by blogger, Theresa Sirois from NurturingTheNaturalMama
I spent a few hours a week for the past several weeks gathering information for you all on the great benefits of Alpaca products. And I have to tell you, I learned three very important things:
1. A llama is NOT an alpaca (see below).
2. I want an alpaca. immediately.
3. I want an alpaca mattress topper and comforter for Christmas!
Aside from sending my Christmas wishes up to the North Pole for luxe bedding and farm animals, I also feel I came up with enough information to show you how alpaca (and no, not the farm animal) can induce a healthy night's sleep!
Mount Airy Alpaca Company describes the difference between llamas and alpacas as "... a llama is roughly twice the size of the alpaca and the llama has a very coarse outer coat over a softer inner coat - as opposed to the alpaca, which has a very fine, single coat. In addition, the llama produces far less fiber per animal than the alpaca, despite its much larger size."
Crescent Moon Duvet & Pillow Company is the result of a Canadian ranch of llamas that began 1997, as ranchers started turning the wool into mattress toppers, duvets, and pillows. The products quickly gained in popularity, and so the ranch turned to the alpaca as it's wool of choice to meet the demand.
Alpaca fiber is warm, environmentally friendly, and hypoallergenic! The fiber itself is hollow, which makes it one of the warmest natural fibers available*. Additionally, the fiber is naturally dry and clean which prevents allergens from collecting, AND even prevents dust mites!
The Clean Bedroom, a retailer of healthy bedding, chose Crescent Moon to be its featured alpaca product manufacturer not only because of their luxurious products, but also because of their commitment to our environment:
"The shorn animals are raised in a pesticide free environment and their wool is a renewable resource. No chemicals, dyes or bleaches are used when the wool is processed. We use only 100% organic cotton fabric so the whole product is 100% biodegradable at the end of its long life..."
Promoting Healthy Sleep
In addition to being hypoallergenic, thus less irritating to those with allergies or asthma during sleep, wool is a natural temperature regulator. This means that by keeping you cozy when it's cold and letting you "breathe" when it's warm, you get a more restful sleep. (Ever have "night sweats"? You won't anymore!)
Over at organic.org they cite a sleep study by The Woolmark Company and the University of Sydney which "...proved wool breathes better than synthetics, increases periods of deep REM sleep, and also gets the body to a comfortable sleeping temperature quicker and maintains it for a longer period of time**..."
So by the mere act of wrapping yourself in pure luxury, you wake more rested both physically and mentally.
What Do People Say About Alpaca?
Jessica Folger, from the TCB home office, has several of the Crescent Moon products:
"I currently have the Crescent Moon Alpaca Wool Mattress Pad as well as the All Season Comforter and I absolutely LOVE both items. Every time I get into bed I feel so spoiled. The products are not only beautiful, but also provide perfect comfort. The mattress pad is a bit thin, but that does not limit its ability to create a plush, cozy sleeping surface that gives my latex bed just enough pushiness without compromising the firm support of my mattress… heaven! As for the comforter, I would never consider using anything else! It regulates my sleeping temperature, as well as my husbands and we were able to use the comforter all year long. Since I prefer a heavier blanket, we purchased an organic cotton duvet cover from Coyuchi that gave the CM comforter the perfect weight and loft. Like I said… I feel spoiled sleeping on such luxurious yet functional products. Having both the pad and the comforter on my bed creates a cocoon of pure comfort… making it an active challenge to get out of bed every day!! It’s a good thing I love my job so much!! Everyone should have these items, there is no comparison."
What Do YOU Say?
While we may all still be unclear as to what the fox says (despite the effort of Ylvis), The Clean Bedroom offers the exclusive line of Crescent Moon products to ensure you will say: "ahhhhhh" and "zzzzzzz" every night.
What would it mean to you to have a better night's sleep? #TCBalpaca
less coffee? more energy? get to work on time? less headaches?
* information from www.crescentmoonduvets.com