Today I am whipping up luscious Shea butter body cream. Super skin nourishing with jojoba, sweet almond, and coconut oil. I made a few yummy smells-lavender & orange, lavender & lemongrass, and for my daughters eczema frankincense, patchouli, and lavender.
My oldest daughter battles with eczema so we go through a lot of whipped shea butter in my house. Wellness Mama has great homemade lotion recipes. I also make all my own personal care and cleaning products and have made dozens of her recipes. They are easy to follow. http://wellnessmama.com/3765/homemade-lotion-recipe/.
Why shea butter for your skin? According to Aromahead Institute, Shea Butter is an excellent moisturizer, and often used for sun-damaged skin and severe dry skin. Shea butter is also anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory therefore great for stretch marks, burns, and wounds.
“Shea butter's benefit is mainly derived from its high content of non-saponifiable fatty acids (90% stearic and oleic acid). It also contains contains cinnamic acid. These acids, along with sterolins and high vitamin A and E content, work to maintain the skin's moisture and elasticity. Cinnamic acid offers some mild protection for the skin against the harmful UV rays of the sun. Oleic acid is a good skin penetration enhancer. Vitamin A is essential for human cell development, vitamin E is a potent skin antioxidant and a well-known skin healer and moisturizer. Sterolins are reputed to be beneficial in healing scars and moisturizing the upper layers of the skin.” Want to learn more about body butters and essential oils? Aromahead offers a free Introductory class: http://www.aromahead.com/courses/online/introduction-to-essential-oils.