Shea butter (popularly known as ‘ori’) is one of the most underestimated natural products of Mother Nature. It has been used for many years in Nigeria to moisturize and improve skin texture. 

Shea butter contains vitamins A, E and F, as well as essential nutrients and fatty acids which are great for collagen production. It can also serve as a mild sunscreen with UV protection as it contains SPF-6.

This thick creamy substance does not only do wonders for the skin, but it is also very beneficial to our hair as well. Shea butter can be used in many different ways, and we have listed below 5 ways you can use it:
 
1. As a moisturizer: As we stated earlier, Shea butter contains loads of fatty acids and natural vitamins which makes it a good choice for moisturizing and nourishing your skin. It is also great for dry skin and it protects your skin’s natural oils, as well as aiding collagen production in your skin. Long term use of Shea butter can result in softer and wrinkle-free skin.

2. As scalp treatment: Shea butter can help to keep your scalp moisturized and also combat dandruff, which sometimes results from dry scalp. It is also a healthy option when you need to oil your hair after washing or before applying heat. It serves as a sealant that helps lock moisture in your hair, preventing dryness and breakage.
 

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3. As skin treatment: Applying Shea butter on your skin can prevent and reduce the appearance of acne. It also eliminates other skin blemishes like dermatitis and eczema, and premature aging. Unrefined raw Shea butter is excellent for treating burns, stretch marks, scars and even insect bites.

4. As treatment for diaper rash: Since unrefined raw Shea butter is free of chemicals, it is a perfect skin care choice for babies’ soft and delicate skin. It can be applied on the skin of babies and toddlers after a bath to prevent or treat skin diaper rash or eczema.

5. As massage butter: Shea butter can be used to massage swollen joints or to relieve soreness and muscle aches. It has been used for decades for this purpose, resulting in a visible reduction of swelling and pain.