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enugreek is a plant that grows in parts of Europe and western Asia. The leaves are edible, but the small brown seeds are famous for their use in medicine.The first recorded use of fenugreek was in Egypt, dating back to 1500 B.C. Across the Middle East and South Asia, the seeds were traditionally used as both a spice and a medicine.

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Mind-Blowing Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds for Skin, Hair, and Health

Mind-blowing-benefits-of-fenugreek-seeds-for-skin-hair-and-healthlthough, the seeds are a bit bitter in taste but are highly nutritious in nature and gently  roasting them could change the flavor of the seeds.

The fenugreek seeds boast of plenty of vitamins like vitamin A,C,K, B6 and even includes minerals like potassium, copper, and zinc etc. These seeds have good deal of benefits to it.

Glowing Skin 

The presence of vitamin C in fenugreek seeds lightens the skin complexion and gives it a beautiful glow. Make a paste of soaked fenugreek seeds and apply it on your face as a mask for a brighter, clearer skin! You can also mix a tablespoon of fenugreek seed powder with some milk to make a paste. Apply this pack as a facial mask for a naturally glowing skin.

Cleanses Skin

Fenugreek seeds soaked in water overnight and blended into a paste work as a superb skin cleanser. Applying this paste as a mask on your skin cleanses it deeply. You can also use the leftover water used in soaking these seeds to remove excess oils and dirt from your skin using a cotton swab.

Facial Toner

The water used in soaking fenugreek seeds can be used as a facial toner. Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight, then store that water in a spray bottle. Spray this concoction on your clean face before applying moisturizer on your skin.

Exfoliates Skin

Rather than using regular scrubs that are chemical-based and contain microplastic beads made up of petroleum products to exfoliate the skin, use fenugreek seeds paste instead! Grind the soaked fenugreek seeds into a scrub like paste and gently rub it on your skin. It not only removes the dead skin cells but also reduces excess oil from the skin.

Moisturizes Skin

Is your skin rough, dry, or flaky? If yes, then go for fenugreek seeds face mask! These seeds nourish and moisturize the skin by removing all the dryness. Soak some fenugreek seeds in hot water overnight. In the morning, grind them with 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply this pack on your face and rinse it off after 15 minutes.

Reduces blemishes and dark circles

Dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells are the main reasons behind dark spots on the skin. Fenugreek seeds contain vitamin K and vitamin C that help in reducing blemishes and dark circles from the skin. Using the fenugreek seeds face mask removes all the impurities from the skin helping it to glow naturally. Soak some fenugreek seeds in water overnight and grind it with plain milk the next morning. Apply this paste on your washed face and let it stay for some time until it dries. Later Rinse it off.

Anti-Aging Properties

These small golden seeds are imbued with compounds which keeps your skin beautiful, young, and wrinkle-free. They kill the free radicals which cause wrinkles and dark spots on the skin. The mask made with fenugreek seeds or the fenugreek seeds’ water helps in firming, tightening, and rejuvenating of your skin.

Cure Acne

People having acne problem must give fenugreek seeds a try as they are enriched with anti-bacterial properties. Boil fenugreek seeds in good amounts of water for about 15 minutes. Strain the water and let it cool. Apply this liquid on your face with the help of a cotton ball.

Prevents Hair Loss

Are you fed up of tackling the woes of hair loss? Look for the fenugreek seeds in your spice box as it might be just what you require. Fenugreek seeds are very effective in making the hair strong from their roots and dealing with the follicular problems. These seed fights irritation on the scalp and dandruff, which are two key reasons for hair loss.

To prevent hair loss, soak some fenugreek seeds for the whole night and blend them with some water and lemon juice. Apply this hair mask and then rinse off.You can also soak some of these seeds in coconut oil in a bottle. Place this bottle in a cool place for about ten days. After 10 days, filter this oil and massage your hair with it.

Fights Dandruff

Dandruff can make you scratch your head and irritate you. This can weaken your hair which eventually leads to fall out of the hair. Blame fungi and bacteria for this! While they are somehow present on the scalp, an imbalance in their numbers can lead to dandruff. Thankfully, both antibacterial and antifungal properties of fenugreek seeds make it useful to treat an itchy scalp and dandruff. Using a mask made with fenugreek seeds is great way to get rid of dandruff. For the mask, Make a paste of soaked fenugreek seeds with some yogurt. Apply this paste on your hair leaving it for half an hour. Wash off. Repeat this process twice in a week. – BBC

For Shiny Conditioned Hair

Who doesn’t want shiny and luscious hair and that too naturally? Firstly, stop using the chemical-based shampoos and conditioners for a silky smooth hair, and embrace the fenugreek seeds in your hair diet. These seeds not only condition the hair strands but also their roots and follicles.

Grind 1/2 cup soaked fenugreek seeds, 1/2 cup yogurt, lemon juice, and water together and make a thick paste. Apply this mask on your hair and wash your hair after 45 minutes with a mild shampoo.Soak fenugreek seeds overnight in water. In the morning, you can apply the slimy water used to soak the seeds in your hair.

Promotes Hair Growth

Fenugreek seeds not only kills the bacteria and fungi present on the scalp but strengthen the hair follicles and promote hair growth. Blend 1/2 cup soaked fenugreek seeds, 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, and 6-7 drops of rosemary oil together. Apply this hair mask on your scalp. Let it sit for about 30-40 minutes before rinsing it off.

Prevents Premature S Grey Hair

Greying of hair is considered natural as you grow old. If this problem becomes evident in young adults in their 20’s then it a problem. Although grey hair is a fashion trend nowadays, yet it is taken as premature and unnatural. The high content of potassium in fenugreek seeds makes it an important kitchen spice which is capable of tackling premature greying of hair.

You can simply apply the paste of soaked fenugreek seeds on your hair and let it sit for about half an hour. Rinse off. Add amla juice (extracted from raw amla) to the fenugreek seeds paste, and apply it to your scalp and hair. Wash it after one hour with a mild shampoo.

Fenugreek seeds benefits for health

Encourages Weight Loss

A slim and fit body is appealing! If you want to shed those few extra kilos, include fenugreek seeds in your diet! These seeds encourage a feeling of satiation and appetite suppression and weight loss. Soak one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in 2 glasses of water. Strain the water in the morning and drink this health tonic on an empty stomach.

Helps in digestion

Consuming fenugreek seeds on a daily basis help improve the bowel movements. They are widely known to fight against all the digestive problems and acid refluxes. These seeds are a good source of antioxidants and fiber, which help in flushing out dangerous toxins from the body. Drinking water in which fenugreek seeds are soaked is an ideal remedy to help in digestion.

Reduce your cholesterol

Eating fenugreek seeds for cholesterol is the popular remedy. It prevents intestines from absorbing cholesterol, thereby reducing the cholesterol levels. These seeds lower the Low Density Lipoprotein(LDL) cholesterol along with triglycerides without having any effect on the High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) levels. You can drink the water used for soaking these seeds to control your cholesterol.

Improves diabetes symptoms

A diabetes patient must have these seeds or leaves in their diet. The fenugreek seeds contain amino acids which help in the production of insulin in the pancreas. Insulin will lower the blood sugar levels in the body. Moreover, the presence of galactomannan in the seeds reduces the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates into the blood.

Reduce menstrual cramps

These seeds contain compounds which help in reducing the symptoms like discomfort and menstrual cramps related to Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Chewing some soaked fenugreek seeds calms menstrual cramps and mood swings due to PMS. This will provide long-lasting and immediate relief from the pain of menstrual cramps.

Reduces Arthritis Pain

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of fenugreek seeds help in lowering the pain arising from arthritis. Drinking fenugreek seeds’ water helps in alleviating arthritis pain.

Lowers risk of heart disease

The presence of galactomannan in the fenugreek seeds makes it a good remedy to maintain heart health. The seeds also have a high amount of potassium that opposes the action of sodium and control heart rate and blood pressure.

Improve Kidney Function

Consuming fenugreek seeds is good for better functioning of the kidneys. These seeds have polyphenolic flavonoids that boost kidney function and prevents the damaging of cells by forming a membrane around them.– BBC



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The traditional soft and sensual label Anaya aesthetic was transformed into a sophisticated, strong, bold and powerful fashion reflecting the modern day power women.

Paying homage to the postwar era of the 1950’s glamour and drawing inspiration from the fashion muses by the likes of Dovima, Audrey Hepburn and the works of Richard Avedon with his strong black and white contrast of austere sophistication. Our mood is not only visual yet musical with retro music inspired by Frankie Valli and the flamingos taking us all back to romanticism and pure pleasure of the times when everything was slow and dreamy.

The brand broke boundaries of its traditional soft pastel aesthetic to a monochromatic palette with all blacks, shades of off-white ,nudes, botanical greens, and clashing reds. The Fall wardrobe was revitalised with uniquely constructed silhouettes, handmade three-dimensional botanical motifs, beading, figure hugging corsets and delicate embroidered laces and sparkling sequins. The collection with its uniquely deconstructed fabric manipulations with micro velvet, shiny satin, silk taffeta, mecado, and laces with a modern twist of liquid organza, sequins and double-sided silk satins made a fashion statement.

Chathuri, the creative director’s vision for this collection was the transformation of the modern-day women to a powerhouse of strength and independence, fusing the signature Anaya silhouettes with strong elements of high pressure corsets, over exaggerated sleeves and elongated capes and 3D draping.

“This collection was was inspired by the 1950s, the time when the darkest nights were passed with a touch of hope for a beautiful future of women transitioning from a more submissive role to powerful role being able to express themselves through Fashion”.

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The much-anticipated Wedding Show 2024 at the Courtyard by Marriott Colombo unfolded on recently, leaving an unforgettable mark on the landscape of the Sri Lankan wedding industry. Courtyard by Marriott Colombo, in collaboration with Asia Exhibitions & Conventions (Pvt) Ltd, successfully orchestrated a two-day celebration that transcended the traditional boundaries of a bridal expo.

The festivities commenced with an inaugural ceremony graced by key figures in the local wedding industry, vendors, and potential clients. The hotel, adorned in wedding-themed splendour, served as the perfect backdrop for the occasion. Elton Hurtis, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Colombo, expressed his delight at the turnout, stating, “The Wedding Show is not just an event; it’s a celebration of unity within the wedding industry. We’re thrilled to witness the coming together of vendors and clients in this vibrant community.”

The exhibition hall buzzed with activity as visitors explored a diverse array of offerings from the finest wedding vendors in Colombo. From exquisite bridal wear to innovative event decor, the show showcased the rich tapestry of talent within the local wedding industry. Attendees had the opportunity to engage directly with vendors, fostering connections that extend beyond the event itself.

One of the highlights of The Wedding Show was the inclusive atmosphere that permeated the venue. Vendors, irrespective of their scale or specialization, collaborated to create an environment where diversity and creativity flourished. This collaborative spirit echoed the sentiments of Courtyard by Marriott Colombo’s commitment to building a more supportive community within the wedding industry.

In addition to the vendor stalls, The Wedding Show featured insightful panel discussions and workshops led by industry experts. Topics ranged from the latest trends in wedding planning to sustainable practices within the industry. The interactive sessions provided attendees with valuable insights and inspired meaningful conversations about the future of weddings in Colombo.

Imran Noordeen, Director of Sales & Marketing , reflected on the success of the event, saying, “The positive response from both vendors and attendees affirms the need for platforms like The Wedding Show. It’s clear that our community values the opportunity to come together, share ideas, and contribute to the growth of the wedding industry.”

As The Wedding Show 2024 drew to a close, the echoes of joyous conversations, newfound connections, and shared enthusiasm lingered in the air. Courtyard by Marriott Colombo and Asia Exhibitions & Conventions (Pvt) Ltd succeeded in not just hosting an exhibition but creating an experience that celebrated the spirit of unity and collaboration within Colombo’s wedding industry. As the event concluded, it left participants eagerly anticipating the continued growth and success of the local wedding community, inspired by the bonds forged at The Wedding Show 2024.


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Dr Tanujaa Rajasekeran

T anujaa Rajasekeran, Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist Parkway Cancer Centre was in Sri Lanka recently to take part in an exclusive medical workshop with CanHope Colombo.

In an interview Dr Tanujaa revealed the latest developments in cancer treatments. She explained how Cancer slowly becomes less of a catastropic moment in families as new research and clinical trials reduce its physiological effects to something more chronic, While some get cancer from the toll of thier risky lifestyles,while others have it in thier genes.

Some families are more genetically pre-disposed to develop cancer. Cancer treatment doesn’t mean eliminating the cancer. It also means helping the patient adjust to thier new lifestyle, especially when they take on these treatments reveals Dr Tanujaa.She also said when you are diagnosed with cancer, it is not immediately a death sentence, there is always hope for patients now with advanced technology. New clinical trials and studies are revealing ones that are more targeted and less debilitating.

She also spoke about cutting edge cancer treatments now available for . patients

A pretty and petite medical oncologist, of Indian origin based in Singapore. In most caes of cancer usually we treat with chemotherapy

The side -effects people often report when they recieve chemotherapy is because the treatment is designed to target cells that have a protein that causes them to constantly multipy, We have other good cells in our hair,stomach etc which is why they report vomitting,hair loss,nausea and others.

Receiving news about cancer has always devastated families. It usually spells certain and slow death; it also foreshadows the heavy financial burden that comes along with it. These are what uproot families from their usual lives, requiring them to make thier lives around among those afflicted with the disease.

Because of the latest advancements,families no longer need to fear the grim future of the long C fight against cancer.

She said cancer has always devastated families. In addition, the heavy financial burden upset families, thier lifestyles are changed. There are multiple tests and treatments to give hope for patients Dr Tanjuaa adds She also said “During palliative care, we want families and people to maintain their quality of life, this is why we have different kinds of therapies to treat. Car T-Cell therapy, Immunotherapy, Targeted therapy, hormone therapy are some treatments depending on the hope of cancers and thier structure,some of these therapies can be more optimal than othes she pointed out

The Car T-Cell Therapy will help fight the cancer but with less obvious signs of the battle,” shares Dr. Tanujaa. “We now have the technology that can enhance the patient’s T-Cells with antigen receptors that can immediately recognize these cancer cells to eliminate them. There will be a low dose chemotherapy to help the body adjust to these new cells. But, once the body adjusts, the therapy will take over the fight.”

Immunotherapy for cancer is also becoming more popular because of its less macabre side effects. “This kind of therapy customizes the cell to make sure that the cancer cells don’t stop our body from fighting against the cancer. Cancer cells are smart. They release a protein that stops our body from fighting against it,” explains the oncologist. “Immuno- therapy fights against that mechanism.”

But when the cancers are more hormone-related like breast or prostate cancer, there are tests that can discover which hormone is causing the cancer. “Once we discover the hormone that is causing these cells to grow, we often give patients medicine that reduces the production of this hormone to prevent these cells from growing.”

Cancer is a terrifying, time consuming ,expensive disease With these new advancements cancer may eventally become chronic instead of something catastrophic.. But Dr Tanujaa Rajasekeran and her team at parkway Centre in Singapore are offering hope. And hope for the critically ill could result in miracles too.

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