Lanolin, not only for breasts!

Lanolin, commonly purchased at most stores under the brand name Lansinoh in a purple tube, isn’t only for sore nipples caused by breastfeeding. You can also use this valuable natural ointment on babys buttocks and diapering area. Although if you are using cloth, you may want to use a liner or chemical free sposie like Seventh Generation or Gdiaper since Lanolin is naturally water resistant which would cause a little problem in your cloth.

My daughter has had a few doozie rashes from daycare (they don’t like cloth dipes unfortunately), and the best quickest treatment I have found for it, is a small amount of lanolin softened between my fingers and applied to the rash. Rashes that have been pretty red, and  some even had some bumps/blisters have literally healed overnight in our personal experience.

Some Fun Facts about Lanolin (also known as: REFINED- crude wool grease, raw wool wax, neutral wool fat ):

It is secreted by the sebaceous glands in sheep skin, making it a naturally occurring substance from a renewable source. Its prime function is to coat and soften the wool fibres, protecting both skin and fleece against exposure to the elements.

Once processed/refined, it is extremely versatile in uses!

It can absorb up to 300% of water.

Is useful as a water repellant, commonly used as an effective natural conditioning and repelling treatment for wool diaper covers.

Adds protective and moisturizing attributes to cosmetics, toiletries and OTC pharmaceuticals.

Wool wax is a natural susbstance, designed by nature to soften both skin and wool fibres, and to protect them against adverse weather conditions.

In addition to the chemical similarity between lanolin and human skin lipids, other physical similarities have been discovered, such as multilamellar structures. These molecular aggregations strongly resemble the liquid crystal structures occurring in skin lipids.

Superb skin protection!

Excellent for use in protecting and healing sore, blistered nipples while breastfeeding, and other skin ailments. Effective and safe for baby! Doesn’t have to be removed from nipples before breastfeeding! SAFE!

As well as being well tolerated by the body – it is approved for uses in ophthalmic emollients and as a food additive in chewing gum bases – lanolin is also of medical interest.

It can act as a carrier for pharmaceutically active ingredients that have to be transported into deeper layers of the skin. In burns dressings, lanolin supports the wound healing process and enhances dermal repair.

The use of lanolin acids in topical products for cutaneous infections (e.g. acne) and deodorising toiletries ultimately underlines the versatility of lanolin and its derivatives.

Besides emollient and moisturising characteristics, lanolin’s protective function includes antimicrobial and disinfectant activity on human skin.

Lanolin is widely used in:

  • ointment bases, burns dressings and wound sprays
    • as an emulsifier, stabiliser and emollient
    • to support the wound healing process
    • to deliver active ingredients through the skin (trans-dermal);
  • pigmented medications (e.g. zinc oxide), as a dispersing agent;
  • topical products for cutaneous infections (e.g. acne) and in deodorising toiletries, as an anti-microbial and disinfectant.
    • ophthalmic ointments, as an emollient with high physiological compatibility and low irritation potential;
    • suppositories substantial base, as a carrier for active ingredients;
    • surgical adhesive tapes, as an impregnating agent, plasticiser and skin-suited stack enhancer;
    • chewing gum bases as a food additive (physiologically compatible emollient);
    • pre-blended combinations for specific purposes, such as absorption bases.

To make a salve with lanolin: 1 part beeswax, 4 parts lanolin, 1 part vegetable/nut oil. Melt over low heat in a double boiler, stir until blended. Once blended, add any additives you wish (i.e., herbal infused oil, vit. E, essential oils, etc.).

This post is not medical advice and is not a substitute for seeing your health care provider.