It is also used in bandage dressings.
According to Japanese medical research studies, bed-ridden patients do not develop bedsores when linen bed sheets are used.
Pure linen also resists bad odours. For example, linen insoles absorb surpluses of moisture in the internal surfaces of footwear, a feature that serves to suppress harmful micro-organisms, bacteria and fungi, which, if allowed to develop, would produce unpleasant odours.
No doubt you have noticed how your wash cloth or dishcloth starts to develop a nasty smell after a day or two? This is simply due to a build-up of bacteria. I used to knit cotton face cloths, and these invariably started to smell unpleasant as they dried. I have now replaced them with 100% linen wash cloths. Not only is the linen a natural gentle exfoliant for the skin, but also I have noticed that they last a lot longer before developing any odour, and they dry out faster than cotton. For this application, linen is a much healthier option than cotton.
I have just posted a new linen wash cloth pattern on our free pattern page. It features a dandelion flower stitch, which looks fabulous in linen.
It is made with one of our DK multi-colour yarns, Pink Ice.
Click here to see the Dandelion Linen Washcloth pattern.
Click here to see the yarn.