What is Shea Butter?
Information on Origin, Benefits, Properties & Uses
Last count we were
at 36 uses for shea
butter, an all-natural beauty-enhancing product. Shea is truly a miracle
gift to our bodies straight from Mother Nature.
Shea butter is a substance derived from the African shea tree. This is a
tree that grows wild in the West African Savannah region. The nuts from the Shea tree are crushed and
processed, yielding a vegetable fat known as shea butter. According to the American Shea Butter Institute
(ASBI), this fatty extract from the seed of the shea tree contains ingredients that have biological activity,
including, but not limited to moisturizing and skin healing properties.
Shea Butter, the Revival of an African Wonder, a research article written by M. Poheda and L.
Sousselier, it was noted that as early as 1940, scientific observation verified that among populations
using shea butter, the occurrence of skin diseases was scarce and the population’s skin was exceptionally supple
addition to shea butter’s emollient, moisturizing and protecting properties, the ASBI informs us that shea
butter contains a vitamin that is essential to the maintenance of healthy
butter helps beautify the skin by aiding in the removal of dark areas and spots, blemishes and age spots.
Medicinally, it has been effective as a decongestant and contains anti-inflammatory properties, thus aiding in
the treatment of burns, sprains and strains, and chronic conditions such as arthritis and
Because of it versatility, shea butter has been used in the Motherland for cooking, lamp
fuel, the making of soaps and cosmetics and many other purposes.
In some areas, newborns receive their welcome into the world with a good rub down in this all-natural, non-toxic
product to protect them from the sometimes extreme African weather.
Of course traditional African healers have used shea butter oils for centuries to treat skin
American Shea Butter Institute list some 21 reasons to use shea butter. We’ve actually found a few more to add
to their list.
Here are the 36 shea butter uses we found, broken down into various
sub-categories. Of course there is some overlap (i.e. “wrinkle formation” might actually fall in the “prevention”
category as well as “anti-aging” but is listed only once).
Another Important Consideration:
his article, “Making trade work for poor women: Villagers in Burkina Faso
Discover an Opening in the Global Market,” Ernest Harsch points out that “the harvesting and
processing of shea is primarily an activity of rural women, between 300,000 and 400,000 in Burkina alone. So its
earnings directly benefit some of the poorest villagers, in a country classified as one of the poorest in the
using African shea butter products can actually enhance the economic stability of women who are involved in the
processing of these nut butters.
Shea Butter Center Resource Box
AAA Shea Butter is
Grade A Unrefined Shea Butter. Use this when you care
enough about your skin to feed it only the best ingredients. Moisturizing, antiaging, preventive
and healing properties --- it's all in the bottle!
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