What are its secret and its healing power? Celebrities wear it, spiritual gurus, and even grandmothers tie it to their children and grandchildren.
The subtle and spiritual dimension
Older people believe that the red woolen thread saves and protects us from any kind of spells.
Lots of cultures around the world believe that by an enviable view or through our thoughts, one person can harm another, causing him injury, illness or even death. The spell is like a lightning that comes from the soul of the envious person and goes to whom you envy; sometimes it strikes, but sometimes it misses.
“Red thread” is found in Jews (especially Cabbalists), Hindus and Buddhists. It is sacred thread that protects, fulfills the spiritual desire or strengthens the vow.
It’s believed that the red thread can discourage the bad luck from people that is brought by some evil eyes. In Hebrew it’s called “rojte bindele” and is typically made of thin wool. It’s worn on the left arm connected to some bracelet.
Several of those red threads are made in Israel. The red thread in huge quantities is wrapped around the grave of the Jewish biblical martyr Rachel near Bethlehem. It’s believed that this red thread has incredible power, promises magical protection and that brings good fortune to those who wear it.
Some Jews, afraid from the negative impact of spells, have tradition to tie a red thread on the baby’s cradle and believe that it will discourage spells and call for the grace of God and the baby will be protected from any evil.
A sacred Hindu thread, Kalava, also called the “mauli”, is worn during some Hindu rituals like Yajna or Puja also known as sankalpa. It should be tied up by the priest at the hands of believers who attend those ritual prayers. Kalava is tied up on the right hand of an unmarried woman or man, and on a married women is tied on the left hand.
In the late 90’s, the red thread becomes very popular among celebrities in the US including Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Jackson, which was moved to the much younger generations of Hollywood. Now we might see that lots of famous people are wearing the red thread around their wrist, such as Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, Avril Lavigne, Ashton Kutcher, David and Victoria Beckham, Mick Jagger, Demi Moore, Rihanna, Charlize Theron, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, James Van Der Beek and many others.
How does the woolen thread acts?
There are a lot of myths about the red thread, but in reality it’s just folk medicine.
As it seems, wearing woolen thread around your wrist will reduce joint pain and will increases blood circulation.
Woolen thread, supposedly affects the circulation as well, as the inflammatory reaction begins to slow down the blood flow. It also serves like a source of less static electricity.
Wool is hygienic healthiest thermoregulatory material. Its structure allows the skin to breathe. Besides, it has healing properties too.
Since ancient times, people have cured back pain, toothaches and headaches, with putting real natural wool on the sore area. Also they were putting the premature babies in sheep wool.
The secret hides in the natural fibers of the wool, cropped and treated with no chemicals. The fiber are absorbed into the skin and can calm it very quickly.
If you are using sheets of natural wool, the existing lanolin (which will melt at a body temperature), can easily penetrate into your skin. In that way it beneficially affects the joints, muscles, and the spine, it relieves pain and increases the blood circulation. The thermal conductivity of wool is much lower than some textile materials.
Our grandmothers believed that the woolen thread can cure warts too. And here is how: If you have warts on the finger, tie a red woolen thread on the wrist (if it’s on the leg, tie it on the joint). It should be worn for 2 weeks. After that, take it off and bury the thread in the ground. The warts will disappear once the thread rot (for around one month).