen hit and I have been a sneeze-monster (the family swear people over a mile away can hear my sneezes!) with runny nose (but luckily not the streamy eyes) ever since. Chimp is still breast-fed so the drugs are out and so I return to other remedies. I have sourced some lovely local honey and continue with the Aloe Vera Drink to help my immune system. But then I read about people using Vaseline below their nostrils to ‘catch’ the pollen before it gets up their noses! Am not a Vaseline fan, so tried Aloe Vera Gel and feel it is really helping. I also put a bit around my eyes to help prevent pollen going in my eyes (and it may help the bags there too!).
So, Aloe Vera Gel really is a summer saviour in our family.
So perhaps the word of the song do fit –
We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day!