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SHEA BUTTER: BENEFITS AND USES

shea butter benefits and uses

SHEA BUTTER

This is an age long beauty recipe, rich in fat extracted from the Karite tree known as Shea tree (Vitelleria Paradoxa) that grows wildly in the Savannah belt of West Africa. It nourishes the skin with vitamin A, clears blemishes, wrinkles and red skin. It also contains vitamin E which maintains the skin and keeps it healthy. It’s vitamin F content protects the outer layer of the skin. The colour of Shea butter varies, it can either be off-white, grey or yellow. The unrefined one is usually white in colour.

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BENEFITS OF SHEA BUTTER

For skin;

  • It provides relief to peeling and pitch skin
  • It is an excellent moisturizer for face and body
  • It treats acne, sunburn and eczema
  • It heals wounds and cuts better than any seed oil
  • It act as protector or rejuvenator for dry skin
  • It is the best under eye wrinkle remover
  • It can be used as after shave treatment to reduce razor-irritations and bumps
  • It gets rid of stretch marks, scars and dark spots
  • It calms rashes, allergies and heals insect bite
  • It is safe for all skin type

For Hair;

  • It makes the hair resistant to breakage
  • It reduces redness and scalp irritation
  • It is a good natural leave in conditioner
  • It increases the softness of coarse hair
  • The fatty acid in Shea butter help increasing hair shine
  • Shea butter repairs hair follicles and promotes healthy hair
  • Shea butter helps to prevent hair loss
  • Shea butter is a good hair moisturizer, it also gets rid of dandruff

USES OF SHEA BUTTER

Face cream:

Removes blemishes, acne, eczema, sunburn and redness. It clears dark spots and makes your face glow.

Content; Shea butter, cocoa butter, geranium essential oil, rose water, lavender essential oil, Argan oil, honey.
Directions;

  1. Using double boiler method, melt your Shea butter and cocoa butter in rose water
  2. Stir the mixture till the butter dissolves well into the rosewater forming a paste
  3. Bring out the mixture bowl, let it cool down for 20-30 mins
    Add geranium oil, Argan oil and honey to the cooled mixture
  4. Pour the mixture into a blender. Blend till all content thoroughly bind together
  5. Scoop into an airtight glass or plastic container
  6. Add lavender oil to the cream then stir. Your face cream is ready for use.

Hair repair and growth:

Shea butter is a very good moisturizer and conditioner for hair especially natural hair. It prevents hair frizz, nourishes, softens the hair and makes it shine.
Content; Shea butter, Avocado fruit, extra olive virgin oil, Coconut oil, Aloe Vera, Jojoba oil, egg, tea tree oil
Direction;

  1. For hair growth and anti dandruff. Crack two eggs into the blender, add 10 ml each of jojoba oil and tea tree oil
  2. Melt 100 grams Shea butter in 20 ml of olive oil using double boiler method
  3. Pour the melted Shea butter into the mixture in the blender
  4. Blend till all content bind to form a creamy paste

Application;

  1. Use a comb to divide your hair into at least five, this will allow the treatment get to the root of your hair and scalp
  2. Apply the mixture into your scalp, massage generous amount from the root of your hair to the tip
  3. Put on a shower cap after application, leave for 15-30 mins and wash thoroughly with cold water and shampoo.

Hair Moisturizer and leave-in Conditional:

Direction;

  1. Melt 50-70 grams of Shea butter in 20 ml of coconut oil using double boiler method.
  2. Peel the avocado, remove the seed, scoop the green eating part into a blender
  3. Add the melted Shea butter, aloe vera, 20 ml of jojoba oil into the blender
  4. Blend the mixture thoroughly

Application;

  1. Use a comb to divide your hair into at least five, this will allow the treatment get to the root of your hair and scalp.
  2. Apply the mixture into your scalp, massage generous amount from the root of your hair to the tip
  3. Leave in your hair till it dries off. Do this process for 2-3 times weekly

Skin beauty regimen

Content; honey, Shea butter, lavender oil, geranium oil, avocado oil
Direction;

  1. Melt 100 grams of Shea butter in 30 ml honey using double boiler method
  2. Cool the mixture for 30 mins
  3. When the mixture is cooled down to room temperature, add 30 ml of lavender essential oil, 10 ml of geranium oil, 10-20 ml of avocado oil
  4. Whisk the mixture together or blend
  5. Scoop into air tight container

Application; Apply generous amount all over your skin, massage into the skin. It can be used as day and night skin lotion.

Diaper rash treatment:

Content; Shea butter and coconut oil
Direction;

  1. Melt 100 grams of Shea butter in 50 ml of coconut oil using double boiler method
  2. Cool down the mixture to room temperature
  3. Whisk the mixture, you may add few drops of lavender oil
  4. Scoop your cream into an airtight container. Keep in a cool dry place.

Application; Apply generous amount all over your skin, massage into the skin. It can be used as day and night skin lotion.

With the unending health benefits of shea butter, it is safe to say it is a necessity in the home.

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