After recently moving into our furnished apartment, George and I felt like there were a few things missing that we didn’t have, such as side plates, a bookcase, and wine glasses among others, so we decided to take a trip to IKEA! You’re probably expecting me to go on about these items, however the majority of what we came home with were PLANTS!
Having previously lived in shared student housing, purchasing decorative items for any room other than my bedroom, nice kitchen appliances or plants were just a massive no no! Everything would get lost, broken whilst drunk or die. So for the FIRST time, I was able to enjoy shopping for home items, for my own home.
Currently (and im honestly not sure how long they’ve had these or how long they will still have these) IKEA has been offering a set of three different potted baby cacti. They come in green, lime green, baby pink and white. I personally didnt select them on the pot colour but the specific cacti within the set. Some gave me goosebumps and were all hairy, others looked cobwebby, and the ones i seleced were perfect.
CACTACEAE £4.50 for 3 different cacti. Pot colours can beseen in the image above.
They just seem to make such a difference to the room, and i think they’re to blame for the the rest of the haul. It’s an addiction.
After walking around IKEA and collecting all the other items we needed we continued to the tills. Right before the store room was the plant section… 3 steps in and I had my sights set onto a shelf of baby aloe vera plants! You may or may not know that aloe vera plants are relatively expensive and have many usages, from beauty to lifestyle.
ALOE VERA £2.50, SOCKER 12cm £1.25. I placed my ALOE VERA into the SOCKER tin to give it a nicer finish for the house. The SOCKER tin is also galvanised to protect against erosion.
Aloe Vera has many benefits, i know it has soothed me through a few burns!
Ive done a little bit of research so you don’t have to and have listed some of these benefits below.
So, according to Marie Claire, aloe vera juice is:
- Supportive of the immune system
- Able to lower cholesterol & blood sugar levels
- Excellent for digestion (and constipation)
- And easy way to boost your vitamin and mineral intake
- Good for burns, acne and hydrating your skin!
Read the article HERE
According to Prevention.com it can be used as:
- A make up remover when used in the form of pure aloe vera gel
- A shaving cream
- A soothing ice cube
- A face wash
- and many more!
Read more from Prevention.com HERE
And finally, according to Healthline.com, aloe vera can be useful for:
- Heartburn – Consume 1-3 ounces of pure aloe gel. As aloe vera has a very low toxicity level, it is very safe.
- Keeping ruit nd vegetables for longer – by cating them in aloe gel, it keeps bacteria away making your fruit and veg freshers for longer!
- Use as an alternative mouthwash – I will block plaque and also provide pain relief for sore gums. It also contains vitamin C.
And to read more interesting facts about aloe vera, just click HERE
There are so many websites that will advise you on the uses of aloe vera, as well as suppliers of aloe vera houseplants and gels, so go have a look and make use of its wonderful properties! I know i will!