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Shea: what is it and what can you do with it

What is shea

Shea butter is a thick yellow cream and comes from the shea nut that grows on the Vitellaria paradoxa tree. These trees grow in Burkina Faso and Ghana, Africa, and are called the "Tree of Life" because of their healing and nourishing properties.

The nuts of the shea tree fall for a short period of the year and are then collected. The nuts are then dried and ground.

The ground mass is whipped with warm water and when cooled, a yellowish mass is released, which is shea. Our shea is picked by hand so that no vitamins are lost, as is the case with the heat of the machines in a factory.

After straining, the water is separated from the yellow butter and the pure shea can be packaged.

Where is it from

I have used shea butter from Burkina Faso for a long time and now have shea butter from Ghana. One is not better than the other. The color is sometimes more yellow in one than in the other.

The quality

The quality of every shea is top quality. It is what we as humans do with it that reduces its quality.

We ensure that as little damage as possible is done to the shea butter, so that the quality remains fantastic and the healing effect and nutrients remain intact.

How?

  • Our shea is made by hand and does not lose its effectiveness or vitamins due to the heat of machines
  • Our shea does not come into contact with any chemical substance
  • Our shea leaves from Ghana in a straight line to our farm in Rijssen www.deweerdhoeve.nl and therefore does not often have to melt and solidify due to changes in temperature, which in turn benefits the quality
  • Our shea is sent in hard form and only melted, sieved and canned in my production room. This means you will receive it without lumps
  • Our shea is made with love: in Ghana and in my production room

What can it be used for?

Shea butter is a product that can be used for many purposes. Spread a little on your palms and let the butter melt. Only then will it be spreadable. The oil is used by one person for everything and by another for only one purpose.

  • day cream
  • night cream
  • hand cream
  • body cream
  • dry spots on the skin, also for eczema
  • cracks on feet
  • lip balm
  • healing of skin such as abrasions
  • cream for troubled teenage skin
  • sunscreen (the cream contains natural UV so it protects against the sun. But don't bake in the sun, the shea cannot protect against that either.
  • winter weather (protects against the chilly wind and thus prevents dry spots)
  • diaper rash in babies (because it is purely natural, it can be used very well on young children and babies. It heals wounds and sore buttocks very well.)
  • helps remove mountain in babies
  • nipple cream during breastfeeding. (a delicious cream to protect and nourish your nipples during breastfeeding. Because it is so purely natural, shea is easy to use, even for babies.)

Not really sustainable, or is it?

The shea butter comes from Ghana and is shipped here. A truck brings the freight to Namashea. A long trip. But compared to other creams, it is more durable.

Most creams have about 21 ingredients that are made in a production center. The ingredients arrive at the cream manufacturer via transport. The cream is made there by machine and is transported to the distribution centers and then on to the stores. A lot of CO2 emissions.

Our shea is available in scents from 100% pure natural essential oil. Our oil comes from De Groene Linde, a beautiful Dutch company that purchases their oil in various places around the world.

If you choose a shea with a scent, there is an extra transport line of oil to De Groene Linde in Heilo and from Heilo to Namashea.

Clear, pure and honest. Just like our shea.