Shea butter which goes by several names (Ori in Yoruba, Okwume in Igbo and Man ka’danya’ in Hausa), is one of nature’s wonders,extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree (Butyrospermum parkii), which grows in the Savannah of Western Africa and Central Africa.
Shea butter has been used in Africa and other countries for years to improve the skin and hair, for medicinal purposes,to treat skin problems, and many more, because it has been proven to be naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production.
Shea butter has been found to do amazing wonders, check some of these wonders below.
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Moisturizing: One of the most laudable and welcoming property of Shea butter is its moisturizing properties which makes it very ideal for the skin and hair. The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
Reduces Inflammation: Shea butter also has an anti-inflammatory property which helps with skin cells renewal. A study found that its anti-inflammatory property is because it contains cinnamic acid and other natural properties. One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production, it also contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourishes the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.
Dry Scalp: Shea butter is an ideal moisturizer for the scalp and can also serve as hair conditioner.
Rash Infection: You can use Shea to treat rashes. If your baby is having diaper rash, it is an ideal ointment that treats it without any side effects and can also be used on other rash infections.
Pain Reliever: It relieves swelling and arthritis. It also relieves itching due to dryness and helps in muscle relaxation and stiffness.
Cracked And Chapped Skin: Those with cracked and chapped skin can apply Shea butter, it can also be used to soften and heal the skin. It also gives you that soft and supple lips you so desire.
Dark Sports/Stretch Marks: It treats dark spots, stretch marks, skin discoloration, blemishes and wrinkles. Apply it to those dark elbows and knees and see the wonders it will produce.
Eczema/Acnes: The wonder butter treats eczema and acnes.
Burns/Scars: It soothes minor burns and scars and can also be applied before shaving.
Interestingly, Shea butter is also used for making chocolates. Next time you pick up a bar of chocolate, just know you are eating Shea butter.