Tallow balm is an excellent moisturizer for the skin. Finding a good moisturizer for eczema that moisturizes, calms, and seals the skin can be a challenge, especially when dealing with ultra sensitive baby skin. When my son’s skin began showing those awful, bright red patches, I immediately got to work creating an eczema cream to help him with the itchiness and dryness while I got to the bottom of his eczema. However, my usual go to products were not working for him. Coconut oil and olive oil were extremely high in salicylates, which I was suspecting he may be reacting too.
Since my usual go-to moisturizers weren’t doing the trick, I turned to a new player: tallow from grass fed, pastured cattle. I never thought I would use beef tallow, and I definitely never thought one day I would be learning how to make tallow balm. But, when your baby is hurting, you’ll do and try anything, right?
I’m so glad I did! Tallow has been completely essential in healing my son’s eczema and dealing with flare ups. The biggest change that has begun to heal him is diet changes of course, but this tallow balm has been amazing in helping his already inflamed skin start to heal. I truly believe tallow balm is one of the best healing creams for eczema and dry skin.
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Tallow is rendered fat from cows and is actually very similar to the oily layer on human skin, which makes it an excellent moisturizer and protectant. It has the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Since it is so similar to the sebum of human skin, it absorbs well and isn’t overly greasy. The best tallow comes from pastured, grass fed, organic cattle. If you want the best of the best, use suet, which is the rendered fat from above the kidney.
Cocoa butter is a wonderful and good smelling moisturizer that gives this balm extra protection and more moisturizing effects. Cocoa butter contains many fatty acids and helps with dryness and inflammation, and it’s consistency at room temperature offers excellent skin protecting quality which is vital for eczema ridden skin.
Liquid Oil and Vitamin E
I like to add in a liquid oil to make this balm spreadable; you can use whatever you choose that is least allergenic for whoever is using the balm. This includes, apricot kernel oil, almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and fractioned coconut oil. I also add vitamin E to give it a boost and offer some preserving ualities.
- 1/4 cup pure grass fed beef tallow
- 1/4 cup pure cocoa butter
- 1/4 cup liquid oil (I used apricot kernel)
- 10 drops Vitamin E oil
- Heat tallow and cocoa butter in double boiler over stove on medium heat (I use a glass measuring cup in a simmering pot of water)
- Once melted, take off heat and add apricot oil and Vitamin E
- Stir with wooden stick, pour into 4 oz glass jar, and let cool
- Stir repeatedly while cooling for a more whipped like balm
Apply the balm to problem areas on the skin (or everywhere) numerous times a day! I use it at every diaper change. Of course, the first time watch very carefully for any irritation or allergies, because everybody is different and you want to be sure there are no reactions.
This balm can be used for any dry, itchy, or irritated skin conditions, or it can be used as a standard moisturizer. The cocoa butter smells so good, and my and my son’s skin feels soft and moisturized after I use it. It makes an excellent eczema cream, dry hand cream, and facial moisturizer. The possibilities really are endless!
Have you ever made tallow balm?