Shea butter is a thick solid and creamy texture and containing around 60% fat is mostly used for its moisturising properties. It derives from the seeds of the fruit of the shea tree and could be likened to a super-food for the skin.
High in vitamins A and E shea butter can be used as a natural treatment for eczema and other conditions causing irritation of the skin. It can reduce the itching symptoms by as much as 79% and may be an ideal natural treatment for those suffering with chronic allergies of the skin.
- Reduces inflammation
When using shea butter as a cream it is said to help manage arthritis and its painful symptoms by reducing inflammation in the joints.
Application of shea butter to the site of a bite or sting will not only reduce the inflammation but is said to have some antiseptic properties, helping further with the healing process and reducing the chances of infection.
- Improves hair condition.
Containing high amounts of natural oils shea butter can reduce the appearance of split ends and the dehydration affects the sun has on your hair.
- Relieving muscle pains
Applying shea butter directly to the site of injury or muscle pain may help to relieve the associated inflammation. Historically, in Africa it is said to have been mainly used for this purpose long before it hit the western culture.