As my friends and close family know, I love DIY EVERYTHING !! To me it is much more fulfilling and you can make it uniquely you. I have started with my favorite head to toe product..Shea Butter !! Shea butter is the most wonderful thing because it heals you from head to toe. You can use it on hair, for eczema, cuts, burns, stretch marks, wind and sun burn and just to have beautiful, healthy moisturized skin. I make mine with the white Shea butter because its less oily and I melt it down slowly (So it still has big chunks in it). If you melt it down too fast it will become grainy and all the nutrients will be melted away as well. I make it unique to our family by adding almond oil, olive oil, and coconut oil with a hand mixer and whipping it to spreadable heaven . My nine-year old has eczema so we add in aloe and tea tree oil and it combats this problem. For the baby we add in lavender and it smells almost like baby powder for baby dry skin. You can add in any kind of essential oil and get the mix whipped to your liking and for your skin type.
You can purchase Shea Butter from: Back2Africa.com
Shea Butter Benefits: all-natural African Shea Butter can be used to treat all of the following conditions: Dry Skin, Dry Hair & Scalp, Eczema, Infant Eczema, Psoriasis, Arthritis & Rheumatism, Wrinkle Prevention, Diaper Rash, Muscle Fatigue, Scar Minimization,
Skin Discoloration, Stretch Mark Prevention & Minimization and as a natural
Almond Oil Benefits: It contains vitamin E in abundance. Vitamin E also known as the food for our skin. Vitamin E is protects our skin from damaging ultraviolet lights. It prevents cell damage and also fights with some skin disorders. Some studies have shown that vitamin E is helpful to reduce stress.
Olive Oil Benefits:EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil, from the first pressing of the olives, contains higher levels of antioxidants, particularly vitamin E and
phenols, because it is less processed.
Coconut Oil Benefits:Coconut oil can help to cure and prevent acne by encouraging a pH balance that allows one’s natural oils to combat infection. The lauric acid in coconut oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Thus, coconut oil can be used to help heal infections, such as athlete’s foot and ringworm. Coconut oil also aids in healing cuts and minor burns.
Aloe Benefits:Aloe gel, extracted from the plant’s leaves, is a natural moisturizer and conditioner for the skin. Place the gel directly on your skin or use a topical ointment, cream or cleanser that contains aloe. Although aloe vera does not provide protection from the sun, it can enhance the use of sunscreen lotion. Additionally, you can use aloe to get relief from insect bites, itches, rashes and acne.
Tea Tree Oil Benefits: Tea tree oil can help treat skin infections, since it’s known to be a natural antibiotic. It heals the skin, and can be treated on cuts, eczema, dermatitis, blisters, boils, and cysts. It also can be successfully used to treat acne problems as well. If you have any fungus or yeast, tea tree oil can treat it. Tea tree oil has been useful in eliminating odors and athlete’s foot. Since it is antibacterial and anti-fungal. You can also use tea tree oil to reduce pain.
Lavender Benefits : Lavender essential oil is especially popular as it has a pleasing scent and it has antibacterial, antifungal properties and is so gentle, it can be used with infants.