Queen Nefertiti is hands down the most recognizable ruler of ancient Egypt and whose mythical beauty has spanned generations. Shea butter is believed to have been a resource in the great queen’s beauty arsenal to keep her skin supple, moisturized, and protected from the hot desert sun and wind. According to Wikipedia, there are accounts of caravans of clay jars full of shea butter as early as Cleopatra’s time. Funeral beds were carved from the bark of Shea trees for ancient kings and healers would use Shea to treat rheumatism.
Shea butter has many uses, including a long list of beauty benefits. Here are some ways that Queen Nefertiti might have used Shea butter and how women today of all skin types benefit from this substance which is high in nutrients and vitamins.
Deep Conditioning Treatment – Shea butter can easily penetrate the hair shaft, so your hair could benefit from its vitamin properties. You can use it by itself or mix with other oils and cremes and apply to clean damp hair and wrap with a warm towel or sit under a hooded dryer.
Lip Balm – Because of its nourishing collagen producing properties as well as sun protection, Shea butter is a nice element as is, or in addition to any lip balm to protect against cold wind and hot sun.
Wrinkle and Fine Line Reduction – Vitamins A and E help to nourish and smooth out skin.
Acne Treatment – The antibacterial properties help to fight off acne causing germs.
Scalp Treatment – For those suffering from dermatitis, eczema, or dry scalp, you can use unrefined raw Shea butter by itself or in conjunction with other oils and cremes to moisturize your scalp. The anti-inflammatory properties will help to soothe your scalp, and if you have any type of fungus, the anti-bacterial properties will help to fight against germs.
Soothe and Erase Scars/Stretch Marks/Burns – Vitamin A, contained in Shea butter, helps to stimulate collagen, which helps in cases of scarring (surgical, acne, etc), stretch marks, and burns. The appearance of the scar is reduced because of the skin healing and collagen producing properties of Shea butter.
What are some of the ways you love to use your Shea?