Kombo Butter Rich & Nourishing Pain Buster

Kombo Butter Rich & Nourishing Pain Buster

Kombo Butter comes from the seeds of a tree called Pycnanthus angolensis in West Africa. It is a little known butter that has wonderful healing properties due to its high Myristoleic acid content and is used to treat pain in the muscles, joints, arthritis and gout. 

I like to make a pain and inflammation butter with Kombo adding essential oils that would assist with joint and muscle pain. I apply this after a busy day in my massage office or after an injury, even a little ache and pain that comes up from what seems like nothing at all :) I recently made several batches of these up with some of our Muscle Blend oil combinations and have loved them. 

Kombo butter is known to be:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antioxidant
  • antifungal
  • anti-allergic
  • antiseptic

I love the texture of Kombo butter as it is silky and absorbs easily into the skin. The texture isn’t hard and flaky like cocoa butter but rather wet and thick with the ability to be spooned into a container. Kombo Butter has a beautiful rich brown color that is grainy in texture until rubbed onto the skin. Adding this naturally pain reducing butter to our essential oils that help reduce pain and inflammation is creating a powerful butter to reduce our discomfort while nourishing and softening our skin.

Try this recipe to make your own Kombo Butter Muscle Blend:

  • 2 oz (60 ml) Jojoba
  • 1 oz (28 gm) Shea Butter
  • 2 oz (56 gm) Kombo butter
  • 1 oz (28 gm) Beeswax

 Set up your double boiler or use a pyrex in a pot of boiling water, I do a low boil so the Shea doesn't get gritty. Add your Beeswax and start to melt it, then add in your Shea and melt it. Then stir in the kombo and allow them to melt and mix together, once they are melted add in your jojoba and remove from heat. Stir in your essential oil choices and stir well with glass stir rod. Once mixed add the liquid mixture to your 2 ounce glass jars, cap and allow to cool.

Your essential oil choices could be any oil you love such as Lavender, Frankincense, Copaiba, Basil, Cypress, or Peppermint. Typically I use 30 drops per 2 ounce jar, if you want to make different versions in each jar add your essential oils to the jar you want and then pour in your butter mixture over the top and stir with your glass stir rod to mix them before capping. When you are done and they cool your butters will look similar to these warm cocoa like jars of butters.

Muscles to Moods Kombo Butter

Have you tried using Kombo Butter in your blends? I would love to hear your recipes and ideas too so be sure to share them with me!

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I have tried to use combo but a few times and I don’t know if I can offer anything in my products with the grittiness. I tried melting it and putting it through a strainer but still some part of the grit gets through. Does anyone have any experience with getting rid of the grit?

Audrey J Fey


I’m extremely interested in formulating with this butter. So far, I have found this butter is safe for nut-allergy sufferers. By any chance do you happen to have further information on this specific topic?

Thank you for the great amount of information you provide, it’s a joy reading you :)


I make lotion bars using Kombo butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and beeswax. I use them for skin conditions. I’ll try the butter for sore joints. Thank you. I own Little White Lantern so I sell organic soy wax candles and body products. I’m a reflexologist so I have been making salves and balms for a long time. Kombo bitter is amazing!

Karen Leslie


I recently purchased 1lb of Kombo Butter and I must say it most definitely helps ease pain. I’ve been using it on my wife’s feet at night and she tells me every morning that the butter is magical.

I am a full-time crafter that makes natural skin products, mainly for eczema. I randomly discovered the butter and I now plan to use it in other formulations. Just thought I would share.

Thank you for your knowledge!


Justin Bryant

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