Years ago, when I misplaced my regular moisturizer in a move, I discovered by happy accident that tallow is uniquely compatible with our skin’s biology, leaving it supple and nourished after use. Rich in fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K along with a saturated fat ratio that closely resembles what our cells use to maintain integrity, it absorbs easily without leaving a greasy residue behind.
I’ve used this tallow balm for dry/chapped skin, diaper rash, and sunburns, and many of my friends swear by it for soothing eczema. But don’t think of it just as a “boo boo” balm – it makes an amazing daily moisturizer for the face and body. You can also slather it on your feet and throw some socks on for an intensive moisture treatment.
If you have tallow on hand – either homemade or purchased – it’s super easy to make. However, if you don’t have easy access to tallow or are short on time, my friend Emilie sells pre-made tallow balm blendsthat smell amazing. Although I love to make my own so that I can customize my essential oil blend, there are times when I’ve got too much going on and order from her instead.
Tallow obtained by scooping the fat off the top of a chilled container of beef broth will likely have more moisture than traditionally rendered tallow. For that reason it tends to go bad quickly. Stick with the traditional process and your finished product should last about a year at room temperature.
How To Make Tallow Balm
Makes approximately 1/2 cup – I fill a 4 ounce jelly jar to the brim when I make a batch.
27 drops essential oil for face application, or up to 54 drops for body application – optional, see suggestions in the post above. If you’re making this balm as a natural diaper balm for babies under two, use up to 8 drops of a child-safe essential oil.
Melt the tallow gently over low heat, then pour into a large bowl and mix in the olive oil and essential oils. Allow to cool for about an hour, then whip with a hand mixer until it looks like frosting. Whipping gives it a lighter consistency that makes application easier. Place in a clean jar and use as needed. Shelf life is about one year.
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