Shea butter is natural fat extracted from the fruit of the shea or karite tree. This tree grows naturally in the wild in West Africa. This hydrating oil has been used for centuries to heal dry, cracked skin. Shea butter uses include:
- itchy skin
- dry skin
- insect bites
- small skin wounds
- chapped lips
- cracked heals
- sunburn and other minor burns
It is also an excellent hair conditioner. Apply shea butter (about the size of a quarter) to your scalp and hair then wrap in a towel for 15 minutes. Comb and style.
Look for certified organic shea butter. It is filtered using earthen clay to remove impurities and not refined with chemicals. Shea butter uses are almost limitless. Keep a tub handy especially in the winter months when skin can be drier.