Essential Oils and East African Shea Butter (Plus a recipe!)

Essential oils are all the craze lately and it’s for good reason. These oils take items that are naturally available and put them in a format that is easy to use. There are essential oils that can help with a variety of conditions and ailments. I personally have a medicine cabinet that contains the essential oils that I have found helpful to use in my own life.  Have you considered using essential oils with your Shea butter? It’s actually a great combination and I have a few suggestions for you and a recipe you can try out.

The first thing to remember is to make sure you know if your essential oil is topical and can be applied in the area that you want to apply it.  While most essential oils are not known for causing a reaction, there are certain parts of your body that might be more sensitive to an application.

Have a headache? I love mixing some East African Shea Butter with a couple drops of peppermint oil and then massaging it into my temples or where my headache is the strongest. It leaves a tingly sensation but helps to remove some of the pain of the headache (and softer skin after – which is a bonus!)

Want to relax?  Take a small portion of East African Shea Butter and add in a couple drops of lavender oil. Mix well and then apply to your body as you would lotion. I love to use this combination after I’ve taken a bath at night since it helps me unwind before I go to bed.

Dealing with acne or a fungal infection?  Take a couple of drops of tea tree oil and mix with East African Shea Butter.  Tea tree oil is known for treating a wide range of skin problems.  Since both the tea tree oil and Shea butter are mild, you can apply them in small amounts to many places on your skin.

What other essential oils do you like to use? Another favorite of mine to mix with East African Shea Butter is the orange oil or lemon oil.  The smell is amazing!

Below you will find a recipe for whipped Shea butter. I love to whip up small batches of Shea butter and enjoy a creamy texture.

Whipped Shea Butter with Essential Oil Recipe

2 ounces of East African Shea Butter

1 tablespoon carrier oil (I like to use organic extra virgin olive oil)

5 to 10 drops of your desired essential oil (lavender is a great one to start with)

mixing bowl




Take your East African Shea Butter that is at room temperature and mash it with a fork or potato masher in your mixing bowl. Add in the base oil and mash some more.  User your mixer on high speed for about 5 minutes.  Add in your essential oil and mix some more. Transfer to your clean container for storage.

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