What Are Waist Beads & How to Tie Them?

Waist Beads

Ileke, jigida, giri-giri, whatever you know them as waist beads, have held an effective place in African tradition since time immemorial. These beads strung on fine fishing lines or carefully threaded ropes have adorned the waists of countless African women. Whether hidden under clothes, peeking out at intervals, or carefully arranged to show over clothes, … Read more

Smelling Salts – History, Uses & Disadvantages

Smelling salts

Smelling salts are a centuries-old folk prescription for fainting. From back to the 13th century at least, ammonia — the active component in smelling salts — has been a key component of the doctor’s medicine bag. Recently, physicians largely moved away from smelling salts in favor of more straightforward techniques to prevent or reverse fainting.  But … Read more