26 June, 2008
Luxury is free time ..... Between frenzy and daily engagement, the tyrannous time and the appointments of routine, luxury is a pause. A moment to dedicate to yourself while tasting a coffee, exchanging some words with a friendly person or to grant a whim for the pure satisfaction of a pleasure. Luxury is surrounding you with little daily pleasures or sharing with few intimates. Taking care of yourself with calmness and without haste…. A warm bath, a scent of spray in which dipping yourself, listening to a relaxing CD and to enjoy the intimacy of your own house. Playing in bed with our kids without taking care of time that passes… Simple gestures and little details: the washing of fresh linen, the softness of a sponge that sweetly wraps us after a relaxing shower, a plea
To sleep well is the better way to recharge oneself in healthier and more natural way. The sleep re-establishes our balance and our energies, favouring the immune system. They are worth always the many extolled rules of gold, feeding, physical activity, etc, but to sleep well, to live better day by day, a good bed is indispensable, also as structure and as linen: bedspreads, pillowcases, sheets and eiderdown. For a natural sleep of quality the linen must be sufficient. In reality the sheet coincides with the linen: the word in fact, derived from the Latin: linteolum, linen cloth, and no other woven texture for the night is more hygienic and healthy. For the sleep, an essential moment in anyone’s life, a moment to relax and of liberation, nothing is better than linen: it is hygroscopic, which means it can absorb liquids till 20% of its weight. This means to maintain our dry and fresh body. It is thermostatic: during winter the linen sheet acts as heat conductor, because the capture from blankets transmitts it to our body. During summer instead, the pillowcase and sheet absorb the heat they disperse in the environment.
It seems that one Italian on five suffers from disturbances of sleep and 14% of chronic insomnia. But recent studies defined that insomnia is not a lack of sleep, but an unsatisfactory sleep, which is the lack of well-being which we should experience while awakening..
When we talk about detergents, unfortunately who suffers the most, is the environment. Till a few years ago, to do the laundry we used ash, wrapped up in a piece of cotton, that served as a filter in order not to disperse and not to immerse in the water together with the washing heads. Sometimes they also add some leafs in order to give it a little perfume.
The industrial progress of the last century and the consequent economic development have caused a remarkable increase in one of the most precious assets: w a t e r.
Today’s detergents contain chemical components that, if present in high concentration, can be harmful for human health and the delicate balances of our ecosystem. Since many years companies manufacturers of ecological detergents have searched to obtain effective products, but not noxious for the environment; the result is that the ecological detergents have the same effectiveness of those of petrochemical origin and the differences are indeed amazing. The active tension of the ecological detergents, are obtained from palm and coconut oil and replace the active tension derived from the oil. The microelements, essential oils, replace the synthetic scents, cause of many allergies.
It is necessary to consider that a relation exists, scientifically tried, between using detergents and the health of the skin. It is often stretched to ignore that the detergents remain legacies, although the rinsing, the washing heads, in order then to emit their aggressiveness no more on the dirt, but on the skin.
Therefore we have thought to test some ecological detergents on our heads in linen. The result surprised us. The washed heads were soft and cleaned up. The perfume was absolutely delicate and neutral. Only a small amount is necessary to obtain a good yield. We invite You to read this exhausting guide that explains you the differences between these detergents and those of common use. It will make you think on the fact that using some sagacity must be sufficient. in the gestures that appear daily, in order to improve and to protect our environment that encircles us. www.officinanaturae.com/guide/biodizionario.htm
Thanks to Officina Naturae to that it has allowed to publish and to wite this us post and from which they have been acquired the products for the tests
15 June, 2008
The plant of linen is a simple plant, little striking but gracious, belonging to the family of Linacee, which contains 22 kinds and more than 200 sorts, but only one, Linum usitatissimum, is cultivated and used for the fibre. His habitat is the temporate zones of
The seeds are very little, flat, brown-coloured and light: 1000 seeds weigh 4 to 6 grams and are rich of oil: another gift of this beneficent plant. But the true texture of linen is in the steel in which you can find the textile fibre.
At the moment of harvest the plant is uprooted and the steel is submitted to soaking in big reservoirs with heated water at 37 degrees for 48 hours. One time this process takes 8 days, it begins in the ground where the steels have contact with dawn, or in appropriate reservoirs or in running water, with anxiety, the waitings of these human beings, who have the knowledge of this steels to decide when the moment is arrived to pull the linen out of the water.
After the soaking process the wrapping of the fibres is untied from the wooden part. Today this process succeeds mechanically, but for a long time it had been a tiring handwork, that needed to be followed with attention, when the seeds were most precious and yielded the most.
In general, with 1000 kg of soaked linen you receive more or less 150 kg of long fibres, 40 kg of flax, and about 110 kg of linen seeds.
The fibres then are spined, woven, eventually colorated and transformed in the precious tissue.
Splendid and indestructible like gold…
Simple and indispensable like bread…
Cit. "Fior di Lino" di Giovanna Bergamaschi Ed. Idea Libri 1985
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Many times we’ve heard the question if our linen pricks.
Infact often some products with label ‘100 % linen’ in reality are produced with another fibre that calls Ramiè. The difference between the two threads is big. The linen (Linum usitatissimum) is cultivated in
Linen is above all gratifying, warm and soft in contact and is characterized by these grains (technically it is called ‘flames’) irregular and evident. The tissue of Ramiè is smooth, rigid and cold. The thread is regular, almost like cotton. The flames are scarce and less evident. It has an accentuated tendency in hairiness, also for simple rubbing or washing.
Unnecessary to say that our linen doesn’t prick…
Recently the exchange of Pitti Filati has been closed, where the dominant theme was the new tendency in ecological luxury.
Everything begins with the special cultivation of the material before obtaining the thread: organic cotton, stinging nettle, soy, broom, corn, hemp, bamboo, bio linen, and that we meet the most: fibres of milk.
The process of dyeing is completely natural and uses only elements like berries ( bilberry, nuts, chestnuts ) roots, leafs and flowers (marigold, hollyhock.. ), species ( liquorice ) and many other products that you can find in nature. The dyeings do not content chemical additives and have good characteristics in resistance and durability in washing and against light.
This new trend, provided with a careful ‘Made in
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