Uses for Shea Butter
Shea Butter comes in a few different varieties. I like to pick mine up from Amazon . When choosing a good shea butter you want to make sure that you pick a good, unrefined butter. Any kind of filtering or refining suggests processing and when you are using shea butter you want to make sure that you are getting all of it’s health qualities, which you won’t get if it’s been processed.
There are also ivory or gold shea butters. Both are good, one is not necessarily more processed than the other. I usually keep both on hand and use them for different projects. (For example I use ivory with my Diaper Rash Cream since I use it with cloth diapers and I don’t want it to stain.)
Uses for Shea Butter
So just how healthy is shea butter for you? Here are some ways you can benefit from it:
- Soothe sunburn
- Heal dry skin
- Stop a skin rash
- Protect skin against cold weather
- Stop insect bites from itching
- Help with stretch mark prevention
- Helps soothe burns
- Heals dry, cracked feet
How does it do those things? Shea butter contains a good deal of Vitamin A and Vitamin E. It also has proven anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Such good things for your skin!
What to Make With Shea Butter
Now that we know all about shea butter and what it can do for us, let’s start with some fun projects! Since we use shea butter all the time, we’ve already got some great posts up on the blog with various items you can make with shea butter. Check them out below!
This easy homemade Shaving Cream is a great way to start using shea butter! It’s so creamy and smooth on your skin. It’s also incredibly soothing if you have sensitive skin and have trouble with razors or other shaving creams.
This is another great one. My original recipe doesn’t call for shea butter but you could add a little in. I would add about 1/4 cup per recipe. That would give the lotion a smooth, creamy quality and help it be more of a protective lotion. It would be great for the winter!
This is my all time favorite thing to make with shea butter right now! This really in a miracle cream and works for any rash within 24 hours of applying. You don’t have to just use it for baby either. If you suffer from any kind of rash this recipe should work really well for you!
Have chapped lips this winter? This recipe for homemade lip balm works great for that! It’s super easy to make with only 4 ingredients and you use very very little to make several pots or tubes worth. One batch could last you all winter! Add your favorite scents of essential oils as desired.
This is another recipe that technically doesn’t call for shea butter but you can add it in instead of the coconut oil in the recipe. It would make a great soothing bar soap that would be very good for dry hands!
This super simple lotion recipe uses shea butter as it’s base. It’s not as greasy as other coconut oil based lotions so it’s perfect for hands.
Here are some more great uses for shea butter from other bloggers:
Those are just a few of my favorite uses for shea butter so far but I’m open to learning new ones! What are some of your favorite uses for shea butter in your home?