Natural Eczema Skin Care Routine | DIY Tallow Balm for Skin Microbiome Health and Eczema Relief
What is Tallow Balm?
Simply put, its a silky smooth moisturizer that helps keep your skin nourished and hydrated! It’s the only moisturizer I currently use on my face, and it was vital to keeping my skin healthy while I healed my eczema naturally. The ingredients are minimal and it’s preservative free… so it’s WONDERFUL for skin microbiome health.
You can read more about my eczema journey in the following blogs:
Tallow is Beef Fat…
and yes, I put it on my face.
Tallow is balm is NOT vegan. Tallow is rendered fat from cows. Now most of you know I eat a mostly vegan, plant based diet. However, I am perfectly fine with using tallow balm especially now that I’m making my own. I don’t eat meat at all, but as long as other humans do, there will be tallow in the world that can be used.
I get tallow from our local farm/butcher shop, Iverstiens. They're a more sustainable option because they are focused on providing high quality and natural meat products to the local community… not mass producing anything for the entire nation. Their animals are well taken care of, and they are VERY transparent about their agriculture practices. I follow them on instagram and they post stories of all the animals roaming free in fields.
Natural Eczema Skin Care Routine
My skin care routine is pretty simple. You can read the full details about my skin care routine in this blog, where cover how I cared for my skin during and after steroid cream withdrawal.
I found that simplifying my routine had the best impact on my skin health. I have a basic rule: If I’d have to call poison control if I ingested a skincare product, I absolutely will not put it on my skin. Plain and simple. I usually use Toups and Co. Organics tallow balm, but it’s way more affordable for me to make my own. We’ve been trying to cut down on our spending a lot this year, and since I use so much tallow balm this is a great way for us to save lots of money. It cost me an estimated $1.70 to make my own four ounce jar of tallow balm.
Don’t forget about gut health!
Let’s not forget, skin care starts on the inside. How you care for your skin externally is very important, but root causes of skin issues also have a lot to do with what’s going on inside your body. The foundation of my healthy skin is a healthy gut. My gut stays healthy with daily doses of our Cultured Guru Fermented Kimchi, Sauerkraut or Pickles (not gonna lie, mainly it’s the kimchi 😋) and a plant based diet!
Tallow Balm Recipe (great for eczema)
Ingredients & Supplies:
1/2 Cup Grass Fed Tallow
1/4 Cup Organic Cold Pressed Olive Oil
Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Rosehip, and Chamomile Essential Oils (OR any essential oils you prefer, this is just the combo I came up with.)
Stand mixer or Electric hand mixer for whipping.
In a glass bowl, melt the tallow in the microwave. I put it in the microwave for about 1.5 minutes. If you don’t like microwaves, you can also melt the tallow using a double broil technique on the stove.
Once the tallow is melted, let it cool for approximately 10 minutes.
Add in the 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil.
Begin whipping the oil mixture using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer. As the mixture gets back to a cool room temperature it will being to turn white and solidify. The mixing adds air into it so that its a spreadable, lotion consistency. I generally have to whip it for about 20 minutes.
Continue to whip the mixture as it solidifies and add in the essential oils. I used 3 drops of each oil listed in the ingredients.
The consistency should look and feel similar to whipped body butter (or like whipped butter cream frosting).
Using a rubber spatula, transfer the whipped tallow balm to a small jar and store in a cool dark place. I keep mine in my nightstand drawer.