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      18.12.2010 16:27
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      Cost per use: £0.40 over two or three months.

      I must be honest I have never fancied an Apple I-Pad. If it were for personal use I would never have bought one. After testing it out though I was convinced that the Apple I-Pad was the best choice for my company. I'm not a technical person so don't expect all the facts and figures this review will just focus on everyday use rather than anything too technical. We've owned some for two months now.

      These Apple I-Pads were bought to be used by children with special educational and developmental needs. They were to replace desk tops with touch screens as they weren't very portable. As a tool for the education and entertainment of these children it is a fantastic buy. The touch screen is fairly easy to operate for those children who have fine motor skills. For those with developing fine motor skills we have seen improvements due to the desire of the children to operate the system, amazing what can incentivise!

      The key board function is annoying as you cannot have the key board flat and the screen on a slant making it difficult to see what you're typing so this is definitely not a replacement for laptops. Although I believe that you can attach a key board and there's a case that means you can prop the Apple I-Pad up to watch movies or play apps etc. It also doesn't have a disc drive, well not that I've found anyway.

      The battery lasts for ages.

      All in all the Apple I-Pad is a good learning tool but not a replacement for a laptop. It is very expensive for what you get in my opinion, although the ones that we have get an awful lot of use and no-one's managed to break one yet so they has to prove that they're robust. Cost per use: £0.40 approx.

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    • Toy Story 3 (DVD) / DVD / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      18.12.2010 15:57
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      Cost per use: £0.58 and we've only had it a week.

      The creators of Toy Story have entertained us so far with one and two of the title but I must admit that I wondered if Toy Story Three would be as good. In truth it is just as good as the other two.

      It's widely available with prices ranging from £7 up to about £23 for the box set of all three.

      The basic premise is that Andy, the owner of the toys, is packing up his room to go to college. After a few mishaps the toys end up being taken to a day care facility by mistake instead of ending up in the attic. On initial inspection the nursery seems an excellent place to be: the toys will get played with every day, they will never be discarded again and they get to meet lots of new toys, but is there a more sinister side to it...

      The characters, new and old, are still well rounded and stand up to inspection. The new characters are especially brilliant. I particularly enjoyed the interplay between Ken and Barbie.

      The story is a well-developed plot, with parts for young and old. A good family film for a DVD night. My kids loved it and have watched it several times. It has humour enough for everyone, feel good parts, a few scary bits and, as with a lot of children's films end with a bit of drama followed by some serious emotion. Enough to make you a little sad but with enough optimism to keep you 'til the next instalment.

      All in all an excellent third instalment that will please everyone in the family. Buy it and enjoy it often.

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    • Epson Perfection V500 Photo / Scanner / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      18.12.2010 15:33

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      Cost per use: £1 and I've only just started.

      I bought the Epson Perfection V500 not too long ago as I needed to upgrade from my all in one printer. As a satisfied customer of Epson this swayed my decision as to the make this model was bought on advice in the shop and I must say that I'm very happy with it.

      It was on sale for £180 but they gave me a 10% discount. The price seems quite reasonable, in comparison to web prices.

      I really like the look of the thing. It's sleek, black and chunky. It look like a high quality product and feels like a high quality product. It looks really food in my office but I would happily have it in my home too.

      It is incredibly easy to use from the computer or from the controls on the actual unit. There is a thing which holds slides and negatives whilst scanning. The quality of the scanned things is, quite frankly, amazing! Even with older fading photos it picks out details that weren't easy to see before.

      All in all this is a brilliant machine for use in business or for personal use. I've not had it for long at all and I estimate the cost per use as £1 so far and I've only just begun. More expensive than a multifunction printer but infinitely better quality! Well done Epson for producing yet another high quality easy to use product!

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      18.12.2010 14:54
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      buy something else

      The Philips AJB4500 DAB Clock Radio is a disappointment considering it's a Philips product.

      It has a plastic casing with a selection of buttons on top and a speaker. The plastic surround, buttons and symbols are all in white so unless you've got a light pointed at it you can't see which button is which and there's a lot of buttons. In all the controls, functions and buttons make this alarm far too bothersome for me.

      The display is across the front and is quite a large screen for the unit. The screen is lit. It comes with three setting for the light, bright which is incredibly bright and disturbs your sleep, dim which is still too bright and disturbs your sleep and off which means that you can't see what time it is which on these dark winter mornings means that you have to turn it on before you can tell what time it is.

      There are two alarm times which mean that even if you miss one the other will get you. When the alarm comes on it increases in volume rather than blaring out at you. I thought this would be a nice gradual way to wake up but it just didn't work for me. When you switch the radio on it's always too loud and there seems to be no way to change the default settings. This is really annoying as I can't turn t on once the baby is asleep or it'll blast out and wake him up.

      I think this is a waste of money it just didn't work as an alarm clock for me, it's not good as a clock either, as a radio it's ok but not brilliant. In my opinion buy something else!

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      22.11.2010 16:33
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      Buy it and watch it together.

      A must see film with all the wit, music and entertainment that you would expect from a Muppet production.

      The Muppet's take on Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol includes all the popular muppets: Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchett, Miss Piggy as Mrs Catchett, Gonzo as Charles Dickens himself and many many more. It also stars Michael Caine as Ebeneezer Scrooge.

      It contains just the right mix of catchy songs, laughs and just a smidgen of scariness (well scary to the kids anyway). Michael Caine is a great Scrooge, showing all the grumpiness and mean spiritedness that any Scrooge should display. Kermit the Frog is well cast as the down trodden Bob Cratchett. And Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat do a good job of narrating the whole tale. The muppets used to depict the Ghost are designed well and represent their purposes well. The Ghost of Christmas Past being represented by a pale child with a mystical tinge, The Ghost of Christmas Present by a large Jolly man and the Ghost of Christmas yet to come by a spooky cloaked figure.

      While the songs are catchy and entertaining they aren't the irritating sort that you'll be singing for hours. Most songs are sung by a variety of Muppets in a musical style. The story sticks to the original Dickens tale. I have watched this film every Christmas period since the early nineties when it first came out. This year I traded in the video for a shiny new DVD and sat down with my children to watch it yesterday. They absolutely loved it, in fact they loved it so much that we watched it again this afternoon! By the second viewing they knew the words to the choruses of some of the songs. Immediately after it ended they were asking for it again, it's good but not that good, for adults at least!

      A great family film for the Christmas period, kids will want to watch it over and again.

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      • Dr Pepper / Soft Drink / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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        22.11.2010 15:40
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        Give it a try!

        A fine product from the Coca Cola brand. I remember first tasting this when my Brother in Law got it from an American visiting his RAF base, in the eighties. I loved it then and I still love it now.

        Dr Pepper is packaged in professional way that looks appealing and like it's good quality, which it is. It is available in can, individual bottles, 2 litre bottles and 3 litre bottles.

        Dr Pepper is widely available in most shops both national chains and independents. It is priced at anywhere between 75p and £1.00.

        Dr Pepper is kind of hard to describe. It's a fizzy drink as most Coca Cola brand drinks are. It is a rich dark brown. The taste isn't popular with everyone and it's difficult to put it into words but if you imagine Coke with a touch of Root Beer then you'd be close. If you don't know what Root Beer tastes like it's fairly close to the way Germoline smells. It's best served cold with ice. It's also nice as an ice cream floater: simply place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a glass and pour some cold Dr Pepper over the top.

        As an option it's a good choice if you fancy something fizzy and refreshing that isn't fruity. The original version of Dr Pepper is another drink that you find has stuck to your teeth after you've drunk it.

        It's not to everyones taste but give it a try, that's the only way you'll know whether you like it or not.

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        22.11.2010 12:26
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        A good book.

        As we already had the Duck in a Truck title and had borrowed Fix it Duck from the library when we made our monthly trip to the book shop to get a couple of new books when they saw Hit the Ball Duck the kids asked for it.

        The cover price is quite reasonable, we bought it from Waterstones and so paid full cover price but I'm sure that this book can be found elsewhere cheaper, especially on the internet.

        As you'd expect from a Jez Alborough book, the illustrations are good quality, there are full scenes on each page and plenty for your children to comment on, giving them a chance to learn new language and experiment with the language they've got.

        The same characters appear in this book as in the others in the range. My children love this range of characters and try out the noises associated with each animal, turning them into voices as the characters speak the words.

        The text starts off promising: "Duck and friends are on their way, they're going to the park to play." The rhymes are natural and flow well. But later in the book there are a few lines that are forced to fit in with the rhyme. There is a repeating pattern that the children can join in with and the story is a good one, showing how working as a team can help to solve problems and also that no-one is too small to be able to help. It's a good start for a discussion with you're children about how everyone can contribute in different ways and everyone has their strengths.

        The text is simple and a good script for a child learning to read.

        I wouldn't buy Hit the Ball Duck for anyone over the age of seven or below the age of three as a gift. My children are three, twenty months and six months. The three year old enjoys the story and can anticipate the rhyming words at the end of sentences, he also realises that everyone helps and although initially frog is told he is too small that he helps at the end. My twenty month old simply enjoys the rhythm of book and the pictures. My six month old is oblivious.

        A good book, enjoyable and worthwhile reading although not as good as the other two we've read in the range in my opinion, the children still ask for it. Cost per use: 67p and we've only had it a month.

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        • Coca Cola Zero / Soft Drink / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          22.11.2010 12:00
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          Don't bother, stick to Diet Coke!

          NO, quite frankly. As a diabetic I've tried a lot of reduced sugar and sugar free alternatives to the tastiest things. This is one of those that doesn't measure up.

          The labelling isn't as appealing as the original Coca Cola red and white packaging, it looks a little cheap and not very well thought out, the black white and grey isn't very distinctive and could have been done better with the same colours. The shapes of the bottles etc is the same as the other products in the range.

          The price and availability is also comparable with the rest of the range.

          We get on to the actual product. As you open the can or bottle you get the same great fizz as you would from any product in the rest of the range. As you our it out it looks the same. Your first sip reveals the same burst of bubbles up your nose and at first it seems as refreshing although not as tasty. It doesn't take long though to realise that it isn't half a good. Firstly the consistency is awful. Take an original can of Coke, fill half a glass with the Coke and the other half with water, there you've got the consistency of Zero Coke. You've also got the strange aftertaste, it's that slightly bitter taste of sweeteners this paired with the lack of taste make it very disappointing.

          You've also got to consider that the fact that you're using a sugar free alternative, the body takes sweeteners and converts them into sugar in the digestive process anyway so for what you're saving between this and Diet Coke you may as well retain the taste, consistency and, to put it bluntly, quality and stick to the Diet Coke.

          Coca Cola Zero is only recieving one star because you can't apply none!

          A disapponting product, I'd expect better from the Coca Cola brand.

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        • Frijj Milkshake / Soft Drink / 15 Readings / 11 Ratings
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          22.11.2010 11:36
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          buy some today.

          A great drink to offer your children as a treat!

          Frijj comes in a firm plastic bottle with a resealable lid. The packaging is distinctive and easy to find on the shelf. There are a variety of flavours although the manufacturers do have an unfortunate habit of producing "limited edition" flavours which are delicious and, sadly, disappear all too quickly.

          Frijj are available in most supermarkets and convenience stores but not so much in the independents. The price varies but they generally about 70 to 80p but can regularly be found on offer at two for £1.00.

          The great thing about Frijj milkshakes is that, although not as good healthy as some things, they are a healthier option. You'll notice that I said healthIER. I stress this because they do contai unhealthy things but the thing that makes me buy them for my children is that they are packed with calcium. The unhealthy aspects aren't so bad as to concern me. The resealable lid means that I can keep some for the next day if I like and the size of the bottle means that it can easily satisfy my children with just the one bottle.

          The actual milkshake is lovely and thick, without being overly thick, meaning that it is not too difficult to slurp up your straw and not to thin, meaning that it's flavoured milk instead of a milk shake. There's nothing worse than a runny milk shake! As mentioned earlier the flavours are varied and tasty. We tend to buy chocolate, strawberry and banana most regularly. The flavours don't taste artificial like with some brands. Banana is especially hard to get right but Frijj manages it!

          There aren't any real down sides to Frijj, the only one that I can think of, and this is pushing it, it's cheaper to make milkshakes yoursel at home, I told you it was pushing it!

          As a convenint tasty was of getting calcium into your children it really is the best!

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        • Coca-Cola / Soft Drink / 15 Readings / 11 Ratings
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          22.11.2010 11:18
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          Using regularly as part of an unhealthy diet can contribute toward health problems.

          You can tell it's a quality drink whilst pouring it out. The way it glugs into the glass and fizzes up shows that it is the best. When you take your first sip the bubbles make you close your eyes, a sure fire way of letting you know that this is a fresh drink! The taste hits you immediately and there's no way you can get this from any other brand.

          It's a good alternative to coffee or energy drinks for giving you that extra boost if you're flagging during the day.

          The packaging is fairly simle which makes it more pleasing. The bold red colouring with the white lettering is quite distinctive and easy to locate on the shelf despite the cheaper brands imitation of the packaging.

          The pricing varies considerably depending where you purchase it. At most corner shops you will find a can of coke costing about 69p whereas in discount shops you can pick them up from 29p and they are always available in the discount shops. If you buy more then you'll pay less per can as a general rule. Recently I picked up 48 cans in two 24 can packs for £5.99 which works out at less than 20p per can, a bargain especially at this time of year, they're in the cupboard waiting for the Christmas parties. The small bottles are not good value for money, the rarely can be found for less than 75p per bottle and these are generally a buy two for £1.50 offer. The larger bottles are the best value for money, you can find the three litre bottled coming in at £1.89 when on offer although it will go flat after a few days so if you're not going to rink them quickly then buy the cans.

          Coca Cola is widely available in shops, restraunts and fast food outlets.

          The problem, I find, is that after you've finished drinking it you can feel it sticking to your teeth. The taste is great, the look and the feel of the drink but the after effects are, to put it bluntly, unpleasant! It is not a healthy drink as it is loaded with sugar, there are healthier options available, but if only drunk as an occasional treat there should be no health implications. Drinking to much can also cause you problems with sleeping as it has a lot of caffeine in so you should also limit what you drink when pregnant. Caffeine free alternatives are available. The other side affects are mostly unpleasant for the people surrounding you, fizzy drinks cause gas, need I say more?

          Not the best drink on offer from Coca Cola but it is the original.

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            A budget option for staying hair free.

            I had a Phillips Epilator for well over a decade, when it finally gave up the ghost I searched round for an affordable alternative, this was on special offer from Amazon at a little under £30.00 marked down in price from about £45.00, this was about a year ago so it's probably cheaper to buy now.

            The product comes in a recyclable cardboard box. Inside the box you get a zip up mesh bag containing the power lead, the main body of the unit and several different heads, including three different size epilator heads and one shaving head.

            Upon opening this product I, as usual, ignored the instructions, for me if I cannot work out how to work something without the instructions I return it. It's very simple to use, you plug the main unit into the mains power lead and attach one of the interchangable heads, these clip onto the top and will only fit one way round so you can't really get it wrong. There is a switch which has two speeds: fast and faster, you would change this depending on the length of the hair you are epilating. There is a very bright light which is aimed at the area that you are epilating, it comes on when you switch the epilator on and off when you switch the epilator off. The light is a very useful feature, especially in these days of energy saving bulbs.

            The epilator works by having a rotating wheel with tweezers on, the tweezers open and close automatically as the wheel rotates and pull out you hairs, simples. It's not a completely pain free option but it isn't as bad a waxing. I tend to begin in a sparsely haired area like the back of my legs this kicks in your natural defences against pain and although a little painful at first it soon settles down and doesn't hurt anymore, the longer the hair the more painful the epilation is, so if you keep on top of your dehairing then you'll be fine.

            In conclusion. This epilator is ok. It's not the best around, it gets rid of the hairs for a few weeks but I get a lot more ingrowing hairs than with my previous epilator so I have to spend more time exfoliating. It is however a good way to dehair in the privacy of your own home.

            Also published on Ciao under the user name: ejokocha

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            14.07.2010 10:48
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            Highly recommended.

            Dear Zoo is a staple in any Nursery or Creche. It is simple and entertaining for young children.

            The book itself is a sturdy board book. The pages are thick and difficult to destroy, even for a toddler who is teething, and believe me my toddler has tried there are tooth marks all around the edges but it's still readable! The flaps aren't as sturdy though and are easily bent, ripped or torn off.

            The pictures are clear and colourful, they are very attractive for children to look at. The flap are simple depictions of containers and when you lift them there is a cartoon picture of an animal underneath.

            The text is simple and non-taxing:

            "I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet, they sent me a lion so I sent it back."

            This is a typical representation of the text featured on a double spread page. It really is that simple.

            The story: Someone, we don't know who but that doesn't matter, tels us that they've written to the zoo and asked for a pet, the zoo sends them all sorts of inappropriate animals, will they ever send a suitable pet? You'll have to read it and find out.

            In conclusion my children enjoy reading this book. My youngest loves to lift the flaps and make the animal noises, where he can. My eldest at three likes to point out why that animal wouldn't make a good pet and is equally incredulous that the zoo has sent this animal for a pet no matter whether it was our first time reading it or now on our hundred and whatever time of reading it: "You can't a lion mummy it would eat Toby (my toddler) all up!" My eldest can sit and pretend to read it to himself, he's not actually reading it, he doesn't have to we've read it often enough for him to know all the words. It's not an absolute favourite with either of them but they enjoy it and do ask for it to be read to them. What child can resist a flap book? It's also quite short so you can fit it in as a bedtime book when you actually have no time to spare, eight pages fly by.

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          • Boots Nappies / Nappies & Wipes / 21 Readings / 21 Ratings
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            As long as they don't change I'll stick with them

            I am reviewing Boots, Super Dry Nappies, these aren't the ones that have been pictured. I have been using them for about a month now and I've finally found a nappy good enough to replace the previously brilliant but now sadly inadequate Pampers nappies.

            The packaging is a simple plastic wrapper, it's a pale sage green colour with a picture of a baby on. The writing is white, clear and easy to read. The size is very obvious as it's a white number in a bright orange box. All this makes the nappies easy to locate on the shop shelf. The nappies range from 22 to 32 nappies for £3.99, dependant on the size or 44 to 62 nappies for £6.99. There is often an offer on to get three £3.99 packs for £10.00, saving you £1.97.

            The nappies feel substantial, with a green stripe down either side. There is a band across the top with pictures of bears, paw prints and the size printed repeatedly across the strip. The nappies are very soft inside and smooth on the outside. The elastic is very stretchy across the back and around the legs. They are fastened with Velcro tabs that are quite secure.

            Well I can say that I use these with my two youngest boys. In the course of a month I have had no leaks, no nappy rash and no nappies coming undone. The nappies last well over night.

            All in all a very good nappy, much better than the current brand nappies available.

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            06.07.2010 10:55
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            Do your research and make your own choice

            I have known many many children that have used Melatonin every day, some for over ten years, with no side effects including my own Nephew. Some of these children have been prescribed Melatonin by a doctor and some haven't. Some had to change doctors a few times before they found one that was happy to prescribe it.

            Melatonin is naturally occuring hormone in the pineal gland, it makes you feel sleepy when it goes dark. Not everyone produces enough Melatonin to make them sleep and in these cases it is possible to use Melatonin to gently and naturally get yourself to sleep. Not everyone feels that it is completely safe but in my experience it has been, most medications and suppliments could cause side effects. If you plan to take it or give it to someone else I would recommend that you do full research on it and take advice before taking it. All I can say is that several parents I know have reported wanting to smother their children through lack of sleep, one had been rehoused several times due to the noise her son used to make at night and each move made him worse as he was completely unsettled. After using Melatonin their lives have been transformed. All of the children have had improved attention, less frustration and aggression and better results in their education. The parents have been less fraught due to getting a full nights sleep, had a better relationship with their children and, in the cases of those that couldn't work before, they have been capable to get and hold down a job and get off benefits.

            Melatonin is also used as a remedy for jet lag, it is rumoured to have anti ageing properties and prevent cancer, the last two claims haven't been proved conclusively although if you sleep more I should imagine that that in itself would have anti ageing properties, as for the cancer claim many things are claimed to help prevent cancer although none have been conclusively proven.

            If you are suffering through lack of sleep this is one of the options that you can explore. Not all doctors will prescribe Melatonin but you can always ask for a second opinion and another doctor would be happy to. In Britain Melatonin is only available on prescription because it has not yet been approved as an over the counter remedy from pharmacies but it is available in Health Food shop. This is not the only, or maybe not the best, option available to you there are others out there, it is up to you to investigate and decide which is the best option for you. Everyone is different and when it comes to suppliments, medicines and natural remedies everyoe has their own opinion

            While it's true that some doctors wouldn't recommend giving Melatonin to children, many doctors disagree as they will prescribe it for children if they feel that it is necessary. I have only reported my personal experience it is up to each person to make their own decisions.

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            • Aloe Vera / Homeopathic Remedies / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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              Aloe Vera comes from a succulent, perennial plant, originally grown in various parts of Africa and Arabia, but now you can find Aloe, generally, grown all over the world, outside in warm countries, inside in cooler ones.

              Aloe plants generally have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Aloe Vera, or True Aloe, in particular has been associated with treatment of skin conditions and, more recently, as ingredients in cosmetics.

              Aloe Vera has always proved effective with me. I have a little eczema around my eyes which gets really quite itchy from time to time. My Mum used to cut a little nick in a leaf of one of her Aloe Vera plants, rub her finger in it then along my eyes, this would soothe the itching. The lack of scratching by me paired with the Aloe Vera would cure the eczema and it would be gone within a couple of days. My Mum would also use it on scratches, grazes and spots, along with witch hazel.

              I would recommend Aloe Vera to anyone who has a skin condition. Obviously if it's serious consult a doctor but always keep an Aloe Vera plant on the windowsill for easing that itching or just general treatment. This is one of the most effective natural remedies and, if you source yours straight from your own plant, you can be sure that nothing artificial is being used on your body. If you like to be in control of your treatments for minor ailments then get an Aloe Vera plant. Having the plant will also save you money on creams and potions and there's no best before date!

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