Poster girl curvy celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose, Blac Chyna etc have all endorsed various brands of waist cinchers and corsets on Instagram, leading many people to believe that this is the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to attaining the elusive hourglass figure.

These celebrities have hinted at ease of wear, effectiveness and attractiveness as some of the reasons for wearing these shaping garments and while it may be something you may be curious to try, we think you should read this excerpt from MEDICALDAILY.COM before you make that decision.

Health experts say that waist training isn’t effective, or even entirely safe.

“It’s going to make you look slimmer when you have it on, but I don’t know any physiology that would explain that you’re going to lose body fat by wearing this device,” Stephen Ball, associate professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri, told

“People want a quick fix. They don’t want to put in the effort that it actually takes and so I’m sure lots of women will see these pictures and go out and spend their money on these types of devices when they should be focusing on exercise and healthy eating.”

Corsets have been used throughout history to induce form-fitting beauty standards. Also known as tightlacing, the practice diminishes the volume of the lungs, making it more difficult for the tightlacer to breathe. In addition, tightlacing can change rib structure as well as the position of organs such as the liver, which is pressed upward. It was particularly popular during the Victorian era, but has since lost its appeal in general fashion. But the practice has reemerged in recent years among celebrities like Jessica Alba, who used a corset to help her keep her shape after giving birth. There’s also something called the “Corset Diet,” which essentially squeezes your stomach to the point that makes it painful to eat too much — and painful to breathe, and probably to move, as well.

“The notion of an external brace or corset reshaping your midsection is pure pseudoscience. While it is possible to elongate or stretch a body part over years, as some African tribes have proven with their customs, it is not at all possible to do the same to the trunk of the body — especially after coming into adulthood, when the torso’s bones, tissues, and organs have grown to maturity”.


Final Note

Please never hold yourself to the standards of everything you see on Instagram, as many sellers of products such as waist cinchers, corsets and body wraps on that platform are frauds and promise unrealistic results by photoshopping the pictures featured on their pages.

Also, many celebrities who have endorsed these products do so for personal gain and many have undergone plastic surgery such as liposuction and fat transfer to achieve such results.

Eating healthy and exercise are still your best bet to getting your dream body. And don’t forget about self love! No shortcuts.

What are your thoughts on the new waist training obsession? Sheer madness or worth the try?




What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil is an essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odor and a color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colorless and clear. This oil is toxic when taken by mouth but is widely used in low concentrations in beauty products and useful for treating a wide variety of health conditions.

Here are some of the 10 best health and benefits of using coconut oil compiled by our experts:

1. For Smooth Acne Free Skin:
Suffering from blemishes, dark spots and acne? Tea Tree Oil will take care of it. After cleansing face,apply tea tree oil directly to the blemish. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to some water and apply it with a cotton round as a toner.

2. Heals Cuts, Burns, Scrapes and Skin Conditions:
Tea Tree Oil contains antiseptic properties that help heal the skin. Apply some directly on to the wound, to help it heal.


3. Asthma and Congestion:
Tea Tree Oil contains similar properties as menthol and can help in decongesting nose and throat. Add a few drops to boiling water, put a towel over your head and breath in for a few minutes.

4. Relaxer Burns, Dandruff and Head Lice:
Tea Tree Oil is effective in treating scalp burns associated with relaxing. Daily topical application of this oil will ensure faster drying and healing.

To fight problematic dandruff or head lice, add about 20-30 drops to your shampoo and massage on to scalp. Leave in for about 2-3 minutes, rinse.

5. Dry Skin:
Tea tree oil is a good cure for dry skin. Simply add 5 spoons of tea tree oil to one spoon of almond oil and massage it gently onto your skin. Leave it on for some time and bath normally. Regular use will help you keep your skin hydrated for longer time. It also leaves your skin feeling soft, supple and glowing.


6. Hair growth:
It has been found that tea tree oil induces hair growth. It actually helps in unclogging hair follicles and nourishes your roots. Take few drops of tea tree oil, mix it with any carrier oil and simply massage it onto your scalp. You will feel a great refreshing and tingling effect on your scalp. However, you must remember to add carrier oil because tea tree oil for hair growth or otherwise by itself is extremely strong.

7. Treat Viral diseases:
Tea tree oil has anti viral properties which help to cure chicken pox, cold sores, measles etc.

8. Relief From Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye:
Most of us suffer from conjunctivitis at some point in our life. To reduce the pain and the itching in the eyes, tea tree oil can be used. Boil green tea bags in water and add a few drops of tea tree essential oil. Boil for 5 minutes and cool it. Place it on your eyes and keep for 20 minutes. This will provide instant relief to your eyes.

9. Oral Health:
When used as a mouth wash, tea tree oil can help to cure bad breath, plague, inflamed gums and gingivitis. It kills the bacteria in the mouth and reduces the pain and irritation due to its anti-bacterial properties.


10. Treats Ear Infection:
Add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to 2tbsps. of olive oil. With a dropper, tilt head to one side and drop a small drop into the ear. Use a cotton swab to absorb the oil. Reapeat about 2 times a day until earache is gone.

For use, dilute 3 drops of the essential oil in a bowl of warm water. Use this to rinse the mouth twice a day to get rid of the various oral problems.

Tea tree oil has gained a lot of popularity across the globe for its varied and beneficial uses for hair. Many big brands offer tea tree oil-based skincare and haircare products.

Please Note
Tea tree oil is only meant for topical use. NEVER consume it. Tea tree oil by itself is strong. Make sure you never use it directly. Always mix carrier oils (Coconut, Grapeseed, Olive) with it before application.


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Jollof Rice is the most popular rice recipe in Nigeria. It is also a big party favorite served at almost every wedding, birthday, housewarming, corporate event etc. Served extra spicy, this dish is certainly one to be remembered.

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

-1/3 cup pure oil (groundnut, soybean,vegetable)
-1 large onion (sliced)
-2 small cans/sachets of tomato paste
-2 seasoning cubes
-1 teaspoon each (Thyme, curry, nutmeg )
-2 teaspoons black pepper
-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
-6 bay leaves
-1 can of sweet corn (optional)
-1 can of green peas (optional)
-2.5 cups rice (preferably Basmati)


1. Place a pot with a tight fitting lead on medium heat, add in the oil. Heat up the oil, add in a inch of salt, then chopped onions. Fry for 1 min.

2. Add in the tomato paste, fry the onion and paste for 3mins.

3. Pour in 2.5 cups of water, then add rice.

4. Add in the seasoning cubes, thyme, curry, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt.

5. Cover the pot with the foil and then the lid. (It’s extremely important that the pot is well covered as we are trying to infuse each grain of rice)

6. Leave to cook (on Minimum heat) for 30 mins.

7. Add in sweet corn and peas. Cook for 5 mins.

8. Remove the pot from heat, the Combine ingredients. (Be careful not to combine when the pot is still in the fire to prevent burning.)

*If the texture of rice isn’t to your liking at this point, simply cover the pot tightly for another 6mins (there is no need to return the pot back to the heat, the retained heat is enough to continue to cook the rice). Otherwise the rice is ready to serve.

Not a fan of spicy food, you can reduce the quantity of ingredients according to preference.


Remove the bay leaves and Serve jollof rice with chicken, beef, fish, plantains, moimoi, eggs, salad etc. The list is endless.

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Raw, roasted or ground into butter, people eat peanuts in a variety of ways. Peanuts have also been noted for their skin beautifying and health benefits, with the presence of antioxidant, protein, fiber and vitamin E nutrients.

Apart from satisfying hunger pangs, consumption of peanuts also makes the skin smooth, supple and younger looking.

Some of the beauty benefits of peanuts include:

1. Treat Skin Conditions:

The anti-inflammatory properties of peanuts treat skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema. The fatty acids present in peanuts also reduce swelling and skin redness. Peanuts contain Vitamin E, zinc and magnesium, which keeps the skin glowing from within and fights the bacteria that lead to acne. The protein content in peanuts also helps with cell regeneration.

2. Slows down the aging process

Signs of ageing like wrinkles, discoloration and decreased elasticity are one of our biggest beauty concerns. Peanut contains significant amount of Vitamin C which is required for the production of collagen. Collagen is required to sustain tendons, skin and cartilage. It provides firmness and elasticity to the skin to keep it young and supple.

Peanuts also contain relatively good amounts of fatty acids believed to be critical to the brain’s nerve cells. This brain friendly cell helps with stress management and mood swings.

3. Prevents Breakouts:

Fiber in nuts is essential for the elimination of toxins and waste. Toxins inside the body reflect on our outside appearance, causing breakout, dullness and excess oil. Eating peanuts regularly helps flush out excess toxins from the body to give you a healthy skin.


4. Contains Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Skin:

Peanuts are loaded with magnesium which calms our nerve, muscles and blood vessels to provide better blood flow to the skin. This, in turn, gives you a youthful and healthy skin.

Peanuts are also packed with omega 3 fatty acids which help our skin in many ways. Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body to prevent skin eruptions. It lowers the risk of developing squamous cell skin cancer. It also moisturizes and hydrates the skin from within to treat dry and scaly skin. Omega 3 fatty acids also strengthens scalp health and hair follicles to promote hair growth.

5. Prevents Sun Damage:

Skin damage occurs as a result of oxidation, a chemical process in which unstable molecules called free radicals steal electrons from healthy cells. Vitamin E in peanuts defends our skin’s cells against the damage of oxidative stress. It guards our skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun to protect against sun burn and skin damage.

6. Antioxidants Rich:

Beta carotene, an antioxidant found in peanuts is very critical for skin’s health. It is converted into Vitamin A in the body which helps in the growth and repair of body tissues. Thus peanuts help to heal wounds and bruises at a faster pace.

7. Promotes Hair Growth and Treats Male Pattern Baldness:

Peanut is an excellent source of larginine, an amino acid which is very helpful for treating male pattern baldness and to encourage the growth of healthy hair. It also improves the health of artery walls and prevents blood clotting to improve blood flow. A proper blood flow throughout the body and hair is imperative to get healthy and strong hair.

Other Health Benefits of Peanuts include:
-Reduction in Cholesterol levels
-Fights Cancers and Heart Diseases
-Reduces the chances of Stroke and Gall Stones
-Fights Depression



Peanut butter facial mask is gaining immense popularity these days. Applying natural peanut butter on the face clears away the dirt and impurities to give you a healthy looking skin.

1. Wash your face with a cleanser and then apply peanut butter on your entire face.

2. Allow the mask to dry and then wash it off by massaging your skin slowly in circular motions.

3. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.

NB: Remember to do a patch test first and then apply it to the entire face as allergic reactions are very common side effects of peanuts. Those who are allergic to peanuts should stay away from it.




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Staying in shape doesn’t have to mean losing your feminine curves. If you want to remain fit and keep your hourglass figure, practice a combination of weight maintenance, toning exercises and stress management. While you can’t choose where on your body you want to burn fat, you can lose or maintain weight all over, and build up muscle in the areas that you want to look larger. For curves, this means building your bust and hip.


Firstly, checking your body fat percentage is absolutely necessary. If you’re not overweight and have a lower body fat ranging between 14 and 20 per cent your curves are most likely made up of muscle. In this case you can safely lose weight without the risk of losing your curves. All you will need to do are some simple body sculpting exercises to maintain them.

However, if you’re carrying a little bit of extra weight with a body fat percentage of 20% or higher your curves are probably made by fat. When you start exercising and losing weight you will lose some of this shape, but in return you will be healthy and toned.



Weight Maintenance

Start your fitness routine by doing some type of cardio workout for 30 – 60 minutes. Whether it be walking or working out on the elliptical machine, cardio is a great start to fat loss and will improve your overall fitness level.

Interval training should be every curvy girl’s new best friend. This consists of short intense fat burning workouts that will help you lose weight fast all over your body. This type of exercise will also help you to maintain and improve your curves as it removes the surface fat that can hide the toned muscles underneath.

Simply walking on the treadmill for hours on end won’t get you the same results. It may be easier but those long 45-to-90 minute daily workouts overwork your muscles, which may cause you to lose your natural curves as you lose weight.

Weight is a matter of calories in vs. calories out. If you eat 3,500 more calories than you burn, you will gain 1 pound. Conversely, you will lose 1 pound if you cut out that same amount. Maintain an equilibrium. It helps to use an online calorie calculator to determine your daily needs. In addition to diet, it takes exercise to stay in shape. Exercise burns calories while you’re active and also builds muscle that causes you to burn more calories at rest.


Hips and Buttocks

Keep your curvy hips and rear with strength training. By isolating your glutes, you can build them and create a perkier appearance. Squats and lunges are two butt lifters that you can easily do at home. Perform them with hand weights for added resistance. If you have gym access, use a stair treadmill. Move slowly, and place all of your body weight onto each foot as you go. Working your buttocks 20 minutes a day, three days a week should yield visible results.


Attaining the perfect bottom and hips are high on most women’s agenda, which makes lunges and squats the ideal exercise for toning up fast. Whilst traditional squats work well, why not include single leg squats in your exercise regime for added effort. Support your body by holding on to something and squat down on one leg. Drive through the heel of that leg as quickly as possible to return to a standing position. Repeat 8-12 times.

Side lunges also work well and are equally effective for problem areas. Ease in to the deepest part of the lunge and ping back to the starting position for the perfect round bottom in no time.


Chest, Core and Arms

You won’t go from an A cup to a D cup with exercise, but training your chest muscles will cause your bust to appear fuller and firmer. At home, do pushups. Leave your knees on the ground if traditional pushups are too difficult. At the gym, do bench presses, chest dips, cable crossovers and pullovers. Perform two or three sets of your chosen exercises, each with 10 to 15 repetitions. If you are just starting out, it’s OK to work up to this level.

Your core is the key to maintaining a flat stomach which make arm and leg oppositions a perfect place to start. Start with your hands and knees on the floor. Move the right arm up and the left leg back, keeping both the arm and the leg parallel to the floor. Keep the core, or abs, tight for 30 seconds. Repeat with the left arm and right leg, completing one set of this exercise. Try to complete two sets of 10 repetitions.

Finally, get rid of flabby arms by doing push-ups, either plank or with knees bent. Do three sets of 10 repetitions.

Next do triceps dips by standing in front of a chair. Put your arms behind and grab the edge of the chair with your palms. Move legs out in front and dip the lower body until arms are parallel to the floor.


Top Tip!

Bracing the abs with waist cinchers when doing any exercise, especially squats and lunges. Squeezing your tummy muscles will engage your core and give better results in a shorter time frame.

Apart from the above, the rest lies with good nutrition and a good balance of a healthy mix of protein, fats and fibrous carbohydrates such as cabbage which is vital to any fat loss goal.




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The Ebola virus has killed a number of people in Western Africa, leaving thousands either infected or exposed. The cause of this deadly virus which kills almost 60-90% of it’s victims is still unknown, however, it is believed to be transmitted by fruit bats (also monkeys) which are not affected by the virus.

As scary as these disease is, having a full knowledge of how the virus operates and prevention methods can keep you and those around you from contracting it.

What is EBOLA?

Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is a disease of humans and other primates caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches. Typically nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, some affected people begin to bleed either within the body or externally. The risk of death among those infected is high.

Is Ebola Contagious?

Yes, Ebola is highly contagious; being transmitted via contact with body fluids such as blood, saliva, semen or body discharges. About 90% of people that contact Ebola die from it.

Is There Any Known Treatment?

This is the most painful part….Ebola has no known treatment or cure. Victims are usually treated for symptoms with the faint hope that they recover. The symptoms generally take 2 – 21 days to become apparent.


What Are The Symptoms?

These are deceptively general – tending to look a lot like malaria or a flu. These symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhoea, vomiting, weakness, joint and muscle aches, stomach pains, lack of appetite, etc.

How Do We Prevent Ourselves From Contracting This Virus?

• Wash Your Hands with Soap always at intervals and after using the washrooms. You can also use a good hand sanitizer afterwards.

• Avoid unnecessary contact – saliva via kissing, unprotected sex, contact with blood, etc.

• Avoid bush Meat & Suya (they may be carrying the virus). Better to restrict yourself to food you prepare yourself.

• Disinfect Your Surroundings..the virus cannot survive disinfectants, heat, direct sunlight, detergents and soaps.

•Clean up! Fumigate your environment If you have pests and dispose of carcasses properly!

• Protect Yourself – Use protective gear if you must care or go near someone you suspect has Ebola.

• Educate everyone around you – neighbors, colleagues and domestic staff. You’re safer when everyone is educated about Ebola

As deadly as this disease is, it is preventable! So, it is imperative that we adhere strictly to the preventive actions.

Our health is in our hands. Please be safe and act safely. Don’t just read this vital information, kindly share with your family, friends and relatives.





You have probably heard about Vitamin oil but did you know it possessed so many beauty and health benefits? This wonder oil is a prime ingredient in many cosmetics and is often prescribed by doctors as a natural treatment alternative for the treatment of certain disorders.

Want to know how Vitamin E oil can be beneficial for your skin, hair, nails and overall health? Here are 11 of our top reasons to use Vitamin E oil.



1. Skin moisturizer
Vitamin E oil being a great skin moisturizer can be a healthy substitute for lotions that are loaded with ingredients like alcohol and other chemicals which, in the long run, can strip your skin off its natural moisturizers. Vitamin E oil not only provides the required moisture to the skin, but the presence of antioxidants in it facilitates the healing process in case of an injury. However, application of pure vitamin E oil should be avoided as it is thick and sticky. Bedtime application of oil is ideal for the healing and preservation of skin. Olive oil, on account of it containing oleic acid, makes the skin more permeable to retain moisture. This oil when mixed with equal amounts of vitamin E oil is most suited for application during bedtime.

2. Anti-aging Supplement
As skin ages, the turnover of cells and production of collagen in them begins to slow down, causing it to lose its firmness and elasticity. An unhealthy diet, pollution and exposure to chemicals further trigger the process of aging, making the skin look saggy and dull due the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Owing to the presence of powerful antioxidants in vitamin E oil, regular application of this oil on the face not only helps in smoothening out the fine lines and wrinkles but it thwarts the chances of their occurrence in the future as well. Thus, it keeps skin tight and firm.

3. Natural Cleanser, Eye Cream and Make up remover
Vitamin E oil is a ‘universal cleanser’ as it suits all skin types. Dirt, grime, dead cells and debris that get accumulated on the top layer of the face, make it look dull and tired. Applying a few drops of this oil on a cotton ball and wiping the face with it twice a day has a deep cleansing effect on the skin, thereby imparting it a radiant glow.

Vitamin E oil, being a great moisturizer, is suitable for application on even the sensitive areas around the eyes. If applied on the skin surrounding the eyes after a shower, it helps in the prevention of formation of fine lines popularly known as crow’s feet. Moreover, it can also be used as a make-up remover. Dipping a cotton ball in vitamin oil and wiping it on the face removes all traces of make-up.


4. Hair growth and treatment of Scalp disorders
Vitamin E oil contains antioxidants, which improve the immune system and increase the circulation of blood to all parts of the body, including the scalp. A healthy supply of blood is a good stimulant for hair to grow and flourish.

Vitamin E oil has several benefits for hair as well. Besides increasing the circulation of blood in the scalp, this oil also enhances the texture and quality of hair. It is widely used in the treatment of hair-loss and other scalp disorders.

5. Premature greying prevention and Split ends repair
Vitamin E oil is very effective in slowing down the aging process, be it your skin or hair. Premature greying of hair is caused primarily due to oxidation of the tissues. The potent antioxidants present in this oil effectively prevent the corrosion of tissues, thereby reducing the probability of premature greying.

Split ends and other damages caused due to constant blow drying, curling and colouring are some of the common problems associated with hair. It can be treated at home with the help of vitamin E oil. All you need to do is mix equal amounts of olive, coconut, hemp and jojoba oils to make an oil mixture of about 12 ounces. Add 2 ounces of vitamin E oil to it. This can be used either as hot oil or as a sealant to cure split ends.

6. Natural Nail Enhancer
Vitamin E oil is effective in the treatment of nails that are prone to cracking and splitting. If you wish to get rid of brittle nails, pour some of this oil in a dish and keep your nails submerged in it for 5 to 10 minutes every day.. Alternatively, you can also rub a drop of oil on each fingernail. This oil also takes care of dry and cracked cuticles.



7. Improved Immunity
We all are aware of the health benefits of vitamin E, most of which can be attributed to the fact that it is an antioxidant. Consumption of vitamin E improves immunity as the antioxidants remove the free radicals which damage the cell structure of the body. Likewise, vitamin E oil can also help the body in a number of ways. Some of its benefits are as follows:

8. Treatment of Scars and Burns
Vitamin E oil has remarkable curative powers. It has the ability to heal wounds caused by small burns. Applying this oil on the affected area and rubbing it gently heals the wound over a period of time. Ensure that it is applied only after the affected area gets cooled.

Another amazing benefit of vitamin E oil is that it helps in the swift fading of scars. It is considered to be a superior treatment option for the removal of scars caused due to burns or acne. You can apply a few drops of vitamin E oil to the scar tissue irrespective of whether it is old and faded or still fresh. Gently massage the oil into the scar in a circular motion. The oil will penetrate deep into the skin to repair the scar tissue at the source, thereby helping to diminish the appearance of blemishes. This oil should be applied daily for best results.

9. Stretch marks treatment and prevention
Stretch marks are a common sight during or after pregnancy. Vitamin E oil is effective in healing such marks. Regular application of this oil on the stretch marks coupled with a gentle rubbing motion has shown to reduce the appearance of these marks over a period of time. Vitamin E oil also reduces the appearance of older stretch marks as well as birth marks.

10. For Cold sores/ Chapped lips, Eczema and Psoriasis
Application of vitamin E oil twice a day on the affected area on a regular basis is effective in curing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Vitamin E oil can heal cold sores and chapped lips. This oil acts as a lip moisturizer and is extremely effective in getting rid of dry or chapped lips. Regular application of vitamin E oil helps prevent the eruption of cold sores, thereby providing relief from the stinging sensation that accompanies it.


11. Dietary Supplement
The restorative and therapeutic property of vitamin E in its composition makes this oil, a wonderful dietary supplement. Consumption of vitamin E oil supports the heart, which in turn ensures a long and healthy life. This oil has the ability to prevent cholesterol from clogging up the arteries. The accumulation of bad cholesterol in the arteries is what causes the heart to pump harder to circulate the blood, thereby increasing the risk of a heart attack. Vitamin E oil negates the effects of bad cholesterol and prevents it from lining up the arteries.

The numerous benefits of this oil are undeniable. If you want to have younger looking skin and hair include vitamin E oil in your beauty regimen. Just ensure that you are not allergic to it by applying it on a small patch of your skin on a test basis.


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