Shea butter is a sort of a fat, extracted out of the nut of the Shea tree found in parts of Africa. It is used mostly in cosmetics as a moisturizer or salve. The Shea tree has its natural habitat in the dry Savannah belt of West Africa from Senegal to Ghana. It appears in 21 countries across the African continent, but Ghana’s shea butter is most world-renowned. There is evidence of Shea butter production in Africa from as early as the 14th century.
From the inception of life, the human race has benefited from the gifts of Nature in one way or the other. It was pretty correctly stated by laureates and philosophers that nature is the first teacher of mankind. Everything that we as humans know has its roots in nature. Be it the process of hunting to satiate our hunger or the uses of flora and fauna in different walks of life such as medication and beautification.
In the same vein, the fruit of the Shea tree is a gift from Nature to humanity. It is the main ingredient of many cosmetic and medicinal products.
Uses of Shea Butter
Shea Butter acts as a shield for the human body, guarding it against dry environmental conditions and harmful ultraviolet radiation. The unparalleled moisturizing quality of Shea butter is due to the presence of several ingredients, namely oleic acid, stearic acid, and linoleic acid, along with significant amounts of vitamins A, D, E. These fatty acids and antioxidant vitamins promote healthy skin by locking in moisture and helping to protect against environmental stressors that may prematurely age skin cells. These components mirror the process that takes place in the sebaceous glands in the skin. The fact that Shea Butter has properties that mirror the body’s natural moisturizing process tells us it is the perfect fit to combat dry skin conditions.
Shea butter also moisturizes dry and damaged hair from the roots to the tips, making it more healthy and lustrous. Being a rich source of vitamins A and E, Shea butter repairs breakage and mends split ends. Shea butter acts as a protector of the hair from unfavorable weather conditions, damage caused by wind, humidity, and extreme dryness, and repairs all the wear and tear that are faced by our hair. Although we appreciate its benefits for the hair, we tend to reduce the shea content to roughly 40%, adding oils like hemp seed oil, Jamaican castor oil, and virgin coconut oil when making Earth Seed’s Hair Butter.
Obviously, the best results will occur when the percentage of shea butter is significant enough for every application to be a treatment in its own right. Since we are located at the source of the best shea butter in the world, we pride ourselves in adding generous portions, ensuring each use goes a long way to protecting, preserving, and healing your skin and hair. Earth Seed’s shea butter balm consist entirely of shea butter, mixed with virgin coconut oil and essential oils for optimal fragrance.
When you consider a healthy skin regiment, the conversation can not be had without considering the contributions shea butter offers. Shea butter has no adverse affects on any skin type, rather it is a boon for all. Even those allergic to nuts have no reaction, because Shea nuts do not possess the components that trigger allergies. I invite you to revisit a time when life and ingredients were simpler and easier to read, when all your needs were met by Mother Nature, and you wanted for nothing.