I first became aware of epsom salts about 10 years ago when I was on a major health food and detox buzz.
I bought a packet because it was an ingredient in a complex cleanse. Boy, did it work.
I then had the rest of the packet to use, so I looked around for ways to use it. I'd heard it was great in the garden, so I tried that. The result was the fattest juciest tomatoes I had ever grown.
I also used it regularly for a relaxing bath.
10 years on since my first use of epsom salts and it has been something staple in my home. It is something which is versatile, effective and that I wouldn't be without.
Buckwheat pillows have been used for a long time in Japan and have gained popularity in the West in recent years.
However a buckwheat mattress is something new and something very exciting.
These traditional pillows are filled with small individual buckwheat hulls that mould to the shape of your head and neck.
You can control the density by adding or removing as much buckwheat filling as you like.
Naturepedic mattresses are well known for their crib and children's range.
However they also have a very good range of adult mattresses, with four different styles to choose from.
Depending on what you are looking for they have innerspring and latex mattresses.
If there is one thing I am picky about cleanliness in my home it is the floor.
I can live with a mess elsewhere, but few things irritate me more than a dirty and sticky floor.
Not only does it look unsightly, but if you are walking around in socks or barefeet you pick up all the gunk on the soles of your feet.
Maybe it's all those floors I mopped back when I worked in a restaurant. Or when my old roommates would destroy my perfectly clean floor within a matter of hours. Either way I am a stickler for a clean floor.
A Green Sleep mattress comes with either with latex cores or innerspring cores. Their latex core mattresses use a layered approach, similar to Savvy Rest.
Depending on the model there are several layers which you can customize the firmness for your own personal comfort.
Green Sleep also have their own unique base which uses something called a dowel system.
It works similar to slats except that the individual pieces of wood are cylindrical rather than flat.
Because the dowels are thin you can fit far more of them on than you could slats.
This makes the mattress more responsive to where you place weight down, meaning pressure is eased and it is more comfortable.
The new generation of latex and memory foam mattresses are great.
But the humble cotton mattress has been a tradition for a long time and it continues to be an excellent choice.
However if you are an eco-conscious consumer the good news is that you have the ability to purchase organic cotton products, including a mattress.
The main benefits of organic cotton are not so much in the product itself, but rather in the influence your choice will have on the environment and the cotton industry.
Cotton is one of the world's dirtiest crops, but also one of the most important. So supporting the organic cotton industry is a huge deal.
I love walking into my home to be greeted by a wonderful fragrant scent.
The problem is that most store bought air fresheners contain harmful chemicals, irritate the nose and smell kind of fake.
Homemade air fresheners, on the other hand, are healthier, cheaper and actually smell a whole lot better.
And they aren't very difficult to make.
Is there a medically recommended sleep apnea mattress?
The short answer is no.
The causes of sleep apnea have nothing to do with your mattress. Merely switching to a different mattress isn't going to magically solve the problem.
However the one way your mattress can assist with sleep apnea is to ensure it is comfortable and supportive enough to allow you to sleep on your side.
Sleeping on your back worsens sleep apnea and, while sleeping on your side won't cure it, it can improve it.
The problem then, is figuring how to stay on your side once you are asleep.
The health benefits of apple cider vinegar have become an internet craze.
Some benefits are scientifically proven or partially so, while others are nothing more than conjecture.
Of course just because something isn't proven, doesn't mean it isn't true. At the same time just because ACV has some health benefits, doesn't mean that it can cure everything.
Many people, myself included, are happy to experiment with apple cider vinegar. If it has some benefit then we keep taking it.
The main theory as to why apple cider vinegar is beneficial for your health is that it promotes alkalinity in the body. This is based on the idea that many chronic health problems stem from the body being too acidic.
Is your sleep quality suffering? Do you find yourself reaching for sleeping pills or even alcohol in order to be able to fall asleep?
Instead of seeking a band aid solution, you should look for a natural way that also addresses the lifestyle issues that are causing you to have poor sleep in the first place.
Learning how to improve your sleep naturally is one of the most important things you can do for your health and wellbeing.
The relationship between apple cider vinegar and sleep is an interesting one.
While there is no clear scientific reasoning behind it, there are numerous anecdotes from people who claim that drinking apple cider vinegar before bed cured their insomnia.
Not only did it help that get to sleep, but it helped them stay asleep as well.
The best example of this is famous self experimenter Tim Ferriss, who drinks apple cider vinegar with tea and honey an hour before bed.
It is often hard to tell when you need a new mattress.
While you should replace your mattress about every 10 years, depending on the quality, it's an easy thing to forget.
It's also an easy thing to put off because of the cost of replacing it and try and suffer with your old one for a few more years.
Even if your mattress is not obviously uncomfortable its quality can decline rapidly and it can stop providing adequate support.
There are several tell tale signs that you need a new mattress.