Shea Butter, Baby
Shea Butter and Your Skin
Shea Butter Properties For Skin
Shea butter is a popular beauty product, but it also has marvelous medical healing properties.
Traditional African medicine uses shea butter for keeping skin soft and treating skin irritations. Shea butter has a long history, originating in Africa
when Yoruba traders, specifically women traders, who sold tomatoes and peppers, introduced black soap to Ghana. These women were called Alatas (pepper traders) and alata samina was a term coined by the Ghanaians that meant the pepper traders soap.
Shea butter is traditionally used to treat various skin problems including dry skin, psoriasis, burns, eczema, wrinkles and rheumatism relief which suggest its potential anti-inflammatory properties
Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Bacterial
The term "anti-inflammatory" is often applied to oils and other skin care ingredients. Extract of shea butter "inhibited pro-inflammatory enzymes, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)".
Homemade Shea Butter Mask
Make a facial mask using shea butter and several other ingredients. Wash your face first with a cream cleanser or warm water.
To make your own mask, mix together:
- 1 tbsp of raw honey
- 3 to 4 drops of grapeseed oil
- 1 tbsp of pure shea butter
We have a small dog, and she gets rashes quite a bit, and she chews herself. Many lotions that are good for humans CANNOT BE USED ON YOUR DOG.
"... [Commercial lotions] may contain harmful chemicals, scents, and ingredients, so you can’t just use your own lotion on your dog." But, shea butter, which is not poisonous, as some lotions would be if your dog licked them can help with itchy fur, cracked paws, and other minor irritations. In fact, it works for "small cuts and wounds"
Eating Shea Butter
And get this - shea butter is edible (which makes it safe for the ailing pooch) but ice cream makers use it as an alternative to or with cocoa butter to make chocolate ice cream "creamier".
Imagine, chefs use shea butter as an oil in the frying pan, and to make SMOOTHIES!
Wow! Anything to make a delicious smoothie healthier, and of course we can't forget the chocolate ice cream. But I'm not fudging the details. (Sorry, now the reader wants to hit me with a pillow, right?)
Shea Butter For Knee Pain or Sore Knee
One study promised miracles for Shea Butter as a cure for a sore knee.
"The ability to contract the muscles of the knee to a 30% contraction level showed significant change between the baseline and after 16-week testing, both in terms of morphological changes and muscle activity. Pain scale reported a significant decrease at the 16th week.Conclusion. The results suggest that SheaFlex75 can relieve the symptoms of knee OA and can result in improvement of muscle control of the knee..."
Amazing Shea Butter
Did anyone have the idea that shea butter could be used in so many ways? With all this new information, I've got a lot of projects in mind now. I might start using shea butter to fry onions and see how it goes. Will keep you guys posted.