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Sunday, 20 June 2010

Summer is here, and we will be spending hours on the beach or at the pool. Aloe plants hold the perfect remedy for sunburned skin. The gel inside the plant cools sunburn on contact. Aloe has been found to penetrate the skin 500% better than water.

The gel is inside the stalks of the plant. Just break off a stalk and squeeze the gel directly onto the burn. I've been growing an aloe plant for years. It's actually so big now it needs to be replanted. The best thing about Aloe plants is that the stalks will grow back so don't be afraid of destroying the plant.

Heading to the beach for a week, purchase a small plant and take it with you. If I'm only going for a few days, I break off a few stalks and wrap them in a wet paper towel. Place the wet towel & stalks into a plastic bag. Keep the stalks moist when you arrive at your hotel/beach house.

The plants are easy to grow. Stick them in a sunny spot and water it once a week. They're very forgiving, there are times when I forget to water mine for weeks. They look great outside in the summer, just remember to bring it in once winter sets in.

The best way to prevent sunburn is to use plenty of sunblock and to wear a hat while relaxing on the beach or at the pool. Playing in the sun can be great, but it can also be dangerous if we don't protect ourselves.

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