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Uses for anhydrous lanolin

Anhydrous lanolin commercial uses:

For centuries, anhydrous lanolin has been used to deter the formation of rust on metals. In fact, according to Imperial-Oel-Import, a major distributor of lanolin products, medieval knights coated their armor and weapons with lanolin in cosmetic to keep them in good condition. This tradition lives on in the ship building industry today, where lanolin is used to protect iron and stainless steel from corrosion due to chronic exposure to saltwater. Engineers also depend on lanolin to protect pipelines, tanks and other underwater machinery, says lanolin.com. On a smaller scale, boating enthusiasts often use anhydrous lanolin to keep barnacles from attaching to propellers.

Anhydrous lanolin is also valued for its lubricant properties and is frequently used to grease moving machinery parts to reduce friction and wear. As an added bonus, lanolin is compatible with a variety of additives, making it versatile and cost-effective in a number of technical processes. Anhydrous lanolin is also non-toxic and readily biodegrades in the environment.

Food industry:

According to the Environmental Working Group, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of lanolin as a food additive. In fact, it is routinely used to make chewing gum.

Pharmaceutical grade lanolin applications:

Anhydrous lanolin USP is used in ointments, balms and other topical formulas to treat chapped lips, minor wounds and abrasions, burns, diaper rash and other skin irritations. Since lanolin is readily absorbed through the skin, it acts as a carrier base to facilitate the absorption of other medicinal compounds in the product.

The Vegetarian Resource Group states that cholecalciferol, also known as vitamin D3, is synthesized from lanolin. This process is achieved through the irradiation of 7-dehydrocholesterol from lanolin in a manner similar to how the human body manufacturers vitamin D from sunlight.