The African people have known all about Shea Butter benefits for centuries. They have used shea butter to soothe and rejuvenate their hair and skin. Every skin types can benefit from the use of Shea Butter. But, before buying Shea Butter, you should know about this nut from Africa.
Most Shea Butter comes from West Africa or Ghana. A few years ago a softer and smoother variety from Uganda in East Africa started becoming more popular.
Pure or raw Shea Butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea-Karite tree without the use of chemicals. To get all its benefits use raw or unrefined Shea Butter. The color of unrefined Shea Butter depends on the Shea nuts used. Shea nuts will vary in color from ivory to yellow. Shea Butter that is pure white is highly refined and may not have its healing properties intact.
The more Shea is refined, the more natural goodness is removed. Sometimes Shea Butter is mixed with other ingredients that reduce its benefits. Also very old Shea Butter loses some of its healing properties.
Differences between East African and West African Shea Butter
East African Shea has a higher liquid fraction. As a result, East African Shea Butter is softer than West African Shea Butter. It is more expensive. East African or Ugandan Shea Butter is more easily absorbed into the skin due to having less saturated fatty acids. It is a superior moisturizer. Ugandan Shea Butter is excellent for conditions where the skin is dry like knees, elbows, hands, and scalp.
West African Shea Butter will have more vitamin A and more sterols. It is a natural vitamin A cream and you can use it to prevent stretch marks. It improves skin’s elasticity, acne and it reduces years of skin damage.
The following are only some of the benefits of Organic Shea Butter
Moisturizes and protects skin and scalp
Revitalizes, softens and maintains skin moisture
Small skin wounds
Tough or rough skin on feet
Stretch mark prevention
Muscle fatigue, aches and tension
Before and after strenuous exercise
Skin allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak
How to store Shea Butter?
It will keep under normal conditions for about two to three years. Its healing properties are very powerful within the first year and a half. Over time it will be less effective in terms of its healing properties. But, it will remain a good moisturizer. Keep it in a cool, dry place and keep the container closed to keep out contamination.
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Slice Of Nature© 100% Pure Shea Butter Oil. Rare East Africa Nilotica Liquid Shea Butter. Organic 4 oz (120ml)Shea Butter is often used as a base for medical ointments, and has been claimed to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective in at least four categories: Anti Aging, Healing Aide, Prevention, Skin Protection. Everyone can take advantage of Shea Butter's benefits.