As the days get dark and cool. We reach for cozy layers to keep us warm. One of my favorites is Merino wool. It comes from the Merino sheep, it is soft and has finer strands. This makes it easier to wear directly on the skin.
Health Benefits: It regulates your body temperate naturally. It emits 5000 mHz of energy to your body and even assists in athletic performance. Synthetic fibers such as acrylic and nylon are derived from plastic and have a similar frequency range to a dead person (ugh I know)!
Sheep Benefits: As long as there are sheep, shearing must be practiced for the health and hygiene of each individual animal. Unlike other animals, most sheep are unable to shed. If a sheep goes too long without being shorn, a number of problems occur. The excess wool impedes the ability of sheep to regulate their body temperatures. This can cause sheep to become overheated and die. Urine, feces and other materials become trapped in the wool, attracting flies, maggots and other pests. This causes irritation, infections and endangers the health of the animal. Sheep with large amounts of wool can become immobilized by physical obstacles in their path and are more susceptible to predator attacks. Source: ASAS
Environmental Benefits: Wearing natural fibers means they will eventually break down and be recycled back to the earth. Wearing synthetics contributes to micro fiber pollution and overall pollution as they are essentially plastic threads.
Conscious Consumer Benefits: They are more expensive so you wash them with care, treat them better and buy less.
Disclaimer: Be sure to read your labels. Many natural fibers are blended with synthetics fibers. Be sure to get 100% Merino wool or a blend of alpaca, cashmere or cotton. Just like our food labels, the fashion industry is often generalizing the luxurious fabric but unless we read the fine print, we can be duped.