Shea Nut Butyrospermum parkii

Butyrospermum parkii
Pure Shea butter from Mountain Rose
  • Common Names
  • Shea Nut Butter , Vitellaria, Karité
  • Botanical Name
  • Butyrospermum parkii
  • Syn. B. paradoxa ,Vitellaria paradoxa
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Shea Nut Butter

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How to Use: Shea Nut

Shea butter is becoming more popular here in the West as we discover its marvelous uses in skin care. Shea is rich in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that rejuvenate and hydrate skin and hair. Use shea butter alone or in homemade skin preparations to treat damaged skin, help heal wounds, or just pamper yourself with a whole body treatment.

Pure shea butter has a soft, pliable texture, is naturally cream colored and has a pleasant nutty scent. Bleached and refined shea butter does not retain its medicinal properties, so be sure to obtain it from a reputable vendor that specializes in natural products. (Like Mountain Rose;)

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Use alone or combine with other oils to make homemade creams and lotions. Use alone or combine with other oils to make homemade creams and lotions. Shea butter is a favored ingredient in homemade soaps, body butters and hair treatments.

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Shea Nut Side Effects: None Noted

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Plant Description

She trees are found exclusively in the African Sahel, a semiarid region south of the Sahara Desert. Shea trees grow between 150 to 200 years old. Nut is almost 50 percent fat. Shea is known as karite in the Dioula language, or Women's gold, because it brings the women of the villages significant income and is one of the few economic commodities under womens control in Sahelian Africa. The trees have been cared for by women farmers and their children for hundreds of years, but there is some concerns that the growing popularity of the shea could contribute to over harvesting. 1

Regional Traditions :African *

books citedWorks Cited
  1. Stephanie Rose Bird A Healing Grove: African Tree Remedies and Rituals for the Body and Spirit pp 106