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Avo-Kombo Feel Better Butter

by Andrea Butje on April 04, 2016

One of my favorite natural carrier butters to use in body butter recipes for healing massage is kombo butter.

kombo butterKombo butter has a deep reddish-brown color, and a distinctive nutty, earthy aroma. Its consistency is thick and oily, with granule-like bits throughout that melt when it’s warmed. (You can see the texture in this picture of kombo butter from Aromatics International.) It comes from West Central Africa, and is often called “African Nutmeg.”

It’s good at soothing aching joints and sore muscles thanks to its high content of natural acids that reduce inflammation. I have known people who were so helped by this butter that they refused to leave home without their kombo blend!

I’d like to share a recipe that might just become a “don’t leave home without it” blend for you.

Avo-Kombo Feel Better Butter

  • 1 oz (28 gm) Beeswax (Cera alba)
  • 2 oz (56 gm) Kombo butter (Pycnanthus angolensis)
  • ½ oz (14 gm) Cocoa butter (Theobromo cacao)
  • 1 ½ oz (42 gm) Shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii)
  • 3 oz (90 ml) Avocado oil (Persea gratissima)

This makes about 8 oz (240 ml) of Feel Better Butter. You can make it in two 4 oz (120 ml) glass jars, or in four 2 oz (60 ml) glass jars.


  • Create a “double boiler” with a Pyrex measuring cup and a soup pot. Fill the soup pot about ¼ with water, and bring it to a gentle rolling boil. Put the Pyrex in the soup pot with the handle hanging over the side. That way it won’t be too hot when it’s time to pick it up. (It’s really amazing how this works! You can watch me make a different body butter using the double boiler method in this YouTube video.)
  • Melt your beeswax in the Pyrex.
  • Add your cocoa butter and melt.
  • Add the kombo butter and avocado oil. Stir gently until the kombo is all melted.
  • Add the shea butter and stir gently until it’s melted.
  • Remove the Pyrex from heat and turn off the stove.
  • Pour your liquid butter into your jars. Let it cool for at least an hour before using it.

If you want to add essential oils, add them after the shea is melted (and before you pour the blend into your glass jars). I suggest:

  • 25 drops Sugandha Kokila (Cinnamomum glaucescens)
  • 30 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 25 drops Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
  • 6 drops Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

I recommend using this blend if you’re not wearing something white, or try dabbing off any excess butter from your skin so it doesn’t get on your clothes.

Human touch has such wonderful therapeutic effects.

When we combine our touch with natural butters and oils, we can dramatically enhance our powers to heal. If you want to learn more healing massage blends that you can use on yourself, friends, or clients, come to my FREE webinar, “Reduce Your Clients’ Pain Using Aromatherapy.” You’ll learn how to make more blends like this, as well as how to price your blends for sale so your clients can purchase them to use between sessions.


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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: Recipes and Blends, body butter, butter, Kombo Butter, essential oils for pain, essential oil body butter

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