Shea oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the seeds of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa C.F. Gaertn.). It constitutes an important source of fat in food and cosmetics. Shea butter is edible and can also be mixed with other oils, depending on the desired result. It has many benefits
In a study in 2010, the characteristics exhibited by the physico-chemical composition and fatty acid profile of shea oil from Uganda make it a possible and potential raw material for cosmetics, soap, food processing (as edible vegetable oil) and in the bakery/confectionery sector.
Anti-inflammatory & Healing properties
Just like coconut oil, Shea butter melts at room temperature. It is believed that Shea oil and butter have anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Meaning, it has the ability to soothe the skin if any inflammation occurs. It is now used in many acne treatment cosmetics, as it is believed it does not make your skin oil, and cures inflammation instead. It is also used to heal wounds and cracked skin, such as cracked lips or cracked heels, preventing them to reoccur.
Since it has the ability to heal the skin, Shea butter and oil might also prevent wrinkles to develop on the skin. There is vitamin E in Shea butter which also helps protect your skin from UV rays of the sun, but don’t skip the sunscreen! This is another factor that might prevent wrinkling.
Moisturises the skin
Instead of making the skin oily, it moisturises and soothes it. That is why it is so appropriate for babies’ skin, of course, always having in mind that allergic reaction might occur regardless of the body lotion or oil you use on your baby.
Low risk of Allergic reactions
Just like coconut oil, Shea oil and butter are bringing a very low risk for allergic reactions when used for food or applied to the skin. To take the necessary precautions, apply a small amount to the skin when used for the first time.
Great for Your Hair Too!
Shea is great for your hair as well. It makes it more straight and keeps the shine on. Keeping it straight will make it easier for you to style it later on.
The Bottom Line
From nature with love, we have all these oils and different benefits available directly provided by nature and we might as well use them. Shea is great for basically everything, your skin, your hair, it is edible, and you can also massage your baby with it. Nevertheless, when using this on your baby, it is best to consult your paediatrician just to be on the safe side.