The Wonders of Shea
Shea Butter is the commonly used ivory-colored fat extract from the nut of the African shea tree. It is mainly composed of stearic acid and oleic acid and is occasionally used in the chocolate industry but used mostly to moisturize skin and hair. In Africa however, shea butter is commonly used for food preparation. The earliest use of shea butter dates back to ancient Egypt where women used it for cosmetic purposes. The healing and skin care properties of shea butter were discovered long ago and people all over the world purchase shea butter for those same reasons today. Several shampoos, hair conditioners contain shea butter as a main ingredient, to repair the brittleness of damaged hair. Although most people use shea for its cosmetic properties, many recognize the medicinal benefits. Shea butter is often used as a base in medicated ointments as well as sun blocking lotion protecting extreme heat and dry skin. In places like Nigeria and Ghana shea butter is applied as a skin protectant and can be massaged into parts of the body where pain is experienced to provide relief.
With the almost endless benefits of shea butter, it’s a must to keep some around the house. There are several distributors and manufacturers of shea butter around the world, but not all use the most high quality components. Thats where Eugenia Shea comes in. Eugenia Shea was founded by Eugenia Akuete who took the expertise of her mother, commonly known as “Grandma Sunshine”and promoted the use of shea butter and its natural healing elements. Grandma Sunshine was a Ghanaian who used raw, unrefined shea butter on all of her patient to help protect their skin during pregnancy.
Today, Eugenia Shea is motivated by the legacy and knowledge of Grandma Sunshine. Eugenia Akuete launched the line of healing cream with a goal of helping women naturally treat unwanted marks on skin during pregnancy, and expanded with the help of hundreds of sustainably paid farmers. Eugenia Shea now offers three different products. While the company still maintains focus on shea butter for use during pregnancy, they also offer an every day shea and a dermatological strength shea. The only ingredients used are Shea butter, Shea oil, Baobab oil and Moringa oil. All of these natural elements are packed with vitamins and antioxidants adding more benefit to their already amazing shea butter products.