I hope you're enjoying your spring as much as I am.
Spring is my favorite season - watching the buds and flowers appear on the
trees, seeing the hostas shoot out of the ground and then spread, seeing new
tulips appear for the first time - so thrilling, especially after the winter
that we had!
We want to celebrate
our 11th anniversary that is coming up in May. So, for your shopping
enjoyment, we will be having $5 flat rate
shipping on all U.S. retail orders
from now until Saturday, April 24 at 5 p.m. CDT. Happy
Market Downtown Des Moines
For those of you that live in central Iowa, opening day of the downtown Des
Moines Farmers' Market is May 1 and we will be there! We have our complete
summer schedule posted on our blog. Hope to
see you there!
butter is a slightly yellowish or ivory colored natural fat extracted from the
seed of the African shea tree by crushing and boiling. It is widely used in
cosmetics as a moisturizer and salve. Shea butter is edible and may be used in
food preparation, or sometimes in the chocolate industry as a substitute for
The English name "shea" comes from sí, the tree's
name in the Bamana languages of Mali.The traditional method of preparing unrefined
shea butter consists of the following steps:
The outer pulp of the fruit is removed. When dry, the nut which is the source
of shea butter, must be separated from the outer shell. This is a social
activity, traditionally done by Women Elders and young girls who sit on the
ground and break the shells with a small rock.
To make the shea nuts into butter they must be crushed. Traditionally this is
done with a mortar and pestle. It is hard grueling work with the women spending
hours lifting the heavy pestles and slamming them down into the mortar to crush
the nuts so they can be roasted.
The crushed nuts are then roasted in huge pots over an open wood fire. The pots
must be stirred constantly with a wooden paddle so they don't burn. The butter
is heavy and stirring it is hot, smoky work, done under the sun. This is where
the slight smoky smell of traditional shea butter originates.
The roasted shea nuts are ground into a smoother paste, water is gradually
added and the paste is mixed well by hand.
the oils: The paste is kneaded by hand in large basins and water is gradually
added to help separate out the butter oils. As they float to the top the butter
oils, which are in a curd state, are taken out and excess water squeezed out.
The butter oil curds are then melted in large open pots over a slow fire. A
period of slow boiling will remove any remaining water, which boils off as
and shaping: The shea butter, which is creamy or golden yellow at this point,
is ladled off the top of the pot and put in a cool place to harden. Then it is
formed into balls.
Shea Butter has shown to be a superb
moisturizer, with exceptional healing properties for the skin. Source: Wikipedia.
21 USES FOR SHEA BUTTER
3.Skin peeling, after tanning
4.Blemishes and wrinkles
7.Shaving cream for a smooth silky shave.
8.Small skin wounds
or rough skin (on feet)
mark prevention during pregnancy
fatigue, aches and tension
before and after strenuous exercise
allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak
damage from heat (hot grease while cooking, radiation treatment for certain medical problems, etc.)
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is not intended to
constitute professional medical advice for treatment. We
encourage you to consult
your personal physician with any questions you may have
regarding a medical condition.
WHO SHOULD USE SHEA BUTTER?
Everyone! Every household should have a tin of Shea Butter, either among the beauty supplies for soft smooth better looking skin, or in the medicine cabinet for minor skin injuries around the house. SHEA BUTTER IS YOUR SKIN'S BEST FRIEND!
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