baraka kombo butter

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Kombo butter is relatively unknown in Europe. It has a dark brown-blueish colour and smells of burnt caramel. Kombo butter provides a rich source of cis-9-tetradecenoic acid, the precursor of cetyl myristoleate (CMO) – the popular remedy for Diehl arthritis. It has anti inflammatory, anti oxidant and anti fungal properties. Kombo butter is what I would call a ‘dry’ butter – it is not as oily as shea butter when applying it to skin and it sinks in very quickly. The butter is made from the seeds of the tropical tree crop Pycnanthus angolensis (African nutmeg) by means of boiling the seed nuts in large pots which produces the oil that becomes solid once it has cooled down. In combination with tamanu oil – another natural product which is said to have anti-inflammatory and analgestic properties – the resulting balm is used by arthritis sufferers but also by people with very dry skin that has a tendency to flaky scaling and redness. When combined with ravensara essential oil this balm may be useful for people suffering from shingles [A combination of tamanu vegetable oil and ravensara essential oil has been used successfully as a treatment for shingles (Herpes zoster) (Franchomme & Penoel 1981)]. For external use only. This is an unrefined natural product and impurities that are harmless may occur (the butter may also appear slightly grainy in parts but this melts away on skin contact). The butter can leave a tiny brown residue in skin creases which disappears after washing (hands for example).

From Wikipedia

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This species has a wide variety of human uses.

It is harvested for its wood, which is light, soft, and whitish gray or pink-tinged in color.[3] Its popularity rose after World War II when plywood was in demand, and during the mid-20th century it was one of the more valuable timbers in Central Africa.[6] It is not very durable and tends to warp, but it is easy to cut and work and can be used for many purposes. It is suitable for furniture, and in house construction as panelling,[3] sidingroof shingles, and framing. It is used for fuel and paper pulp. The wood can be vulnerable to termitespowderpost beetles, and other pests.[6]

The yellowish or reddish fat from the aromatic seed is called “kombo butter” or “Angola tallow”. A seed can be up to 70% fat. It is used as a fuel for lighting and is made into soap. Seed remnants are used in compost.[6] When ignited, the oily seed burns slowly and can be used as a candle.[3]

In Uganda the tree is grown in bananacoffee, and cocoa plantations to shade the crops.[3]

Most parts of the tree have been used in traditional African medicine. The sap has been used to control bleeding.[3] The bark has been used as a poison antidote and a treatment for leprosyanemia,[3][6] infertilitygonorrhea, and malaria.[6] Leaf extracts are consumed or used in an enema to treat edema. Root extracts are used to treat parasitic infections,[3] such as schistosomiasis.[6] The seed oil is used to treat thrush.[3]

Like the fat of nutmeg, kombo butter is mostly myristic acid, with a high amount of myristoleic acid, as well. It contains the unique compound kombic acid, which was named for the tree under its nomenclatural synonym, P. kombo.[8]


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Kombo Nuts are amazing and so is there story.

Watch, listen and learn about the Kombo Tree and fruit in the cocoa forests.

Known as African Nutmeg, they grow naturally in the Cocoa Forests, providing shade and diversity to the Cocoa crops and now starting to provide additional income to the hard working women of the cocoa forest communities.

Kombo Butter is made from the seed inside Kombo Bruit.  It is rich in Myristoleic acid and Vitamin A and is used to alleviate arthritis or general body pains, such as joint and muscle aches.  It is also used to treat burns, scars and wound ailments as well as acne, skin and oral .

It is added to formulations for all sorts of products from soaps to balms, to butters, salves, to hair products and more.

#KnowYourProducts – a series of informational posts about Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Kombo Butter and the women, families and communities that make it.  We believe the more you know, the better choices you make, the better products you make and the better you can educated and serve your customers

These next lines give you more information about Baraka Shea Butter – read them if interested.

What we hope you take away from this post more than anything is that you impact women, families and communities when you buy shea butter and that it is important to know the source of your shea butter.

It is so easy to have ‘raw and unrefined’ shea butter that was industrially processed, chemically extracted and all the income and impact ripped from the women and given to the factory. See more in this blog

All Baraka products are harvested and hand processed by women in rural Ghanaian villages using age-old traditions and techniques. It is core to traditional life and to their economic well-being.

You make a difference with every purchase from Baraka, or from people who make products with Baraka Shea Butter.

It has a direct impact on hard-working women and their families.

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If you want to learn more about Baraka’s products, how they are made, the women who make them and their children, families and communities please check out the videos and information on our website

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