The exotic-sounding name we fine on favorite household linens can also go by Pima cotton, named after the Pima Native Americans who grew the cotton on Arizona farms in the early 1900's. Both are from the Gossypium barbadense plant species, which needs hot, humid weather to flourish. The plant has some interesting properties that may make you look at your Egyptian cotton sheets in a different light:
It's antifungal. It contains a chemical that makes it naturally resistant to insect damage. It is sometimes used as an anti-fertility drug and in Suriname traditional medicine it's used to treat hypertension. Now, we're not saying that sleeping on Egyptian cotton sheets is going to treat hypertension or cure your home of ant invasion. But it shares a source with some unexpected other uses!