Natural latex pillows are made from latex harvested from the rubber tree, rather than synthetic rubber made in a lab.
healthy, breathable and offer excellent support.
In the organic bedding industry the terms latex and rubber are used interchangeably.
Therefore natural latex pillows are often also referred to as natural rubber pillows. Latex is the milky sap that is produced by the rubber tree. The latex is processed and turned into foam rubber pillows.
The reason why latex and rubber are called "natural" and not "organic" is because there is no third party certification available at present.
Natural latex pillows provide excellent support to the head and neck, which is crucial for a good nights sleep. Latex has a medium firmness and is often described as "springy." It will adjust to your movements during the night, always keeping your head properly supported and does not flatten during sleep.
These pillows have intentional holes in the surface and a network of interconnecting air channels. This allows for easy airflow through the pillow, meaning heat and moisture is well regulated. Latex foam pillows do not overheat meaning your head stays nice and cool in summer. Because of this air circulation the pillow is very resistant to the growth of mold and mildew.
Latex is resistant to bacteria and microbes. It is dust resistant which helps keep away those pesky dust mites, which cause asthma and allergies.
Latex is not suited to every sleep type. It depends on whether you are a back sleeper, side sleeper or stomach sleeper.
A latex foam pillow is best suited to a back sleeper because of its medium height. Side sleepers need higher pillows and while you could sleep on latex it wouldn't be the most ideal material. A latex pillow is also slightly too high for a stomach sleeper and could cause unnecessary discomfort.
The other problem with natural latex is that, funnily enough, it has a rubbery smell, although this will normally dissipate over time. This doesn't bother most people but some can find it uncomfortable.
Latex is hypoallergenic which means it is ideal for the large numbers of people who have allergies caused by dust mites in their regular bedding. However there is a small minority who can have an allergic reaction to latex and if this is you then obviously you want to consider an alternative.