What is beef tallow?
Beef tallow is a rendered fat made from the fat of a cow,
or simply put, beef fat.
Why are you using beef tallow in your products? How is it better than shea butter or other plant butter/oil? What are the benefits of beef tallow for the skin?
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Questions & Answers
We had learned to use Beef Tallow from our grandma, who would never let any farm product go to waste. Our grandma always had a jar of rendered fat in her kitchen that served as a balm for her hard-working hands. Although she did not know the science based knowledge of tallow benefits she understood the unwritten knowledge passed to her from her own lineage about the advantages of rendered tallow.
When we started the business and were making Beef Tallow based products, we needed to back-up our knowledge with modern day science. We came upon the article Traditional Nourishing and Healing Skin Care, in which author states that "Beef tallow offers many benefits and can be used for all manner of skin conditions, including dry, chapped, calloused, cracked, and sun-damaged skin, rashes, burning, itching, wrinkles, and so on, because it gives the skin the nutrients it needs to heal itself." Another research suggests that "Tallow is an excellent source of niacin, vitamins B6, B12, K2, selenium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and riboflavin. Grass-fed beef tallow contains high ratio of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which is a cancer-resistant agent. Contrary to popular conception, tallow is good for health as tallow fat is similar to the fat and muscle of the heart. Recent studies have shown that human beings need at least 50% of saturated fats like tallow and lard to keep the heart pumping hale and healthy. Tallow from pasture-raised cows also contains a small amount of Vitamin D, similar to lard." Source: Beeftallow.com
Tallow is also a good source of vitamin K2 in its suet form. It is also much more compatible with our cell biology than any plant oil or butter, as we, humans have much more in common with animals than the plant kingdom. Tallow is absorbed by the skin quickly and penetrates the skin deeply, while nourishing and moisturizing naturally. Tallow based products do not result in a greasy look or feel on your skin when applied in smaller amounts – our products are pure and contain no water, color, preservative or additive. All formulas are simple and effective, just like old grandma’s recipes!
Do beef tallow based products smell like beef? Will my dog follow me because I will smell like meat?
Absolutely not! Although raw beef tallow DOES have a "beefy" smell to it, none of our finished products contain just tallow; we formulate our recipes combining BT with other oils and beeswax. We have learned that once combined with beeswax, BT’s natural odor becomes weak. If we could identify one product that would have the most natural smell - it would be "Mommy Nipple Cream" - an unscented and pure combination of tallow and lanolin. Our Pure Lotions and Deodorants do not have a strong odor to them. We also add pure essential oils to most of our products so they have a more pleasant aroma.
What are herbs and what herbs do you use? Where do you source your herbs? Are they organic?
The term "Herbs" commonly refers to the leafy green parts of a plant used in cooking. However, herbs are any plants used for food, flavoring, medicine, or perfume. We use culinary herbs and medicinal herbs, including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, resin, root bark, inner bark (and cambium), berries and sometimes the pericarp or other portions of the plant. We do grow most of the herbs we use in manufacturing our products, and they are all raised from organic seeds following principles of organic gardening. We do not use pesticides or toxic chemicals in our garden. What we do is compost year round, have red crawlers, and bring cow manure and ashes into our soil. We collect rain water and work mostly with our hands. Our children LOVE to help in the garden and we are happy to raise them knowing where their food comes from. Some of the herbs we grow, include: basil, borage, burdock, calendula, dandelion, fennel, lavender, lemongrass, lemon verbena, marjoram, nettle, oregano, sage, thyme, tilia, sweet mint and peppermint. We also purchase chamomile, lavender, rose, sea bucktorn, eucalyptus, marshmallow root, and anise from trusted certified organic sources.