Shea butter is oil extracted from the Shea tree. In Ghana, the oil is extracted manually and so, one needs to ensure its extraction was done under hygenic conditions before buying for consumption. It could be yellow or white in colour.
In Africa, Ghana to be precise, it is used to treat a number of illnesses. However, in most countries, it is used for cosmetic purposes.
It is mostly produced and used by the people in the north of Ghana.
- It is used by lactating mothers by adding it to millet flour to increase breast milk flow as well as heal internal sores.
It is not surprising to see it applied on sores or wounds.
- It can also be used for common colds and coughs. A little can be put inside the nostrils to help in breathing and it can be added to drinks or mixtures to take for relaxation.
- It boosts the immune system that is why it is practically used in most diets in the north. It is added to T.Z. or soups and eaten after the food is cooked and ready to be eaten.
- It is used in bathing and massaging new born babies. A very good moisturiser for babies and adults
- It can also be used for deep frying in our kitchens.
It is a good source of replacement for other oils in the market since red flags have been raised concerning the consumption of refined oils in the market.
It would be interesting to see a lot of research conducted on our local oil to bring out the various properties it entails so that a lot of the citizenry will adopt its use.