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Shea Butter Recipes: Pregnancy & Baby Care

Shea butter has been used by Africa’s women for centuries for skincare during and after pregnancy, as well as caring for their babies’ delicate skin. It is highly versatile and can be used to relieve some of pregnancy’s discomforts. It is the perfect choice for skincare as delicate skin stretches, changes and develops heightened sensitivity. Devoid of chemicals, shea butter is an ideal moisturizer for sensitive skin, and it is a very safe and natural way to care for baby’s delicate skin.

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Stretch Mark Cream

Whether you want to prevent stretch marks, fade old stretch marks or soften the appearance of C-section scars, this shea butter-based stretch mark cream can help. The combination of natural oils and essential oils rebuilds collagen, restores elasticity, stimulates cell regeneration and nourishes cracked, broken skin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Shea Butter
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Butter
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Beeswax
  • 1 tbsp Vitamin E Oil
  • 20 drops Neroli Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Instructions:

  1. Using a double boiler, melt the shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter and beeswax
  2. Once all the ingredients have completely melted, transfer the mixture to a lidded container
  3. Let the mixture cool at room temperature
  4. When the mixture is completely cool and solidified, stir it with a spoon until it reaches a creamy consistency
  5. Stir in vitamin E oil and essential oils
  6. Refrigerate until it has completely cooled
  7. Store the stretch mark cream at room temperature

Diaper Rash Cream #1

Raw shea butter has anti-fungal and yeast-killing properties, and is gentle enough for baby’s sensitive skin. Whether you are preventing or treating a diaper rash, this soothing cream will bring comfort.
Diaper Rash 72Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Shea Butter
  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp Beeswax
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Glycerin

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax together
  2. Once completely melted, remove the mixture from heat and add the vegetable glycerin
  3. Using a hand mixer, beat the mixture until it reaches a creamy consistency
  4. Pour the mixture into a lidded container and allow to cool completely in the refrigerator

Diaper Rash Cream #2

Using simple, easily-acquired ingredients, this diaper rash cream quickly soothes burned skin and protects it from future rashes.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Shea Butter
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Cornstarch

Instructions:

  1. Place the coconut oil in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 1 minute, until the oil is hot and completely liquefied
  2. Stir the shea butter into the hot oil
  3. Using a hand mixer, whip the mixture until it is uniform in color and consistency
  4. Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature
  5. Add cornstarch to the mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency
  6. Refrigerate the cream until it has cooled completely
  7. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container and store it at room temperature

Nipple Balm

Lock in moisture, strengthen the skin and promote healthy cell growth with this all-natural nipple balm. Shea butter is effective in soothing and protecting cracked nipples, while encouraging quick healing. While this nipple balm is natural, it is recommended that it is administered after a nursing session, and wiped away before baby nurses again.

Ingredients:Moisturizer Cream

  • ½ cup Shea Butter
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup Beeswax

Instructions:

  1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil over low heat
  2. Add the beeswax and stir the mixture until it is completely melted and well-combined
  3. Transfer the mixture to a lidded container and allow it to set for 24 hours before use

 

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