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Is Wool Itchy?

Is Wool Itchy?

Demythifying the Itch of WoolAs wool experts, we field a lot of questions about wool. Which is great, because we love talking about it! One of the most common questions we get is: “Is wool itchy?” This is often accompanied by a mention of a wool allergy. These two...

Shepherd’s Dream Grassroots Giving: Siskiyou Mountain Club

Shepherd’s Dream is all about local networks and loving the natural beauty of our region, so we’re excited to support a group in our community doing amazing work in the mountains and forests around us—Siskiyou Mountain Club! Many people might not be aware that funding...

Wool Composting

Wool Composting

At Shepherd’s Dream, we talk a lot about sustainability because it’s inherent in everything we do in our business, from the grass the sheep eat to what materials we choose to construct our mattresses. Wool is quite simply the most natural choice for your best night’s...

I Love…Healthy Sleep

I Love…Healthy Sleep

Valentine’s Day 2021 is right around the corner, and we at Shepherd’s Dream would like to point out that there is one person who may need some extra love and care this year… You.  2020 is over, but the effects may be lingering in the form of disrupted sleep,...

Pillows Support More Than Just Your Head

Pillows Support More Than Just Your Head

No one would argue with you if you said, “Your head is important.” But then why do so many people sleep with their heads on subpar pillows? A bad pillow can lead to neck and back pain, chemical aggravations, and poor sleep. And a lack of quality sleep can lead to all...

Lesser-Known Uses of Wool

Lesser-Known Uses of Wool

While we here at Shepherd’s Dream think that wool is the perfect material to make a natural mattress, organic wool comforter, or wool throw blanket, there are some other odder uses for wool as well. Wool has too many uses to list here but some of the standouts are...

Just How Organic is that Organic Textile?

Just How Organic is that Organic Textile?

If you’ve taken a look at our Organic Wool Comforter or any of our other organic products, you might have seen the GOTS Approved Organic seal.  GOTS stands for the Global Organic Textile Standard. GOTS is an international organization seeking to make organic...

If You’re Going to Wear a Mask All Day…

If You’re Going to Wear a Mask All Day…

Why not make it a good one? If you sleep on an organic cotton pillow cover all night, why would you wear a mask made from artificial materials and chemicals while you’re awake? Masks made from synthetic fibers can off-gas the chemicals they’ve been treated with, which...

Summer Heat Getting You Down? Keep Cool With Wool!

Summer Heat Getting You Down? Keep Cool With Wool!

Summer is in Full Swing! As June turns to July, the heat steadily climbs and leaves you sweaty and exhausted. In many cases, the rise in temperature leads to swimming in the ocean or taking a dip in the river. But another great way to beat the heat of summer is to...

Sleep Your Best – Improving Health Through Rest

Sleep Your Best – Improving Health Through Rest

Sleep Your Best - Improving Health Through Rest With the way the world has been lately, many people are looking for ways to improve their health in various ways; trying their best to improve their immune system in some way or another to keep themselves and their...

Is Your Pillow Aggravating Chemical Sensitivities?

Is Your Pillow Aggravating Chemical Sensitivities?

Are you bothered by strong candles or perfume smells? What about cleaning supplies or exhaust fumes? Many people struggle with chemical sensitivities that can make everyday tasks and outings miserable. Something as simple as sitting near a woman in a restaurant who...

How To Design an All-Natural Luxury Bedroom With Wool

How To Design an All-Natural Luxury Bedroom With Wool

All too often, natural and organic qualities don’t necessarily equal a superior product. As conscious consumers, we usually have to choose between a product that is the overall healthier choice and a product that feels better, performs better, or even looks better....

Top 4 Toxic Chemicals Found in Traditional Mattresses

Top 4 Toxic Chemicals Found in Traditional Mattresses

  It probably makes you shudder to think about sleeping on a bed of chemicals every night, but the truth is, most people do. Traditional mattresses are filled with several known toxic chemicals that can harm our bodies. These chemicals are referred to as volatile...

Current Art Exhibition: Michele Sebatier

"Sound Fury"10" x 10" encaustic on panel We are thrilled to exhibit Michele Sebatier's encaustic paintings through September. Michele creates encaustic art and pulls imagery from memory rather than photographic references. She describes her work as "intuitive and...

What Are Kemp Fibers & Guard Hairs (And Should You Be Worried)?

What Are Kemp Fibers & Guard Hairs (And Should You Be Worried)?

Every once in a while we get a call from a customer who, having recently purchased one of our wool comforters or mattress protectors, needs clarification about the black hairs sometimes found amongst the wool.   These fibers are known as guard hairs. They offer...

All Season Wool Comforter Versus 100% Organic Comforter

All Season Wool Comforter Versus 100% Organic Comforter

Are you wondering what’s the difference between our All-Season Wool Comforter and our 100% Organic Comforter?-- You’re not alone. We get asked this all the time. In fact, we recently replied to a customer inquiry asking for more information differentiating the two....

Visit our Showroom in February and March to view Lindy Kehoe’s Art

Visit our showroom to view Lindy Kehoe's art installation: "Pictorial Lullabye". About the Artist Lindy Kehoe’s fantastical illustration style is its own mythos. This Pittsburgh native received her BFA in 2001 at Ohio University. Her adventurous spirit led her to the...

Carbon Farming: Restoring Balance For A New Sustainable Age

Carbon Farming: Restoring Balance For A New Sustainable Age

There’s more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere today than ever before.   As a result, heat is being trapped underneath and our climate is changing. Our global temperature has risen, our ocean currents have changed course, and our glaciers are melting at an increasing...

Treat Your Feet Right With Wool

Treat Your Feet Right With Wool

QUESTION: What do ballerinas and Arctic explorers have in common? ANSWER: They’ve both been using wool to keep their feet dry and prevent blisters for centuries. Everyone knows wool socks keep your feet warm. But did you know that adding pieces of wool inside your...

Join us this Friday for our October Artwalk!

Join us this Friday at our showroom in Ashland, Oregon for our First Friday October Artwalk! This month and next month we are featuring the art by Linda J Dixon. Linda holds a BFA in Studio Art and has previously exhibited at both the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art and...

5 Benefits of a Wool Mattress Topper

5 Benefits of a Wool Mattress Topper

Wool mattress toppers are not only comfortable, but they can also help you sleep better. Many people have found that switching to more natural bedding has improved their quality of sleep, so they wake up feeling more rested and energized. Not only can wool help you...

5 Signs of a Bad Mattress

5 Signs of a Bad Mattress

Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their mattress. We spend hours every night sleeping on it, yet it’s one of the furthest things from our minds. The crazy thing is that poor sleep affects every aspect of our lives, so if you don’t have a great...

What Being a Green America Certified Business Means To Us

What Being a Green America Certified Business Means To Us

As a local small business, we at Shepherd’s Dream always strive to hold the highest standards of quality and comfort. Being certified with Green America is just one of the many ways we can assure our customers that we’re providing a socially and environmentally...

How Wool Keeps You Warm in the Winter

How Wool Keeps You Warm in the Winter

We learned in a previous post the surprising truth that wool keeps us cool in the summer, but wool also obviously keeps us warm in the winter. (Who doesn’t love wrapping up in a wool blanket by the fire?) The not so well-known part about wool is how it keeps us warm....

7 Dos and Don’ts of Wool Bedding Care

7 Dos and Don’ts of Wool Bedding Care

If you’ve never had a wool mattress or wool bedding before, it can be a little challenging to figure out how to best take care of it. But once you get the hang of it, we think it’s really easy. In order to make it even easier, here are seven dos and don’t of wool...

How to Clean Your Wool Mattress Topper

How to Clean Your Wool Mattress Topper

Wool is one of the easiest materials to take care of, but you have to do it right. Regularly cleaning and caring for your wool mattress topper is important. If it’s neglected, the lifespan of your wool mattress topper and mattress can be greatly reduced. Let’s take a...

August First Friday Artwalk: “Quantum Entanglement”

Join us at our Ashland showroom for our August Artwalk next Friday! This month we are featuring the artwork of PamHaunschild, a nature and wildlife artist. In honor of "the year of the bird", Pam pays homage to birders and art appreciators in an exhibition of...

5 Benefits of Merino Wool Blankets

5 Benefits of Merino Wool Blankets

A blanket made from merino sheep’s wool is one of the softest and most comfortable fabrics to wrap up in. Once you try it, you may never go back! Not only does it feel amazing, but it also has loads of other great benefits. Here’s our top five benefits of merino wool...

July First Friday Artwalk: “Manifest Magik”

Join us at our Ashland showroom for our July Artwalk this Friday! This month we are featuring the artwork of Heather Brunetti, a local self-taught artist. Heather's artistic approach is vivid and dreamy- full of rich and bold layers of color and fluid shapes. Also...

6 Ways to Prevent Bed Bugs Naturally

6 Ways to Prevent Bed Bugs Naturally

Cases of bed bug infestations have been rising dramatically over the last five years. While the reason for the sudden increase isn’t clear, it’s obvious that something needs to be done about these pesky insects. If you’re already feeling itchy just reading about bed...

How to Choose a Mattress Topper

How to Choose a Mattress Topper

Sometimes sleeping on just a mattress doesn’t cut it. Perhaps you wake up because your spouse moves around too much, or maybe you can’t get comfortable — or there’s a host of other reasons. One popular solution is to add a mattress topper to your bed. Not to be...

What Type of Sleeper Personality Are You?

What Type of Sleeper Personality Are You?

When someone asks “What type of sleeper are you?”, you probably respond with either a side, back, or stomach sleeper. Apart from positions, you might reply by saying “Oh, I’m a night owl” or “I’m definitely a morning person.” New research shows, however, that there...

Common Misconceptions About Wool, Myth #7: “Wool Attracts Bugs”

Common Misconceptions About Wool, Myth #7: “Wool Attracts Bugs”

Are you worried that buying a wool bed will invite creepy crawling bugs or flying moths into your sleeping sanctuary? Don’t be! Believe it or not, purchasing natural wool bedding for your home will actually deter bugs from entering your room and even provide you with...

Common Misconceptions About Wool, Myth #5: Wool Is Expensive

Common Misconceptions About Wool, Myth #5: Wool Is Expensive

Another common myth about wool that we aim to debunk is its price. So let’s take a look at the question you’re probably asking: Is wool expensive? When comparing thread-to-thread or pound-to-pound, depending on what type or form of textile you’re looking at, wool is...

Wool Bedding Compression 101

Wool Bedding Compression 101

One of the most important considerations in caring for your all-natural wool bedding is compression. Being mindful of compression ensures that your wool-filled bedding withstands many years of use. At Shepherd’s Dream, all of our bedding is made with wool batting...

The Benefits of Sleeping with a Body Pillow

The Benefits of Sleeping with a Body Pillow

Have you ever just wanted to cuddle up with a fluffy, oversized body pillow? That makes at least two of us. Body pillows are beneficial for so many reasons, not the least of which is coziness and comfort. Here are several other reasons why body pillows are an...

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 5

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 5

At Shepherd’s Dream we work closely with Woolgatherer Carding Mill, located just down the road from us in Montague, California. Woolgatherer supplies all the wool we use to make our natural and organic wool bedding. Over the past several weeks we’ve been exploring how...

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 4

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 4

In previous blog posts, we discussed the first few stages of processing wool: Selecting Wool Growers, Shearing, and Skirting, Grading & Baling. This process is overseen by Woolgatherer Carding Mill, located just down the road from us in Montague, California....

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 3

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 3

Lately on our blog, we’ve been exploring the process of wool - from the pastures to the finished product - to help you gain a better understanding of the wool we use to make our organic bedding products. Previously we discussed the first stage of wool processing,...

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 2

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 2

We’ve been exploring the process of wool, from the pastures to the finished product, to help you gain a better understanding of the wool we use to make our organic bedding products. All of our wool is processed at Woolgatherer Carding Mill, located just down the road...

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 1

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 1

Thanks to the amazing Woolgatherer Carding Mill, located just down the road from us in Montague, California, we’re able to create some of the finest wool products in the world. Woolgatherer follows the wool through every stage, from the pastures to the finished...

Common Misconceptions About Wool, Myth #2: “Wool is Hot”

Common Misconceptions About Wool, Myth #2: “Wool is Hot”

Wool is a permeable fabric, meaning it allows moisture such as perspiration to pass through the core of the fibers. This helps your body regulate its own temperature so you feel dry and warm when it’s cold outside and cool but not sweaty when it’s hot. When the...

Is Your Mattress Biodegradable, or Will It End Up In a Landfill?

Is Your Mattress Biodegradable, or Will It End Up In a Landfill?

Did you know that 50,000 mattresses are thrown out daily in the United States? If we were to stack all of these mattresses on top of each other, they would be the equivalent of 40 Empire State Buildings...per day. In just two days, the amount of mattresses thrown away...

Ways to Use Pillows to Get Better Sleep & Reduce Pain

Ways to Use Pillows to Get Better Sleep & Reduce Pain

Depending on how you sleep, there many alternative ways to sleep with your pillows that benefit the whole body. Most of us don’t sleep like they do in the movies (neatly laid out on our sides with both hands serenely resting under our check). Rather, our sleeping...

Understanding Sleep Cycles: REM & NREM

Prior to the 1920’s, the prevailing belief in the mainstream scientific community was that sleep represented a time when brain function diminished. Largely due to an inability to record brain activity, modern sleep research essentially believed our brains turned off...

The Perils of Conventional Mattresses

The Perils of Conventional Mattresses

Did you know that most conventional mattresses are damaging to your health and the environment? It's true. They're made with flame retardant chemicals, carcinogenic chemicals and pesticides, formaldehyde, and polyurethane foam. These toxic chemicals can cause...

Can Wool Keep You Cool in the Summer?

Can Wool Keep You Cool in the Summer?

A question we hear a lot is: but won't a wool mattress make me hot? This question comes up a lot because so many of us know firsthand how wonderfully warming wool is in cold environments. How could you get through winter without your favorite cable-knit wool sweater?...

Natural Characteristics of Wool Fiber

The secret of wool lies in the structure of its fibers. Unlike cotton, linen, silk or polyester, wool fibers are covered in tiny scales that resemble pine cones (see image below). Moisture Wicking This scaly surface, as well as the presence of lanolin, tends to repel...

What is Latex and How is it Used for Natural Bedding?

What is Latex and How is it Used for Natural Bedding?

Latex is a milky liquid found in 10% of flowering plants. Not to be confused with sap, latex serves mainly as a plant’s defense against herbivorous insects. Latex is a complex emulsion consisting of proteins, alkaloids, starches, sugars, oils, tannins, resins, and...

Flame Retardant Chemicals: Are They in Your Mattress?

Flame Retardant Chemicals: Are They in Your Mattress?

The average person will spend about a third of their life on a single piece of furniture in their home - the bed. It seems reasonable then to make sure your bed is a safe place to sleep. The Federal Government thought so too and in the 1960’s, in response to hundreds...

Photo Contest This Month on Social Media!

Photo Contest!!! Join us on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a $250 Gift Certificate! Enter our photo contest by posting a photograph using one of our wool products along with #woolloversphotocontest for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate! Our production...

Sweetest Dreams with the Benefits of our Body Pillow

Our 50-inch full-length Body Pillow is designed to bolster the body of the side sleeper and encourages the best alignment for one’s back and limbs. This pillow offers comfort and optimum support for all of our precious being. A Body Pillow distributes the...

Echo of the Waulking Song – A brief history of melton wool

One of the most powerful aspects of working with wool is how deeply connected the tradition is with our Ancestors. Learning the traditional ways that our Ancestors worked with wool is a powerful way to connect with the fabric in our lives. Reading about the history of...

New members of the Ashland Gallery Association

Since the opening of Shepherd's Dream Ashland in 2012, the owners have striven to align themselves with the local and neighboring communities.  To so so, they decided to offer their retail bedding showroom on A Street as one of Ashland's unique venues to promote and...

New Limited Edition, Colored Wool Blankets

We are excited to offer new Colored Woolen Blankets made here in the USA. Our Specialty Wool Blanket is made from 100% locally sourced super fine wool.  This Limited Edition wool blanket is available in a long throw size and in a variety of beautiful colors. These...

Wool filled comforters

People love our Wool filled comforters, they are definitely one of our most popular and universal products. We offer a summer weight, all season's and winter weight comforter...so that there is an option for everybody!  Filled purely with our premium Eco Wool and...

Heirloom Bed felts for the New paradigm

Ancient and Timeless Our heartfelt Woolen felts are pure, simple, versatile and affordable!  Offered to our Shepherd's Dream customer's first by the Heartfelt Collective, a group of pioneering bed makers in the Shasta Valley of northern most California.  Heartfelt is...

Washable Wool Puddle Pads

Made of 100% Pure Wool, our Washable Puddle pad is a great addition to any baby or kids' bed. Highly absorbent and protective, our pure wool Puddle pad will protect your mattresses from accidents and spills day and night!

Autumn is among us once again

What a lovely summer it has been here in Northern California.  Perfect blue skies, hot days, refreshing cool waters to swim in and cozy and comforting sleep with wool; the fiber that comforts you just right, all year round. It is always refreshing as the autumn...

Snuggle Mate Wool Filled Topper

One of our most popular products and the perfect addition to any bed, is our 3" Snuggle Mate Wool Filled Topper. Filled purely with our Premium Eco-Wool batting and encased in a soft, durable organic cotton textile, this mattress topper will last for at least 15 years...

Healthy Recipe Ideas – Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding Yum yum! Super good for you, high in calcium, omega 3's and antioxidants. I love eating chia seed pudding for breakfast and so does my little boy who is 21 months. Click HERE for the recipe Enjoy!!!

Change your sleep, change your life!

We celebrate producing our products for over 25 years. We take great pride in quality and purity and making the best "Original" Wool Mattress! Our heirloom quality, All Wool Mattresses are made by hand and designed to last a lifetime with proper care! Our Wool...

Allergies Getting You Down?

Replacing your synthetic and down bedding with wool bedding will help you with your allergies. Wool Is Hypo-allergenic Dust mites and bed bugs don't like wool as they prefer hot, humid climates that are more common with synthetics and down. Dust mites are the major...

Spring is Blooming!

Our rivers are flowing strong, lakes are filling up, fields are a brilliant green, lambs are being born and the sun and rain are reflecting rainbows over the Shasta valley...it's so beautiful!  The best thing about winter is that it makes the spring so fresh and...

“She Dreams of Bears”

Pegi Smith, contemporary acrylic artist, is joined by Greta Gardiner performing originals on acoustic guitar for the opening  “Dreams” exhibition, at Shepherd’s Dream, 629 A Street, First Friday Artwalk, February 5th, 5-8pm. More info: 541-708-5439. On display...

Sleep Research, the latest scientific results

Consistent with earlier scientific findings, a study undertaken by the University of Sydney, Australiaand funded by the Australian Wool Innovation, has found that a better night’s sleep is achievedwhen sleeping in or under wool.  

Natural latex topper by Savvy Rest

We are pleased to be offering a beautiful, natural latex topper by Savvy Rest.  The 4" thick Harmony latex topper is available in either Dunlop or Talalay with density's of soft, medium or firm.  The latex is of the highest quality and is encased in an...

Mini Micro Massage With Wool!

Yes! Here is a natural and affordable way to introduce muscle relief and comfort into your everyday while using medicinal & wonderful wool! Wool filaments are created in such a way that they stimulate neuro receptors in our skin and produce a balmy and calming...

Healthy and Delicious Summer Recipes

Spring Rolls with Carrot-Ginger Dipping Sauce Yield Serves 6 Ingredients 6 rice-paper wrappers 2 cups radish sprouts ( 1/2 ounce) 1 red beet, trimmed and thinly sliced crosswise 1 medium carrot, peeled and julienned 1 cucumber, julienned 1 red bell pepper, stem and...

Healthy and Delicious Summer Recipes

Cacao Pistachio Florentine and Mint Ice Cream Sandwich (Raw) Ingredients: Serves 4 For the Ice Cream: 2 Cups Cashews 1/2 Cup Coconut Butter/Oil 1/4 Cup Agave Nectar 1 Vanilla Pod 1 Cup Almond Milk* 1 Tsp Lemon Juice 1/2 Cup tightly-packed Fresh Mint Leaves Step 1:...

Choosing Wool is a way to stay friends with the environment

We all know that wool is a natural resource that runs on grass... this contributes to a textile that is sustainable, renewable, & biodegradable (unlike its synthetic counterparts). All of these qualities have a meaningful impact on the healthy future of our...

Update on our Showroom in Ashland, Oregon

Ashland is well-known for it's fabulous Oregon Shakespeare Festival and it's beautiful 100 acre Lithia Park, which is home to a great number of tree species from around the globe (the perfect place for a relaxing stroll). In addition to these wonderful attractions,...

Sarah Sunshine’s favorite baby products!

I am so excited to welcome my precious son, Solemon Sky into this world... ...Born on his father's birthday, July 9th, in beautiful Mt. Shasta City, California! I have wanted to have a baby for as long as I can remember, so this is TRULY the greatest gift and blessing...

Autumn is among us..

It's always sad to say goodbye to the long summer days, but there is peace that comes with the beautiful, warm glow that comes with this time of the year. The nights are getting cooler and the days shorter as we all cozy back in to our homes and the rhythms of our...

Spring Care Tips For Your Wool Bedding

Bring the freshness of spring into your bedroom. It is the perfect time to give your wool bedding a little extra, tender loving care. Wool bedding will last for several decades with proper care. Here are some tips on how you can care for your wool bedding: Every three...

Wishing You a Happy Spring ~ Spring SALE!

The days are getting longer and warmer as the brilliance of spring returns once again.  It is an amazing gift to witness the blossoming of flowers, trees and little baby lambs all around us!  We celebrate this time with gratitude and joy. We are happy to announce the...

I sleep great no matter where I travel

When I travel away from home, I really like to pack my Shepherd’s Dream travel pillow and lightweight wool comforter, to take on my trip! Sure, I love sleeping in my wool bed while I’m at home, but why leave all that comfort at home, when I can easily take my “wooly...

How to naturally get a good night’s sleep

Our lives can tend to get busy, however, this 4-step combination is really simple, and it works to naturally get a good night's sleep! #1 Start with the right pillow... I find it's helpful to think about what kind of pillow firmness you are attracted to when testing...

You Can Baaaa-lieve it, Wool Is Fire Safe!

Wool Is Fire Safe! An Excellent Material Used To Experience An All Natural Mattress! With the up rise of investigating product safety in the United States our mattress and furniture industry is being subjected to a new wave of scrutiny to meet fire safe regulations....

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