About two months ago, I found some grass-fed beef fat at my local farmer’s market. I brought it home, cut it into pieces and rendered it very slowly in my crock pot over a few days. It only cost about $6 and I rendered two cups of liquid fat called “tallow”. It may sound gross, but it’s packed with health benefits and basically, I’ll eat just about anything if I know there’s a health benefit. :)
I put it in my fridge thinking I would use it to fry something (potatoes, “breaded” meat) but never got around to using it. Then today as it was staring me in the face, I decided to take half and make something useful of it: a fragrant body butter.
This body butter is packed full of vitamins A, D, E, and K, (nutrients your thyroid and immune system desperately need) thanks to the tallow, along with essential fatty acids. All of these are great for skin health, but also, because they’ll be absorbed into the body, are great for hormone and immune health as well. The end result is a creamy, thick, floral and nutrient-dense lotion that allows your skin to do some (health) work for you. This is a plus considering many people with thyroid and autoimmune issues have absorption and conversion issues. By rubbing them into your skin, you bypass possible gut malabsorption.
- buy or render your own grass-fed suet into tallow (If making yourself, simply cut pieces of suet into small bits, place in crock pot on low for a day or two until most all fat has rendered, then strain through a coffee filter or cheesecloth, and refrigerate liquid)
- start by heating 1 cup of tallow on medium on the stove top until melted
- once melted, pour tallow into glass jar
- add 1 cup sweet almond oil to jar and stir oils until well combined (you could also use another monounsaturated oil like avocado, olive, grapeseed, etc — this is what will keep the mixture spreadable)
- add approximately 20 drops essential oils of your choice (I used approx. 5 drops bergamot, geranium, spike lavender, clary sage, and rose otto — it ended up smelling so floral and feminine!). Note that talllow does have a scent, so if you can still smell the tallow, add a few extra drops essential oil to overpower. Also note that too much essential oil can cause skin irritation so start slow
Apply to skin daily to absorb the health benefits!