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Benefits of Pure Linen Sheets: 8 Reasons to Love Them

8 Reasons to Love Pure Linen Sheets

The reasons to love pure linen, as the fabric choice, for sheets and pillowcases is because they offer a number of health benefits. Unfortunately, we have moved away from this natural product to synthetics and various blends. But, fortunately, what is old in bedding is becoming new once again.

How can sheets be healthy? - The right type of bedding can affect your health. Even cotton sheets (usually blended with a synthetic) on the market have been heavily sprayed with pesticides. However, it may be confusing if you are shopping for sheets in the US because the term 'linen' has become a generic term for all the fabrics used to make sheets - even synthetics like polyester. Additionally, online stores and mall shops can even use the word 'linen' in their store names - but you will not find a drop of linen anywhere.

This is unfortunate because sleeping on pure linen sheets does have benefits. Made from flax fibers, linen has been grown for thousands of years and is one of the world's oldest fabrics. In the language of flowers, the word 'flax' means 'benefactor.'

The Benefits of Pure Linen Sheets:

1 - Has a light massaging effect because of the microscopic breaks throughout the fabric

2 - Suppresses live pathenogenic bacteria, microflora, and fungi and is not known to cause allergies

3 - Stimulates blood flow and promotes relaxation

4 - Warm in the winter - insulating and cool in the summer - a breathable fabric (think of those sweaty summer nights when you wake up wrapped in damp cotton/polyester sheets)

5 - Absorbent - has excellent abilities to absorb superfluous moisture (see #4)

6 - Stronger than Cotton

7 - Can last up to 20 years (an investment)

8 - Environmentally friendly - all the flax used to make linen is used in other ways - the seeds are pressed to make linseed oil which is used in floor coverings, such as linoleum, and paint. Linen is a renewable resource and it needs no irrigation. Linen is also fully biodegradable.

If you are not sure you would enjoy the benefits of linen sheets or think you would like to try before investing, then you may want to purchase just a set of pillowcases.

A Martha Stewart Tip - I was in the library a few days ago and came across Martha Stewart's latest (gigantic) book of sewing tips and ideas. She included instructions on making linen pillow cases. This may be necessary in the US because it is hard to walk into a "linen" shop and buy bedding made from linen. The pillowcases looked incredibly easy to make - and not having seen linen sheets since my childhood - I think I will try to make them myself. It's easy to find the fabric but not the finished bedding.

For an article about the healthy benefits of another natural fabric - wool, and sheet shopping suggestions - see the links below:

About Pure Linen Bedding

Wool is Also a Healthy Fabric

  • The Healthy Benefits of Pure Wool Fabrics
    In my research for a warm wool blanket and a stylish wool coat, I found out many surprising benefits about using a pure wool fabric - such as wool's ability to reduce allergies in the home and its lack of...

How to Shop for Pillows and Sheets

  • How to Shop for the Right Pillow
    Snoring keeping you awake all night? Yours, or someone you used to love? Then it may be time to go pillow shopping. There are many pillows on the market today, including pillows called anti-snoring. With...
  • How to Shop for Sheets
    With so many different kinds of sheets on the market how do you choose? Do you pick thread count over fabric? Do you pick the weave over the feel? What about being eco-friendly and purchasing only the...


Rita on March 09, 2014:

I love love Flax Linen. I make everything from it: bed sheets, towels, baby stuff, dresses, table linen, bags, eco gifts . It is the most eco friendly fabric on the planet and it is healthy for you!!!!

Anne on March 03, 2014:

For the best price for 100% linen sheets it's definitely and they have over 50 different color selections. Great quality in addition to making this healthier choice for bedding more affordable.

bedlinen on February 26, 2014:

Economical Bed Linen Set from 5 to 9 USD Per Set from China Mill

Dear Director,

We are bed linen producer and exporter from China, and now are developing overseas markets.

We can offer bed linen set made from 100% polyester for low and average incomers from 5 to 9 USD per set FOB Shanghai.

The bed linen set mentioned refers to duver cover, bed sheet and pillowcase

Economical Bed Linen from 5 to 7 USD:

5.87 USD/Set

1 pc of 140x200cm for duvet cover

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1 pc of 140x220cm for bed sheet

1 pcs of 70x70cm for pillow case

All made from 100% polyester in 78 gsm

6.95 USD/Set

1 pc of 160x200cm for duvet cover

1 pc of 180x220cm for bed sheet

2 pcs of 70x70cm for pillow cases

All made from 100% polyester in 78 gsm

7.28 USD/Set

1 pc of 180x200cm for duvet cover

1 pc of 200x220cm for bed sheet

2 pcs of 70x70cm for pillow cases

All made from 100% polyester in 78 gsm

7.86 USD/Set

1 pc of 220x200cm for duvet cover

1 pc of 240x220cm for bed sheet

2 pcs of 70x70cm for pillow cases

All made from 100% polyester in 78 gsm

If interested, please email us back through for more info and photos in detail.



christy on December 08, 2013:

for those who are looking for linen bedding, goto and click "home" they have tones of linen pillows and sheets and duvets....but they go out of stock A lot!

TheListLady (author) from New York City on August 02, 2013:

LouisMarie - I never use fabric softener because of all the chemicals - and the smell they call 'fresh' - it's toxic fragrances. We just don't need this stuff. Thank you for writing!

LouiseMarie on July 31, 2013:

i have stopped using fabric softener on my towels. Wow....what a difference. Should i stop using it on my sheets as well? Does anyone know?

TheListLady (author) from New York City on January 10, 2013:

Thank you so much dibella, LinenBlue and Anna!

I appreciate your links because there are many who are looking for good linens which can be hard to find in the USA.

Anna on December 11, 2012:

Here is a place you can buy high quality linen bedding for reasonable price

Linenblue on November 10, 2012:

We make linen sheets, duvet covers and pillow-cases. These are made from either finest Irish Linen or Belgian Linen in 1100 thread count or 1400 fine linen. We can finish with punched-hole hem stitch or double row cord stitching in any colour (including gold - very popular with our customers in the USA). We can also embroider family monograms onto the bedding if required. This is the finest 100% flax linen that money can buy.

dibella on November 08, 2012:

I have found some nice linen on etsy, also can ask for custom made size and sets.

Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on September 18, 2012:

Great hub!!!

Tamara on September 11, 2012:

Here is a place to find pure linen


:) on May 12, 2012:

I believe linen can last even longer than 20 years! I had a customer buy some from me once and she mentioned that she buys linen sheets from antique shops that are over 100 years old! I thought it was amazing.

TheListLady (author) from New York City on March 25, 2012:

How well I remember the pure linen sheets of my childhood Sylvia K. I'm going to keep searching and I will look into linotto. Thanks for the tip!

Sylvia K on March 23, 2012:

We used linen bedsheets in europe when I was a little girl .It was an old world tradition. Now people use cotton. No one beats my grandmother's linen soft over used bedsheets.I looked all over. There's linotto but it's very expensive. Back in the day they were cheap at the store. Now everyone's getting rid of it.

TheListLady (author) from New York City on January 04, 2012:

Wow! Thanks for all the comments, the ideas and the links.

hershann on January 01, 2012: - Linen sheets made in NYC. Good reviews.

klor33 on November 03, 2011:

check this out :

JT Walters from Florida on October 16, 2011:

Hi Listlady,

I don't sow but it sounds like a great idea.


klor33 on August 30, 2011:

Try it on ebay

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 30, 2011:

How lovely to find this Hub. I am going to purchase new "linens" for my bed and will look for real linens. I like all natural items and as you pointed out, even pure cotton is hard to find. Thanks for the information. Hyph

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on April 18, 2011:

Very interesting. Thank you for sharing this!

Micheal on November 02, 2010:

Another unusual property linen has is that it is 20% stronger when wet. This is one of the reasons it wears so well

Veronica Allen from Georgia on June 29, 2010:

Ahhh, yes.... I love linen, but linen bedsheets can be incredibly hard to find. I had no idea that linen lasted for 20 years! No wonder it is such a great investment.

alexandriaruthk from US on June 28, 2010:

beautiful like us, rated it up my dear,

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 16, 2010:

Good information from you. I love linen sheet, it feels comfortable. I don't have any reason to refuse this. Thanks for share.

Alfreta Sailor from Southern California on June 16, 2010:

I never knew that sheets made a difference, now you've put me on the hunt for linen sheets. I have a skin condition that could quite possibly be exacerbated by my bedding. I am definitely going to start looking for linen sheets. Thank you so much for this very important info. And a warm welcome to HubPages. See you soon.

GreenThumbLady from The Beautiful Earth on June 13, 2010:

I think I need some of these. I also think I need to get my hands on this Martha Stewart book you speak of!! lol Wonderful hub. Rated up for sure!

theherbivorehippi from Holly, MI on June 13, 2010:

Who knew sheets could make such a difference??! I must put this on a "list"..perhaps from Santa. lol Thanks for such useful information!! So glad I read this hub!

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on June 13, 2010:

Oh, I have tried forever to find linen sheets here in NYC. I have even made phone calls to sheet shops asking specifically if they have the fabric - we'll go over this a hundred times on the phone and when I get there - well it is the usual blend, or worse - but of course no pure linen. I've found them advertised in shops in the UK and maybe when I visit I will pick them up.

Meanwhile, the Martha Stewart tip is a great idea. I will certainly try that.

Rated up - this was quite helpful.

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