Did you know that cuts and abrasions heal faster with shea butter? Yep, your favorite moisturizer can also act as a ouchie balm! What makes it good for naturally healing wounds? Read on…
So shea butter is a natural plant butter extracted from the Shea tree found in Africa. Natives have been using this wonderful plant butter for treating a myriad of skin problems. Some of which include: skin rashes, bumps, fungal infections and more.
It actually has a high healing fraction compared to many other natural oils out there. And this makes it a ‘wounderful’ substance for treating wounds ;). On a more scientific note, let’s look at the properties in shea butter for wound healing:
Properties in Shea Butter for Wound Healing
Anti-inflammatory – Shea butter has long been registered as a potent anti-inflammatory substance. You can use it for sunburns, acne, burns, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. One of its major compounds, allantoin, promotes cell regeneration and speeds up the rate at which wounds heal.
Antioxidant – You know that shea butter contains vitamin E. And that’s in the form of tocopherol and tocotrienols. These are powerful antioxidants that protect skin cells from free radical activity. This helps heal the wound faster.
Vitamin K – You must have heard how vitamin K is essential to assist in the clotting of blood. Shea butter is full of vitamin K!
Anti-scarring – The vitamin E and vitamin K help reduce scars. So your wound will have little to no scarring!
Anti-bacterial – Shea butter will form a barrier over the wound and fight off any germs that want entry.
Soothing – Shea butter is incredibly soothing. For instant relief from a throbbing and inflamed wound, lightly smear some shea butter on it.
Those are just some of the properties in shea butter for wound healing! Now let’s look at how exactly you can use shea butter for wound healing:
How to Use Shea Butter for Wound Healing
1. Apply it directly. With clean fingers, scoop up some pure raw shea butter and gently run it over and around the wound.
2. Make an ouchie balm. It’s easy to create an ouchie balm which you can store in a tiny container to use anytime anywhere. It can be used for any kind of wound: from paper cuts to bug bites to poison ivy rashes to scratch wounds to cuts and nicks and finally, bug bites.
So here’s how you make an ouchie balm with shea butter:
What you need
- 2 tbsp shea butter (where to get it)
- 1 tbsp aloe vera gel (where to get it)
- 1 tsp lavender hydrosol (where to get it)
- 5 drops tea tree oil (where to get it)
- 5 drops lavender oil (where to get it)
- Blender (where to get it)
- Salve tin (where to get it)
- Put all ingredients into your blender and blend away till you get a smooth cream.
- Transfer to salve tins and keep in your purse, medicine cabinet and wherever you can easily get it.
- Apply liberally with clean fingers.
Shea butter is amazing for healing wounds. Have you ever used it on a nick or cut of any sort? How did it go?