Organic Weighted Blankets or Eco-friendly Oeko-Tex?
Why You Should Use a Weighted Blanket
A weighted blanket is used to relieve stress and anxiety and improve the quality of your sleep. In fact, the weight of the blanket provides the perfect sensation of being hugged or embraced. However, you cannot just use any blanket. You need to choose an Eco Friendly material that does not make you too hot while sleeping.
Does a Weighted Blanket Really Work?
Several studies and research have shown that the use of a weighted blanket can increase the level of serotonin and melatonin in our body significantly. These are often considered as the hormones of happiness because they are responsible for our wellbeing and our reaction to social stimuli.
Besides, Eco Friendly weighted blankets for adults can reduce the amount of cortisol in our blood, helping our nerves to relax. Sleeping with a blanket can also reduce nightmares and flashbacks when we try to sleep.
On the other hand, enjoying a night of good sleep can definitely improve our mood during the day, making us more productive and able to enjoy our time with others. In other words, an organic weighted blanket may be the perfect answer for many issues, including to help you feel better.
Organic Weighted Blankets or Oeko-Tex Certified: How to Choose the Right One
With the increasing popularity of weighted blankets, there are many types with different sizes and materials available on the market. Some of these materials have harmful chemicals introduced in their manufacture and are toxic to humans and the environment.
Finding the Perfect Material
Cotton is the best material to you can choose for your weighted blanket. It is cool, and very breathable material, easy to wash and perfect for sensitive skin.
To be Eco friendly, and safer for people you can choose either certified organic cotton, or Oeko-Tex certified Cotton.
Certified Organic Cotton means the material is made from cotton plants that have not been genetically modified and grown without synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Because of this, Organic Cotton is very expensive to produce, along with the cost of certification which is passed along to the consumer.
Eco-Friendly Oeko-Tex Certified Cotton means it has been tested to make sure it is of toxic levels of more than 100 substances known to be harmful to human. It has the benefits of Organic cotton without the expense.
All components of the finished product including threads, zips, stitching, buttons etc must meet Oeko-Tex's strict standards.
- Oeko-Tex Certification focuses more on the end product, rather than how the cotton is grown.
- Organic certification focuses mainly on how the cotton is grown. But this does not mean the final product is free of toxic substances.
- Must be updated annually
- Is conducted by independent third party laboratories
- Oeko-Tex testing is reviewed every year
- Testing takes into account every conceivable way that harmful substances can enter the body
- Oeko-Tex is a global standard
Wool is also a reasonably good material for a weighted blanket. In wintertime, this will help you retain heat, but this material can be uncomfortable to use during warmer months.
Choosing Your Size
Choosing your organic weighted blanket means taking into account its size, as well as your height.
As a general rule, you should buy an organic blanket that is 10 percent of your body weight. When buying a blanket for your children, you should be even more careful. Before you proceed, you should seek advice from your paediatrician. Together with your doctor, you will be able to understand the right size and material for your kids’ weighted blanket.
Written by Elizabeth Grojean. Elizabeth founded Baloo Living after experiencing the profound feeling of a weighted blanket. Elizabeth is committed to helping people live more balanced, grounded lives through products that provide gentle support.