Posted Sept. 14, 2007 -- Shea Butter? Growing up we used Vaseline (known as plain ol’ dollar store Petroleum Jelly to some) for everything! Of course we have all used Vaseline for the obvious, but a few have put it on a wound or rash knowing that it has no healing power what-so-ever. It’s simply been the old school remedy for almost any and every thing for as long as I can remember. But according to hype, Shea Butter is truly a gift from Mother Nature. It can actually do everything that grandma told you petro-jelly could do. Even daytime diva Tyra Banks, who has given credit to Vaseline for her beautiful skin, may have to rethink her longtime beauty secret.
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It seems like all of a sudden it’s everywhere and it’s in every beauty product! It’s being sold “raw” in a plastic container, by my African brother on the corner and it’s being crammed into cosmetics and hair care products everywhere. So naturally I had to find out more…
What is Shea Butter?
Shea Butter is found only in the tropics of Africa. That’s right, it’s from the mother land! It is extracted from the nut of the Shea-Karite tree. The butter that is removed from the Shea Nut is a golden or ivory-colored natural fat that is extracted by crushing and boiling the nuts.
What’s in Shea Butter that’s so great?
I am sure you could have guessed that there are vitamins found in Shea Butter. Well I did…duh! But to be specific, it is enriched with vitamins A, E and F.
Is all Shea Butter the same?
Not! “Raw” Shea Butter that has not been processed will have more healing properties and therefore be more beneficial. Highly processed Shea Butter that has diluted or mixed with other ingredients will not be as effective.
What can you use Shea Butter for?
Africans have used shea butter for years to protect and rejuvenate their skin. To date, Shea Butter has been effective at treating: dark scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, chapped lips, skin discolorations, chapped lips, stretch marks, arthritis, wrinkles, psoriasis, razor irritation and dry, damaged hair. It even offers protection from UV sun rays. Now you know Vaseline cannot do all of that!
It’s all about the butter baby. Get with it!
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