It appears to be the solution for pedestrians who quickly get blisters with sheep. By placing 100% pure lamb’s wool in your socks, around the places where you usually get blisters, you are preventing blisters and softening blisters that have already formed. This is because fine wool naturally contains the wool fat (lanolin) and because it absorbs sweat but is also breathable at the same time. The latter also means you don’t have to fear sweaty feet.
Mobilize pressure and pain points
For example, do you get blisters between your toes easily? Then you can roll the wool under and between your toes. If you are more likely to suffer from blisters under your heels, put fleece there. As long as you apply it to the correct pain points and place it directly on your bare foot (in your sock), not between your sock and your shoe.
Below you can see one of the many ways to apply the wool around your foot.
“Is that comfortable?” It might be the first thing you ask yourself. At first it will feel really crazy and warm and tight, but once you start walking the fleece forms all the way to your foot and clogs your sock. From that moment on, you don’t feel much of it, and so no (new) blisters appear. Is this happening? Then next time you will have to use more wool or you may have missed some pain points.
Not just for pedestrians
By the way, you don’t necessarily have to be an avid walker to take advantage of this assistance. Even if you have aching heels or suffer from calluses, winter toes, heel spurs, and other discomforts on your feet, you can use sheep’s wool to relieve the pain. They also keep your feet warm and cool. Wool has a thermal effect on warm feet in winter and a cooling effect in summer.
Washed sheep’s wool
Walking Wool is offered online in many shops. But since it is a natural, unprocessed product, you can also use pure (washed) wool yourself, if you know a local sheep farmer. A lot of wool is being thrown away because it yields hardly anything or nothing at all.
However, it is important that you wash it properly before use, so that you have clean wool that still contains wool grease. It is best to let the wool soak for a while in lukewarm water with a natural cleaning agent such as green soap or biological cleaners. You can also add a little wool detergent if you want to reduce the smell of the sheep. But be careful: do not rub, rub or knead, because then you destroy the very necessary “scales”.
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