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Shea Butter and Essential Oils for Eczema

In my experience, shea butter combined with essential oils is a God-send for natural eczema treatment. Shea butter is intensely moisturizing and promotes healing of skin while essential oils fight germs, kill the itch and nourishes skin cells.

Learn how to use shea butter and essential oils for eczema

Benefits of Shea Butter and Essential Oils for Eczema

Below are some of the fantastic benefits of using shea butter and essential oils for eczema:

  • Promotes wound healing
  • Disinfects bleeding wounds
  • Soothes inflammation
  • Calms eczema rashes
  • Relieves itchiness
  • Fights germs
  • Intensely moisturizes and lubricates dry cracked skin
  • Nourishes skin cells
  • Fight free radicals
  • And more!

In this article, I want to share 3 recipes starring shea butter and essential oils for eczema relief. I know you’ll find them

Best Essential Oils to Mix with Shea Butter for Eczema

There are hundreds of essential oils out there. How do you know which ones are good for eczema? By checking out their therapeutic properties. Look for oils that have antibacterial, antiseptic, skin soothing, wound healing, moisturizing and anti-fungal properties. The best essential oils to mix with shea butter for eczema include:

  1. Lavender Essential Oil (where to get it)
  2. Tea Tree Essential Oil (where to get it)
  3. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (where to get it)
  4. Peppermint Essential Oil (where to get it)
  5. Frankincense Essential Oil (where to get it)
  6. Myrrh Essential Oil (where to get it)
  7. Rose Essential Oil (where to get it)
  8. Rosemary Essential Oil (where to get it)
  9. Sandalwood Essential Oil (where to get it)
  10. Geranium Essential Oil (where to get it)
  11. Helichrysum Essential Oil (where to get it)
  12. Cedarwood Essential Oil (where to get it)

You need to know how to dilute these essential oils in shea butter. The safe and recommended dilution rate for adults is 2% which means 2 drops in 1 tsp of shea butter. But if you have sensitive skin or your eczema easily gets aggravated, try a 0.5% dilution – 1 drop in 2 tsp of shea butter or 1% dilution rate – 1 drop in 1 tsp of shea butter. Please Read: How to Dilute Essential Oils

Okay, now let’s check out how to use shea butter and essential oils for eczema:

How to Use Shea Butter and Essential Oils for Eczema

1. Whipped Eczema Cream: First whip up your shea butter into a fluffy white cream that has the consistency of whipped cream. To do this, first melt down 1 cup of shea butter in a double boiler over medium-low heat. Then place it to cool and partially solidify in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. When the time is up, get out the mixture and beat it into a fluffy white cream for 7 minutes using a hand mixer. Once you achieve that consistency, feel free to add any of the essential oils of your choice (about 20-25 drops) then apply.

2. Shealoe + Essential Oils: A very soothing combination, this is a must-try if you have eczema. Simply blend 1 cup of shea butter with 1/3 cup of pure aloe vera gel in a high speed blender to form a smooth cream. Add your essential oils of choice (20 drops). Stir well and your cream is ready for use!

3. Shea Butter + Rose Water + Essential Oils: This has got to be one of the most calming products ever. Simply add 1 cup of shea butter into a high speed blender, followed by ¼ cup of organic rose water and 2 tsp raw honey. Blend till creamy. Now transfer into a clean wide mouth jar and add 20 drops of your essential oil of choice. It stores for 2 years.

4. Shea Butter Bath Melts: Do you know how soothing shea butter bath melts are?! You just have to pop one into a warm bath and soak your irritated skin for 20 minutes. Once you’re out of the bath, your skin will feel moisturized and soothed. Here’s the recipe (it’s the last recipe on this post): 3 DIY Shea Butter Recipes for Eczema

5. Healing Herbal Salve: Check out this healing herbal salve recipe. It’s a wonderful way of combining shea butter and essential oils for eczema.

Shea Butter for Chapped Lips | Save your Pouters!

Chapped lips can be such a pain! Learn how to use shea butter for chapped lips!

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Right now, I have shea butter slathered on my lips and do you know how it feels? Like velvet! It instantly soothed my peeling and sore lips! Shea butter is truly a life saver so use it to prettify your pouters when they turn dry and start chapping and bleeding!

Nutrients in Shea Butter for Chapped Lips

Shea Butter doesn’t just lubricate your lips, it makes them softer, smoother and kissable! Check out some of the nutrients in shea butter for beautiful lips:

  • Vitamin A – prevents dryness
  • Vitamin E – lubricates lips
  • Vitamin F – seals in moisture and promotes healing
  • Vitamin K – stops bleeding lips

How to Use Shea Butter on Your Lips – First Prep them!

There are many ways you can use shea butter on your lips. I’ll share them shortly. First, lemme give you some tips to prep your lips before using shea butter:

  1. Wash your lips with a mild cleanser. You can use this tea tree cleanser from Thursday Plantation.
  2. After washing them, apply a tiny amount of shea butter while your lips are still wet.
  3. Now get a soft bristled toothbrush (you can also use your own), and gently brush your lips in a gentle motion. This will help remove the flaky skin.
  4. Rinse your lips then apply pat dry.
  5. Finally, smooth a pea-sized amount of shea butter on your lips again and enjoy your velvety soft and smooth lips!

Ways to Use Shea Butter for Chapped Lips

  • Plain Ole Shea Goodness! As I shared above, you can use shea butter straight on your lips, which is what I did just now. It will make your lips soft, smooth and moisturized.
  • Essential Oils are Your Friends! For more healing powers, add essential oils to your shea butter! For painful lips, add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil in 1 tsp of shea butter . For bleeding lips, add 2 drops of helichrysum oil. For delicious scent, add 2 drops of lemon essential oil. Get a round lip balm tin. just to store your simple shea – essential oil lip balm.
  • Aloe Vera is Super Soothing! Aloe vera is the savior if you want some soothing action on your lips. Simply get 2 tbsp of shea butter into a Magic Bullet. Now add 1 ½ tsp of aloe vera gel. Add 4 drops of any essential oil of your choice. Blend till creamy then transfer into a round lip balm tin.
  • Vitamin E = More Velvety Lips! Vitamin E will seriously make your lips even more velvety! Just place your desired amount of shea butter in a bowl. Next, prick 1 – 2 Vitamin E capsules with a pin and squeeze the oil into the shea butter. Mix very well using a whisk. Transfer it into a round salve tin and you’re done! Of course you can add your own essential oils as well!

Where to Get Shea Butter

better shea butterI love Better Shea Butter’s Unrefined Shea Butter. It comes in a big packet and carries a pound of shea butter. It’s soft, so it’s easy to scoop up with clean fingers and apply on your lips! It’s one of the best brands of shea butter around if you want a high quality product.

DIY Shea Butter Anti-Fungal Cream

Not long ago, I shared a post on Shea Butter for Yeast Infections. Turns out, shea butter can be useful for treating fungal infections externally. It’s got lubricating properties and it soothes itchy and irritated skin. But adding a few other natural anti-fungal substances to shea butter can create a powerful DIY shea butter anti-fungal cream.

If you’re someone who has suffered from fungal infections/candida more than thrice, then it’s time you kept this DIY shea butter anti-fungal cream on hand. You can store it in your bathroom cabinet and use it when necessary to stop a fungal infection on its tracks!

DIY Shea Butter Anti-Fungal Cream

Make a DIY shea butter anti-fungal cream using this simple but effective recipe!

What you Need

Directions

  1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over a medium-low heat.
  2. Once it has liquefied, remove from heat, add the manuka honey and stir well.
  3. Now keep the mixture in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
    When the time is up, get it out and start whipping it with a hand mixer until it turns into a fluffy white cream.
  4. Transfer it into a clean mason jar. You can even sterilize it.
  5. Apply liberally on the affected area. This DIY shea butter fungal cream is for external use only! Do not use it internally.

Caution & Tips

  • Before you use it on sensitive areas like the groin, do a patch test by rubbing ½ tsp on your inner elbow. Wait for 1-2 hours. If you do not see any irritation, then it’s safe for you to apply. If there’s irritation, do not use the cream on your body.
  • If you’re in a hurry, you can simply pour the melted oils straight away into the storage container and let it set in the fridge for 10 minutes before use. Do this instead of whipping it, if you’re in a rush to use it.
  • Do not add more drops of essential oils thinking you’ll get more benefits! It doesn’t work that way. For essential oils, less is more. If you add more than the required drops, you can sustain chemical burns that won’t cure quickly even with modern medicine. For every one tsp of base ingredient (shea butter, carrier oils, etc), add 1-2 drops of essential oil. Do not go above this ratio.

DIY Shea Butter Sleep Cream

Do you kids stay up late into the night complaining of sleeplessness? Or are you suffering from it yourself? Try this DIY shea butter sleep cream! It contains magnesium oil which promotes deep and peaceful sleep!

Sleep cream is a lotion you slather on at night to calm your tired body and help you rest better. They contain sleep-inducing ingredients like lavender oil, chamomile and magnesium oil. These natural ingredients generally help relax the mind and body, creating just the right environment to make you drowsy.

Taking a warm bath or shower is something that really helps one get a good night’s rest. So if you’ve been having lack of sleep, start having warm showers! You’ll instantly feel the ZZZ’s! Even for your kids, try giving them quick night time baths and they’ll fall asleep for hours!

Let’s check out the DIY shea butter sleep cream recipe now!

DIY Shea Butter Sleep Cream

Have a good night’s sleep with this DIY shea butter sleep cream!

What you Need

Directions

  1. Melt the shea butter, beeswax pastilles and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally to help the ingredients evenly melt together.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and let it cool down slightly then stir in the jojoba oil and magnesium oil.
  3. Now place the melted oils in the refrigerator to cool down for 15 minutes. When the time is up, the mixture should be opaque or partially solidified.
  4. Using your hand mixer, whip up the opaque mixture into a silky cream.
  5. Add the lavender essential oil and whip again.
  6. Scoop the mixture into a clean mason jar. Keep away from children and pets.
  7. To use, rub a suitable amount on the back of legs and bellies.

Have a good night’s sleep with this DIY shea butter sleep cream! 

How You Can Use Shea Butter for Surgery Scars

Got a surgery scar and want to fade it using natural remedies? Try shea butter! Learn how to make a DIY scar-fading formulation for surgery scars using shea butter!

A scar happens when a wound or cut heals. There are many types of scars, such as those from chicken pox, boils, bug bites, cuts and also surgery.

Surgery scars are also of many types: hypertrophic scars, keloid scars and contracture scars. Hypertrophic scars happen when the scar grows in height and rises above the level of skin. Now when the scar continues to grow and even reaches out of the border of the surgery incision, it is called a keloid scar. Contracture scars happen when a person suffers a large severe burn which causes painful tightening of the skin that may impair movement.

While scarring is a normal result of wound healing, surgery scars take a lot more time to heal and are more visible than other scars such as a small kitchen accident with a knife or shaving cut.

However, you can help heal the scar and prevent it from being very visible by using natural remedies. Like shea butter!

Using Shea Butter for Surgery Scars

Shea butter is an all-natural plant based substance extracted from the dried nuts of the African Shea Tree. The nuts are picked out of Shea fruits and dried under the sun. Then they are boiled to extract a fatty ‘butter’ that has many nutritious and healing properties for the skin, hair & general body. Here are some of the benefits of shea butter for scars:

  • Intensely moisturizes and lubricates skin
  • Nourishes skin
  • Rich in vitamin A, E, K and F which are good for scar healing
  • Boosts collagen production
  • Promotes skin cell renewal
  • Fights off cell damaging free radicals
  • Rejuvenates skin
  • Aids in skin lightening
  • And others

Now that we know the benefits of shea butter for scars, let’s look at how to use it for surgery scars, in particular.

Where to Get Shea Butter

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Always look for 100% pure unrefined shea butter. This is the one that has all its nutrients and healing abilities intact. I recommend Perfect Body Harmony’s 100% pure raw unrefined and organic shea butter. It comes in a UV protectant jar that can keep your shea butter fresh for long.

How to Use Shea Butter for Surgery Scars

The recipe below is something powerful that you can use daily to heal your scar. It contains shea butter as well as other scar-fading ingredients such as cocoa butter that can nourish the skin and promote healing. Try it out and see your scar improving by miles!

DIY Scar-Fading Formulation with Shea Butter

Make your own DIY shea butter scar cream to heal and fast your scar faster

What you need

Directions

  1. Begin by gently melting the shea butter and cocoa butter using a double boiler.
  2. Once the two ingredients have melted down to liquid form, pour the mixture into your blender.
  3. Place the blender jar in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to cool down and partially solidify.
  4. When the time is up, get it out, add the manuka honey, aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil (by snipping off the edge of the capsule and squeezing out the oil) and start blending it.
  5. Pour the blended mixture into your sterilized container. Now drop the essential oils and stir well using a chopstick.
  6. Let the formulation harden in the refrigerator for an hour before use.
  7. To use, massage the formulation into your scar then use your two fingers, slowly but firmly pull the scar, from the middle gently outwards. This will help break up scar tissue.
  8. Repeat this for 3-6 months every night.

Shea butter is a brilliant natural remedy for assisting in scar healing and fading. Please continue using it consistently through the above recipe to see good results! Remember to also eat lots of fresh fruits, consume supplements as directed by your doctor and drink enough water to help your body heal the scar.

Shea Butter for Wound Healing | How to Use it

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Did you know that cuts and abrasions heal faster with shea butter? Yep, your favorite moisturizer can also act as a ouchie balm! What makes it good for naturally healing wounds? Read on…

So shea butter is a natural plant butter extracted from the Shea tree found in Africa. Natives have been using this wonderful plant butter for treating a myriad of skin problems. Some of which include: skin rashes, bumps, fungal infections and more.

It actually has a high healing fraction compared to many other natural oils out there. And this makes it a ‘wounderful’ substance for treating wounds ;). On a more scientific note, let’s look at the properties in shea butter for wound healing:

Properties in Shea Butter for Wound Healing

Anti-inflammatory – Shea butter has long been registered as a potent anti-inflammatory substance. You can use it for sunburns, acne, burns, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. One of its major compounds, allantoin, promotes cell regeneration and speeds up the rate at which wounds heal.

Antioxidant – You know that shea butter contains vitamin E. And that’s in the form of tocopherol and tocotrienols. These are powerful antioxidants that protect skin cells from free radical activity. This helps heal the wound faster.

Vitamin K – You must have heard how vitamin K is essential to assist in the clotting of blood. Shea butter is full of vitamin K!

Anti-scarring – The vitamin E and vitamin K help reduce scars. So your wound will have little to no scarring!

Anti-bacterial – Shea butter will form a barrier over the wound and fight off any germs that want entry.

Soothing – Shea butter is incredibly soothing. For instant relief from a throbbing and inflamed wound, lightly smear some shea butter on it.

Those are just some of the properties in shea butter for wound healing! Now let’s look at how exactly you can use shea butter for wound healing:

How to Use Shea Butter for Wound Healing

1. Apply it directly. With clean fingers, scoop up some pure raw shea butter and gently run it over and around the wound.

2. Make an ouchie balm. It’s easy to create an ouchie balm which you can store in a tiny container to use anytime anywhere. It can be used for any kind of wound: from paper cuts to bug bites to poison ivy rashes to scratch wounds to cuts and nicks and finally, bug bites.

So here’s how you make an ouchie balm with shea butter:

What you need

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients into your blender and blend away till you get a smooth cream.
  2. Transfer to salve tins and keep in your purse, medicine cabinet and wherever you can easily get it.
  3. Apply liberally with clean fingers.

Shea butter is amazing for healing wounds. Have you ever used it on a nick or cut of any sort? How did it go?

55 Brilliant Ways to Use Shea Butter

It’s no surprise that here are www.ilovesheabutter.com, we LOVE shea butter! It’s our favorite multipurpose beauty product. So much so that if there was only one item you could save from your beauty pantry, ours would be shea butter! Here are 55 ways to use shea butter:

55 Brilliant Ways to Use Shea Butter

55 ways to use shea butter

1. Use straight on as a moisturizer. Seriously, get your hands on some shea and rub it straight up on your clean face. It’s an amazing moisturizer on its own. But I like to add some essential oils to make mine a more nourishing facial cream. Simply add 2 tbsp of shea butter into a clean container, then add 12 drops of frankincense oil. Mix vigorously using a spoon then store in a cool dry place. Use a pea-sized amount all over your skin.

2. Nourishing hair mask time. Your hair needs some good ole shea if it’s looking dry and dull! The nourishing fatty acids and vitamins help hair thrive by moisturizing and rejuvenating it. Try making your own shea butter hair mask by combining 2 tbsp of shea butter, 1 tsp raw honey and 2 tbsp aloe vera gel. Mix everything up using a high speed blender. Apply on your scalp and hair strands for 10 minutes then wash as usual.

3. Give your pouters some shine. Apply shea butter on your dehydrated lips to make them look plump, shiny and kissable! You can get a tsp of shea butter and store it in a tiny lip balm container.

4. Cracked sole saver. Dry cracked heels and chaffed soles are not pretty! Make a soothing balm for your tired soles by whipping up 3 tbsp shea butter, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 5 drops peppermint oil and 5 drops tea tree oil in an electric stand mixer. Store in a clean container and rub on your soles before bed. Cover with a pair of comfortable socks and get some beauty sleep!

5. Eyelash grower. Yup, shea butter can make your eyelashes grow long and thick! Simply get a sliver on your clean index finger and run it along your upper lash line!

6. Baby bum balm. Has your baby got a yeast infection? Try rubbing some shea butter on the irritated area to soothe and heal it. You can also whip a diaper rash cream: Blend together ¼ cup shea butter, 2 tbsp bentonite clay, 2 tbsp aloe vera gel and 5 drops tea tree oil.

7. Hand softener. If you’re someone who suffers from dry itchy and tight skin on your hands, shea butter is your new savior. After washing your hands, smear on some shea butter to keep the skin moisturized.

8. Nail & Cuticle Cream. Peeling cuticles and easily breakable nails? Try shea butter! It has essential fatty acids that renew damaged skin cells and promote stronger nails. Find a DIY cuticle cream here.

9. Sunburn soother. You’ve been in the sun a little too long and the next thing you know – ouch! You’ve got a sunburn! But not to worry when you’ve got some shea! Simply whip together 2 tbsp shea butter, 2 tbsp aloe vera gel and 1 tsp sea buckthorn oil. Your sunburn will magically disappear in a few days with this miracle skin soother!

10. Heal scars. Whether it’s acne scars or surgery scars, use some shea butter. It’s rich in vitamins A, E and K that help regenerate skin cells and promote new skin growth.

11. Stretch mark eraser. Slather shea butter on your pregnant belly to prevent the growing skin from forming stretch marks. You can make an extra effective stretch mark cream by whipping some shea butter with lavender oil.

12. Eye shadow primer. Get yourself some shea butter and make your own primer! All you need is 1 tsp shea butter, 1 tsp foundation and ½ tsp arrow root powder. Mix up well. Apply on eyelids and on top add eye shadow.

13. Mild SPF sunscreen. If you’re a dark skinned gal or don’t burn in the sun, then apply shea butter straight up as a sunscreen. I do this all the time, trust me it works. Or, if you’re looking for something more sunscreen-y, check out my DIY Shea Butter Sunscreen Recipe

14. Add to a warm bath and get velvety soft skin. Add 2 tbsp of shea butter to your warm bath and have a long soak. Your skin will for sure be like velvety goodness! You can also make your own bath melts: DIY Shea Butter Bath Melts

15. Post workout balm. Sore muscles after a hardcore workout? Use shea butter as a balm. Simply scoop up 2 tsp on your palm then add 6 drops of peppermint oil. Massage on the sore areas. Wake up the next day with a pain-free body!

Where to Get Shea Butter

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My best brand so far for West African Shea Butter is Hamilton Healthcare’s 100% Pure Organic Shea Butter. It comes in a 17.5 oz jar so you can easily scoop it up and slather on your skin, hair, etc. What’s more is that the jar is amber colored which means light won’t degrade it so it’ll be fresh for long!

16. Protect skin from harsh winds. You know why your skin gets so dry and chaffed when a cold breeze is blowing? Apply some shea butter and it’ll act as a barrier, protecting your skin.

17. Intensify perfume. When spraying on perfume, first apply some shea butter then spray for a more intense fragrance.

18. Make a skin softening bath bomb. Yup, you can make bath bombs with shea butter. Things just got more interesting, isn’t it?! Go here: DIY Shea Butter Bath Bomb Recipe

19. Decogestant. When you have a hacking cough, cold or sore throat. Make use of shea butter. Simply get 1 tsp on your palm and add 5 drops of eucalyptus oil. Rub on your throat and chest for relief.

20. Lip primer. To prevent lip color from bleeding out, first apply shea butter on and around your lips.

21. Bug bite balm. Got bitten by pesky mosquitoes? Apply shea butter on the swollen bites for immediately soothing relief.

22. Use as an all-purpose beauty product when traveling. Seriously, if you have no space in your handbag, a tiny jar of shea butter can be a lifesaver. You can use it as a facial cream, lip balm, bug bite balm, rash cream, body moisturizer, cracked heels cream, cheek highlighter, mild sunscreen, makeup remover, hair cream for glossy locks and even mascara! Dare I say, even as a face wash: simply rub on your face to remove dirt then rinse with hot water.

23. Hair end moisturizer. Have dry unappealing hair ends? Apply some shea butter to breathe a new life into them!

24. Beard groomer. Sport a well groomed beard by moisturizing it using shea butter. Simply get a pea-sized amount on your palms, rub together and apply on beard.

25. Cheek highlighter. I LOVE shea butter for highlighting my cheek bones. It looks unbelievable – like you’ve contoured.

26. Paw moisturizer. Prettify your pet’s paws by rubbing them with shea butter.

27. Wound healer. Got a cut? Gently apply some shea butter on it. It will speed up the healing process!

28. Dog shampoo. Yup, you heard that right. Make some dog shampoo to make your pet’s fur shine like the sun! Go here: DIY Dog Shampoo with Shea Butter

29. Wood polish. Polish up your wood and make it look cleaner by rubbing some shea butter on it. Just scoop some shea butter on a microfiber cloth and rub your wood.

30. Leather conditioner. Whether it’s your leather jacket, leather couch or whatever, you can use shea butter to condition it. No need for fancy store-bought conditioners. If you don’t like the scent of raw shea, then add a few drops of cedarwood oil to it before use.

31. Solid perfume. Fancy making yourself a solid perfume? Try this: combine 2 tbsp of shea butter, 15 drops rose oil, 15 drops patchouli oil and 10 drops cinnamon oil. Store in a small container. Use on key areas like behind ears, wrists, hair ends, collar bones, behind knees and inner elbows. PS: First do a patch test to make sure you ain’t allergic to anything.

32. Eczema treatment. Many people are using shea butter to treat eczema naturally. And it’s working! Go here: 3 DIY Eczema Treatment Recipes with Shea Butter

33. Psoriasis soother. I have some psoriasis soothing recipes on the blog. You should check them out: DIY Shea Butter Recipes for Psoriasis

34. Fungal infections. You can make a fungal cream for candida or skin infections with shea butter. Go here: Shea Butter for Candida

35. Body butter. Duh, shea butter = body butter! Whip up some body butter using shea butter. Go here: 3 DIY Shea Butter Body Butter Recipes

34. Acne cream. Shea butter does not clog pores. It has a comedogenic rating of zero, making it one of the few oils good for acne. So make it your moisturizer if you have acne!

35. Oil cleansing. Yeah babes, you can oil cleanse with shea buttah! Go here: How to Oil Cleanse with Shea Butter

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36. Tattoo care. Got a new tattoo that feels itchy and painful? Use shea butter to heal the irritated skin faster.

37. Anti-aging treatment. Boost your collagen and smooth out wrinkles using shea butter as an anti-aging cream. Into your blender, add 3 tbsp shea butter, 1 tbsp rose water, 5 drops sandalwood oil, 5 drops neroli oil and 5 drops frankincense oil.

38. No more dander. Make a shea butter shampoo to destroy dandruff. The recipe’s here: DIY Shea Butter Shampoo (instead of geranium oil, use tea tree oil).

39. Night cream. Make a nourishing night cream using shea butter. Just blend together 2 tbsp shea butter, 1 tsp rosehip oil and 5 drops lemon oil. This will brighten your skin, no kidding!

40. Hair grower for thinning edges. Don’t be surprised! Shea butter can help your hair grow! Go here: How to Grow Thinning Edges with Shea Butter

41. Curl pudding. For those with curly hair, shea butter can be your greatest asset to making your own curl pudding. Get beautiful curls now: DIY Shea Butter Hair Pudding

42. Shaving cream. Prevent nicks and cuts when shaving by rubbing some shea butter on hairy skin. Then shave. No more cuts!

43. After shave. Want to prevent razor burn and red sensitive skin after shaving? Smooth shea butter on your freshly shaven skin.

44. Rough knees and elbows. Got rough and bumpy knees and elbows? Use shea butter to soften that tough skin!

45. Before coloring your hair…first apply some shea butter on your hair line. This will prevent it from leaking out onto your forehead!

46. Eyebrow groomer. Apply a slick of shea butter to your eyebrows then comb them. Ta-da! Presentable eyebrows!

47. Naturally treat burns. Got a first degree burn on the stove? Try applying shea butter to heal the damaged skin.

48. Before concealer. Moisturize skin and make it easier to cover up blemished skin by applying shea butter before concealer.

49. Rough hands. Gardening, sports, chores can all make a woman’s hands a bit rough. So soften them up by slathering them with ½ tsp of shea butter. Put some socks over them and go to bed!

50. Frizzy hair fighter. Tame wild frizzes by using shea butter!

51. Itchy scalp relief. Get a tsp of shea butter then add 3 drops of tea tree oil and 3 drops peppermint oil. Rub this all over your scalp to stop itching.

52. Hair conditioner. Add a tsp or two to your usual conditioner to make your hair more gorgeous. Or make your own Shea Butter Hair Conditioner!

53. Flyaways or baby hairs. Smooth away flyaway hairs back using shea butter!

54. Foot fungal cream. Mix up ¼ cup of shea butter and 20 drops oftea tree oil. Use as a fungal foot treatment.

55. Eat some! Just kidding! But I’ve done it before…raw shea butter of course and it had a nice smoky flavor. Anywho, you can use shea butter in place of your vegetable oil! People from Africa (the locals who make shea butter) do this all the time! Just make sure you’re using 100% pure shea butter. Not the kind with additives, please. Even better, try shea oil! A nourishing and flavorful oil that can be used as vegetable cooking oil.

And there you are! 55 brilliant ways to use shea butter! Hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to share on Facebook or Twitter with your friends and fam! PS: Do you have any other ways of using it?! Share below!

3 DIY Shea Butter Recipes for Eczema

Having eczema is not easy. The itchy red and blistering patches on your skin can get very unbearable. And using conventional creams that contain chemicals may irritate it more! That’s why more and more people are turning to natural remedies for eczema. For example: shea butter!

The thing with shea butter is that it’s all natural, a superior moisturizer and is packed with numerous nutrients including vitamin A, E and K. Don’t forget the lubricating fatty acids that protect sensitive skin, reduce inflammation and moisturize skin on a whole other level.

Today I want to share with you 3 shea butter recipes for eczema in the hope that it will help anyone out there with eczema! Please try out any of the recipes and come share how they worked out for you.

3 DIY Shea Butter Recipes for Eczema

diy shea butter recipes for eczema

1. Skin Soothing Lotion

What you need

Directions

  1. Over a double boiler, gently melt the shea butter and coconut oil to liquid form.
  2. Once it’s melted, add the colloidal oatmeal, sea buckthorn oil and vitamin E oil.
  3. Stir very well to evenly combine the ingredients together.
    When everything is well combined, remove from the double boiler and pour into a sterilized container.
  4. Now stir in the chamomile oil using the handle of a long spoon or a plastic spoon.
  5. Let it cool off and harden up in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. Store in a cool dry place. If you live in a hot region, the coconut oil may melt so store it in the refrigerator.
  7. Use liberally on the eczema patches as needed.

2. Calming & Cooling Eczema Body Moisturizer

What you need

Directions

  1. Into your blender, add all the ingredients.
  2. Blend on high speed for a few seconds until you get a smooth mixture.
  3. Pour the mixture into a sterilized container.
  4. Smooth over affected areas for a soothing and cooling relief.

3. Skin Softening Bath Melts

What you need

Directions

  1. In your blender, grind the lavender flowers and colloidal oatmeal together to form a powder.
  2. Now add in the shea butter, olive oil and lavender oil. Blend again till you get a smooth mixture.
  3. Pour the mixture into silicone molds.
  4. Freeze for 2 hours.
  5. When the time is up, pop them out of their molds and store in a clean dry container. You may store it in the refrigerator to prevent melting.
  6. Drop just one bath melt in a warm bath and let it slowly dissolve while you soak in. This will soothe and soften your eczema.
  7. Caution: Be careful as the bath tub will become slippery after you’re done soaking.

The above shea butter recipes for eczema are really effective and work like a charm! Try any of them for natural relief!

3 DIY Shea Butter Recipes for Psoriasis | Manage Psoriasis Naturally

diy shea butter recipes for psoriasis

Psoriasis is an excruciating condition. Even if it’s mild, it can make your life miserable. Since it’s an autoimmune disease that can show up on anyone at anytime, it requires a holistic change in diet and lifestyle. That’s why more and more people with psoriasis are turning to natural treatments instead of conventional creams.

Enter shea butter – one of the best remedies for managing psoriasis! Shea butter is an all natural vegan plant butter that is primarily used as a moisturizer. It has superior moisturizing properties and sinks right into the skin, nourishing and keeping it healthy.

Below, I’m sharing with you guys three DIY shea butter recipes for psoriasis because they work! All you need to do is apply them consistently to see good results. While using these recipes, remember for psoriasis, making other lifestyle changes are also very necessary including improving your diet a lot. Cut out the bad refined stuff and introduce good fats and herbal teas! I’ve seen countless people saying they don’t get bad flare-ups as much as they used to after drinking herbal teas and consuming good things like fish oils and coconut oil.

3 DIY Shea Butter Recipes for Psoriasis that Work

Okay, so below are three effective shea butter recipes for psoriasis. They’re all natural and really good for calming down inflamed, itchy and painful psoriasis patches. So give them a try!

I didn’t add a recipe for a balm because personally, I think they need a lot more rubbing into the skin which can be irritating to psoriasis. It’s better to have a silky lotion or cream that you can lightly slide on your skin without putting much pressure. I’m sure you know what I mean.

Another thing you’ll notice is I use a high speed blender for these recipes. Yes, there’s totally no need to use a double boiler to melt down the shea. I simply dump everything (except the essential oils) into the blender and after a few seconds, my lotion or cream is formed! Talk about simple. The only thing is you’ll have to wash the blender which is no biggie – just pour warm water and dish soap into the blender and blend. Then rinse out thoroughly and voila, you got yourself a clean blender in no time!

Without further ado, let’s move onto the recipes!

1. Healing Lotion

What you need

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into your high speed blender and blend until everything gets mixed into a white mixture. You can choose to add the lavender oil later on because its scent might cling to your blender.
  2. And that’s it! Your healing psoriasis lotion is ready! Transfer it into a clean amber jar. Store in a cool dry area and use in place of your everyday lotion.

2. Scalp Psoriasis Treatment

What you need

Directions

  1. Pour the coconut oil into the blender, followed by the shea butter. Then pierce a vitamin e capsule with a safety pin and squeeze the contents into the blender.
  2. Blend till smooth then stir in the essential oils using a chopstick or non-food use spoon.
  3. Transfer your scalp treatment cream into a clean amber jar.
  4. To use, apply this cream all over your scalp. Leave it on for an hour with your hair covered with a shower cap.
  5. Then wash your hair thoroughly with a gentle shampoo. I recommend ArtNatural’s sulfate-free all natural dandruff shampoo. It helps soothe and clear up psoriasis patches.

3. Cooling Cream

psoriasis cream diy

What you need

Directions

  1. Put everything except the essential oils into the blender. Blend away for a few seconds until you see a white cream being formed.
  2. Pour it into your amber jar then stir in the essential oils with a chopstick or non-food use spoon.
  3. Store in a cool dry place. Use as needed to manage hot and itchy psoriasis flare-ups.

Caution

Make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients used before trying the recipes. Do patch tests for any new ingredients you’ve never used on your skin before. For essential oils, you can choose to leave them out in your recipes. Handle essential oils with care. Do not use more than the required drops.

I really hope any of these recipes help you manage your psoriasis successfully! Please give them a shot and come share your results!

Does Shea Butter Attract Mosquitoes?

 

does shea butter attract mosquitoes

Shea butter is a fatty acid-rich plant butter that’s incredibly healing for skin of all types. It originates from Africa, where it’s traditionally extracted manually from the local Shea or Karite trees. Since most of the regions where the Shea trees grow in Africa experience intensely hot climates that are buzzing grounds for the famous Malaria-causing mosquito, people are dying to know the answer to the question, ‘Does Shea Butter Attract Mosquitoes?’ before rubbing some all over their bodies!

What prompts many people to ask the above question in the first place is because they’re afraid the strong smoky and nutty smell of shea butter is a scent that mosquitoes would love to be around. But this isn’t the case. Mosquitoes are not attracted to shea butter or rather, the scent of shea butter at all. Check out this list of stuff that really attract mosquitoes:

→ Sweat – Mosquitoes breed in water so something moist like sweat attracts mosquitoes like crazy. If you’re sweating buckets, then move to a cooler region like an air-conditioned room to ward off the mosquitoes! Sweat also dilutes and washes off any mosquito repellent cream you’ve slathered on making you a mosquito magnet.

→ Wearing dark colors – That’s right! Keep your darker colored clothes in the back of your closet and forget about them for the rest of summer.

→ Strong fragrances – Mosquitoes are attracted to those fancy perfumes and powerful fragrance in hand soap, shampoo, detergent, you name it. That’s one of the reasons some people invest in scent-free body products during the summer.

→ Eating a lot of bananas (unbelievable but true!) – Not only bananas, all foods rich in potassium are said to attract mosquitoes because after eating such foods, the body produces lactic acid, that attracts mosquitoes. So go nana-free if you’re spending way too much time outdoors!

→ Body heat – Mosquitoes have super strong heat sensors that are designed to detect their targets and narrow down the one with the most body heat. Body heat means more blood near the surface of your skin so go cool off before you’re pestered by those pesky blood suckers.

→ Carbon dioxide – We can’t help breathing out carbon dioxide but what we can do is avoid areas that are high in carbon dioxide such as – you guessed it – places crowded with humans and animals such as the beach and pool.

→ Working out a lot – There’s nothing more exhausting than working out during the sweltering summer heat and what’s worse, it combines so many mosquito-attracting factors like sweating, giving off more carbon dioxide and higher body heat which all bring the mosquitoes out for a feast. During hot days, you may save your workouts for the cooler night time.

Study Show that Shea Butter is a Natural Mosquito Repellent!

Now that you know that the scent of shea butter doesn’t attract mosquitoes, I’d like to tell you another pleasantly surprising fact – shea butter helps repel mosquitoes! Yup, and it’s scientifically proven as well! In a French Medical Journal, Bulletin de la Societe de Pathologie Exotique, a study published stated that shea butter was found to be an effective, affordable, and practical means to prevent insect bites, making it your go-to mosquito repellent!

How Shea Butter to Use Shea Butter to Repel Mosquitoes

When you put shea butter on your body, mosquitoes won’t be able to sit down comfortably on it and bite the heck out of you because your skin is going to be slippery and uncomfortable to latch onto.

  • Use it straight outta the jar! Scoop out some unrefined shea butter and smear it all over your body. You might want to use shea butter Nilotica for this purpose since it has a silkier and non-waxy texture that’s easier to slide onto skin.
  • Sprinkle some citronella! Citronella is a famous mosquito repelling essential oil. ‘Essential’ meaning it’s a very concentrated oil so it must be used sparingly and with caution. Using a lot has negative side effects such as making your eyes feel burning sensations: not a serious problem but irritating all the same. To ¼ cup of shea butter, add about 10 – 15 drops of citronella oil.
  • Make your own shea butter bug repellent cream! One of the best ways to defend yourself from mosquitoes is by arming yourself with this powerful shea butter mosquito repellent cream! Here’s the recipe. It’s loaded with anti-mosquito ingredients that are all natural, non-toxic and proven to be better than DEET!