13 Ways Shea Butter Can Help You

Shea nuts on leaves

Shea butter is an off- white natural fat extracted from the nut of the African shea or Karite tree. The nuts are naturally high in Stearic acid and oleic acid which gives shea butter it's moisturizing and healing properties.

What is Shea Butter?

The nuts are cracked open and separated from the outer shell, then crushed and roasted over an open wood fire. The crushed nuts must be stirred constantly to keep them from burning. After roasting the nuts are ground to a paste and a little water added. Then the butter is transferred to large basins to be kneaded by hand to separate out the shea oils. The oils are collected in this curd state, then the water is boiled out of them and the butter left to cool and harden. Once the shea butter has cooled , it is checked for quality before being formed into balls and shipped to us in the U.S. Once the shea butter arrives here, it is double-checked to make sure it is in the best possible condition.

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Read this information and experience the Life Changing Benefits

  • Raw shea butter helps heal scars, burns, bruises, and stretch marks.
  • Prevents ashy skin, chapping, and skin rashes.
  • An ideal hair conditioner that protects the scalp from sores and rashes.
  • Helps prevent hair from breaking, fading, or thinning out.
  • Fortifies cuticles and nails.
  • Helps rid the scalp of dandruff.
  • Raw shea butter helps drain toxins from sore muscles: perfect for sports participants.
  • Helps prevent skin irritation for babies: used for generations to help babies sleep better.
  • Prevents irritation, and restores skin natural luster after shaving.
  • Ideal for dermatitis, eczema, and athletes foot.
  • Firms up aging skin and helps clear wrinkles.
  • Massage shea butter into areas affected by arthritis, joint pains, or other muscular aches.
  • Shea Butter naturally contains vitamins A and E.

Shea Butter Uses

Shea butter has been used for generations in Africa as a body butter to moisturize, heal and condition. It has many uses including:

For your skin

Use shea butter for your skin to keep it looking young. Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer, it protects the skin from windburn, helps soften calluses on hands and feet, and can help fade scars, burns, and stretch marks.

Shea butter even has healing properties, helping clear dermatitis, prevent ashy skin and rashes such as psoriasis, eczema, or even sooth the effects of poison ivy or insect bites.

Active people can use shea butter as a lubricant to protect against chafing during heavy work or exercise. It can help heal skin cracking and give relief from sunburn. It will even help with skin pealing from sunburn or overly dry skin.


For your face

Shea butter has a similar structure to your body's natural moisture, so it absorbs quickly into the skin without clogging pores. That, and the combination of healthy nutrients and minerals means shea butter is the perfect answer for acne suffers, those with uneven skin or fine lines. The conditioning agents even help prevent blemishes and wrinkles from starting!

For Natural Hair

Shea butter provides moisture to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips, repairing and protecting against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. It also absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp to re-hydrate without clogging pores. It is particularly beneficial for processed and heat-treated hair. It is an excellent treatment for dry scalp. The high levels of Vitamins A, E and F, restore luster to damaged hair.


Whipped Shea Butter

For a smoother, easier spreading skin moisturizer, you can also make whipped shea butter. There are many homemade body butter recipes on the internet. Many recipes advise melting the shea butter with another butter, like avocado butter or pure cocoa butter before mixing in shea oil, jojoba oil, or Baobab oil and a scented oil like lavender or lemongrass.



Filtered Shea Butter

You can also buy filtered shea butter which has been passed through clay filters repeatedly to make the consistency smoother and to ensure that there are no particles of the nut shell or other impurities in the butter. Some people also prefer filtered shea butter because it doesn't have as strong of a nutty aroma. Some people like the nutty aroma though, so it's a personal choice you'll have to make!



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