Shea butter benefits

 

Shea Butter

Shea Butter, commonly known as Karité, is derived from the Shea Nut Tree (butyrospermum parkii) which grows in the western region of Africa. The fruits of these trees contain a nut. In the traditional method of extraction, the shea nuts are dried and ground. The powder is then boiled in water to release an unctuous substance which rises to the top and solidifies to create Shea Butter (Diop). This butter has been used for centuries in Africa to moisturize and protect the skin from sun, wind, heat and salt water.

It is an excellent base for the addition of essential oils. And it is a key ingredient in the most reputable French beauty products and soaps, only recently gaining recognition in the United States. Due to its unsaponifiable nature, Shea Butter cannot rob the skin of its natural oils and can actually help stimulate collagen production. As such, it can be very effective in helping to alleviate wrinkles, scars and burns.

Hair

Shea Butter full of vitamin A, K, Fk & E witch makes for perfect hair dressing to moisturize a dry scalp and stimulate hair growth. Used as a pomade, it helps to hold the hairstyle and lightly relax curls.

Skin Healer

Medicinally, Shea Butter has been studied as an anti-inflammatory topical cream, being helpful in cases of arthritis (Kerharo), and it contains stigmasterol which is the sterol known as "the anti-stiffness factor" making it helpful in cases of rheumatism (Hampton). It has additionally been studied as a nasal decongestant by applying it to the inside of the nostrils (Tella). Shea Butter is also helpful in cases of eczema and dermatitis and “contains chemical constituents that help to heal bruising and soreness” (Falconi).

Shea Butter contains a high content of cinnamic acid creating a mild natural sunscreen, approximately SPF-6 (Falconi) and can be used alone to prevent burning and a wonderful way to achieve a brown tan safe and beautiful.

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