Nigeria is the leading producer of Shea nut and butter in the world. The oil content is the most crucial element of the shea nut as that component is an important ingredient in the composition of the shea butter that goes into Cocoa Butter Equivalents and other by-products.
Shea nut and shea products are mainly produced in Kwara,
Katsina, Plateau, Kogi, Oyo, Benue, Edo, Zamfara, Taraba, Borno, Niger, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Adamawa states of Nigeria.
Shea butter is mainly used as cooking oil, in the making of chocolate and candle and as moisturizers in the cosmetic industry.
It is used in the treatment of skin disorders like eczema, burns, rashes, stretch marks, acne, wrinkles, skin discolorations, itching and other skin problems.
It also provides natural protection from the sun’s UV rays. It is also an excellent agent for softening skin. It can also be used to maintain hair moisturization especially in dry hair.