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21 Ways to Use Shea Butter for Skin Beauty and Healing

• Sep 9, 2018

I call shea butter the ‘baking soda of the beauty world’ because it has so many different uses. Just like baking soda can be used for everything from cleaning to cooking to laundry, shea butter can be used for everything from blemish reduction to hair softening to itch relief. The American Shea Butter Institute compiled a list of 21 ways to use shea butter. Keep in mind that this list just includes skin uses, it doesn’t cover hair. (Click here and here for the ways you can use shea butter on hair.)

1. To relieve dry skin
2. To heal skin rashes
3. To ease peeling skin after tanning
4. To reduce wrinkles and blemishes
5. To relieve itching
6. To relieve sunburn
7. As a shaving cream for a smooth, silky shave
8. To heal small skin wounds
9. To heal skin cracks
10. To soften rough/tough skin on feet
11. As a heavy moisturizer in cold weather
12. To relieve frost bite
13. To reduce stretch marks during pregnancy
14. To ease insect bites
15. To maintain healthy skin
16. To ease muscle fatigue, aches and tension
17. To help relax muscles after strenuous exercise
18. For allergic reactions to plants like poison ivy or poison oak
19. To heal eczema
20. To heal dermatitis
21. To heal heat damage (from burns, radiation, etc.)

While some of these uses do overlap, there is no question that shea butter is incredibly powerful and versatile.

But why is this? The American Shea Butter Institute explains;

Most seed oils can be divided into two important fractions. The first fraction is called the saponifiable fraction, which contains most of the moisturizing properties (moisturizing fraction). The second fraction is called the nonsaponifiable fraction, which contains most of the healing properties (healing fraction). What sets shea butter apart from other seed oils is its exceptionally large healing fraction. The healing fraction contains important nutrients, vitamins and other valuable phytonutrients required for healing. Depending on the source, the size of the healing fraction may range from 5% and upward. Some report the healing fraction as high as 17%. The larger the healing fraction the better the chances are for a good quality shea butter. In other seed oils, the healing fraction is very small, often in the range of 1% or less. While other seed oils may have good to excellent moisturizing fraction, these oils contain little or no healing fraction. Because shea butter has such a large healing fraction, in addition to moisturizing fraction, regular use of this natural cream can treat many skin problems including blemishes, wrinkles, itching, sunburn, small skin wounds, eczema, skin allergies, insect bites, frost bite, and other skin conditions. It is because of these unique healing properties that the shea tree got its name, the karite tree, which means the tree of life.”

Many of our customers have testified to our shea butter’s (both raw and whipped) healing properties for eczema and psoriasis. Check it out (click to be taken to the article):

20 Times BGLH Marketplace Butters Healed Eczema and Psoriasis, According to Our Customers


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