It’s that time of year again. The time of chilly days, hot tea, slipper boots, bundled up afternoon walks, and nights of holiday prep. I love it. I feel like Fall could have stuck around a bit longer…but I love the anticipation of the Christmas season.
The hubs and I took two days away this weekend to celebrate our anniversary. Our daughter stayed with my parents and we had such a relaxing time in Lake Geneva together. Has anyone else ever been? We don’t make the time to go enough.
One not-so-awesome thing about this time of year is the dry air and skin in need some a little extra love. My hands get SO dry! It’s a combination of all the hand washing and time in the kitchen that really does a number on them. I especially noticed the dry air when sleeping in our hotel room this weekend. Lyla’s cheeks also get really chapped in the winter. And I’m not going to stop smooching on those cheeks. I needed another solution.
Deep Moisturizing Body Salve
1/3 cup tallow
5 tsp olive oil
10-20 drops of essential oil (for scent, if desired)
Heat tallow until it is in a liquid form and stir in the olive oil and drops of essential oil. Pour into a small container and allow to cool. Spread on skin as needed.
Traditionally made skin products contained animal fats, up until the push to also remove animal fats from our diet. Good luck finding animal fats in store bought skin products. You just won’t find it. Because saturated fat makes up about 50 percent of our cell walls, it makes sense to use something on our skin that is of similar makeup. Tallow is 50-55 percent saturated fat, with the remainder being monounsaturated. (Click here to read more) It makes the perfect topical moisturizer for the skin. Plus, olive oil, which contains mostly monounsaturated fat, is a great addition to the salve. It adds a type of fat that is also in line with the makeup of your skin cells, and it is liquid at room temperature so it makes the salve more spreadable.
Wondering where you can find tallow? When we got our quarter cow this year, I requested the tallow (also called suet, before it’s been rendered). You could also contact your local butcher and request it from them. Your best bet is fat from a cow that has been raised in healthy conditions, grass fed, and without hormones or antibiotics. Toxins are known to be stored in fat, which is exactly what tallow is.
Got a big hunk of fat that needs to be rendered into tallow? I have a post coming soon that will show you how to easily render tallow in your crockpot.
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