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Bitter Leaf: The health benefits of this plant are miraculous

In the light of this, it is important to note that bitter leaves should always be taken fresh in other to enjoy its miraculous health benefits.

The health benefits of this plant are miraculous [Daily Advent]
The health benefits of this plant are miraculous [Daily Advent]

Apart from using it for cooking, bitter leaf is rarely used for any other thing because people are unaware of its miraculous health benefits.

And the sad part is that whenever it is used for cooking, almost all the nutrients are washed off the leaves. Even the leftovers are further lost to the cooking process: Thus leaving just a minute portion of its richness for our consumption.

Of course, bitter leaf has a bitter taste and it is true that most people can’t withstand it. But remember that the best of medicines comes with a bitter taste; and bitter leaf is ranked high among them.

From treating malaria, typhoid, diabetes, diarrhea, tuberculosis, gallstones and kidney disease, to the prevention of cancer and lowering of hypertension, the health benefits of bitter leaf goes on and on and on.

Read on to see some of the health benefits of this miraculous plant known as bitter leaf.

1. It relieves stomach ache

Almost everybody knows this because it is a well-known remedy for stomachaches. All you need do is to chew the tender stem of the plant like a chewing stick and swallow the bitterness and the ache will stop within few minutes.

An alternative is to pound the fresh leaves in a mortar and press out the juice. Add a pinch of salt to three tablespoons of the undiluted juice and drink. You will experience relief in no time.

2. It fights prostate cancer

Research has shown that prostate cancer is common among men who are over forty years old. And one of its known symptoms is difficult and painful urination.

Bitter leaf, on the other hand, is very good for this ailment. It increases the flow of urine and reduces the pain, as well as regulates the spread of the cell.

To fight prostate cancer with bitter leaf, simply squeeze the fresh leaves in water and take a glassful four times daily while you constantly go for a checkup. You’ll urinate frequently, but don’t worry about that because it is part of the cleansing process.

3. It fights pneumonia

Pneumonia is a lung inflammation disease caused by bacterial or viral infection, in which the air sacs fill with pus and may become solid. Inflammation may affect both lungs (double pneumonia ) or only one ( single pneumonia

However, the miraculous plant is powerful enough to combat this condition.

And tackle it, squeeze the fresh leaves of the plant in water and take a glass-full thrice daily. Always remember to warm the solution on fire each time before drinking.

Do not boil, just warm. And continue the medication for a month.

4. Insomnia

Insomnia is a condition that promotes habitual sleeplessness. And as funny as it may sound, there are a lot of people experiencing this condition.

This group of people finds it impossible to sleep at night and no matter how hard they try, their effort is always met with wakefulness.

However, studies have shown that Bitter leaf extract has done wonders for those suffering from sleeplessness. Simply take two glasses of bitter leaf solution every night and you will experience a calmness that comes with relaxation and sleep.

5. It enhances fertility

Studies have shown that bitter leaf boosts the chances of pregnancy among women who are finding it difficult to conceive. And this because the detoxification power of bitter leaf helps prevent the pollution of the antibodies that fight diseases, initiate tissue repair and regeneration.

This is known to boost the fertility of the ovaries, significantly; as well as eliminating ovarian cyst and premature ovarian failure.

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Photo: Would you ride on this ‘Okada’ in Lagos?

Photo: Would you ride on this

As seen on the streets of Lagos.

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Star Wars actor John Boyega is the new global ambassador for Jo Malone London

Star Wars actor John Boyega was recently unveiled as the new global ambassador of Jo Malone London and he is spotted looking fantastic in their latest campaign video, starring as The Gent.

Star Wars actor John Boyega is the new global ambassador for Jo Malone London [Credit: Harper's Bazaar]
Star Wars actor John Boyega is the new global ambassador for Jo Malone London [Credit: Harper’s Bazaar]

John Boyega is going from strength to strength and the charismatic actor added another notch to his belt when he was appointed the global ambassador for luxury brand Jo Malone London.

Introducing John Boyega, Jo Malone writes: “Meet London born movie star John Boyega. Boyega straddles two completely different worlds professionally and personally: from his roots in Peckham to the flashes of the red carpet. “Two worlds colliding: this is my crazy life right now, and it’s thrilling”, says Boyega.”

Speaking about his latest achievement in an Instagram post, John Boyega wrote:

Great news ! I’ve joined the @jomalonelondon family as the first Jo Malone London Gent. Yes! fragrances to come with a special twist! Stay tuned for this exciting collaboration and keep an eye out ! I’m about to show you what my Jo Malone London is! London boy!

Jo Malone talks about why they chose John to be the face of the brand and the unique youthful exuberance he brings to the premium brand. “He brings a vibrant energy, an authentic sense of heritage and a look towards the future. “I love the creativity and storytelling element of Jo Malone London. It’s something I resonate with, it’s how I work best. With discussion, collaboration and down to earth honesty,” says Boyega.”

They continue, “Each of our scents accentuate the surprising and bold, just like our leading man. While a huge presence and personality, Boyega himself values understatement and originality in scent. “Bronze Wood & Leather has become a favourite. I like to wear it daily. It doesn’t attract too much attention, but at the same time it gets people looking and smelling,” says Boyega.”

Here’s the first video introducing John as the latest member of the Jo Malone London family and promoting their newest scent.

Speaking about John’s illustrious career, Jo Malone writes. “Boyega’s career so far demonstrates high versatility from British independent film, Attack the Block, set on a Brixton estate, to Hollywood as the leading man in Star Wars. His roles are ambitious, complex and challenging. “When I read a script, it’s all about character arc. Something has to happen to my character. He has to be a different person at the end of it” he explains. “My favourite part about being on set is collaborating with the people. It’s how the magic starts and is created. To be a part of that and witness it is the biggest rush.””

Congratulations to John who represents London with all its spectacular clashes of culture and vibrancy!

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Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

The Oriental hotel was graced with class and style on the 4th of July, as urbane beauty brand Luscious by Lisa formally launched its range of beauty products. The brand unveiled two products for natural looking pink lips – Luscious by Lisa lip cream and Luscious by Lisa lip gloss.

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel
Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

A premium photo lounge decked in black carpet was curated to usher in guests who arrived looking dapper in black and gold, the colors for the night.

Hosts for the night were the delectable Osas Ighodaro and the classy Tobi Bakre who teamed up to give guests a classy evening.

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

The hall was decorated in black and gold, setting the mood for a cocktail evening that was all about style and elegance.   

Two bars served up a variety of cocktails, the Moet & Chandon signature and a “settle in” bar.

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

A grand piano was set up unmistakably, giving a rendition of classics from timeless movies and tunes from our motherland.

Celebrities who graced the occasion include Denola GreyTimini Egbuson and a host of others.

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

The launch unveiled the Lip cream which gently and naturally lighten dark lips, making them supple, soft and luscious while the lip gloss adds shine and a natural glow to last you throughout the day.

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

Did you miss it?

That’s quite alright. You can get a taste (literally) of what the night was all about by getting the classy looking lip cream at N10,000 and the lip gloss at N4,000. 

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

Luscious By Lisa – An urbane beauty range launches in style & class at the Oriental Hotel

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Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992

As Nigerians continue in the discussions on sexual molestation and rape, a Nigerian man has shared his story of how an older man sexually exploited him when he was just 12 years old. According to him, he decided to share his story to draw attention to the sexual exploitation of little boys which most people don’t talk about.

Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
Nigerian man recounts how he was nearly sodomized on two occasions in 1992
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3 types of sex games and how they benefit your love life

With everything that parents need to juggle, sometimes, things can get quite dull and stale in the bedroom. Are you looking for something to bring that fire back to your sex life? Then, you’ll definitely want to read about these three best sex games for couples that you should try out. 

And one kind of game you should avoid like the plague
And one kind of game you should avoid like the plague

Sex games are more than just a novelty

Dulcinea Pitagora is a New York psychotherapist, aka “The Kink Doctor”. She explains that sex games are really meant to increase communication between couples. Before any game begins, the two of you need to agree on the rules and parameters of the game. Afterwards, as a couple, there should be a process of “aftercare”.

When playing sex games, your mind, body and emotions can go all over the place. Aftercare helps bring the two of you back to reality. It’s so you and hubby can talk about what happened during the game, appreciate and examine what you both liked and disliked together.

These are 3 types of best sex games for couples to try (and 1 to avoid)

1. Novelty (or fantasies) 

The two of you should be honest and bare all your thoughts

The two of you should be honest and bare all your thoughts

These involve fantasies, desires and curiosities. For example, either you or hubby can list things in bed you always secretly wanted to do but never tried or had the chance to. Write down which of those overlap, cut them into pieces of paper and draw them randomly from a bowl.

Or try some truth or dare, or ask questions about each other’s secret fantasies.

Even if the two of you agree on the fantasy, it’s important that before you dive in head first, be sure to consent once more. It’s totally okay to decide you’re not ready for it at the last minute. Alternatively, set a safe word or gesture, so both parties can stop the moment one is feeling uncomfortable.

2. Role-playing

You can be anyone you want to be | Source: File photo

You can be anyone you want to be | Source: File photo

Role-playing is acting like another person/character to fulfil a fantasy. It can be as mild as cosplay to something more extreme like a dominant-submissive relationship. Pick up a new identity like a boss/employee, doctor/nurse or strangers at a bar, to something outlandish that involves handcuffs – let the imagination run wild.

When you role-play as a couple, you and hubby can become something you always wanted to try to become. Role-playing also means the two of you further explore your erotic desires, fantasies and self-identification – building trust.

There’s an endless amount of scenarios or activities you can think of and act out together in bed. Remember to discuss the experience prior and set boundaries if needed before engaging in the role-play. And when it’s done, don’t forget to cuddle in aftercare to increase intimacy and partner bonding.

3. Virtual Reality (VR)

VR sex games are the future, but there aren’t many catered for couples | Source: Unsplash

VR sex games are the future, but there aren’t many catered for couples | Source: Unsplash

VR sex games are the future, but there aren’t many catered for couples | Source: Unsplash

What is VR? Virtual reality is using computer equipment, like the head-mounted display in the picture above, to create and display a simulated environment. Instead of viewing a screen, it’s like experiencing a whole new world in the first-person view – like you’re actually there.

VR sex games combine VR and sex fantasies – creating an artificial sexual experience. While it is not easily accessible, the possibilities are endless.

While we encourage couples to interact with each other without a virtual “firewall” in between, VR sex takes the novelty and role-play categories above to the extreme.

Imagine creating a unique character or universe that can only be experienced in the virtual world. It’s a way to explore each other’s sexual identity or body in ways that are impossible in reality.

However, if you or your hubby are the loner type, chances are that VR sex can be a way to reinforce a tendency to isolate oneself. And unfortunately, there’s no cost-effective way to stimulate each other physically through VR. The quality of these games are also mixed, and many are tailored to men. We caution you to tread this path very carefully.

4. AVOID Competition

Games and competition go hand in hand. But when it comes to sex games, competition is a no-no. Remember, how well you do in bed is completely subjective. Doing something longer isn’t always better. 

We already get judged and compared to in the office, at family gatherings, and in public. Don’t bring this to the bedroom.

The key takeaway is, no one should be a loser in sex.

Source: Tonic

Read also: Have you tried wraparound sex?

This article was first published on AfriciaParent.com

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5 signs you’re ready to be a relationship after being single for so long

There’s really never a time when time when people in relationships do not bring their love stories to consciousness and their romantic activities flashed right in our faces.

5 signs you’re ready to be a relationship after being single for so long (Credit - Ebony)
5 signs you’re ready to be a relationship after being single for so long (Credit – Ebony)

Especially on social media where the tension and everything seems to be double, it can really be difficult for single people to cope sometimes. You may be forced into thinking you are ready when you actually aren’t.

On the flipside, that could just be a reminder you need to actually get back into the dating game again.

Even if your past relationships ended badly, love may just be around the corner [Credit - Techmoran]

Even if your past relationships ended badly, love may just be around the corner [Credit – Techmoran]

If you have been single for a long time, these are signs that may signal to you that it is time to start dating again

1. You have moved on

If your last relationship ended badly and broke your heart in so many places, it is right and OK to want to take time off relationships. If that is why you are single, that actually makes sense.

But if you have healed completely, and things that hurt you do not hurt anymore, it may be time to try again.

If you meet someone who seems like the real deal, maybe it’s time to actually let go and give love another try.

If you meet someone who seems like the real deal, maybe it’s time to actually let go and give love another try.

2. You are ready

For those who have been single forever and have really never been in any relationship before, all you need is a personal conviction and a feeling of readiness. Once you get the vibe and you feel ready to do it, then there’s nothing stopping you from dipping into the dating pool.

3. You meet someone who looks like the real deal

Opportunity may come more than once, but people don’t. So if you meet someone who seems like the real deal, if they treat you right and make promises that you feel good about, maybe it’s time to actually let go of your fears and give love a try.

There are no assurances, of course, but when a man or woman someone shows a reasonable amount of effort and commitment to being with you, maybe you should give them a chance and see where that road leads you to.

If your emotions a re sorted and under control, maybe venturing into a relationship doesn’t seem too far-fetched. [Credit: CISB]

If your emotions a re sorted and under control, maybe venturing into a relationship doesn’t seem too far-fetched. [Credit: CISB]

4. You know yourself perfectly

Ok, maybe not perfectly, but you understand yourself enough, love yourself enough and have become self-sufficient enough to involve someone else in the picture.

When your emotions are stable, your understanding of emotional intelligence is great and you’ve practically mastered taking care of yourself, maybe venturing into a relationship doesn’t seem too far-fetched.

5. You always say ‘God when’ on cute relationship posts on social media

If half your day and some nights are spent on checking out cute couples on social media and commenting ‘God when’ on numerous timelines, then maybe you should just get into a relationship already.

This post could really be God answering your question. The time may just be now.

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What to do when you find yourself falling in love with your best friend

If you find yourself falling for your best friend and you don’t know what to do, the tips below are just for you.

What to do when you find yourself falling in love with your best friend [Credit Freepik]
What to do when you find yourself falling in love with your best friend [Credit Freepik]

There are things beyond our control in life – like the family we are born into, or the people we become attracted to and fall in love with.

That’s why, sometimes, our interest drifts to people we could never have, people we should never be falling for in the first instance. But matters of the heart are hardly controllable.

That’s why you find romantic interest growing between step-moms and their step-kids, between people with decades of age difference between them, and sure, people who set out to be just friends.

It's OK to be scared when you fall in love with a friend because it could be the beginning of the end of that relationship [Credit - iStock]

iStockIt’s OK to be scared when you fall in love with a friend because it could be the beginning of the end of that relationship [Credit – iStock]

If you find yourself falling for your best friend and you don’t know what to do, the tips below are just for you:

Understand what’s at stake

It is important to understand what is at stake and the things you’d probably lose by allowing this feeling linger. There is actually a chance that your best friend will like you back and there is also the possibility that they would want nothing but friendship.

Is it worth it to say something?

It is important to also ask yourself if what you feel is something that could translate to a real relationship or if you are just lusting after them? Put your feelings in perspective – do you just find them sexy and want to know what it feels to have sex with him or her, or do you really consider them relationship material and want to build a serious relationship off the friendship you already have going with them?

Be sure the relationship is worth pursuing before doing anything about it [Credit - Akron]

AkronBe sure the relationship is worth pursuing before doing anything about it [Credit – Akron]

Now if your friend is someone who does not appreciate casual sex, it makes no sense to broach the subject because you already know what their stance on the subject is, and what their response will likely be.

So, really, you just have to ask yourself: is it worth it to say anything about what you are feeling?

Try to gauge if your friend feels the same way

The fact that it’s your friend you are crushing on makes your job easy… kinda.

The proximity you have with him or her can be used to your advantage. So judge from what you can observe whether they would be keen on taking the relationship to a higher level or not. Do you think he or she feels the same way about you? Or do you think there is a chance they would want to see if it’s time to take your ‘relationship’ from friendship to the next level?

You just might end up having a friend and a lover in the same person. [Credit - Ask Men]

ask menYou just might end up having a friend and a lover in the same person. [Credit – Ask Men]

Be ready to accept your friend’s decision

Now you have to know whatever you are doing in a situation like this is a risk.

It is a tricky situation when you think about it; they might be cool with being friends but not being more than that. In that case, you have been friend-zoned and the knowledge could put pressure on the relationship in ways that would upset and upstage what you have going.

But whatever their decision is, you have to respect it . Whether you are cool with it or not.

Find a way to move forward

If they are cool with turning the friendship to dating, you’ve had it easy and there’s nothing to worry about there.

If they aren’t so sold on the idea, though, you’d also have to decide if you want to remain friends with them or not. And it’s cool whatever you decide. Just make up your mind on whether you want to remain friends with them or not.

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5 truths about sex in a long-term relationship

Here’s what you can expect to experience in your sex life when you’ve been with your partner for a long time.

5 truths about sex in a long-term relationship [Credit - Ebony]
5 truths about sex in a long-term relationship [Credit – Ebony]

In your teenage, pre-adulthood years when you weren’t getting any or a lot of sex, you would probably have thought about adults and married people and got the impression that they must be getting so much sex, doing it without boundaries and catching orgasm after orgasm on a daily basis.

But of course, as you may have noticed, as you grew older and wiser, sex does not work that way. Even in the honeymoon phase of a relationship/marriage, sex is not that rampant. And it gets even more toned-down than that once the relationship enters into auto-pilot mode.

After a while in relationships, couples get a strong understanding of each other's bodies [Credit Madamenoire]

After a while in relationships, couples get a strong understanding of each other’s bodies [Credit Madamenoire]

Especially when it’s been a while since you and your partner have been together, here are things you can expect to experience in your sex life

1. Quantity down, quality up

Sex typically moves from three times in a day to a more reasonable pace and frequency over time. It also becomes less of an awkward experience to something more intimately familiar over time.

In general, you’ll have sex less often the longer you’re together, which is fine as long as you’re both still doing the things that drive your partner crazy—and learning new ones.

The aim is to steadily get the quality up, even if the quantity reduces or not as the relationship progresses. Just make it as lit as you can.

Sometimes, take the lead instead of waiting for your man to initiate sex. [Credit: ThinkstockPhotos]

Sometimes, take the lead instead of waiting for your man to initiate sex. [Credit: ThinkstockPhotos]

2. You may need to schedule to get

This is because it is normal for partners to become really busy and get their hands in a whole lot of other stuff that takes sex to the bottom of their priority list.

As long as you’re understanding and not too rigid about it, it’s not a terrible way to go. Honestly. And we have written about all that here.

3.Absence can create the needed sparks

After a while, sparks will no longer be easy to come by. The newness of the whole thing will no longer be there and creating fireworks will need to become an intentional thing as opposed to how naturally it came at the beginning of the relationship.

So it is necessary to give yourselves a chance to miss each other. Being attached at the hip is not always good for your relationship, as counterintuitive as it seems. Being away on a business trip or on a solo holiday means you will come back bursting with a need for your partner that might have not been there if they were sleeping by you on all the nights they were on that holiday for.

I's not OK to assume that your man is always ready for sex [Credit: Shutterstock]

I’s not OK to assume that your man is always ready for sex [Credit: Shutterstock]

4. You need adventure!

So it is major key that you actively, compulsively seek it! Without experimentation and trying out new things, monotony sets in and that is not what you want in your sex life even if you are doing it with someone familiar forever.

Move away from vanilla and throw in a dash of chocolate every now and then. Life is too short to no have variety. So say no to boring, one-way-street sex!

5. And on special occasions, there might even be explosions.

Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries… these special events that give you the opportunity to kiss it better and do it differently.

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3 home remedies to get rid of dark knuckles

Here are easy and permanent ways to remove dark knuckles.

3 home remedies to get rid of dark knuckles (dailyadvent)
3 home remedies to get rid of dark knuckles (dailyadvent)

Women with dark knuckles lack the confidence to wear fashion accessories due to public ridicule and stigmatization.

According to research, dryness can cause dark knuckles. Skin tends to become dry when your hands and feet are exposed to harsh chemicals or too much washing. This often leads to darkening of knuckles. Certain skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema tend to make your knuckles dark.

  • Lemon juice

Lemon contains nutrients as well as antioxidants that are essential for restoring your health and rejuvenating the entire physical system.

It also contains Vitamin C that plays a key role in rejuvenating the facial skin internally so that you do not ever develop age spots and can stay young forever.

Mix a spoon of lemon juice with sugar and rub your hands vigorously for about ten minutes. Do this every night before going to bed. The bleaching properties of lemon juice, together with the exfoliating properties of sugar would work wonders. Follow up with a hand cream.

  • The almond-curd treatment

Almonds are rich in protein, zinc, magnesium, Omega-3, calcium etc. They help nourishes and softens the skin when applied daily.

Mix crushed almonds with curd and apply the paste on your knuckles. Rub for 10 minutes. This practice, done every day, helps to reduce darkness and makes skin fairer.

  • Moisturize with milk cream

Darker skin tones and pigmentation can be solved by applying raw milk topically. The high lactic acid content not only has skin-lightening properties but will also help get rid of dead cells on the skin’s surface.

Mix the content of a vitamin E capsule with some milk cream. Apply on your dry knuckles and wait for sometime. Then, rub it for about 5 minutes and wash off. It softens dry skin. You may add a pinch of turmeric to benefit from the antiseptic and skin-lightening properties of turmeric.