Ingredient spotlight: Shea butter

Shea butter ( Butyrospermum parkii ) is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree mainly used in the cosmetics industry for skin and hair related products. It has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing and healing properties, where it has been used to protect and condition skin which has been damaged.

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Shea Butter is naturally rich in minerals and vitamins like A, E and F. And Because of its soothing nature, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating effects, it is a perfect ingredient to incorporate into body and skin care products for you and your pets.
In addition, Shea Butter offers a low level of UV protection (approx. SPF-6).  It is also wonderful to use in the summer as a moisturizer before and after sun exposure.

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Herbal healing salves

healing salves

Salves ( also known as ointments) are such a simple, effective and useful medicine!. They can easily be slipped into a purse, pocket, or first aid kit. Although semi-solid at room temperature, salves soften once applied to the skin, making them less messy to apply than oils.  They also are an easy and approachable way to introduce newbies to the medicinal properties of herbs.

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