13 Ways Shea Butter Can Help You
Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nuts of the shea tree. It is solid at warm temperatures and has an off-white or ivory color. Its creamy consistency is easy to spread on your skin. Shea trees are native to West Africa, that’s why most of the shea butter still comes from that region.
It is a common cosmetic ingredient for centuries. It has a high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids. Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It makes a great product for smoothing, soothing, and conditioning your skin. Using it on your skin, especially on your face will improve its texture.
Benefits of Shea Butter
Here are 13 ways shea butter can help you.
- Raw shea butter helps heal scars, burns, bruises, and stretch marks.
- Prevents ashy skin, chapping, and skin rashes.
- An ideal hair conditioner that protects the scalp from sores and rashes.
- Helps prevent hair from breaking, fading, or thinning out.
- Fortifies cuticles and nails.
- Helps rid the scalp of dandruff.
- Raw shea butter helps drain toxins from sore muscles: perfect for sports participants.
- Helps prevent skin irritation for babies: used for generations to help babies sleep better.
- Prevents irritation, and restores skin natural luster after shaving.
- Ideal for dermatitis, eczema, and athletes foot.
- Firms up aging skin and helps clear wrinkles.
- Massage shea butter into areas affected by arthritis, joint pains, or other muscular aches.
- Shea Butter naturally contains vitamins A and E.
I really like the filtered shea butter. It definitely leaves the skin shiny and looking healthy.
- Anthony in Tulsa, OK
This is the best natural butter you can use for your skin. Excellent for dry skin, stretch marks, and smooth skin. It is cheap and does the work.
- Sonia in Lawrenceville, GA
Make Your Own Natural Shea Butter Lotion
There are unlimited combinations that you can use to make your own shea butter lotion. These are some general instruction ideas. But you can change this around to create your own special blends.
What you'll need:
1 lb. or 80% of unrefined shea butter
3 oz. or 19% grape seed oil, virgin coconut oil, neem oil. shea nut oil, or a combination of these or other natural oils.
1 oz. or 1% of vitamin E oil
Put all your ingredients together except for the fragrance oil. Heat in a microwave or hot water bath until softened. (Make sure not to melt the ingredients, when heating in a microwave try 20-second intervals.) When soft mix with a blender starting low speed and then higher until whipped. As the shea butter is whipped, it may turn a green color. When whipped completely will look light and creamy. Add the fragrance oil and mix by hand for a few minutes and then blend to completely mix in the fragrance.
Adding Fragrance to Your Shea Butter
M-176 25 lb case of white shea butter
M-177 25 lb case of yellow shea butter
One of the following fragrance options:
1.6 oz. Fragrance Oil OR
0.7 oz. Essential Oil
Heat 5 lbs of shea butter in a double boiler until melted. You don't want to heat the butter any more than necessary to melt it. If you don't have a double boiler, then you can put your shea butter in a pan. Place that pan in another pan that is half full of hot water. Make sure the hot water doesn't get into the pan containing the shea butter. Add the fragrance or essential oil and mix it into the shea butter until mixed. After mixing if the fragrance is not as strong as you would like then you can add up to an extra 1.6 oz. of fragrance oil if using fragrance oils or 0.7 oz. of essential oils if using essential oils.
Keep in mind that higher levels of fragrance might be irritating to some people’s skin. Also, note that the fragrance will be much stronger. While the shea butter is warm and will become less strong as the shea butter cools. A single batch yields approximately 20 4 oz. container.
Essential oils are steam-distilled fragrances that are 100% pure. They have strong therapeutic properties. Have you ever smelled eucalyptus when you have a cold to relieve your congestion? How about peppermint as a deodorant? Some of these methods are practiced around the world, others are not used much here in the US. But the benefits have been proven again and again.
To come up with your own healing blend, choose the essential oils. They are good for different emotions:
ANGER: Sweet Orange
ANXIETY: Frankincense, Lavender
DEPRESSION: Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus
MUSCULAR ACHES AND PAINS: Lemongrass, Eucalyptus
INDIGESTION/STOMACH ACHE: Lemongrass
Because essential oils are derived from plants, it does not mean they are safe to use. After handling essential oils, it is “essential” to wash one’s hands with warm water and soap. Avoid touching your eyes or putting your fingers in your mouth.
Because essential oils are so concentrated, it is usually necessary to dilute them. You can do it with a neutral carrier oil, such as jojoba, or shea butter to avoid irritating the skin.
Body Butter Recipes Using Shea Butter
You can make your body butter and other products more personalized in different ways. The most common way is to add a little bit of oil to ad a unique or personalized fragrance to your butter. 1% to 2 % of fragrance is what you will want. Different oils are stronger than others. So, a few drops of a very powerful fragrance may make your butter stronger smelling.
You can also add other things to your butter. Some people will melt shea butter to add to another butter to give it more healing properties. This is not a good idea. Shea butter solidifies at room temperature. Unless something else is added to the lotion to keep the shea butter in suspension, you could end up with small chunks of shea butter in the lotion.
There are more instructions and mixtures that you can find online. You will be happiest creating your own blends with a little practice.
Give us a call today at 201-457-1995 and experience the benefits of shea butter for yourself!
How Shea Butter Prevents Aging?
It is one of the best ways to soften skin. It is thick and buttery without feeling greasy. While it moisturizes it also helps to improve skin tone and heal scarring or stretch marks.
It Provides Moisture: Shea butter has a high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids. It moisturizes skin, soft skin results in fewer wrinkles.
It Improves collagen: Those who want more youthful skin, they must use shea butter as it is high in Vitamin A. It acts as a natural collagen stimulator. Keep the skin smoother and less prone to wrinkling.
It offers UV Protection: Shea butter offers low-level UV protection. So, using it in your skincare regimen can help to prevent the onset of aging due to overexposure to UV rays.
It is full of Anti-oxidants: Shea butter is bursting with antioxidants. They work to fight free radicals and prevent aging due to environmental factors.
It reduces age spots: The softening and healing properties of shea butter reduce age spots. It has high antioxidant content. Help to heal age spots, scarring, and hyperpigmentation.
Africa Imports offers pure shea butter at wholesale rates. Our personal care products including shea butter are natural. These are safer than what you can find at a drugstore and effective. If you have customers struggling with acne, eczema, aging, and even their baby’s diaper rash, then there is an African solution to these problems. Many people want to switch to natural health and beauty care. But they aren’t sure how or are afraid it’s too expensive. We give you the lowest prices anywhere. This will let you offer your customers an affordable price and still make a good profit. Personal care products are a great way to generate customer loyalty & more sales. These products help people who are searching for a healthier lifestyle.
Tried and True Methods for Selling Health and Beauty
Give out samples! We sell sample-sizes of many of our personal care products. So, you can let your customers try the product out before buying! Give out samples to your friends and family and you’re sure to get some loyal customers
Use social media! Try out the products yourself and talk about your results on Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube! Take before and after pictures. Let your prospects know how much you are benefiting from these products
Give your health and beauty products a prominent place in your store! People love to find ways to be healthier and have better skin.
Give out samples of your products to spas or nail salons. Many of these places need shea butter, jojoba oil, or other skin care products to use for their customers.
Have a home party! Invite your friends and customers over. Share with them the many benefits of African health and beauty. Give out samples, show a demonstration, and make it fun for everyone!
For more information, feel free to contact Africa Imports!