Nature's Holy Trinity: Part 1

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Joy Yates

Nature is God’s first gift to humans. Whether it be to look at or indulge in. Many of sicknesses and diseases have been cured through the vines of nature. There are many things in nature that we can use in multiple ways for multiple reasons. Many people have a holy trinity based on how they live their life. So, here is mine:

The first item I use in my Holy Trinity is Shea Butter.

I always have raw, unrefined, and natural shea butter. According to Dr. Axe, shea butter is often described as an off-white or yellow fatty substance that is taken from the nuts of a shea tree in West Africa.  It is rich in vitamin A, E, and C. I usually get the “African Shea Butter” from Wegman’s.  Here’s how I use it:

  1. Skin

According to Dr. Axe, Shea butter contains a great amount of vitamin C. VItamin C is good for the collagen production in your skin. This is essential for skin strength, elasticity, and anti-aging. Since shea butter isn’t soft enough to apply on your face as is, you should put it under hot or warm water until it becomes a smooth texture.  Be careful how much you put on your face. A little goes a long way!
2. Hair
I mainly use Shea butter in my hair for deep conditioning. Deep conditioning is used to moisturize and to help protect damaged hair. I mix Shea butter, mayonnaise, olive oil, and Jamaican  Black castor oil. I split my hair in four sections and begin to detangle. Then, I apply the mixture starting at my scalp and ending at my ends. Wrap your hair in plastic and let it sit for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes are up, wash your hair out with shampoo twice. I usually use this once or twice a month depending on if I feel that I need it. My hair type is 3b and 4b.
 
3. Cooking
Yes! It’s definitely safe to eat when it is cooked. According to Sheabutter.com, Shea butter is “very high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help keep your cells found and properly lubricated. When ingested instead of applied topically, those same therapeutic compounds go to work in your body. ” It’s used in chocolate production. You could use it as a cooking oil and not feel bad about it. There are countless recipes to cook things with Shea butter.