What is Shea Butter?
Shea Butter is a natural plant extract with exceptional moisturizing properties which comes from the karite or shea tree. It produces its first fruit (which resemble large plums) when it is about 20 years old and reaches its full production when the tree is about 45 years old. It produces nuts for up to 200 years after reaching maturity. The Shea tree grows naturally in the wild in the dry Savannah belt of West Africa from Senegal in the west to Sudan in the east, and onto the foothills of the Ethiopian highlands. It occurs in 19 countries across the African continent, namely Benin, Ghana, Chad, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau, Cote D’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo Uganda, Zaire and Guinea.
Traditionally, the nuts from the Shea Tree or Karité Tree, called Shea Nuts, are picked, roasted, and pounded. It is then boiled for several hours to extract 100% PURE UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER.
Unrefined Shea Butter is naturally rich in a number of vitamins. Vitamins A, E, & F are the most popular. It is used as a moisturizer and an emollient. It is also a known anti-inflammatory agent. It can be used in the treatment of fading scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, blemishes, dark spots, skin discolorations, chapped lips, stretch marks, wrinkles and in lessening the irritation of psoriasis, among other skin conditions. Shea butter also provides natural UV sun protection ranging approximately up to SPF 6.
Shea Butter has been clinically proven to decrease the appearance of face lines and wrinkles. Shea Butter works wonders on stretch marks, dry hair, dermatitis, diaper rash, eczema, burns and sunburns during summer, acne, dry skin, sore and aching joints and muscles, rheumatism, and many more. Small dab of Shea Butter in and around the nostrils helps reduce or stop nose irritation due to allergies and cold. The protective film from Shea Butter also helps keep the skin warm during the winter cold and wind. Above all, Shea Butter has been clinically proven to contain anti-aging properties.
What is Shea Butter used for? And who uses it?
Shea Butter is used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and in Europe it is also used in the confectionary and chocolate industry as a cocoa butter substitute.
People of all ages and skin types utilize shea butter because of its many uses. Every house should have a jar of shea butter for smoother skin or for treatment of minor skin injuries around the house. Shea butter can be used to treat various skin problems including dry skin, psoriasis, burns, blemishes, eczema, wrinkles and stretch marks. Other uses: Adds and maintain moisture to dry and brittle hair, revitalizes, repairs breakage & split ends and promotes hair growth.
•Eczema, Infant eczema •Dermatitis •Dry skin, dry scalp and hair •Psoriasis •Cracked skin •Cracked, bleeding skin •Cuticle repair •Itchy Skin •Muscle fatigue, tension & aches •Rough heels •Rheumatism •Arthritis •Sunburn relief •Skin rashes, diaper rash •Scars •Surgical incisions and scars •Skin blemishes, dark spots •Stretch mark minimization
•Wrinkle, fine line reduction •Reactivation of collagen synthesis •Increases skin balance,elasticity and tone. •Eliminates dull, grayish complexion
•Stretch marks during pregnancy •Wrinkle formation •Dry, chapped, itchy skin •Skin peeling
For Skin Protection
•Amazing skin moisturizer •Maintaining healthy skin •Softer, smoother skin •Shaving Cream
How to Apply Shea Butter
For direct application to the skin, take a small amount in the palm of you hand. Rub your hands together to warm up the butter until it is smooth and liquid. Then apply to your skin.
If you are concerned about an oily feeling, use only a small amount or apply the shea butter before going to bed. Shea butter absorbs quickly into the skin, but there will be a few minutes that it feels oily.
Shea butter can also be applied to your hair. Some people apply it before washing to protect the hair from harsh shampoos. It can also be applied after washing as a conditioner. Apply it in the same manner as to the skin.
Shea Butter like all other natural products has a natural scent (A smoky, nutty scent which disappears within minutes after applying.)
Shea Butter has a low melting point and melts once applied to skin. Do not keep in or near heat. If it melts, just put in refrigerator until it hardens.