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Botanical Name: Butyrospermum parkii
Country of Origin: West Africa, including Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso
Available: In-Store and Online
Available Colors: Golden and Beige
Available Sizes: 2 oz - 1 TON
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Our skin is our largest organ, don't you want to feed your skin the very best of what nature has to offer?
About Shea Butter
Like cocoa butter, shea butter has its roots in both the food and body care industries. The health benefits of shea butter when applied topically are vast, making it a great component in both skin and hair care products.
Shea butter is solid at room temperature and melts upon contact with the skin. When used as an ingredient, the scent of shea butter can often surpass that of others, as it emits a somewhat strong nutty odor.
Products that generally utilize shea butter are meant to help moisturize and heal both hair and skin. Such products include, but are not limited to: lotions, hair conditioners, soaps, anti-aging creams, and massage oils. Vitamins A and E found in shea butter help keep the skin healthy and relieve sun damage while vitamin F protects and heals dry, chapped skin and damaged hair.
The healing properties of shea butter contribute to the restoration and health of burns, psoriases, scars, and sores and the high concentration of fatty acids help skin retain moisture and elasticity. Shea butter is also useful in treating skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. It helps improve skin tone, soften calluses, prevent stretch marks, relieve dry skin, and soothe minor rashes.
Shea butter has a shelf life of about one year and should be stored in a cool, dark location. If making your own body care products, it can be found in both unrefined and refined forms – choose according to preference, because refined is usually more pleasant smelling, but unrefined retains more health benefits.
Shea butter is non-toxic, non-irritating and contains no hazardous components, but as with every new product, always test a small amount on your skin before full use to ensure no allergic reaction occurs.
NOTE: Shea butter should NOT be used by those with nut allergies.
Remember, the FDA has not evaluated the above statements. No claims are made regarding any medicinal value of shea butter. The information presented here is for educational purposes and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.
About Nature's Best Series
Nature's Very Best is a blog series that focuses on the very best ingredients that nature has to offer and how these ingredients work to nourish our bodies internally and/or externally.