Whenever we talk about hot spots on our toes or heel, or other places on our feet, the common suggestions are lubricants and tape. It’s the same thing when we think about blister prevention. That’s what we’ve heard or been taught for years. Today I want to introduce you to another, more natural option – lambswool.
eNZees Foot Soother has the best lambswool product for our feet. Their wool comes from sheep in New Zealand. Jill Schuman lives in Durango, Colorado and loves to travel and discover the power of being outdoors as an avid hiker. While trekking in a beautiful part of New Zealand’s Southern Alps on a trail called the Routeburn Track she discovered the benefits of lambswool. “During the pre-hike orientation meeting prior to our 27-mile trek, our hiking leader recommended that we bring some of the local wool fleece with us, in case we encountered foot problems along the way. Sure enough, the next day on the trail, I began to notice hot spots building under my toes. As our trek leader had suggested, I took a moment to apply the wool fleece around and under the problem area. I was amazed that within 30-minutes, the hot spot disappeared. That evening when I removed my boot and sock, my toe was soft and totally pain-free.”
Talking to a couple that was 5th generation New Zealand sheep ranchers, she learned of their knowledge of the benefits of the wool fleece and its curative lanolin. Jill shares, “From that chance meeting high in the mountains of New Zealand, the vision of eNZees Foot Soother was born. After many months of research and testing of numerous types of wool from many different ranches, we were lucky enough to connect with a sheep breeder on the South Island of New Zealand. This relationship has resulted in a consistent source of high quality soft wool from pure-bred organic sheep that forms the basis of eNZees Foot Soother.”
The wool from New Zealand’s sheep contains lanolin, a wax like substance that keeps one’s skin soft while offering some degree of waterproofing. Lanolin’s curative properties help protect the skin and promote faster healing. It’s a natural moisturizer. The wool is harvested from the sheep, cleaned and processed for six weeks.
eNZees Foot Soother lambswool comes in two package options. A mini 5-pack contains five individual packs of the wool – each enough for 2-3 applications. A larger muti-activity pack contains enough wool for 15-20 applications. The packs are inexpensively priced at $13.95 each. Both packs come in a package with a Zip-lock closure.
Put some in a Zip-lock baggie and add it to your running or hiking kit and in your larger foot care kit. It takes just a moment to pull off a tuff of the wool and wrap it around a troublesome hotspot. Then carefully pull your socks over the wool. The strands of wool will weave securely into the sock fibers, ensuring they stay in place even through rigorous activity without the need to hold them down with tape. That’s right, no scissors and no tape and no lubricant all over your fingers. It’s barely there but it’s working. When you’re done with your activity, remove your sock and pull the wool away from the sock. It can be reused if it hasn’t firmed up. Thru hikers regularly reuse it. The wool is not limited to use on your feet. Cyclists have used it in their bike shorts to help with rubbing. A video on their website shows how to apply the wool.
As an added bonus, eNZees Foot Soother’s lambswool can also offer relief from corns and calluses when used on a regular basis. If you are concerned about a wool allergy, don’t be. What people call a wool allergy is really the chemicals that are put on processed wool. ENZees has only natural lanolin and people that think they are allergic to wool do not complain of a reaction.
Do not use the wool over areas of broken skin.
On my pack of eNZees Foot Soothers wool are the words, Let New Zealand Sheep Save Your Sole. I like that and encourage you to check out this great new product.