Bó Balm story

Bó Balm is the happy ending of a story that began over 20 years ago.

In 1997, my husband and I began farming organically on a large tract of hill land located in South Tipperary. We had recently decided to leave our jobs in Manhattan with our burgeoning young family for the familiar reason of wanting a life away from the rat race. Up to this point, my only experience of farming had been gained during childhood summers spent on this farm, where I learned to drive (a tractor), turn hay, stack turf, and paint raddle on the back of a sheep with a stick.

A dream is one thing, but to make it happen, you need to stay real. My husband researched different breeds of cattle and grazing methods for quite a while. Then, one morning, we hopped into our old Land Rover Defender and drove to the top of Donegal to purchase our first Galloway cattle. A deciding factor for choosing Galloways was their double coat of hair that enables them to happily graze year-round on the hills, thus ensuring they would be 100% grass-fed.

Having developed a successful meat business over the years, for customers who like the taste and health properties of our premium meat products that can be consumed without the input of grains and artificial fertilisers, I discovered that the tallow from our animals has unique properties beneficial to skin, and so I began making my own skin balm from this tallow

Our low-input organic farming system reflects our values of letting nature and our animals get on with what they do best, with little interference from us. Harvesting the grass-fed tallow of our Galloways is one of the key ways in which the work of our animals grazing our hills is fully honoured. The tallow is one of the reservoirs of the goodness that the hills give.

Our cows have given us many gifts and I see their tallow is another gift they give to me, that I can now pass on to you, with the encouragement of The Urban Co-op, Limerick.

Bó Balm Features

100% organic grass-fed tallow is very different from tallow of animals that have been grain-fed.

100% grass-fed tallow naturally contains many skin-enhancing and skin -regenerating ingredients, such as:

Vitamins A, D, E, K and B12. These vitamins are fat soluble. No plant product contains the same combination of these vitamins.

Anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. My son recently used it on a skin burn and my daughter has been using it on her toddler’s eczema and as nappy cream for her 5- month old son.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). This has anti-inflammatory properties and is specifically found in 100% grass-fed tallow.

Omega 9 and 7 fatty acids. These help other nutrients penetrate deeply into the skin, and help make the skin appear more youthful.

Palmitic acid, which improves the barrier function of the skin and Stearic acid, which helps improves the skin’s flexibility.

100% grass-fed tallow is approximately 50% saturated fat and 50% mono-saturated fat and is almost identical to the composition of our own cell membranes.

Sebum, the substance present in our own skin that naturally moisturises and protects translates to “tallow” in Latin.

Bó Balm will last a long time because you only need to use a small amount. Warm between fingers before spreading.

Ingredients: 100% organic grass-fed tallow; organic Jojobo or Olive Oil; organic essential oils (0.5% dilution in total). This makes it safe for babies over 3 months old.

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