Pure Shea Butter is a moisturizing agent containing protein and minerals and can be used over the entire body including the scalp.
By: Natasha Morgan
Pure Shea Butter is a moisturizing agent containing protein and minerals and can be used over the entire body including the scalp. To make it more appealing, some Shea Butter producers add natural scents such as grapefruit, mint, lemon and vanilla.
These products come in various forms, each having its own use:
- Whole body: The natural antibiotic and antiseptic properties of Shea Butter promotes skin health, tissue regeneration and prevents scarring.
- Lips: Lip Butter retains moisture and prevents drying and cracking.
- Hands: Hand Butter softens and heals cuticles while moisturizing.
- Legs, under arms, face: After shaving, soothing Shea Butter prevents skin from drying.
- Hair and scalp: Shea Butter does not clog pores or block the hair shaft like some petroleum based products. It allows for easy breathing and stimulating growth.
Where does Shea Butter originate?
In Northern Ghana and many other areas of sub-Saharan Africa, the Shea Tree grows to a height of 40 to 65 feet with short thick branches and a grayish bark. It takes about 15 years to produce its first fruit and only reaches full maturity after 25-50 years. Once a year it produces fruit and is very resistant to bush fires.
How is it made?
The tasty Shea fruit grows in abundance and is eaten by humans as well as birds. Once ripe, the fruit falls to the ground where it’s gathered and consumed. The nut in the centre of the fruit is dried in the hot sun and then cracked and separated from its shell.
The crushed nuts are roasted in huge pots over an open wood fire and then ground into a smoother paste. Water is gradually added, and the paste is mixed well by hand to help separate out the butter oils.
Shea Butter is ladled off the top of the pot and put in a cool place to harden. It is creamy or golden yellow in its natural state, and is traditionally formed into balls.
A Real Benefit to Women
It is the women and children of the villages who gather and process the Shea Nuts that eventually become Shea Butter. Made in the traditional way it is hot grueling work, but provides an income for many families and an opportunity for their children to attend school.
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