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HEALTH/BEAUTY: Aloe Vera

The uses of aloe vera are plentiful and wonderful, it’s no wonder the plant has been used by humans for over a thousand years. The uses are both medicinal and cosmetic:

Hair growth and conditioning- full of natural vitamins and enzymes, aloe vera promotes healthy hair. Massage in a small amount of aloe vera gel, leave for a couple of minutes, rinse off and wash hair as normal.

A quick and easy source of loads of vitamins and minerals- aloe vera contains Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid and more. Add a teaspoon of aloe vera juice to your smoothie for a healthy boost.

Removing make-up- aloe vera is often an ingredient in commercial make-up removers but you can also use the straight-up natural gel to get rid of those panda eyes. 

Skin and sunburn soother- one of the most well-known uses for the succulent plant, aloe contains antiseptics and moisturising oils to help care for irritated skin, most famously acne and sunburn.

Last but not least, aloe vera plants can be bought from your local farmer’s market, replanted into cute pots, and put on your windowsill or hung from your ceiling to add some happy and healthy plant vibes to your room.

Disclaimer: although many people feel the benefits of aloe vera, there can be side effects for some people and there is no conclusive scientific proof behind these benefits

Written by Eleanor Jerome

Photography by Unknown and Sophie Kirk respectively

SOLEDAD

“La soledad despierta fantasma olvidados en el alma”

Cuando descubres que estas realmente sola, cuando creías que eran tus padres los únicos a los que tenias pero en realidad no es así  y te das cuenta que no hay nadie que solo eres tu contra el mundo y que siempre sera así, sientes un profundo vació fugas que recorre tu cuerpo en menos de un milisegundo es como una chispa, entonces esa sensación hace que derrame la primera lagrima hasta llegar a punto que fluyen como río quedándote sin aire suspiras y aspiras para seguir en ese tan doloroso desahogamiento.

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There’s so much that happened to Joan in this episode. She got kidnapped, she pulled off a trauma surgery with vodka and a box cutter. She didn’t become the damsel in distress. She helped her captor in a heartbeat - because she is a doctor first. And during the whole ‘exchange’ process, she kept her calm.

But then the guy she tries to save gets brutally shot to death. Joan thinks she has failed as a doctor and a detective. Then comes the whole Mycroft act, and he says there’s a great deal he needs to tell her. And Joan perhaps wonders whether she has failed as a person too, fallen prey to this man’s deceit. I have never seen Joan Watson so afraid, so broken and so unsure of herself. There has to be repercussions, there has to be an addressing of what Joan is going through…