I love experimenting with new skin care products! Whether store-bought or homemade, I love to change things up on a pretty regular basis. And in my search for DIY skincare recipes I found two in particular that caught my interest: magnesium body butter and tallow balm. Both of these have amazing properties that set them apart from your run of the mill coconut oil/shea butter concoctions (although I do love those too!) and because I’m too lazy to make two separate products I decided to combine the two concepts and although I’ve only been using this particular recipe for a short time, I have already seen amazing results, particularly on stretch marks and areas with sun damage. Because of its unique composition I have found that it is most suitably used as a “spot treatment” of sorts, I do not and would not use this concentration of magnesium as a whole body moisturizer or as a face treatment, it is very nourishing but not quite moisturizing enough to cover your head-to-toe skincare needs! I personally use this Magnesium Tallow Balm on my chest, stomach, hips, and caboose because I don’t have excessively dry skin in those areas. Also keep in mind as you’re reading – I am not a medical professional, nor do I claim to be! This information is based on what I have found in my own research and experimentation. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about whether or not you should use a product I think it’s best to seek appropriate counsel on the subject before proceeding to ensure you’re body remains happy and healthy!
So before we get into the “how” let’s talk about the “why”, starting with the Magnesium. Magnesium contributes to over 300 chemical reactions in our bodies, such as muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. So as you can see, it’s kind of a big deal! In the past, the amount of Magnesium in our water and soil adequately fulfilled our needs but these days, thanks to water filtering, pesticide use and over-farming, our foods simply may not have the Magnesium content necessary to keep our bodies properly nourished. I have personally found that my sleep, jaw clenching, and general muscle soreness are most dramatically improved when I take steps to increase my own Magnesium levels, and there are a few different ways you can do that but transdermal supplementation may be my favorite!
And of course there’s tallow… ooohhhh tallow. It’s awesome! And if you don’t know what it is let’s just clear the air, tallow is rendered beef fat but before you get too grossed out you may want to take a look at the amazing skin care benefits offered by grass-fed tallow. First off, tallow is full of the same kinds of lipids that are naturally found in healthy skin. Grass-fed tallow also contains Vitamins A, D, E & K. Not to mention, the molecular structure of tallow is very similar to sebum, the oil that our bodies naturally produce to nourish and protect our skin. So as you can see, the “ick” factor is greatly out-weighed by the benefits of using this DIY skincare staple in your daily routine.
Then we have coconut oil, I think we can agree that its skin care benefits are most commonly known among the listed ingredients. That being said, it’s powerhouse list of “pros” is no less impressive! With its amazing moisturizing properties along with the fact that it doesn’t leave the skin feeling quite as greasy as other carrier oil, it’s no wonder so many people turn to coconut oil for so many of their skin care needs! It’s combination of fatty acids can help to reduce inflammation and since it is a natural anti-fungal, it’s a perfect option for someone dealing with a candida overgrowth or any kind of bacterial imbalance.
Lastly I’ll mention the variable ingredient, Essential Oils. For this recipe I prefer to primarily use Frankincense do to its cancer-fighting and healing benefits and I often add a good amount of lavender because I use this balm before bed and I simply love the calming effects that help me drift off to sleep. But as always, do your research and decide which blend would cater to your needs most effectively, here are a few options you may want to consider:
Frankincense: Builds immunity, reduces inflammation, heals age spots, supports brain and may help fight cancer.
Lavender: Helps with relaxation, improves mood and heals burns and cuts.
Oregano: Powerful anti-microbial properties, can kill fungus and help you kick a cold fast.
Peppermint: Supports digestion, improves focus, boosts energy, fever reducer, headache and muscle pain relief.
Myrrh: Natural anti-septic and can prevent or reduce infections. Also, supports beautiful skin, reducing stretch marks and hormone balance.
So without further ado, here is my recipe for Magnesium Tallow Balm…
2 oz Grass-Fed Tallow
1 oz Magnesium Oil
5 – 10 drops Essential Oil
I use a double-boiler technique with a sauce pan and a large heat-resistant glass measuring cup. Start by filling the pan so that the water will cover a little over half of the measuring cup and then remove measuring cup, bring water to a light boil and remove from heat.
Set the measuring cup in the water and begin adding tallow little by little until it’s completely melted, repeat this process with the coconut oil and remove the measuring cup from the sauce pan.
Add the magnesium oil and essential oil blend to the cooling mixture and pour directly into a mason jar(or similar container).
Allow time to cool for 5 minutes before pouring mixture into another mason jar, pour the mixture back and forth as it cools to prevent the ingredients from separating.
Once the balm starts to solidify, transfer the mixture into a glass or metal container suitable for storage and stir periodically until it has completely cooled.
Store in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months! I hope you enjoy this product as much as I have!