Inside and Out, Good Fats Nourish
I’m a messy cook. My OCD husband can’t be in the kitchen when I’m doing anything because I’m just not into precision. And sometimes I dance while holding spoons. His face gets all twitchy and I’ll inevitably throw him out for trying to tell me I’m doin it wrong. But I believe in the magic of cooking , the alchemy , the accidents, the mistakes!
You discover new things when you don’t always follow the rules, amiriight?
Case in point: while making bone broth one day, In the process of transferring to the container I use to refrigerate , I spilled a bit on the counter . Of course I wiped it up immediately! But, where the slotted spoon lived, a few drops remained on the counter. This then hardened into small, pale yellow drops. That I found myself running my hands over, again and again. This stuff was rich, creamy, and it made my dry dry hands soft! My mind kept returning to it, how most products for dry hands have twenty ingredients, and nearly none of it comes from nature, what if I could make something didn’t just soften, but healed as well?
Research commenced! Here is a summation of what I learned about the science of tallow:
The cell membrane is primarily made up of fatty acids , a double layer, in fact. Saturated fats make up about 50 percent of the cell membrane itself. Healthy, “ toned” skin cells, with “sufficient saturated and monounsaturated fats “will, of course make healthy, toned skin.
Tallow is similar in components with sebum- the way, oily stuff that lubricates and waterproofs our skin. Geek fact: ‘sebum’ means ‘tallow ‘in Latin, and began to be used in this biological sense in 1700!
If the animal has eaten its natural diet , Tallow contains conjugated linoleum acid (CLA), which has anti-cancer and anti inflammatory properties. Tallow also contains palmitic acid, which is anti-microbial.
Tallow also contains “ abundant natural fat-soluble activators”, vitamins A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E, which are only found in animal fats, and vital for general and skin health.
I made my first batch of ‘ skin food’, just for me and my dry, aging face and hands. I swear, I could hear slurping sounds coming from my pores. I tinkered around a bit, added some olive oil ( cold – pressed!), some shea butter and essential oils to make it smell lovely, and there it was, my very own anti-aging goop!
A bit later, a bit more thought, and I began to add Cannabis. So, not only does my balm heal and nourish skin, it now takes away pain too! Of course, I have the skin food without the medicine, and I add sea
buckthorn oil, and whip it up iso it’s lighter for your face and hands, knees, elbows, wherever. For your lips I have added beeswax (from my local farmers market ) cocoa butter and peppermint oil .
This stuff has changed my skin, and I’m proud to offer it to you .