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How to Make Essential Oil Body Butter for Joint Pain

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Relieving joint pain naturally calls for some big players in the Aromatherapy world.

We want to make something that offers fast comfort. We also want it to be gentle enough to use in an ongoing way since, joint pain is often chronic.

Our blend has to care for our skin and calm inflammation.

Making an essential oil body butter is a great choice!

Did you know there are natural carrier oils and butters that can calm inflammation?

I’ll tell you about two of my favorites, then share a body butter for joint pain recipe that you can make at home.

I love using Trauma Oil for joint pain. Trauma Oil is actually a carrier oil that’s been infused with three healing herbs—arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula. Triple times the comforting power in a single oil!

Next, kpangnan butter (pronounced “PAN-ya”) comes from Africa and is often called “golden shea butter.” It’s rich in something called “stigmasterol,” which is a natural plant sterol full of anti-inflammatory properties. Kpangnan butter has been used by local people for pain relief for a long time.

Trauma Oil and kpangnan butter make a great base for our body butter for join pain!

Here’s the recipe . . .

Kpangnan Juniper Joint Butter

  • 1.5 oz (42 g) kpangnan butter (Pentadesma butyracea)
  • 1.5 oz (45 ml) Trauma Oil
  • ½ oz (14 g) beeswax (Cera alba)
  • 10 drops Juniper essential oil (Juniperus communis)
  • 17 drops Myrrh essential oil (Commiphora myrrha)
  • 13 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

How to make this body butter for joint pain . . .

  1. Set up the “Stovetop Melting Method.” Put a Pyrex measuring cup in a soup pot that’s about ¼ full of gently simmering water. Your ingredients will go in the Pyrex to melt.
  2. Melt the beeswax in the Pyrex.
  3. Add the kpangnan butter and melt.
  4. Add the Trauma Oil and stir until everything is fully melted, using a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon.
  5. Remove the melted butter from heat and add the essential oils, stirring gently.
  6. Pour the butter into two 2 oz (60 ml) glass jars, or into one 4 oz (120 ml) glass jar.

Allow it to solidify before applying it to achy joints, massaging gently.

You can use your body butter for joint pain in your hands, knees, wrists, fingers, and anywhere else you feel discomfort.

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You can work with so many natural butters and essential oils to make body butter for joint pain.

Kpangnan is just one of several that would be very effective.

In fact, you can make body butters for all kinds of different issues—from nourishing dry skin, to easing joint pain, to releasing muscle tension, and even reducing the appearance of scar tissue.

I can teach you a wide variety of healing blends—not to mention how to make luscious lip balms!—in my online class, Body Butters and Lip Balms

I’m happy to say that this is one of Aromahead’s most popular online classes! It’s fun to take—you start blending in the very first lesson. And you learn about many different carrier oils, butters, and essential oils that can create a wide range of effects in your blends.

If you’re wondering whether essential oils can REALLY be effective for different issues, the answer is YES! . . . But you do have to know what you’re doing in order to have success.

You can get the knowledge you need at Aromahead. Everything we teach is based in science and research, so you can trust that your blends will help—whether they’re for you, or someone you care for.

A research-based education is a great foundation for your Aromatherapy practice.

Join us in class and make some great body butters!

Founder at Aromahead Institute
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!

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