I grew up using Shea butter for my hair and skin in Ghana. Memories of washing and smearing my hair with Shea butter before either braiding it or during my childhood the use of the dreaded stretching comb to straighten my kinky hair(thanks to my Mum)for special occasions.
The stretching comb and hair straightening 'episode ' was a terrifying experience to say the least. One will watch from the corner of their eyes as the metal comb was placed in hot coal, wiped with a wet towel (which is met with a sizzling noise and steam) and then headed for your hair.
The heat and smoke that surrounded ones hair after each comb, coupled with the unlucky few moments of the comb touching your ear, was nothing but an anxious, painful and stressful moment.
I'm digressing here, anyway I still use Shea butter as its rich in Vitamins A, E , F (which fights against acne, dry skin eczema etc) and acts as a sun block with an SPF of about 6. It also helps the skin to provide its natural collagen which directly helps with wrinkles.
Did you know Shea butter is a great product to cook with? I've tried it in some of my recipes and it's incredible. I'll share some more recipes soon using Shea butter and its benefits.
If you're intrigued about using Shea butter to cook ensure you source the Grade 'A' unrefined type, which you can get readily from The Sheabutter Cottage online (UK)or most markets in Ghana.
I decided to make my own all natural body moisturiser and scrub, with some ingredients I purchased from, the Shea Butter Cottage.
250g of unrefined Shea butter at room temperature ( sourced from Shea butter cottage)
250g of cold pressed Coconut oil at room temperature (readily available in most health shops, grocers and supermarkets)
100ml of Vitamin E oil (readily available in most health shops)
Treated Glass jars with lids
How to treat your Glass Jars
A wash in the dishwasher at a higher temperature is sufficient or alternatively;
Wash with soap and water.
Fill the jars with hot water.
Cover with its lid.
Leave to stand for about 5 minutes.
Discard the hot water
Clean the glass with a clean Kitchen towel.
Add the Shea butter and Coconut oil to a clean bowl. Using an electric mixer, whisk till its light and fluffy (this should take no more than 5 minutes).
If your Shea butter is hard, transfer it into a glass jar and sit it in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes.
Add the Vitamin E oil and mix till well combined.
Transfer the contents to your glass jars and use as your body moisturiser.
This will keep for 6 months in a cool place.
Exfoliating with the help of sea salt, Himalayan salts, Epsom salts etc helps rid of dead skin, removes bacteria, increases circulation and helps your skin to rejuvenate. It's a natural way to give your skin its natural glow.
The nature of my job means my hands are in water constantly, which in turn rids my skin of its natural oils.
After each cooking session, I scoop a thumb sized amount of my Shea body butter with a teaspoon of fine sea salt into my palm.
I rub my palm together and scrub the back of each hand with the opposite hand for about 2 minutes.
I rinse it off with warm water and wipe my hands with a clean towel.
There are days when I treat myself to a full body scrub for that natural glow, using the above recipe.
All photos and recipes are by the owner of this blog.