-African names - Wolof: shea
- Bambara: sé, si sii
- Peuhl: karé, karey, karedé, kolo
-Goun and Fon: Limoutin
The fat or shea butter is commonly sold on
the markets in plates or balls. Shea butter is used in cooking and for massage. A decoction of the bark treats stomach ulcers.
It is a stocky tree 9 to 10 meters in height. The dark green foliage falls off during the dry season. The leaves are clustered at the end of the twigs. The fruits are drupes containing a very fatty whitish seed.
Direction of use
Pain, sprains, and rheumatism.
Rub the painful spots with shea butter at least twice a day.
Apply 1 gram of shea butter inside the
nostrils in cases of rhinitis every 6 hours. Lightly massage the tip of the nose several times a day.