SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

January 3, 2017

Balm 4 skin, yours, mine and baby’s


Best, cheapest,easy/quick & Organic

Tallow was used by most civilizations to care for skin before industrialized cosmetics became known.  This was a natural thing to do and most beneficial — it was agreed by all.  And ‘Reason never contradicts Science.’  That was all news to me prior to discovering  the tallow line of balms made by VINTAGE TRADITIONS (found online).  Nothing is safer than this tallow for a baby, or feels better for chapped, rough hands, or sinks in more beautifully onto the skin, easing many problems, even for acned skin.  You have to see it, try it to believe it.  I’ve bought it for years, even copying down their instructions to those who wanted to make it themselves, perhaps  using different essential oils of choice. . . . not cheap, but so worth it.  100% organic and must be made from grass-fed cows or sheep

By now, any who come here know that I love the DIY thing.  Not just because I’m too cheap to buy stuff, . .livin on Social Security takes all one’s super-powers to balance stuff so you don’t feel a sense of “lack” but instead actually take great pleasure in – – and feel really good about. This is one. Over the years I have been heavy on sharing such efforts.   Many just put up with it, but some others have got a bit of the bug too. It’s fun and in this case. . . . a real big money saver.    Gonna tell you how in just a minimum of time, you too, can make this exquisite, great feeling balm that smells good, goes on easily, not greasy and seems to sink in beautifully. So this is nothing new, comes down to us from our ancient ancestors.  

When I called the new, organic Butcher and Grocer, I was amazed to learn his  grass-fed suet which is not ‘rendered’ was a mere $2.99 pound.  Done.  I’m doin’ it!  Already have essential oils and great extra-virgin Olive Oil.   First, the grass-fed suet from the butcher which isn’t rendered, NEEDS TO BE RENDERED:  This is a matter of heating the FAT tissue (suet) which is solid and waxy SLOWLY, until it melts leaving the pure oils to melt away from the rest of the tissue.  The oils are the Tallow.  There is so much nutrient in tallow — and as with all organic food, the less heat – the better, (so as not to destroy the natural, benevolent mineral – enzyme base.  So of course, there are a few ways to render this fat, but I like what VINTAGE TRADITION said is their preferred way (they do multiple pounds at once) is to cut up the suet into smallish pieces , place into a colander or steamer pan  > place this into a larger pan in oven with low heat maybe 200 F.  Can stir it around now and then til all seems separated and has dripped through to pan underneath.  Next filter through a cheesecloth to remove any particles.  

At this point you can either jar the tallow (if you’re making a larger amount) and store it;  keeps well at room temp  – –  or proceed to make your Tallow Balm.   At Vintage Traditions, they use 1 part EVOO to 8 or 9 parts tallow.  Tallow has a waxy consistency – (still used for candle making),  Once the oils are combined, add your choice of EO (essential oils) such as Lavender, Sandalwood, Rose, etc.   > place in refrigerator to allow to solidify so that it becomes extra smooth rather than leaving out at room temp. to set..

What you’ll need:   (depending on how ‘solid’ you want it)

           1/2 C  (about 8-9) T Grass-fed beef tallow

           2 T  Extra-virgin Olive Oil organic  (EVOO)

           few drops of essential oils – your choice  

1)  want tallow slightly warmed (no more than 120 F) til melted.  Add EVOO and EO’s  

2) Mix all together well,  put in jars, label . .  > put frig to set.   Will keep well @ room temperature for long time.

(As an aside, tho I haven’t figured this out, I think the left-over solids could be, perhaps dried further or even pan fried a bit to add to our pet’s food.  All that fat and minerals could do lovely things to the cat or dogs coat – not so sure cats would cotton to this, but hey – worth a try.)  



The Weston A Price Foundation  has a terrific article on this subject and I quote from it below with a paragraph or so from their own research,.  .  .  so, enjoy:       Jan


In light of the many harmful ingredients in most skin care products (see sidebar below and opposite), it is difficult to find many skin care products on the market that can definitely be considered a healthy and effective option. Therefore, we should take a look at the traditional wisdom on skin care and then see if modern science supports the ancestral knowledge.

As we have already seen, our ancestors overwhelmingly used tallow for skin care. For example, a book of “recipes” for all facets of life, written by Dr. A.W. Chase, MD in 1866, lists ten formulations of salve, eight of which contain tallow, in addition to other natural ingredients.17 This same medical doctor quotes the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal of his day on using pure tallow for a “very common and very painful affliction,” an ingrown toenail. Even though this use is a very specific one, it is included here as being a strong testimonial on the healing power of tallow: “

The patient on whom I tried this plan was a young lady who had been unable to put on a shoe for several months, and decidedly the worst I have ever seen. The edge of the nail was deeply undermined, the granulations formed a high ridge, partly covered with skin; and pus constantly oozed from the root of the nail. The whole toe was swollen and extremely painful and tender. . . . I put a very small piece of tallow in a spoon, heated it. . . and poured it on. . . . The effect was almost magical. Pain and tenderness were at once relieved, and in a few days the granulations were all gone, the diseased parts dry. . . and the edge of the nail exposed so as to admit of being pared away without any inconvenience. The cure was complete, and the trouble never returned. I have tried the plan repeatedly since, with the same satisfactory results. . . . A repetition in some cases might be necessary, although I have never met with a case that did not yield to one application. It has now been proven, in many other cases, to be effectual, accomplishing in one minute, without pain, all that can be effected by the painful application of nitrate of silver for several weeks.”18

Another piece of evidence to the traditional use of tallow in skin care is an antique one-ounce tin of “McQueen’s Pure Mutton Tallow,” manufactured by G.F. Baker in Nunnelly, Tennessee “since 1895,” which includes the following words on the bottom of the tin: “Valuable as a family remedy for chapped and rough skin caused by exposure to inclement weather. Excellent as a skin cleanser and also used as a foundation for various medical ointments.”


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