Shea Butter: The Best Kept Secret
Category : News
African Shea Butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea-Karite tree which begins to bear fruit after about 15 years; and can take up to 30 years to bear a quality crop of nuts with a high content of irremovable fatty acid. It is this irremovable fatty acid that gives Shea Butter its unique healing properties and makes it far superior to cocoa butter and other vegetable butters. Since Shea Butter is an all-natural product, it can vary widely in quality, appearance and smell depending on where it is produced from and how it is refined or extracted.
Types of Shea Butter: Most Shea Butter comes from West Africa although a more soft and smoother variety from East Africa is beginning to appear on the market. Refined Shea Butter is that which has been refined and processed using high heat and chemicals. The American Shea Butter Institute states that while this type of Shea Butter may have some moisturizing properties, it loses much of its healing and therapeutic properties in the refining process. Refined Shea Butter typically is odorless, with a pure white color. Unrefined Shea Butter is the better choice if you hope to reap the full spectrum of benefits it offers. Unrefined or raw Shea Butter is extracted without the use of toxic chemicals or synthetics. It typically has a nutty aroma, and its color ranges from cream to grayish-yellow.
Benefits: The benefits of Shea Butter have been well known for centuries. Africans have used Shea Butter for many generations to protect and rejuvenate their hair and skin. Shea Butter is not only for those of African descent though. Everyone can take advantage of Shea Butter’s benefits. Today, Shea Butter is available in pure form and as an ingredient in many products to help with maintenance of the hair and skin and relief from many common ailments. Shea Butter provides all the essential vitamins needed to make skin look and feel smoother, softer and most importantly, healthier. Its therapeutic properties protect the skin from wind, cold, sun and helps heal wounds faster.
Uses: Here are just a few uses for Shea Butter, enjoy!
- Skin rash- including diaper rash
- Skin peeling, after tanning
- Blemishes and wrinkles
- Shaving cream to reduce razor irritation
- Soften tough skin on feet (especially heels)
- Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
- Minor burns