Take Your Bedding Outside!

Yes, you heard me right. Sheets, pillowcases, bedspreads… the whole downy set. Take them outside and let them bask in the sun.

I know this sounds bizarre, and it is. But the tradition of taking your bedroom linens outdoors dates back to an ancient Chinese tradition of ridding the bedroom of “pathogenic Qi”, or more commonly known as cold/flu bugs. The belief was that the vibrant YANG energy of the sun would dry up any stale, stagnant, damp and heavy energy trapped in the house, which is believed to cause illness. In fact, this tradition makes perfect sense when you think about the antiseptic qualities of Ultra Violet light, used to sterilize modern medical equipment. 

So drag those pillows onto the terrace, hang them proudly and let the healing power of the sun do its job. Be sure to stay outside and keep your linens company… Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in Colorado (yes, even though we get more than 300 days of sunshine per year, we are only able to absorb Vitamin D from the sun during the summer months).

If you are not in a position to bring your down comforter out to the front lawn, installing full-spectrum light bulbs in the house can be a helpful alternative. This make-shift YANG energy can really boost immunity and lift moods.  

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