The Benefits of Shea Butter

Many men and women in the western world have already familiarized themselves with the useful effects of shea butter. However, many have yet to realize the potential improvements that shea butter could have on their lives. It is widely available in places such as health food stores and is commonly found in cosmetic products. Before going further about the benefits of shea butter, we’ll first take a look at what it is and where it is obtained from.

What is it?

Shea butter, in its simplest form, comes from the nut of the shea tree. The nuts are compressed to the point of busting, and as they are pushed down further and further, an oil will arise from the remains. With that said, there are many different quality ratings for shea butter. Generally, shea butter is rated on a simple A+ to F scale, with the A+ score, naturally, being the best score. Unfortunately, the higher the grade of the product, the more expensive it will be as well. This is because higher grades of shea butter are made a little bit differently than lesser brands.  The highest level of shea is made completely naturally, kept cold, and has no preservatives, but low-grade shea has many chemicals and preservatives thrown in to maintain it for long periods of time. As such, the higher quality butter is much more useful than the lower quality, and the lower quality is really only purposed as a lotion.

Benefits

Raw Shea ButterThere are many reasons for why a person should use shea butter. There are also very many ways to apply its use, from butter for food to lotion for skin. In this section, we will discus just a few of the ways that shea butter can be used to effectively improve someone’s lifestyle:

Dry Skin
Naturally, shea butter is the perfect fix for ashy skin. It is a wonderful lubricant and should be put to use fixing cracked skin.

Skin Peeling
Sadly, after one gets that wonderful tan at the beach, their skin usually cracks and then peels off in layers because it wasn’t ready to handle all the sun exposure. In these situations, shea butter can be used to help get rid of all that nasty peeling skin and can restore some of the skin tone which was granted by the sun.

Poison Ivy
The shea butter oil can actually help to lessen your itching if you get poison ivy, oak, or sumac.

Cuts-If one finds themselves with small cuts or bruises from thorns or similar injuries, shea butter has healing properties that can help cuts to heal faster.

Stretch Marks
During pregnancy, many women find that their skin stretches and leaves nasty marks on their belly because their epidermis is being pushed beyond limits to hold a baby. However, shea butter can be used to keep the skin supple, which, as the skin stretches with the baby’s growth, will make it less likely to leave stretch marks because the butter improves its flexibility.

Overworked Muscles
Shea butter has many natural relaxant properties that can help to heal muscles that have been used extensively. When used as a rub for the back, legs, and arms, shea can help the muscles to ease from the tense state that they have been in, thereby effectively increasing blood flow which will help to fix the spent muscles. Moreover, the shea butter can be used as a simple massage solution for massage therapists.

Clearly, the benefits to using shea butter daily are immense. There are no risks to using shea butter, excepting, of course, lower grade shea butters which may have unhealthy preservatives. Still, shea butter, when viewed holistically, is a wonderful treatment for all kinds of skin problems. There are many other uses for shea, which were not listed above for the sake of space. So, if one has skin problems, shea butter could be a remarkable treatment to help those issues.

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