Natural Shea Butter…..
A highly in demand health & beauty commodity due to its incredible moisturizing & healing properties.
It is made from extracts collected from the Shea tree.
[su_heading align=”left”]Extraction of Shea Butter[/su_heading]
The process of making Shea butter involves two different methods and they are as follows:
1) Traditional Method: Initially, the outer fruit pulp is removed and dried. Later, the Shea nut present in it, is separated from its outer shell and this process is called cracking. The gathered Shea nuts are crushed with the help of motors and pestles, which are then roasted and pulverized to obtain a smooth paste.
The paste obtained is kept to boil at a constant temperature, in order to remove excess amount of water present in it. This pure paste is uniformly shaped, packed and sold.
2) Extraction using solvents: This process involves making Shea butter with the help of chemical solvents. The solvent used for this procedure is hexane, as it is abundantly found and it is quite cost effective.
Many industries have standardized chemical extraction over traditional methods for making Shea butter. Due to its cost effectiveness and the amount of butter obtained, it is comparatively used more often by manufacturers than the others. Procedure followed depends on the type of product manufactured because the chemical extraction is not preferable for making beauty and food products.
[su_heading align=”left”]Uses of Shea Butter[/su_heading]
Due to the enormous health benefits of the Shea butter, it is widely used in preparing various kinds of beauty care items and it is in great demand by the consumers.
For several years now, natural Shea butter is used for curing burns, dermatitis, stretch mark, sores, scars, psoriasis, and dandruff.
Shea butter contains cinnamic acid, which protects your skin from harmful UV rays. It diminishes wrinkles and helps in regeneration of cells to retain the elasticity of the skin, which makes it an effective moisturizer. Thus, it is mainly used in anti-aging creams and lotions.
Shea butter is also used in many hair care products, again due to its moisturizing properties. It is used for all hair types. It soothes and softens your dry and brittle hair by retaining & locking in your hairs own moisture and also nourishes it. Additionally, it also conditions oily hair by locking in or concealing hair excess moisture.
Apart from this, Shea butter can also be used in cooking as a substitute for dairy butter, margarine, and alike. Its dairy free nature has enticed many people to opt for Shea butter over other products for cooking & baking.
Shea nuts are rich in vitamin A and E and therefor higher intake of these nuts help in building immune systems and they also provide necessary nutrients to keep up many metabolic activities in our body.
Therefore, its remarkable health & beauty properties makes Shea butter the best ingredient for food and/or cosmetics. So, if you haven’t tried Shea butter, then it is best suggested that you start using it now for a healthy tomorrow.