My Top 10 Tips for Warming Up

Are you one of those people who gets cold easily, and has a hard time warming back up? I am! Here are my top 10 ways to warm up. Much of my advice is common sense, but my hope is that you’ll get at least one new warming idea that will enhance your autumn and winter experiences.

 

1. Get Moving: It’s simply the most effective way to warm up. Even 5 or 10 minutes does the trick.

2. Eat Something Warming: Each food ingredient has a warming, cooling or neutral quality. Chinese and Eastern Indian medicine uses this principle to help create balance in a person’s system. Spicy foods like cayenne, onion, ginger and garlic are warming–you can tell when your mouth catches fire and you break out in a sweat.

 

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But there’s also a slew of less likely foods that have warming qualities. I thought all mints were cooling until I viewed the charts. It turns out spearmint is warming and peppermint is cooling. Check out these links for more warming and cooling foods: Warming and cooling characteristics of common foods (Ping Ming Health)

Food as your Medicine (Le Shiatsu)

 

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3. Have A Cuppa: Bring a thermos of spicy tea with you to sip, as needed, throughout the day. Coffee is on the warming list (YAY!). So is black tea, but green tea is cooling. I love chai tea, the spicier the better. In the winter I enjoy chai lattes with a shot of espresso added. Herbal teas are a delicious and healthy way to bring warmth into your body. View the food charts to find warming herbs to add to your tea collection. You can also add a tiny bit of ginger or cayenne to your favorite tea or coffee (but be careful–HOT)! If you drink chilled water, stop it! Drink room-temp water instead.

 

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4. Get In Hot Water: If you have the time, take a hot bath or hot tub. Simply washing hands in hot water is good for an instant blast of warmth. When I’m cold, I’m the first (and only) to volunteer to do the dishes. I use a sink full of hot soapy water for the washing, and rinse in fresh hot water.

5. Layer Up: Wear breathable clothes that won’t collect sweat and make you cold. Wool naturally wicks moisture and will keep you warm and dry. Wear a scarf out in the wind, and indoors, as needed.  Fingerless gloves are great because you can wear gloves, but still use your fingers for typing or work.

 

6. Be Prepared For Your Environment: Keep a throw or an extra sweater and a space heater at work, especially if you sit stationary while working.

 

7. Use Warm, Breathable Bedding: Get the synthetics out of your bed. They’re typically found in mattress pads and comforters, and don’t wick out sweat, in turn making you damp and cold. Use 100% cotton sheets and mattress pads. Add a wool mattress topper and wool comforter and Zzzzz, you’re a cozy sandwich.

 

8. Tell Yourself You’re Warm: Adding warmer colors and images to your house and work environment, via paint, decorations, etc., will offer a warmer feeling. Picture yourself on a hot sandy beach in the tropics, baking in the sun… Yeah.

 

9. Invite The Sun In: Open the curtains and position a comfy chair and a throw in a sunny spot in your house. In the winter the sun is lower in the sky and will stream further into your house.

 

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10. Choose Cinnamon Over Peppermint: Toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, breath mints, etc. have warming, cooling, or neutral qualities, just like foods. You can also avoid using personal care items with mint: lotions and shampoos, for example.

 

What’s your favorite way to warm away the winter chills?

Caring for Your Wool Moisture Protector Pad

Our Wool Moisture Protector Pad is one of the most popular products we sell. It’s made of 100% U.S.-grown Naturally Safer® wool, made by us at our GOTS-certified organic factory in Northern California, and does a great job of keeping any mattress clean and dry.
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Because it uses the natural oils found in wool to keep the mattress dry and breathable, however, a little extra care is required when cleaning it. The care instructions we send with every moisture pad read as follows:
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* Some of our customers hand-rinse the pad in the bathtub and hang it up to dry, while others use the washing machine with warm water on the gentlest cycle and then tumble dry using the “air” setting with no heat. Either way, make sure the pad isn’t exposed to any friction or wringing, and that it’s kept away from any soaps or detergents.

* Customers sometimes ask if our Wool Moisture Protector Pad can be treated with lanolin, one of the natural oils found in the wool that make it naturally moisture resistant. This usually occurs in cases in which the pad has been stripped of its lanolin content after being accidentally washed with detergent. While lanolizing can be easily accomplished with smaller items such as wool diaper covers, it’s an exacting process that involves the emulsification of pure lanolin and then applying it to the entire product (watch the process at youtube.com/watch?v=YR4p20Onvr4). While we don’t claim that using lanolin will harm a moisture protector, we can’t guarantee that it will be effective either and, depending on the pad’s size, may have poor results.

* If your moisture pad retains any odor after rinsing, sprinkle baking soda on the pad while it’s still damp, then shake thoroughly after drying to remove the powder. This will help the pad stay smelling clean and fresh.

Have a question about the care of any of our products? Call our friendly Product Specialists at 800-284-4983.

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How to Clean your Organic Mattress and What to do if it is Exposed to Mildew

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Occasionally I receive calls from customers who are concerned that their organic natural rubber mattress may have been exposed to mildew. Even though natural rubber is one of the most mold and mildew resistant sleeping surfaces, it can still be susceptible to mold, since organic mattresses do not have any anti-fungal agents added to them like chemically treated mattresses do. Therefore it’s important to know that organic natural rubber mattresses require proper air ventilation and should not be placed on either the floor or a solid wood surface. We recommend using our upholstered wood slat foundation or box spring for a traditional-style bed frame , or with a platform-style bed frame, the slats should be placed no more then 3” apart (preferably 2 ½”).

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I always recommend using our Wool Moisture Protector Pad if one of the persons tends to sleep hot or if there is a risk of bed wetting .

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The other mattress pad we recommend is the Organic Cotton Flannel Pad  for all-purpose protection that’s machine washable and dryable.

Research shows that once mold or mildew is present in a mattress, it can be a health risk to continue to sleep on it. That’s why it’s always a good idea to not only have proper ventilation and mattress-protector pad(s), but to also follow these evaluation tips:

 

• Vacuum your latex mattress and inspect it regularly for stains or other signs of mold. Although latex is mold resistant, if there has been moisture trapped between your bedding and the mattress, there could be mold residue against the face of the mattress itself. Also check the under side of the mattress, between the slats, if using a platform-slat bed frame.

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• You can also mix four or five drops of natural liquid laundry detergent into one cup of cool water and use a sponge or a clean cloth to blot the mixture onto the stain. (Do not rub or scrub, because it can cause stains to spread.) Do not use chemical solvents on your mattress, as solvents are toxic and will cause the latex to break down. (If spot-cleaning, make sure that the mattress is completely dry before replacing your mattress pad and bed linens. Use a space heater or fan to circulate air to dry both sides of the mattress).  However once there is mildew, please keep in mind it may be to the point where you will need to replace the mattress entirely.

Which mattress pad should I use?

It’s a question we’re frequently asked by customers: Which should I choose to protect my (or my child’s) mattress, the Flannel Mattress Pad or the Wool Moisture Protector?
It depends on the situation.

If you’re looking to protect a mattress from a heavily-perspiring sleeper or the occasional accidents that can occur with young children or pets, the Wool Moisture Protector is the one. The natural oils in our California-grown Naturally Safer® wool keep mattresses dry and comfortable in case of even major accidents, especially when layered under the Flannel Mattress Pad. (Doubling up the protection is the best way to make sure nothing gets through to the mattress surface, and you’ll spend less time hand-rinsing and air-drying the wool pad, because the machine-washable flannel pad will be enough protection in most cases.)

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If the mattress getting wet isn’t a concern, the Flannel Mattress Pad alone should be sufficient. Its thick, substantial layers of U.S.-grown certified-organic cotton quilted flannel will keep any mattress looking new for years, and it’s machine washable and dryable for easy care.
Whichever is right for you, choosing a U.S.-grown-and-made organic mattress pad from Lifekind is the best way to protect your investment AND make sure your family is avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals. It’s the one accessory no mattress should be without!