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:
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.
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!