It’s Tuesday! I’m officially starting my weekly series on Taking Care of Momma. I’m calling it, Take Care Tuesday!
As moms, we’re so busy taking care of our families that we often overlook the need to care for ourselves. We’ve all been guilty. A little homegrown pampering will do us all good. I started the series in the summer and got so much input from readers – I had to keep this going.
We can all benefit from a little more care and attention. And, as we do, our daughters are watching us and learning to care for themselves as well.
Today’s topic is fabric. The most natural we can find – cotton.
So, you don’t have to go to the spa (although I have nothing against that) and we all can reassess our personal care by looking around us and noticing the fabrics that touch our bodies on a daily basis. I personally recommend, cotton and here’s the reason why.
We live in Texas, where cotton farming is prolific. If you meet a bonafide cotton-farmer they WILL have an opinion on their product, I guarantee. And you know what? They’re right!
A little anatomy – our skin needs to breathe 24 hours a day. This is the primary way we detox. When we utilize our body’s natural means of detoxification through our skin, this gives our major organs a break. The liver, kidneys and lungs don’t have to work as hard. If this isn’t reason enough to convince you, here’s some more.
Cotton ‘breathes’ with our body and lets the air in, allowing for better circulation. That’s why, in the old days, people wrapped themselves in cotton sheets when taken by fever – the body can sweat out the toxic waste through the cotton – naturally. This natural fabric will draw out the moisture and keep the heat in. During the winter months it’s the best bedding, in moderate temperatures, to keep body-heat intact.
In our house, we sleep on cotton and make sure the bedding is natural – no synthetic fabrics for covers. Our kids sleep in cotton and avoid the chemical laced ‘flame resistant’ fabrics most kids’ pajamas are made of. Cotton is hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant, which is the best choice of material for people who suffer from asthma or allergies, or those who have sensitive skin prone to irritation. Also, because cotton clothing breathes better, it’s the best choice to keep you cool in hot, humid weather.
Synthetic fabrics may be less expensive and keep their form – but do not compare to natural fabrics. The benefits of cotton are endless. I consider it part of taking care of myself, wearing natural fabrics. Cotton’s just more comfortable than most fabrics and better for you to-boot!
- I tuck my kiddos into bed with cotton sheets and covers.
- This fabric line-dries in no time, if you have a clothesline. I hang my cotton clothing indoors at times for the air-dried feel.
- Wash your face and remove makeup with cotton cosmetic pads.
- Cotton towels – aaahhh – big difference! I do prefer ours dried in the dryer – much softer.
- Denim is cotton – need I say more? As I type this, I’m wearing my best, old, soft jeans – a winter favorite of mine. I’ll need to replace them someday – but not now.
Please link in and let me know your ideas on taking care of yourself – as a mom. You can link an older post if you like. Visit the other linkers for more ideas and connections.
I will return next week for more ideas and tips. I’m so excited about this connection. Will you join me? I’d love to hear how you take care!