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Ghanaian women have used the wild Shea Butter fruit for years. They use it to protect themselves from the intense heat and hot dry winds coming from the Sahara. Their skin looks fantastic so it’s no wonder this fruit has gotten such a good reputation. The shea butter we use is completely unrefined and wild crafted by the Wali women in Ghana.
Shea Butter is used for it’s emollient and moisturizing benefits. It’s rich in vitamins and penetrates deeply into the skin leaving a smooth, satiny finish. The natural version has a slightly nutty smoky odour and is usually a golden yellow colour with darker spots in it.
Did you know that shea butter has been used for years to help heal scars, sores, burns, psoriasis, dandruff and stretch marks. It contains cinnamic acid, a substance that helps protect against UV rays. It is high in Vitamin A which can help with blemishes and wrinkles.
While some people don’t like the smell of the natural unrefined shea butter I quite like the nutty smoky aroma. The type we use has a smoky scent as it’s heated over the fires in Ghana. With essential oils added you are left with a beautiful subtle scent.
Here are my top reasons to use Shea Butter:
- Works wonders on dry skin.
- Helps soothe rashes.
- Can be used on sunburns to soothe sun damaged skin
- Many use it on stretch marks
- Helps itchy skin
- Protect skin against sun and wind which is how the women in Ghana use it.
- It’s ultra moisturizing
- Helps dry dull lifeless hair
Here is a recipe I found: Use a small amount like a teaspoon and apply evenly all over your hair. Wrap hair in warm towel and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Shampoo as usual and apply Shea Butter again if your hair is really dry or damaged.
I make no medical claims about Shea Butter. This information is based on my research.
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