Benefits of Wool

Wool has been used and well-known by human for thousands of years. Its excellent features such as breathability, natural warmth, moist absorbtion, insulating against heat & cold have placed wool among the finest fabrics in the world.

Merino wool is the softest of wools. It touches gently to the skin, creating a soft massage effect rather than scratching. Its natural breathability maintains a comfortable temperature against the human skin, regulating the body temperature. Even when wet wool feels warm and comfortable to the skin. Wool’s natural oil – lanolin cleanses away bacteria & neutralizes odors.

Wool is a totally natural material, therefore feels so familiar to the human body. The wool fiber is build similarly as the human skin.

Wool is dust mite resistant due to several natural features. Natural lanolin in the wool makes it naturally resistant to dust mites and mold. Also, wool has the ability to quickly absorb and release moisture and thus does not allow the damp conditions that dust-mites thrive in. Dust mites do not thrive in wool due to microscopic bristles on the wool fibers.

Organic wool is antimicrobial and antibacterial, due to the natural lanolin in the wool.

Wool is fire resistant. Wool does not catch on fire and actually acts as a natural fire retardant.

Breastfeeding

Every breast-feeding mother wants breast-feeding to be a positive experience for her and her baby. LANACare nursing pads have been invented and patented by Jeannette Almström. It is a unique and very benificial product for breastfeedingv made in organic soft merino wool. LANACare nursing pads provide the best conditions for successful breast-feeding. They are incredibly soft and gentle. Woolen nursing pads help to keep the breasts warm and protected against cold or wind, therefore recommended to use all year round. Natural warmth of the wool stimulates blood circulation and lactation processes, providing soothing relief in most breastfeeding problems. Even when the nursing pads are wet they still feel warm and dry due to wool ability to absorb moist. In that way LANACare nursing pads allow the skin to breath and remain dry, allowing sore nipples to heal. LANACare nursing pads contain natural lanolin, perfectly soothing sore nipples. Lanolin’s cleansing properties keep the wool fresh and hygienic. Most women need only 2 pairs for the entire nursing period – when your pads feel wet, or at least daily, let them dry on a dry heat source (as radiator) while wearing a second pair. It is recommended to use a size that covers the whole breast.

Nursing pads care

  • Washing. Wash by hand in lukewarm water with LANACare Lanolin Soap to replenish the lanolin content of the wool. Use just enough soap to keep the water mildly sudsy. Move the pads gently in the water, then let them soak in the water for 5-10 minutes.

Rinse in lukewarm water. Always use lukewarm water when washing and rinsing wool. Both hot and cold water can shock the wool fibers, resulting in shrinking and felting of the wool.

Place or roll your pads into a towel, pressing out the excess water. Give the pads a quick, brisk shake to help them regain their form and elasticity. Lay pads to dry, preferably over a mild heat source.

  • When you are suffering from thrush it is important to sterilize the pads before using them. It has been shown that placing your woolen pads, directly after washing (dripping wet), in a microwave oven on high for 2 minutes removes all bacteria. Placing the washed pads in an oven at 100 degrees C (212 degrees F) for 10 minutes will remove yeast spores.  (Always make sure your pads are wet when placed in either a microwave or oven – they will otherwise burn & turn brown!)

Lanolin

The name “lanolin” is derived from the Latin for “wool oil” (lana oleum). Lanolin has been designed by nature, and perfected over millions of years of evolution, to protect the skin and hair of sheep from the ravages of climate (from Australian summer heat to the wet British winter). Lanolin has an evolutionary advantage (about 70 million years) over most other skin product ingredients. Lana Lanolin is a highly refined medical grade lanolin (EP). Lanolin possesses a number of physical and chemical similarities to the lipids of the human skin. Lanolin penetrates the epidermis as far as stratum granulosum and acts as an in vivo moisture reservoir maintaining the hydration of the skin. Lanolin creates a semi-permeable film, which is important in restoration of barrier function and in wound healing. Lanolin, possesses a number of physical and chemical similarities to the lipids in the human skin. Lanolin can be absorbed into the intercellular spaces of the skin, where it is able to help repair barrier function and increase skin moisturisation.

Natural lanolin in the organic wool effectively cleanses away bacteria and removes any odors. The lanolin in the wool cleanses away the bacteria as the wool dries. It nourishes the human skin gently. Moreover natural lanolin in the wool makes it naturally resistant to dust mites and mold. Moreover, wool has the ability to quickly absorb and release moisture and thus does not allow the damp conditions that dust-mites thrive in. Dust mites do not thrive in wool due to microscopic bristles on the wool fibers.

LANACare is using exceptionally hypoallergenic lanolin in the lanolin products.

Organic

LANACare stands for true purity and highest quality.

LANACare is using only organic merino wool, that hasn‘t been chemically treated or super washed. Only certified organic color materials are being used in the dying process.

The wool used by LANACare is KbT Certified Organic wool, meeting Europe’s highest standards. This ensures not only that the wool is free of pesticides, no-mulesing, but that working standards have been met for those in all stages of production.  The wool is providing comfort & well-being.

The lanolin used in LANACare lanolin products is stricly hypoallergenic, therefore safe for the mother and the baby.

Wool care

Untreated wool is to be washed as seldom as possible in order to retain its natural lanolin. After wearing your woolen item, place it to “air-out”.  If your woolen product becomes wet, just let air-dry or dry over a mild heat source. You’ll notice the cleansing smell of lanolin. The lanolin goes to work removing bacteria & odors, as the moisture evaporates away.

Wash your item when you feel it retains odors when dry or just seems less fresh. You may be able to go weeks between washings, even with daily wear.  Items not worn directly against your skin or less often can go even longer between washings.

Wool is best washed by hand, in lukewarm water, with a lanolin-replenishing soap.  Use just enough Lanolin Soap to keep the water sudsy.  Stir your woolens gently in the water, then let them soak for 10-15 minutes.  Rinse with lukewarm water, until water appears clean.  If heavily soiled, you may want to first wash in shampoo or a mild detergent, then wash a second time with lanolin-replenishing soap.  Gently squeeze water out of wool.  Roll in a terry cloth or place in washer on spin only, to remove excess water. Give each item a quick, brisk shake to regain its shape, then lay or hang to dry on a dry heat source.

Placing natural wool in direct sunlight to dry may slightly discolor the natural wool.