I can remember being very young and getting my throat blessed in observance of the feast of St. Blaise. The wax tapers were freezing cold against your skin, but you were assured that you'd be protected from any manner of ailments affecting the throat. St. Blaise is also the patron saint of wool workers, due to the way in which he was martyred. (It involved metal rakes - that's all you need to know)
One can purchase St. Blaise combs to process uncombed wool. I'm tempted to get a pair, but that would lead to buying whole fleeces. I've seen friends go down that path. Either they disappear for weeks on end as they work on the beast or they put it in a storage bin and try to change the subject when you ask them about it.