Most known for its safaris and its majestic creatures, Africa is home to a diverse flora and fauna. Tucked in the dry African Savannah, the shea tree thrives in at least 20 countries including Senegal, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Ghana.
The shea tree is considered sacred in ancient Africa. The shea fruit goes through a long and meticulous process to extract shea butter. The medicinal uses of the shea butter are revered throughout Africa. Historical accounts recorded that as far back as 50 BC, Cleopatra used shea butter for cosmetic purposes.
Making up a significant part of women’s livelihood in Africa, the shea tree remains to be a part of the region’s daily life. An important crop for healing, and income source in recent times, the population values it like gold.
Uses of Shea Butter
For the rest of the world, shea butter is known as a beauty product. Here are a few ways to use the amazing shea butter and how to get that radiant glow!
Moisturizer. Fatty acids like oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, among others make Shea butter an amazing natural moisturizer. Shea butter is applied directly to the skin to retain its naturals oils and prevent it from drying. Go for premium shea butter to get the key for a perfect base that is your healthy, glowing skin.
Anti-Acne Serum. Add some tea tree oil, jojoba oil, and frankincense essential oil to your shea butter moisturizer. Slightly heat the mixture to melt the butter to create a wonderful night cream. This will repair your skin overnight from acne scars and protect it from infections and future breakouts.
Anti-Stretch Mark Lotion. Consistently apply unrefined and high-quality shea butter as a soothing cream to affected body parts to manage stretch marks. Shea butter contains fatty acids that protect the skin from drying which makes the stretch marks more apparent. It hydrates the skin and improves skin elasticity with vitamins A and E. With continuous use, it smooths the skin texture and lessens the appearance of discoloration.
Lip Balm. Shea butter is a key ingredient in most lip balms. Pure, organic shea butter makes for the best lip balms that apply easily and melts into your lips. It heals lips from chapping and cracking, and moisturizes and protects lips so they’re soft, smooth and supple! Plus, shea butter is used culinarily so it is also guaranteed to taste nice, a nutty natural flavor and scent – none of those weird synthetic flavors.
Scalp Treatment. Dandruff can be caused by different factors, with dry skin as the most common reason. The same components that moisturize the skin and lips are also the active ingredient that soothes the scalp from uncontrollable flaking. Apply pure shea butter as scalp treatment by washing your hair with lukewarm water and towel drying it and massaging a small amount directly to the hair and scalp. Let it stand for half an hour, covered with a warm towel. Air dry or blow dry the hair and style. It also conditions and repairs damaged hair, so that’s a win-win!
Wound and Scar Gel. Going back to shea butter’s history in the African Savannah, it was used it to heal wounds of the umbilical cold and post-circumcision. With its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, blood clotting and soothing properties, mix shea butter with aloe vera gel and tea tree oil to make the ultimate wound and scar gel.
After-Sun Care Oil. Sunburnt? Shea Butter can heal red and irritated skin. Mix shea butter with aloe vera and coconut oil to cool, soothe, and heal sun damaged skin with your natural after-sun care concoction. You’ll also smell like a tropical princess!
Natural Shaving Cream. Hydrate your legs or pits with a shea butter-based shaving cream to prepare the skin and ensure a clean shave. No painful knicks and cuts here! Melt raw shea butter and coconut oil, then add grapeseed oil and baking soda into the mixture. Refrigerate to create a dense shaving cream.
Baby Diaper Cream. Babies have naturally sensitive skin, but this all-natural diaper cream will get rid of diaper rash and itch on your baby’s bum safely. The soothing and anti-bacterial components of shea butter, moisturizing coconut oil, and anti-inflammatory tea tree oil. Mix these three ingredients with talc-free cornstarch or arrowroot powder, calendula, and chamomile flowers for the best home-made diaper cream.
Insect Repellant and Insect Bite Salve. For both preventive measure and after-bite remedy from itchy rashes or welts, combine shea butter with natural insect-repellant citronella oil, coconut oil, and beeswax for this ultimate insect-bite salve.
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