We LOVE you, shea butter!
Shea butter is a common ingredient in many of our natural products and is fat that is extracted from the nuts of the African shea tree. Shea butter is often used as an all-natural vitamin A cream and is extremely hydrating and moisturizing for the skin. We love shea butter so much, that we thought it would be great to share some fun facts with you all, about this unbelievable all-natural moisturizer!
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- Shea butter has a long history of being used medicinally in Africa. Shea butter has been historically used from things like wound healing, jaundice, diarrhea, and even for leprosy treatment! That right there is the definition of multipurpose!
- Raw shea butter is a great anti-aging treatment. A study from the American Journal of Life Science showed that raw shea butter not only softened the skin but helped tissue cell regenerate!
- It can reduce inflammation, a study from 2010 found that because shea butter had cinnamic acid it reduces skin inflammation.
- Shea butter can be used to help several skin problems including eczema, sunburn, insect bites and frostbite.
- The scientific name for the African Shea tree is Vitellaria.
- Shea butter is also a fantastic treatment for your scalp! Not only due to its moisturizing properties, but also because it can alleviate dandruff and creates a barrier between your scalp and harsh climates.
- Prevents and heals diaper rash for babies! Yay! I love finding all-natural solutions to use on babies such sensitive skin.
- The shea tree grows in central and west Africa. Typically women and children harvest the nuts which creates financial independence. Yes! Women empowerment gotta love it!
- Several parts of the shea tree are edible including the shea fruit and flowers.
- It is known to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scars, and even cellulite. Sign me up!
- The shea tree can take 15 years before it bears fruit, 25 years for it to fully mature and after that the tree can bear fruit for the next 200 years. Wow, nature is truly amazing!
Pretty, versatile huh? These are just some of our favorite uses and facts! We would love to hear from you and see how you use shea butter. Comment below or even tag us on social media! @kissnaturals