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Hello Vera!

veralynnWe’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when…..

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.

aloe-vera-gelWe also sooth it on our skin after we have been out in the sun, just to help cool us down before bed-time.

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!

(thanks to Songwriters WILKINSON, ARTHUR/PARKER, ROSS/CHILDS, HUGH, Published by Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing)

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Goodbye to Cradle Cap

Both of my children suffer from Cradle Cap. It is not a serious thing, but it is a bit unsightly, especially when the scabs flake off. Monkey goes to school next year and I wouldn’t want her being teased about it. So, action is required.

The most frequently touted solution is to put on some olive oil, rub it in, brush with a soft brush to remove the flakey bits and then wash it out. Fine, so long as you remember in this order!

I have a tendency to do the hair wash and then, when brushing out the tangles remember that I intended to put in the olive oil to get rid of the cradle cap!! Next time I think, but next time passes and the cradle cap stays.  Putting olive oil in the hair without then washing results in really horribly greasy hair – yuk!

Aloe and Rosehip Cradle Cap Lotion

Aloe and Rosehip Cradle Cap Lotion

So, when Wikaniko announced it had a new cradle cap remedy, I thought I would give it a go….

I tried it on Chimp first.  He was about 4 months at the time and had a fair amount of hair, but the scabby bits were quite obvious and a couple of bigger bits regularly made my fingers itch to scratch them off (a no no as it may result in infection).  So I gently rubbed some of the cream in to part of his head, massaging it in for a while as he sat in relaxed mode on my lap.  The instructions (on the website and not the bottle) said to use a baby comb to remove the softened flakes, but as hard as I looked no comb could be found, so made do with a soft baby brush.  Even so, the flakes were coming up well for the few minutes that Chimp remained relaxed, including the big nasty one (yeah!).  He wasn’t that keen, so I stopped.

Mid combing - you can see the mass of flakes and the redish skin where I had removed the flakes.  The redness disappeared within a few minutes.

Mid combing – you can see the flakes and the reddish skin where I had removed the flakes. The redness disappeared within a few minutes.

I tried again a few days later, this time with the comb that had been hiding in plain sight (don’t you hate that?) and was amazed at the volume of flakes that fell from Chimps head onto the floor (luckily laminate so easily swept.  If you have a carpet, I suggest putting a plastic sheet down to collect).  I wasn’t combing hard at all, just gently and repetitively over his head.

I think Chimp is still producing cradle cap as once clear bits have now got a few scabby bits again, but as he is still young this is probably to be expected.

I also tried the product on Monkey who is nearly 4 and has always had some fairly scabby bits despite repeated attempts with olive oil over the years.  I put it on and brushed out with a soft brush until she complained quite vocally.  Her hair is very fine and easily tangled and caught on brushes, so she is not very keen on having it brushed.  Again, the scabby bits came off easily, though I had not managed to get all of them.

I looked again at her head yesterday to hunt for scabby bits and all of the bits I had brushed were still clear.

So from me, a thumbs up for this product.

And the best bit – I can use it any time, even straight after hair wash as it doesn’t make the hair greasy.  It dries well and soon after use you wouldn’t be able to tell you had used it (well other than the mass of flakes in Monkeys hair that she wouldn’t let me brush out).

The main components in the remedy are Aloe Vera and Rosehip.  It is very gentle and non-toxic.