What is Shea Butter? Aromatherapy Guide

shea butter aromatherapy guide

What is Shea Butter? Aromatherapy Guide

Shea butter is highly moisturising butter, which is great for very dry skin. It is one of the best raw materials in aromatherapy as a carrier oil or by itself.

Shea butter extracted from the nuts of the African Shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa).

A nourishing oil in a butter texture, so it’s suitable for dry and even sensitive skin.

Shea Butter

Shea butter scientific name is Vitellaria paradoxa, formerly known as Butyrospermum parkii.

In cosmetics, shea butter is usually used as a natural moisturizer.
For example, you can find it in products like ointments, lotions and conditioners.

The shea tree origin is in Africa.

Vitellaria paradoxa (shea tree, karité). This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Traditional medicine:

Traditionally shea was used to treat a variety of skin problems including dry skin, rashes, burns and stretch marks.

The butter absorbs quickly on the skin and won’t make it look oily after application.

Skincare benefits of shea butter

  • softens the skin 
  • offers protection against ultra-violet rays
  • treats cold or hot weather damage
  • anti-inflammatory properties
  • may provide anti-inflammatory effects1

High in naturally occurring vitamin E. Most of the vitamin E found in shea occurs in the form of Alpha-tocopherol, a powerful antioxidant.2

Active ingredients include: triglycerides, oleic, stearic, linoleic, and palmitic fatty acids, as well as unsaponifiable compounds.3

Skincare Recommendations:

I recommend using shea butter for dry and sensitive skin and dry hair. 

Also, it may be beneficial for cracked heels, eczema and stretch marks. 4

Try to use it as an overnight treatment. As a result, in the morning, the skin will be softer and more glowing. 

When you buy shea butter, the best option to choose is organic, cold-pressed, unrefined. You will recognise it also by its nutty scent and a natural beige – grey colour.

DIY suggestions: try to make your own lip balm. 🙂

There are many benefits for this butter, which makes it be one of my skincare and aromatherapy favourite oils.

shea butter aromatherapy guide


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