How To Use Shea Butter?
Benefits of Shea Butter
Like any other seed oils, shea butter has 2 fractions; the moisturizing fraction & the healing fraction.
Due to the moisturizing fraction in shea butter, it can remedy:
- Problems related to dry skin; eczema, dermatitis, cracked heels, rashes, peeling etc
- Psoriasis irritations
- Sun burns
So far, existing findings have shown shea butter's healing fraction can remedy:
- Anti-inflammatory, hence relieves itches, muscle & joint pain (osteoarthritis)
- Rejuvenate cellular activity, hence reduces scars & wrinkles (premature aging)
- Rejuvenate or protects skin collagen production, thus healthier skin
- Healing stretch marks, especially for pregnant & young mothers
- Rejuvenate scalp & hair follicles, thus restoring hair growth
- Smoothen skin tone (dark spots or skin discoloration)
- UV ray protection, roughly spf 6 (but should NOT be used as primary sun block)
- Soothe skin irritation from insect bites
- Clears nasal congestion aka nose block
Shea Butter for Eczema, Psoriasis & Other Skin Conditions
- Usage: Using a spoon or cleaned fingers, warm about half a teaspoon of shea butter in your hands. Apply the shea butter generously to the affected area. Massage the butter into the skin with circular motions for at least 5 minutes.
Shea Butter for Cracked Heels
- Usage: Using a spoon or cleaned fingers, warm about half a teaspoon of shea butter in your hands. Apply the shea butter onto your heels, rub it in circular motions for a few minutes.
Shea Butter for Scalp (Itchy or Dry Scalp)
- Usage: Spread some shea butter onto your fingertips (not nails) and apply directly onto your scalp after shower (even though your scalp is still damp). Rub in circular motion for several minutes.
Shea Butter for Damaged Hair
- Usage: Spread some shea butter onto your palm & rub your hands together. The heat from your hands will cause the shea butter to melt and then just apply it to your hair after shower (even though your hair is still damp).
- Good to apply especially after chemical treatment, blow dryers, hair straighteners & other hair therapy that may damage your hair. Results could be seen after 2 weeks of daily application.
Shea Butter for Babies’ Diaper Rash
- Typically occurs in infants and children younger than 2 years, diaper rash appears on the skin under a diaper. The skin tend to look reddish & irritated.
- Usage: Apply some shea butter on the affected area, rub & massage the shea butter over it for at least 5 minutes after shower & before bed.
Shea Butter for Stretch Mark
- Usage: Using a spoon or cleaned fingers, warm about half a teaspoon of shea butter in your hands. Apply the shea butter generously to the area where your stretch marks are prominent. Massage the butter into the skin with circular motions for at least 10 to 20 minutes daily, do it after shower for one month. Examine your skin for signs of change. Your skin should be softer and plumper and your stretch marks will likely be less noticeable.
Shea Butter for Nasal Congestion (Blocked Nose)
- Symptoms: Nose blocked & difficult to breathe through nostril
- Usage: Gently apply a little shea butter to the interior of nostril using our fingers. Should take effect within 5 minutes after applying & last up to 5 hours.
Shea Butter for Joint/Muscle Fatigue
- For good joint/muscle health maintenance, apply shea butter on your muscles and joint before exercise to relax the muscles & again after exercising to drain off toxin that causes achings.
- Typically a mild improvement is felt in 5-15 minutes and major improvement is normally felt in 20-40 minutes, results may vary depending on the amount used and the fact that no two persons bodies are identical