It remains prized as a fiber. In fact, think of all the meanings that are attached to the word "linen" — beddings, napkins and tablecloths, for example. Though other materials may have replaced flax in popularity, flax is tied to the origin of word linen.
But the benefits of flax linen are more than just history and etymology. Researchers have found that when it comes to sleep, flax bedding delivers many benefits that conventional, cotton can’t deliver. Allergy sufferers, those with skin conditions and asthmatics can all get a better night’s sleep from flax linen sheets. This is because they are hypoallergenic — it reduces the chance of an allergic reaction, as well as other reactions that have to do with the skin.
They are also antistatic, which means it does not attract dust. Regular cotton sheets are crackling with static electricity, meaning that they attract dust particles like a magnet attracting iron filings. This is on top of the dust from cotton fibers to begin with.
The anti-static properties of pure flax linen is of particular interest to those who suffer from asthma, as well as other respiratory conditions, because dust often triggers their problems. But this also means that flax linen sheets stay cleaner longer because it does not attract the dust in the air.
European spas also use flax sheets to wrap people up with to revitalize the skin and to rid the body of toxins. Scientists have confirmed that linen does, in fact, reduce the susceptibility to catarrhal diseases, or diseases that have to do with the inflammation of the mucous membranes. Constant contact with flax linen raises the body’s immunoglobulin levels, which gives protection to the mucous membranes.
If you’re interested in having a healthier sleep, pure flax linen beddings are available from Sofia’s Linen, as well as tablecloth sets, table cloths and bath towels.