Once I decided to cut out a lot of the artificial stuff in our house, I knew I needed to create a natural medicine cabinet. I asked a lot of my crunchier mama friends what some good staples were, and was beraged with tons of things. My natural product shopping list got pretty huge. Slowly, but surely, I started adding elements into my arsenal, and eventually I had a pretty decent little haul. One of the best buys I’ve come across has been Shea Butter. I love how versatile it is, the moisturizing properties of it, and how it makes everything just come together better.
Shea Butter is a fatty acid derived from the nuts of Karite trees that grow in Asia. It’s got lots of uses and wonderful properties from antioxidant and anti-inflammatory to healing. It can be used in a variety of ways, and I love adding it to my natural home recipes for beauty and health.
One of my most recent posts involving shea butter was my DIY Lavender Lemon Mint Lip Balm. I’ve tried making lip treatments and balms before, without shea butter and it just doesn’t work out so well. Shea Butter is very thick, and solid at room temperature, so it holds it shape insanely well. In fact it’s in a lot of beauty products because it’s moisturizing properties are amazing.
Because of the moisturizing properties, Shea Butter makes an excellent hair conditioner. It’s commonly used in hair products because it helps frizz, maintain shine and moisture/ You can create your own DIY hair conditioner by melting coconut oil and shea butter together, adding some argan oil, olive oil and essential oils (tea tree and lavender are great for the scalp!) It’s a fantastic deep conditioning treatment.
Once again with the moisture factor, shea butter makes an excellent ingredient in lotions. In fact you can find an amazing DIY lotion recipe here, from Wellness Mama.
Shea Butter also acts as a natural sunscreen, helping to provide protection from harmful Ultraviolet radiation. It is also an excellent product to use after sun exposure and in harsh weather.
Shea Butter makes a great anti-aging treatment because it helps stimulate the natural production of collagen. Vitamins A and E found in the fatty acid keeps skin smooth and supple, as well as preventing premature wrinkles, and fine lines.
If you think Shea Butter is something you might want to add to your natural care routine, check out Cleopatra’s Choice on Amazon for amazing high quality Shea.
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