What is Shea Butter made from? And what is Shea butter good for? Glad you asked…..

30 Mar

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Shea butter is made from the nuts of a tree called the Shea-Karite tree that grows exclusively in Africa.  Who knew right? I didn’t. The tree produces nuts after about 15 years.  Isn’t that just crazy 15 years for a nut?

It could however take up to 30 years (whew!) for one tree to produce a quality yield. The fatty acids in the nuts are what give Shea Butter its healing properties.  It is a far superior butter than say Cocoa Butter, because of the unique fatty acid properties. Well, if it could take up to 30 years….No wonder its healing properties are better than Cocoa Butter.

Now that you know where it comes from let me tell you what it’s good for. Ready?

  1. Shea Butter is Great for any type of Dry skin. It doesn’t matter if it’s your scalp or your feet. Any part of your skin will love Shea Butter!
  2. Stretch marks
  3. Minor Burns including sunburn
  4. Eczema
  5. Any kind of itchy skin (which is probably just Dry skin)

So, basically Shea butter is great for any kind of skin problem.  It’s like the cure –all! I have to admit I love adding to my soap recipes just for the things I mentioned above. There is a real difference using Shea Butter……..

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