Shea butter is the fat drawn from the nut produced by the African Shea tree. Off-white or ivory in color, it is a fat that is primarily made from oleic acid and stearic acid. It contains vitamins A and E as well as many essential fatty acids. Shea butter is in food preparation and occasionally to make chocolate. It is also used as a salve, lotion or moisturizer in cosmetics. Shea butter’s natural moisturizers are almost identical to those produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands.
Shea butter is primarily used in skincare and haircare products. Small amounts is also to make specialty soaps. It is great for people for eliminating the pain and itching associated with certain dry skin conditions. Shea butter is also used for candle making, waterproofing wax, cooking oil and in medicinal ointments. It is sometimes used in tissue paper and other tissue products. It has humectant, emollient and anti-inflammatory properties. It absorbs ultraviolet radiation and so it’s sometimes used in sunblocking lotions. In Nigeria Shea butter is used to treat sinusitis, nasal congestion and joint pain.
One excellent brand of Shea butter is EuGenia Shea. It’s made by women in Ghana as part of a family run social enterprise. The name Eu’Genia is a Greek word meaning the origin of goodness. The company uses high concentrations of quality Shea butter to produce all natural, premium moisturizers. In addition to paying fair wages and providing opportunities for their female workers in Ghana, Eu’Genia Shea donates 15% of its profits to an education fund for the workers.
EuGenia Shea was founded in 2014 by Naa-Sakle Akuete, a Harvard Business School graduate as well as a former Wall Street analyst. Naa-Sakle Akuete’s mother, Eu’Genia, was the Global Shea Alliance president. Eu’Genia taught Akuete about making the highest quality shea butter and secrets she had learned from legendary Ghanaian midwife Comfort or Grandma Sunshine. Eu’Genia began a bulk shea butter business. When she was diagnosed with cancer, Akuete decided she wanted to spend as much time with her as possible. With the help of her mother Akuete started EuGenia Shea. Visit their website at EugeniaShea.com to view their full selection of shea butter and related health products.