A Better Butter: The Benefits of Using Shea Butter

Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree and has been used by beauty gurus as far back as the original beauty guru, Queen Cleopatra herself. Shea butter is widely used in salves, soaps, cosmetics, and even food (yes, it’s edible).But what is it about shea that makes it so special?

Proponents of shea butter tout its wonderous abilities to improve and cure all manner of skin conditions, from blemishes to scars to sunburn and bug bites. While shea butter is exceptionally good at moisturizing skin, what sets shea apart from other natural oils is the large amount of nutrients that speed the healing process. While many seed-based oils contain a “healing fraction” of just 1% or less, according to the American Shea Butter Institute (ASBI), shea butter’s “healing fraction” may be as high as 17%. Shea is naturally high in vitamins A and E, both of which play key roles in healthy tissue development and may have anti-aging properties.

The ASBI warns that not all shea butters are created equal, and that only high quality, natural butters will provide the highest level of healing and moisturizing benefits. Family-run Eu’Genia Shea is one company working to provide high quality shea products while remaining dedicated to fair wages and opportunities for their female workers in Ghana.

Helmed by a mother-daughter duo, Eu’Genia Shea prides itself on being a family-run and sustainably-minded company. Using Grandma Sunshine’s special shea butter recipe and sustainably harvested shea nuts from Northern Ghana, Eu’Genia shea products guarantee quality and peace of mind. Find them at: https://www.eugeniashea.com/

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