Posted by Karen Williams on

Kombo Butter (Pycnanthus anglensis) is produced from the seeds of a tropical tree called Pycnanthus angolensis, also known as "African nutmeg" and is harvested annually between December and April.

It is a little-known butter that has many wonderful healing properties due to its high Myristoleic acid content used to treat pain in the muscles and joints. Myristoleic acid is also used for arthritis and gout. Kombo Butter comes from West Africa and has a beautiful unusual color that I describe as a deep chocolate burgundy that almost has a dark blue hue. I like to make a body butter or whipped butter with Kombo Butter, adding essential oils that would assist with joint pain relief. I apply this after a rigorous day of horseback riding or gardening to help ease the stiffness from overused muscles. Sometimes I rub in on my hands and fingers if they are feeling stiff and painful.

Listed below are a few notable properties:

  • 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 aroma has been described by some as smelling fruity, and others say it has the aroma of burnt caramel. In my personal experience, I'd classify its smell as earthy, with a hint of mushrooms. The texture isn't hard and flaky like cocoa butter but rather wet and thick with the ability to be spooned into a container, slowly sliding off a spoon. (Kind of like a pudding!) It is somewhat grainy. It is important to buy this butter unrefined to enjoy the benefits that it offers. Store in a cool dark location or in the refrigerator. It has a shelf life of approximately 2 years.

Recipe: Whipped Shea and Kombo Butter

Use: For inflammation and pain in the muscles and joints.

  1. Melt the Shea and Cocoa Butter in a double boiler
  2. Add the Kombo Butter and Jojoba oil
  3. Place in the refrigerator until cool and the top begins to slightly harden
  4. Blend with a mixer on high speed for 3-4 minutes, resting for two minutes
  5. Continue this for approximately 20-30 minutes until you obtain a gorgeous whipped butter!
  6. Add a few drops of the essential oils of your choice. Suggestions are approximately 54 drops of a single or blend of essentials: choose 3-4 oils.
Essential oil suggestions for Kombo butter:

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