Pain Body Butter

I am going in for surgery soon and I wanted something to help with the pain and inflammation and healing.

Conveniently, one of the assignments I had been putting off was a pain and inflammation body butter using Kombo butter and Trauma Oil.

Trauma oil was new to me when I started this course.  I could not figure out why any plant would be called “trauma”.  But, as I found out, it is actually a blend of infused olive oils – Arnica, St. John’s Wort, and Calendula.  These are excellent for healing after trauma, hence the name.  It’s not cheap, though you could easily make your own.  I make infused olive oils frequently using garlic or comfrey.  I might make my own and share it with you soon, depending on how this body butter works!

The recipe in my class was a true butter, meaning it contains beeswax.  I knew that after surgery, I would not want that much thickness to try to rub into my skin, so I skipped the beeswax and adjusted the palm kernel oil slightly.  So, if you want something thicker that will really seal in moisture, feel free to add up to 1 oz of beeswax.  Butters are really hard to mess up, so feel free to experiment!  Kombo butter, Palm Kernel Oil, and Trauma Oil are all excellent for pain and inflammation on their own.  Another great oil would Tamanu, but I was out.  Maybe next time.

Pain and Inflammation Body Butter

Measure out 2 oz of Kombo Butter



Measure out 2 oz of Trauma Oil



Measure out 0.5 oz of Palm Kernel Oil


Measure out 0.5 oz of Vitamin E oil (optional.  You could also use Jojoba)



Put a heat-safe measuring cup in a pot of simmering water with the handle on the outside of the pot.  The water only needs to cup up about 2 inches on the measuring cup.  Add the palm kernel oil and allow to melt (if you were adding beeswax, you would add that first, allow to melt, then add the palm kernel oil).


Once that is melted, add the kombo butter.  It’s really sticky, you’ll probably need two spoons to get it all out.

Allow that to melt, then add the Trauma oil and the Vitamin E oil.  Make sure it is completely melted, then remove the measuring cup from the water, dry off the bottom and pour into 2oz glass containers.


I left two jars ‘naked’ and only added essential oils to one of the jars.  Essential oils should never be put on an open wound, that includes surgical wounds that have been sutured shut.  Until it’s totally healed up, I will use the naked butter, then I will use the butter with essential oils to aid in healing.


Here is my recipe for the essential oils I added to 1 pot.  This is for a 2 oz jar at 3% dilution. (Myrrh and Spikenard make this not safe for kids.  You can skip those two oils if you need this for a child, but reduce the number of drops of each oil by half.  Or skip the essential oils all together!)

5 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
5 drops Spikenard (Nardostchys jatamansi)
10 drops Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
5 drops Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
5 drops Frankincense (Frankincense frereana)

Mix those drops into the pot of hot oils, add a lid, and let cool.  Be sure to label the pot with oils so you don’t forget!

Happy Healing!

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