What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter, aka "The Skin's Best Friend', comes from the nut of the karite shea tree that is indigenous to Africa. Raw, unrefined shea butter contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A and E, as well as essential fatty acids. It has a creamy color and a very distinct smell. It has been used for centuries for its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
Why Do We Use Shea Butter?
Shea butter is a particularly effective moisturizer because it contains so many fatty acids, which are needed to retain skin moisture and elasticity. With the ability to soothe and hydrate the skin it has been used as a moisturizer for dry skin and eczema, as a dry scalp treatment, for chapped lips and to help soften cracked dry skin on heels, elbows and knees. Shea butter also has the ability to protect the skin from both environmental and free-radical damage. It contains vitamins A and E, and has demonstrated both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. With these amazing moisturizing and healing properties it is the perfect ingredient to use in our moisturizers and healing balms. We use shea butter in our popular Certified Organic Paw Rescue to help protect paws as well as soften and heal calloused, rough or hardened pads. Shea butter is an exceptionally hearty healing agent with natural regenerative properties, which makes it the perfect ingredient in our Organic Healing Balms. We proudly use food grade shea Butter which is safe if your furry friend happens to lick or eat it!