It’s true what they say–this mama fixes everything with breastmilk, coconut oil, and essential oils. Except as many people with skin issues have discovered, even those may not be enough.
In my quest for the perfect skin moisturizer, I have made homemade lotions and creams with a myriad of natural ingredients–from shea butter to coconut oil and I’ll admit to even sneaking in some breastmilk in one batch.
Of course I loved the way the batch made with cocoa butter made me smell (who wouldn’t want to smell like chocolate all day?!) but it didn’t do what I wanted for my skin.
Then I stumbled across the incredible benefits of tallow–a fat rendered from beef. Tallow contains abundant natural fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and other related properties which are found only in animal fats and which all promote skin health. In fact, many skin conditions are caused by a deficiency of these nutrients.
Tallow also contains fats like conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) (much more present in beef fat from grass-fed animals), which has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, and palmitoleic acid, which has natural antimicrobial properties.
I purchased a jar of balm made from grass-fed tallow online and could not believe how well it worked. My husband is a drywall contractor so rubbing his hands along the drywall sheets all day long sucks the moisture right out of his hands. He ends up with very large, gaping cracks in his hands in the wintertime. We did two things one winter and noticed the best improvement of anything we’ve ever done–we used the tallow balm and he began taking fermented cod liver oil daily.
But the price tag on the tallow balm was a bit steep–$15 plus shipping for a tiny 2-ounce jar. I knew I couldn’t keep doing that! So I set out to make my own. And when I did, I started sharing it with others. And they reported back that it worked phenomenally for eczema and other rashes as well as dry skin. I was excited!
But then I spent an entire winter emailing and contacting local grass-fed beef farmers to find some grass-fed beef fat to purchase and render into fat. No success. Fat from grass-fed beef proved to be difficult to come by!
I put the word out and eventually, through a great friend with some great connections, I was able to obtain a limited amount of grass-fed beef fat. And now my daughter and I have been busy working hard to make this great healing balm available to my awesome customers and clients!
To make our grass-fed beef tallow balm, we first chop the beef fat (NOT my favorite job! Nah it’s not too bad) and bake it very at a very low temperature in a strainer over a stockpot for many hours to render the tallow.
Once that is done, we strain the liquid fat and place it in the 4-ounce jars with a very small amount of olive oil so that it is more easily spreadable. Without it, the tallow is too hard at room temperature. Then we add only therapeutic-grade essential oils,* cover tightly, and label.
(*It is against a particular company’s policy to use their essential oils in products that will be sold. HFFG will respect that while still using therapeutic-grade essential oils made without any chemicals, fillers, etc. for these products.)
In addition to the benefits of tallow for skin, tallow has an excellent shelf life. It is stable at room temperature for many months. The following blends are currently available in 4-ounce glass jars:
This blend contains lavender and copaiba essential oils, chosen specifically for their soothing, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties. This combination was specifically formulated for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, and chapped skin.
This blend contains balsam fir, an essential oil commonly used to help open up airways and relieve congestion. Balsam fir is a much safer choice than eucalyptus and peppermint for babies and small children. This tallow balm can be applied to the chest and/or underneath the nose for a restful night’s sleep. It is also a great choice for men who need the moisturizing benefits of tallow but prefer a more manly smell.
This blend contains geranium essential oil to provide a flowery, feminine smell while nourishing your skin at the same time. Geranium has been used back to the times of the Egyptians for promoting beautiful, radiant skin and many other things.
This balm contains melaleuca alternifolia, an essential oil that is traditionally used in skin care for its cleansing effects. It is commonly used for fungal rashes including cradle cap, toenail fungus, and ringworm as well as acne, psoriasis, and other skin problems.
Unscented** is also available for those who would like to add their own essential oils, herbs, etc.
(More blends to come!)
Shelf life: Tallow lasts for many months, if not longer, at room temperature so tallow balm does not need to be refrigerated. The tallow balm is more easily applied and more spreadable when left at room temperature.
Safety: The ratio of essential oils contained in each of the blends were designed to be adequate amounts for therapeutic benefits but low enough to be used safely on people of all ages, including babies. Do not apply in the eyes.
Smell: Because tallow balm consists mostly of grass-fed beef tallow for the nourishing properties it contains, you may notice a slightly beefy smell to the product. Some essential oil blends tend to have a more mild smell which can cause the tallow smell to come through more.
**If you purchase unscented, you will likely need to melt down the oil in order to mix in your own essential oils or other fragrances.
Because this product is handmade, each batch may differ.
A little goes a long way!
Here’s what people are saying about my homemade tallow balm:
It’s the only thing that helped my son’s eczema (along with the necessary diet changes). It immediately helped with the itchiness, or at least it seemed like it (he had it from 2-6 months old, so it’s hard to say for sure that it instantly helped, but since he would stop fussing and squirming, it’s safe to assume I think…) and it really helped the healing process. My hands got really cracked after not taking my fish oil and going out in the cold, dry air, and I put the tallow lotion on and it soothed. I really recommend it! In comparison to store-bought lotions and creams, it’s way better. Even Aveeno has stuff in it that I don’t want on, in, or around my body, along with many other “natural” products. I highly recommend Sara’s!
It’s amazing! Worth every penny!
I am just astounded. I used the healing blend nourishing tallow balm on A, the last two nights. She eats so well, exercises, has a great attitude, just generally lovely. But has had a skin malady on the nape of her neck for a year! I tried, Col. Silver, various ess oils, coconut oil, aloe cream, aloe from the plant, everything I could try, we did. Nothing touched it, after two applications, of the tallow balm, it’s almost completely healed. I can’t stop looking and checking it! This is a rock solid answer to my prayer for my daughter from God. Thank you for your wisdom and genuine concern for others! You just bless me so much!
So I got my HFFG Tallow today!! I’ve used over 15 times…literally lol and I have applied it on all my family that I’ve seen today! “HERE! TRY THIS! LOVE MY TALLOW!” Thank you Sara Jo Poff for creating such an amazing product!
It is AMAZING!! Thank you for such an amazing product!! I’m so happy!
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