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WEIGHTED BLANKETS – Why your whole family needs one

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What is a Weighted Blanket?

Weighted blankets are blankets with weighted beads sewn inside, which help promote self-calming and enhance proprioceptive feedback.

How does a Weighted Blanket work?

Firm pressure or deep touch therapy on the body for an extended period can calm the mind, as it simulates being held or hugged. Research has found that deep pressure touch stimulation releases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that works in the regulation of mood, sleep and sensory perception.

Weighted blankets mimic deep pressure touch stimulation and thus have a calming and soothing effect.

Who should use a Weighted Blanket?

Babies who struggle to sleep through the night – This is perfect for when your baby is past the swaddling age, yet still needs the comfort of being swaddled. The weighted blanket assists to calm the baby, and give them a sense of security, resulting in a deeper longer sleep.

Children suffering from anxiety or autistic children suffering from hypokalaemic sensory over stimulation – Studies have shown weighted blankets can help children with ASD & Anxiety fall asleep. The kids benefit not only from the release of serotonin the weighted blankets bring, but also from the decrease in heart rate and blood pressure that result from the calming effect. This allows for more control, and in turn, a better chance of rest.

Adults suffering from Insomnia, Stress or Anxiety as well as autistic people suffering from hypokalaemic sensory over stimulation.

Weighted Blankets help to reduce cortisol as you sleep. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone, and a reduction will lead to overall better sleep quality

Also people suffering from:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder,
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder,
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,

would also greatly benefit from using weighted blankets

How to use a Weighted Blanket?

Weighted blankets can be used at bedtime to induce sleep and left on overnight or for as long as you want or need. If the blanket is used for a calming effect, it can stay on as long as needed. There are no ill effects of leaving a weighted blanket on for long periods of time, and the benefits are wonderful. Many people compare them to receiving a big hug.  You receive a wonderful sense of security and calm.

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Where can you buy a Weighted Blanket?

Here in South Africa there is an amazing company called Weighted Blankets South Africa, where I bought my weighted blanket.

They offer exceptional service, and the blankets are made with the utmost love and care, in the most luxurious Egyptian cotton fabrics.

They are:

— Machine Washable

— 100% pure cotton

— 300 thread count Egyptian cotton

— High-quality breathable fabrics

— Hand-made, professional construction

— Ideal for any climate

 

They come in 3 different options:

  1. Basic range – 100% cotton front & back with a colour border
  2. Classic range – 100% cotton print front with a 300 Thread Count Egyptian cotton back
  3. Luxury range – 300 Thread Count Egyptian cotton front & back
  4. Bespoke range – Patchwork Quilt front & Egyptian cotton back

All blankets are quilted into blocks to evenly distribute weight.

 

They come in 5 different sizes:

Baby:                     73 x 75 cm

Toddler:               80 x 120 cm

Child:                     100 x 150 cm

Adult:                    120 x 180 cm

Large Adult:        150 x 200 cm

 

And there are an array of beautiful fabric options to choose from, in a variety of colours and patterns

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To find out more on these blankets, you can email Adele from Weighted Blankets South Africa adele@weightedblankets.co.za

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Why You and your Baby should drink ROOIBOS TEA

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Rooibos tea is a medicinal, herbal beverage that is acquired from the Aspalathus linearis bush plant that is found in South Africa. According to the South African Rooibos Council, rooibos is not a true tea, but a herb. The fermented tea is red in color.

 

The tea is absolutely FREE FROM CAFFEINE content and is also low in tannins, with absolutely no possible side effects. Rooibos tea has no oxalic acid and therefore, it can be consumed by people who have kidney stones.

Rooibos tea is rich in many mineral contents such as:

  • iron,
  • calcium,
  • potassium,
  • copper,
  • manganese,
  • zinc,
  • magnesium
  • alpha hydroxy acid.

It also contains ANTIOXIDENTS like aspalathin and nothofagin, and the extremely potent and versatile phenolic compounds.

Rooibos tea is said to contain rare nutrients like Quercetin and Bioflavonoids that assists in good blood circulation and obstructs haemorrhaging.

 

The Benefits of Rooibos tea include:

  • useful in infants suffering from colic or stomach cramps,
  • cure for nagging headaches,
  • insomnia,
  • asthma,
  • eczema,
  • bone weakness,
  • hypertension,
  • allergies,
  • premature aging

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Freshpack Rooibos now makes various flavour Rooibos Tea’s for babies, and they are stocked in most supermarkets. The tea has a natural sweetness which babies enjoy, while assisting them with their stomach cramps.

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Refreshing Rooibos Tea Recipe

  1. Make one litre of rooibos tea (four to six teabags)
  2. Sweeten with honey, stirring until dissolved
  3. Leave in the fridge overnight
  4. Serve as is, with mint, lemon, orange or with your favourite fruit juice.

 

Tip: Cold rooibos can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.

 

Despite all the health benefits, there are studies that suggest Rooibos tea could interfere with chemotherapy treatment, and it also might not be beneficial if used during hormone related cancers like breast cancer. So always consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

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