Raw Shea Butter – An African Health and Wellness Option

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Shea butter is a skin superfood found in nature.  It is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree and is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F.  It is usually yellow in color when raw. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter has been used in Africa and other countries for centuries. It is important for improving a number of skin conditions including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema and dermatitis. It also treats skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites and a number of other skin conditions as well as accelerating wound healing.

Shea butter is also used to improve hair and can also be ingested to treat cold, flu, nasal congestion and fever.

Uses/Benefits of Shea butter

  1. It can be used as a natural moisturizer for the face and body.
  2. It can be made into a shea butter lotion bar stick for easy use
  3. It can be used by itself or in a pregnancy stretch mark salve to ward off stretch marks
  4. As the best under-eye wrinkle remover and bag-reducer
  5. As a body massage butter – For before and after strenuous exercise
  6. It can be whipped into a velvety soft whipped body butter or used a basic homemade lotion
  7. As a base for homemade deodorant
  8. As an SPF 6 skin lotion
  9. In magnesium body butter
  10. As a natural baby-care product (alone) or ingredient in baby care recipes
  11. By itself on the lips or in homemade lip balms
  12. Or homemade shimmer lip balm
  13. To improve skin elasticity and cellulite
  14. On the hair or scalp
  15. In homemade liquid creme foundation and makeup
  16. After sun or beach exposure to replenish skin
  17. On the eyelids before applying makeup to make it last longer
  18. As a natural cuticle cream
  19. On scars to naturally help collagen production
  20. Cold weather – On sore/raw noses during a cold or flu
  21. Skin Rash and Itching Skin
  22. Sunburn and Skin damage from heat ( hot grease while cooking, radiation treatment for certain medical problems, etc)
  23. Shaving cream for a smooth silky shave
  24. Small skin wounds
  25. Skin cracks and Tough or rough skin ( on feet.)
  26. Frost bites and Insects nites
  27. Healthy skin
  28. Muscle fatigues, aches and tension
  29. Skin allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak
  30. Eczema and Dermatitis

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Reference

The American Shea Butter Institute: http://www.sheainstitute.com/asbi-library/21reasons/

WellnessMama: https://wellnessmama.com/27324/shea-butter-benefits/)

 

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Obie Agusiegbe

A Certified Sustainability and Environmental Management Expert with over 20 years’ experience in the sustainability sector. She works with organizations interested in improving their sustainability performance by assisting them identify and implement ways to include environmental and social aspects into their existing offerings. Her solutions are innovative and build bridges globally International Development | Africa | Clean Technologies | Climate Resilience | Humanitarian | Fairness
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