Fun Facts about Shea Butter

Oh, how we love shea butter!

Shea butter is a common ingredient in many of our natural products and it comes from 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 used to heal wounds, treat jaundice, cure diarrhea, and even as a 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 softens the skin but helps tissue cell regenerate!
  • A study from 2010 found that because shea butter has cinnamic acid, it reduces skin inflammation. 
  • Shea butter can be used to treat 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! Because of its exceptional moisturizing properties, it can alleviate dandruff and create a barrier between your scalp and harsh climates.
  • Looking for a treatment for diaper rash? Shea butter can help prevent and heal diaper rash for babies! Yay! I love finding all-natural solutions to use on babies’ 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. 
  • Shea butter 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 then 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 tag us on social media! @kissnaturals


Resources:
What is Shea Butter? (n.d.). Retrieved July 29, 2018, from https://www.sheainstitute.com/asbi-library/what-is-shea-butter/
K. (2018, February 26). 21 Shea Butter Benefits and Uses | Wellness Mama. Retrieved July 29, 2018, from https://wellnessmama.com/27324/shea-butter-benefits/
Living with the Shea Tree. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://naturalhomes.org/naturalliving/shea-butter.htm
Boldt, E. (2017, October 12). Repair Skin & Boost Collagen with Raw Shea Butter. Retrieved August 3, 2018, from https://draxe.com/raw-shea-butter/