Tallow: The Secret Ingredient for DIY Hand Cream
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Tallow is the rendered fat from beef carcasses, often overlooked as just a random thing discarded after butchering. However, tallow has numerous benefits and uses, including making your own lotion that is free from extra toxins found in store-bought products. For moms looking to save a few dollars while giving their hands some extra TLC during harsh winter months, this recipe for DIY hand cream made from tallow is perfect!
To make this nourishing hand cream, all you need is 1/4 cup of tallow, 1/8 cup of sweet almond oil, 1 tablespoon of beeswax, and 10-20 drops of your preferred essential oil. Make sure to use a high quality pure essential oil to avoid nasties. You can grab some of my favorite brand with the link here
The sweet almond oil adds moisture and nourishment, while beeswax helps with consistency and texture. The essential oil not only adds a lovely scent to your lotion but also provides skin benefits.
Start by melting the tallow, sweet almond oil, and beeswax in a double boiler over low heat. Once everything is melted, remove from the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes. This step is important to avoid adding essential oils to the hot mixture, which may impact their therapeutic properties.
After the mixture has cooled down, stir in the essential oils of your choice. Lavender is an excellent option for its calming properties, while peppermint can offer a refreshing sensation. Pour the mixture into small tins or containers and allow it to harden for several hours.
Once the lotion has hardened, it's ready to use! This DIY tallow lotion is suitable for everyone in the family, including children and babies. The presence of natural ingredients means that it's gentle for all skin types and provides nourishing moisture that lasts.
The easiest option to finding tallow is to ask your local butcher or farmer for beef fat trimmings. You will have to render it down yourself. You can find those directions here. Alternatively, you can also purchase tallow on my family farm’s online store here
Don't let tallow be a forgotten part of cow meat and instead harness its benefits with this easy DIY hand cream recipe! It's not only easy on the pockets but is also free from unwanted toxins found in store-bought counterparts. With just a few ingredients and some essential oils, this homemade lotion will keep your hands and skin hydrated and soft all winter long!
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