Wool’s Healing & Supportive Influence

It’s Healing Characteristics:

Wool helps us feel better in every way because of it’s innate characteristics.

It is:

  • insulating
  • temperature regulating
  • mold resistant
  • flame resistant
  • lightweight
  • fast drying
  • long lasting

basket-of-scarvesTry it for yourself. Send for a wool medicine scarf. Or maybe two or three so you can gift your loved ones with the feeling of ‘pure love’. This wool is carded at Woolgatherer mill in Montague.

  • One scarf – $5
  • Two for $8
  • Three for $10.

(Includes shipping within U.S.)

The secret of wool is in the structure of its fibers, which absorb moisture, insulate against heat and cold, resist flame, and maintain their resilience.

Unlike cotton, linen, silk or polyester, wool fibers are covered with tiny scales, making them look like pine cones when magnified.

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When one fiber’s scales rub against those of others, they pull the fibers together in irreversible tangles. When compacted under heat and moisture, the wool shrinks into felt.

Wool provides great warmth for little weight. Air trapped between fibers gives wool its amazing insulating ability.

The surface of wool is water resistant, yet its interior is highly absorbent. Wool is the most hydrophilic of all natural fibers, absorbing as much as 30% of it’s weight without feeling wet to the touch (cotton absorbs 8%, synthetics often less than 5%).

Porous and permeable, wool absorbs perspiration and releases it slowly through evaporation so that one feels less chilled in winter; in summer the evaporation keeps one comfortably cooled. In biblical times wool was used to collect water; a fleece was left out overnight in the desert, and early the next morning the dew was wrung from it.

Wool can feel warm even when wet; I have experienced this first hand when my socks became soaked while out in the wet and almost frozen ground last winter – yet my feet stayed warm for the rest of the day – while wet!

The presence of water (because of it’s hydrophilic nature) plus the protein keratin, makes wool naturally flame resistant, requiring a higher temperature to ignite than other natural fibers. When aflame, it burns slowly, smoldering and charring, but giving off little heat. A wool blanket is an effective way of smothering a flame.

Wool has excellent elastic recovery, giving it a springiness that makes clothes wrinkle resistant when dry. Wool can be bent 20,000 times without breaking (silk breaks after 1800 bends, rayon after 75).

Felting compacts wool, making it less permeable, warmer, sturdier, more water resistant, and therefore very useful for high utility items such as boots, carpets, yurt walls, sleep mats, etc.

Wool is threaded through our human stories and languages in intriguing ways, a testament to humanity’s long standing and vital relationship with it.