I was feeling rather smug as I sat in the Natural Health Centre as today I should have been back at work following my career break. Instead I was having my 'feet done' by Val, my reflexologist - a much nicer activity!
I took this picture just before setting off and by a strange coincidence found myself in the waiting room 20 minutes later reading a book on the same plant, Aloe vera.
I'm pleased that the 4 'babies' given to me by my friend Hilary last May are now doing really well and are having babies of their own in addition to brightening up my windowsill.
It's a handy plant to have in the kitchen should you burn or scald yourself as you can snip off a leaf and apply the resultant thick gel that oozes out onto the skin for instant relief. In addition to this property, the book claimed many other benefits such as boosting the immune system and being of value in the treatment of ulcers, eczema, asthma, acne and psoriasis. I couldn't find any up to date clinical research to backup these claims, but I did find this interesting recent news article instead.