Chemicals. How I wish I could restart my brain and make it blissfully unaware of them all around me – All the time.
But I can’t. And I don’t want my family and loved ones (or me…) to be a part of the frightening and rising number of cancer sufferers of the modern world. So I do my best to stay away from the nasty ones by buying organic food and organic skin care and organic everything.
I thought I had this covered until my 4 year son developed a rash from the new Spiderman bedding I’ve bought for him last week. I know that this bedding set (that made him so happy) was the cause for his rash because the day I’ve replaced it with organic cotton bedding, the rash was gone.
I suddenly realized: We spend at least 7 hours every day lying on chemicals.
Conventional bedding supports chemical-heavy synthetic fabric production and pesticide-laden cotton farming.
Worse yet, did you know that most conventional bedding options contain formaldehyde and chemical dyes? Yuck! Yes, that’s right, formaldehyde – The stuff they use to preserve the dead.
Well, I’m not dead yet, so I went ahead and researched about bedding that doesn’t harm our health. This is what I’ve found; I thought it would be nice if I shared it with my loyal readers too:
Organic Bedding Options
An organic mattress is a bit of an investment, but I think it’s one of the best investments I’m going to make. I’ve just read a list of the chemicals used in a conventional mattress and was frankly horrified. After a long research, I think I will get the Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Mattress. Not sure yet.
Organic Hemp Sheets (Linen)
Hemp simply doesn’t need pesticides to grow. It’s absorbent and lightweight, but you have to make sure you choose stiffer hemp fabrics (they soften with time, don’t worry) over manufacturer-softened sheets (softening can entail a long, chemical-heavy process).
Buckwheat Hull Pillows
Organic Buckwheat Pillows provide a lot of support and are eco-friendly. They don’t “collapse” like foam and provide support to the head, neck and spine. They are a great alternative to people allergic to foam and feathers.
Organic Wool Pillows
Organic Wool Filled Pillows are naturally flame-retardant, water-repellent and hypoallergenic. Wool also is resistant to dust mites. The only con in my opinion is that they don’t have that soft squishy feel that I like, so I opted for these Organic Cotton Pillows.
Natural Latex Pillows
Latex a natural product of trees and is resistant to mold, dust mites, bacteria and mildew. Natural Latex Pillows are also naturally flame-retardant. They feel nice too, because latex conforms to your body shape. Just be aware that some people are allergic to latex.
Peace Silk Sheets
Silk worms aren’t harmed or killed in the harvest of this silk. It’s eco-friendly and a truly natural option. I’ve looked into these peace silk sheets, but I’ve found them to be a bit expensive, plus they require special care and they wrinkle easily.
In one week I’ve changed the entire bedding in my house.
Most importantly, my children are now safely sleeping on a natural surface, with no off gassing or toxins being absorbed into their body. Just knowing that makes me sleep so much better.
To your health and happiness,
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