Shea butter is a natural plant-based oil that has been treasured for hundreds of years for its healing properties. Traditionally hand-crafted Shea butter comes from the Butyrospermum parkii tree and is used to treat a variety of skin problems including dry skin, rashes, burns and stretch marks. Packed with naturally occurring vitamins, essential fatty acids, and other healing properties it can rejuvenate skin cells, protect against ultra-violet rays, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Shea is native to Africa and Indonesia, and there are several fair trade companies that operate in Indonesia to insure the sustainability of harvesting there.
This recipe is one of my favorite bath time treats, made with Shea butter:
You will need:
1 cup Sea Salt
30 drops essential oil of your choice
1.5 tsp Shea Butter Cream
First: Melt the Shea butter in a pot over low heat. Do not let it get too hot... It should be just melted.
Second: Remove from the heat, and slowly pour in one cup of sea salts, stirring with a whisk as you pour, to coat every single crystal.
Third: Mix in the essential oil of your choice. I like lavender and really strong smells, so I put 20 generous drops in my mixture.