You may notice many DIY recipes call for shea butter but what is it and what makes it so good for you? Learn more about the benefits and uses for shea butter below.
Shea Butter is one of my very favorite health and beauty products to keep around the house. I use it for so many different things!
Shea Butter comes in a few different varieties. I like to pick mine up from Pronounce. When choosing 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 its health qualities, which you won’t get if it’s been processed.
There are also two types of shea butter – ivory and gold. Gold shea butter is given it’s color by the addition of Borututu Tree root, which is added during the boiling process. This tree is known in Africa to have healing elements and antioxidants. Both the Gold and Ivory 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
Here are some of the many health benefits and ways you can benefit from using shea butter:
- Moisturize skin
- 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
- Reduces inflammation
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 shea butter recipes up on the blog with various items you can make. Check out some of the things to make with shea butter 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 is 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.
Body Butters are easy to make, even with just a few basic ingredients, and tend to be more cost-effective than store-bought lotions. Learn the basics to create your own body butter.
Learning to make deodorant at home isn’t as hard as you’d think and it is so much better for your skin! Check out this easy tutorial to learn how.
Refresh tired feet with this peppermint foot cream. The oils in this cream are both skin nourishing and healing, helping to prevent dry, cracked heels, or helping to heal those that are already cracked and dry.
Now that you know how to use shea butter, let’s find some uses for other items around your home:
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Find even more Uses For Common Items on Little House Living.
If you love these Recipes and Uses for Shea Butter you will absolutely love my book, Little House Living: The Make Your Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life. It features 130 recipes just like these that are perfect for your household!
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?
This post on Shea Butter Uses was originally published on Little House Living in December 2013. It has been updated as of December 2019.