Why is it in George’s Dog Balm?
Organic Shea Oil is used widely in natural and organic cosmetic and skin care products and is known for its protecting and skin smoothing properties. Rich in cinnamon acid, it can protect the skin from UV rays (low level of UV protection approximately SPF-6).
Our fur babies are unable to produce fatty acids of their own. Shea oil is naturally rich in Vitamins A and E as well as other vitamins and minerals. It is an intense moisturizer for rough paws and can also be used for minor skin wounds and irritations providing relief for painful skin conditions.
The oil promotes the healing process of damaged skin, helps the cells retain moisture, and contains the essential fatty acids that keep our dogs’ skin supple and healthy.
What is it (thanks Wikipedia):
Shea oil/ butter is an off-white or ivory-colored fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa). Shea butter is a triglyceride (fat) derived mainly from stearic acid and oleic acid. It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer, salve or lotion. Shea butter is edible and is used in food preparation in Africa. Occasionally, the chocolate industry uses shea butter mixed with other oils as a substitute for cocoa butter, although the taste is noticeably different.
Shea butter is mainly used in the cosmetics industry for skin- and hair-related products (lip gloss, skin moisturizer creams and emulsions, and hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair). Shea butter is sometimes used as a base for medicinal ointments. Some of the isolated chemical constituents are reported to have anti-inflammatory, emollient and humectant properties. Shea butter has been used as a sunblocking lotion and has a limited capacity to absorb ultraviolet radiation.