Shea Butter (Certified Virgin, Unrefined, & Organic)
Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree. Shea butter is naturally rich in Vitamin A, E, and F and other minerals and proteins. Shea butter restores the skin’s elasticity and allows skin to absorb moisture from the air. When choosing Shea butter it is important to use organic and refined grade. The refining process uses bleaches, deodorizers, or other chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, that alter scent and appearance of Shea butter, in addition to destroying the vitamins and minerals that give it its healing properties. The yellow tint in unrefined Shea butter is due to the vitamin A content. Shea butter is high in a type of fat called unsaponifiables. The content can be anywhere from 7-12%, compared to Avocado oil, a well known skin moisturizer, which has 2-6%. Shea butter also contains cinnamic acid which is natural sun screen and skin lightener. Shea butter is non-comedogenic.
Aroma: Thick nutty aroma
Properties: anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-aging
Uses/Benefits: Dry, skin, stretch marks, age marks, skin discoloration, itchy skin, sunburn, skin rashes or wounds, burns, cracked heels and elbows, soften calluses, damaged skin, muscular aches and tension, wrinkles and aging skin, diaper rash, frost bite, eczema, psoriases, and dermatitis, dry scalp and over processed hair. Use after shaving to minimize razor burn or bumps.
Caution: Not recommended for those with latex allergies, or allergies to nuts.
Some Creative Ideas for Shea Butter
Recipe # 1
5 oz of Shea butter
3 oz of carrier oil (sweet almond, grapeseed for a lighter butter, or avocado for thicker butter, rice bran oil may also be used)
1 tsp. cornstarch
60-80 drops of essential oils
Place Shea butter and carrier oil in double broiler and melt together. Remove from heat and let cool, you can speed the cooling process by place container in a bowl of ice. Once cooled whip mixture till smooth and mix inessential oils. Place body butter in plastics jars. Use within 6 months.
½ cup of Shea butter
½ of Coconut oil
½ of a light oil like Sweet almond oil
30 to 40 drops of essential oils
Combine all ingredients, except essential oils in a double broiler. Bring to a medium heat, stir continuously. When Shea butter is melted, remove mixture from heat. Cool until mixture is harden but still soft enough to whip. Whip with a mixer for 10 minutes or until smooth and fluffy. Place container in bowl full ice or fridge for 15 minutes to set. Store your body butter in plastic jars.
Note: If your room’s temperature is higher than 75 degrees, your body butter may soften.
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