The fat of the nut of the African Shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) is the source of Shea butter. The traditional use of the butter is to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks, and to ease a variety of skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn. Makers of cosmetics also mix this natural substance with other botanical ingredients.
Shea butter is ideal for the topical application of cosmetic and medicinal formulas, because it melts on contact and is readily absorbed into the skin, without leaving a greasy residue.
Global Mamas We source our shea butter from Global Mamas, an organization in Ghana, Africa, working to create financial independence and prosperity for African women and their families. Founded in 2003, the Global Mamas community is comprised of thousands of people from around the world working together to go beyond financial well-being to include happiness and good health. With your purchase you are directly affecting and empowering the women that make these products. To learn more, visit www.globalmamas.org.
From "National Geographic":Healing Qualities
The healing qualities of Shea butter are due to the presence of several fatty acids and plant sterols, namely oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids. These oil-soluble components are nonsaponifiable, meaning they do not undergo saponification, or convert to soap, when introduced to an alkali. Shea butter possesses a significantly greater nonsaponifiable fraction than most other nut oils and fats, which lends the substance greater healing potential for the skin.Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Shea butter contains several derivatives of cinnamic acid, a compound common to cinnamon and balsam trees.Antioxidant Content
Shea butter contains vitamins A and E, as well as catechins, plant antioxidants also found in green tea. While it is unclear how well vitamins A and E in raw Shea butter are absorbed, there is evidence to suggest that cinnamic acid esters in Shea fat help to prevent skin damage from ultraviolet radiation.Precautions
Shea butter is available in different grades, which depend on the extraction method. For best results, unrefined Shea butter, or grade A, is preferred. If you have a known allergy to other tree nuts, you may experience a reaction to Shea butter. Consult your physician or allergist before using this product, if this is the case.
Please note: Hill Country Haiku soley utilizes unrefined, grade A Shea Butter. It's the good stuff!!