I am not a health professional. Please use with the item discussed below with caution for the first time. Particularly if you’re prone to allergies.
Raw shea butter is one of the most useful things you can have in your cupboard – your kitchen cupboard, bathroom cupboard, or dressing table. Here are some of the different ways we use it in our family.
Literally any form of cooking or baking that requires some grease.
Moisturiser for lips/face/body/heels/hands/hair
I currently use raw african shea butter for my daughter’s hair. I mix it with some coconut oil, olive oil and honey. Perhaps I’ll share the exact recipe here sometime. It smells great and doesn’t irritate her skin. Generally, it can be very moisturising for most skin types.Shea butter works wonders for dry and cracked heels – slab it on thickly overnight while wearing socks over a period of time. People swear by it for thickened hair, toned and glowing skin and non-brittle nails and cuticles. It’s also useful as a lip balm.
Nose and ear drops
Melted quickly on a hob or even faster for 30 seconds – 1 minute in a microwave, you can use it in a liquid form in the same way you would use olive oil ear drops. Some people even use it as a barrier-type oil for hayfever – using it inside their noses. I must say that I haven’t tried this before so can’t attest to it.
Balm, with or without menthol or other essential oils
You can make a shea butter rub by mixing it with menthol or any other essential oil such as peppermint, lavender or eucalyptus oil depending on what you’re trying to achieve. For example, I mix in a few menthol crystals with my shea butter to use as a chest rub during times when the family is down with colds or coughs. This same type of mixture can be used as massage oil as well.
Like people use coconut oil or olive oil in oil pulling, a small chunk of shea butter its more solid form can be used for oil pulling.
Yes, this use was new(s) to me too! According to my mom, you can use shea butter to polish wood too by mixing it with a bit of citrus oil. I wouldn’t have guessed it.
So there you have it. A few uses of shea butter. Are there any of these that you weren’t aware of? Are there any additional uses that you know of? Drop them below and I’ll add them to the list!