WE WEIGH IN ON THE BENEFITS OF THIS VERSATILE AND TIMELESS FABRIC
In recent years, there has been a seismic shift in the way consumers relate to the products they buy. A return to natural, unrefined, and sustainable products has people yearning for a simpler time, devoid of the overly processed and man-made materials dominating the homeware market today. So let’s talk about a fabric that has stood the test of time and offers a host of health benefits- flax linen.
Dyed flax fabrics can be found in prehistoric caves in Georgia, dating as far back as 36,000 years ago. In Ancient Egypt, linen was such a hot commodity that it was often used as currency. It represented light and purity to the Egyptians and was often used for mummification and burial shrouds. In Ancient Mesopotamia, it was a symbol of wealth and status.
The resurgence of linen as a textile staple can be seen in the last 30 years. In the 1970’s 5% of the world’s linen production was used for fashion and homeware. This has gone up to 70% since the 1990s. Why is this the case? We break down the benefits below:
LINEN AND YOUR SKIN - A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN (OR THE BEDROOM)
The Latin translation for linen is “the most useful”. This doesn’t come as a surprise- for thousands of years, linen has provided countless benefits for your skin and body.
Linen’s antimicrobial and hypoallergenic properties have helped treat and temper skin conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and emphysema. Contrary to plastic, man-made polyesters, linen is an extremely breathable fabric and can be used to revitalize skin, cleanse slags, and regulate body temperature.
Flax cells and human cells are complementary to one another on an electronic and cellular level. Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg identifies a spectrum of frequencies in objects ranging from chronic diseases to health. Vibrational frequencies are what renders something healthy or harmful. Linen has a vibrational frequency of 5000, possessing healing properties much greater than cotton, hemp, or silk, which sit at 40, 80, and 100 respectively.
Human cells can entirely absorb a flax cell; this is why linen is the only material suitable for sutures used in surgical procedures. The sutures completely and harmlessly dissolve into the human body. Therefore, opting for linen sheets creates complete alignment with one’s body for a restful and revitalizing sleep!
NOW YOU CAN BREATHE EASY!
According to Japanese researchers, bed-ridden patients tend to develop less bed sores when the sheets are comprised of linen. No other material offers as much breathability and comfort as this Ancient Egyptian relic. Cleopatra herself has been resting easy for thousands of years, and no complaints so far!
The small gaps between the threads of the fabric allow for more breathability, which stimulates blood flow, and promotes relaxation. Linen suppresses all microbes including bacteria, fungi, and pollen. It helps reduce the risk of inflammatory conditions, aids in effective respiration, and can help in allergy prevention.
Suffering from night sweats or menopause? No problem- linen is way more effective at absorbing sweat and odours than its textile counterparts. The minimal heat retention of this fabric means minimal sweating and maximum comfort. Night sweaters rejoice!
As good as it is for keeping you cool, linen also has the magical ability to regulate body temperature. Linen has five times the heat conductivity of wool and can actually keep heat in on those cold Winter nights when the furnace just isn’t cutting it.
A SHIELD AGAINST CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
I bet you didn’t know that linen is the best fabric around to ward off chemical exposure. Houses with tight plastic windows tend to collect radioactive gases such as radon, which becomes present in the ground and concrete over time. Flax linen is an amazing fabric that can be used to filter for chemical exposure and dust.
Alternatively, linen fibres extracted from the soil absorbs half the gamma rays of other fabrics, making it resistant to harmful UV rays. Consider throwing a linen sheet into your beach bag next time you want to catch some rays by the water!
SO...WILL YOU MAKE THE SWITCH?
There are a variety of reasons why today’s educated and environmentally-conscious consumer is opting for linen as their bedroom companion. This natural, sustainable, long-lasting, toxin and additive-free fabric provides a myriad of benefits for the body. It is a hypoallergenic, breathable shield against harmful chemical exposure that is sure to brighten any bedroom space and have you resting easy. So what are you waiting for? Make this ancient fabric a part of your self-care routine today!