Adeps Lanae/Lanolin

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The complex mixture of fatty acids, wax esters and alcohols obtained from raw wool wax is referred to as Lanolin (Adeps lanae). Raw wool grease is the name given to the waxy substance secreted from the sebaceous glands of sheep, which adds a protective layer to wool fibres. It is obtained when the wool is washed. Regardless of the breed of sheep, unwashed raw wool has a raw wool grease content of 8 - 16 %. Indications on how raw wool grease was used dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. The term lanolin ("lana" = wool, "oleum" = oil, fat) also dates back to this time.

It is a complex mixture of wax esters, alcohols, free fatty acids and hydrocarbons, insoluble in water and can absorb several times its weight in water. For suitable Qualities this may be 300 % or more. Highly purified lanolin displays hypoallergenic properties and is suitable for sensitive applications.

  • Serves as a base for wound treatments and healing ointments   
  • Used for the preparation of semi-solid medications, e.g. eye and nasal ointments    
  • Employed by nursing mothers for nipple care   
  • Applied to treat nappy rash in babies, infants and small children (nappy dermatitis)






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