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From the Motherland to Our Hands: Shea Butter Benefits and Uses

Silky. Smooth. Creamy to the touch.

Now some of you might think we're talking about your regular, boring lotion, but we're all about the shea butter over here.

Dark satin skin and shea butter for every curve is how we like to roll. Whether you're rubbing down after a relaxing nighttime bath or in the morning while you’re getting ready for work, shea butter is hopefully part of your day. While it doesn’t have the same chocolate smell as cocoa butter or other commercial moisturizers, that glisten on your skin from shea butter—whipped, creamy or raw—is undefeated.

But what makes raw shea butter so much more special than other moisturizers?

Get Your Vitamins

The moisturizer is a definite go-to for anti-aging and anti-inflammatory essentials. Indigenous to Africa, and made from the nut of the karite shea tree, shea butter includes Vitamin A and Vitamin E. If you want to keep healthy vision, skin and bones, Vitamin A is the way to go. And Vitamin E, which is also useful for healthy eyes, prevents coronary heart disease, supports your immune system, prevents inflammation and lowers the risk of cancer.

Supporting the Motherland

Nicknamed “women’s gold,” shea butter helps millions of women from West to East Africa, Guinea, Senegal, Uganda and South Sudan stay employed. Zaabox makes it no secret that we support black-owned businesses, and we definitely want to support the “mother” of all mothers, too. Raw shea butter is made by crushing the nuts from karita shea trees up, then scooping the butter out. It is then boiled, cleaned and packaged into the beige or ivory nontoxic butter that you recognize.

In Your Cookbook

Shea butter isn’t just a glorious moisturizer. It’s also edible. There are a few common ways that shea butter is used in meals.

  • Use shea butter as a substitute for butter or grease.
  • Spice up your stir fry dishes with shea butter.
  • Make your smoothies creamier, with its added antioxidants and healthy essential fatty acids.
  • Enjoy shea butter as a vegan butter alternative for toast or pancakes.
  • Sip on it if you’re coming down with a cold. Just mix a couple of teaspoons with ginger, lemon and honey.

Keep in mind though that if you want to test out shea butter as a food or drink, it’s recommended to use unrefined Grade A butter (natural, unprocessed and thoroughly cleaned versions).

These are just a few suggestions for ways to use it outside of its tried and true ways as a skin moisturizer. Enjoy any of the above, and let us know in the comment section what your favorite shea butter moments are.

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