Chances are you’ve already heard of buckwheat pillows, which are making the rounds online. If not, this article will tell you all you need to know about this organic cushion, and how you can enjoy a refreshing nap with 100% natural buckwheat pillows!
Buckwheat Pillows Are Your New Sleep And Nap Pals!
Like a cat with a ball of yarn, I have become so attached to my buckwheat pillow. I would brush my hands and cheeks across the surface just to feel the interesting texture and smell the earthy aroma.
Although buckwheat has long been used as stuffing for pillows, cheaper and more convenient plastic and foam stuffing are now more common and popular. But as a true-blue homesteader, I couldn’t pass up having organic and comfortable pillows for my family–they just love it. Here’s why you should consider buckwheat pillows and how your home can have them too.
5 Reasons To Go For Buckwheat Pillows
1. Buckwheat Pillows Are Comfortable
It’s hard to picture grain hulls as comfortable when they can be hard with pointy edges like any grain. If you haven’t seen buckwheat hulls, they’re actually pretty small.
They will slide through your fingers nicely when you sift through them. When you’re used to the fluffy down or foam in pillows, it may take a bit longer for you to adjust, but by and by, you’ll realize and feel just how much more comfortable they actually are.
2. Get Improved Sleep
Give it a try for 2 to 3 nights and you’ll notice a change in the quality your sleep, for the better. The flexible hulls provide good support for your back and neck, with a massage-like effect. It allows for better air circulation with the gaps in the shells. You’ll find them cooler in warm temperatures and warmer when the temperature is low.
3. They’re Organic
Really, don’t you want to stay far away from chemical-laden, petroleum-based cushions and bedding? My mother used to tell me how my great-grandmother used dried herbs and plant parts for pillow cushions and I have been curious ever since.
I haven’t gone as far yet, but these buckwheat cushions could be the start of organic and healthy bedding for me. It’s definitely great for our body and for our environment.
4. Cleans Easy
How many times do you change pillows with plastic, foam, or down stuffing? Along with dust, our body fluids and dead skin cells can be easily absorbed by these materials.
What makes me have issues with it is how it can be difficult to clean them. Anytime you want your buckwheat pillows clean and fresh, you can just unzip your pillow case and rinse them clean. Then you can place the buckwheat hulls in a shallow container and spread them out in the sun to dry and air out.
5. Last Longer
Considering buckwheat hulls are organic, you might think they easily spoil. Amazingly, they don’t, for as long as they aren’t exposed to moisture for long.
You can reuse buckwheat hulls for years and years and when the time comes, you can also just throw them out in the compost pile or bin. See how amazingly zero-waste buckwheat-stuffed cushions are?
Tips On How To Make Buckwheat Pillows
Making your own buckwheat pillows is as straightforward as it can get. Sewing a pillow case is probably where you will be challenged. Well, we have this guide to make your own pillow case.
With the right pillow case, it’s as easy as stuffing it with the buckwheat hulls, and voila! An instant cushion. So, what I have here instead are tips for you to remember when making your own buckwheat pillows.
1. Do Your Research
Buckwheat pillows are not for everyone. Their therapeutic effect experienced by others may not work for you. Also, buckwheat hulls might be an allergen for you, so it’s always best to do your own research or to check with health experts first before you go ahead and replace all your cushions. It is also a great way to find out for yourself the qualities you like about buckwheat stuffing besides the price.
2. Buy Only Organic Buckwheat
Buckwheat hulls are practically allergy-free if you use 100% natural and organic buckwheat hulls. Some of the agreeable qualities of buckwheat are dust-free and triple cleans. There are organic buckwheat hulls you can buy inexpensively online, especially if you are buying in bulk.
3. Use Pillow Case With Zipper
It is highly recommended to use pillow cases with zippers for easier cleaning. You can learn how to sew a zipper to a piece of fabric here, which in this case, a pillow case. You may also tuck away the zipper so they won’t easily be visible to your youngster who might venture to let it rain buckwheat hulls all over the room.
4. Air Out Buckwheat Hulls
Remember dust can also collect inside the pillow case. Other than taking the hulls out in the sun, perhaps you can also give it a quick washing and thorough drying before refilling the cleaned pillow cases.
5. Use Organic Fabric For Pillow Case
Simply because we are using organic stuffings, we might as well go all out and use organic pillow cases as well. Remember, beddings come directly in contact with our skin, so if you are especially concerned with allergens, using organic materials for your pillow case is ideal.
Follow the full details on how to make buckwheat pillows here in this video:
Making my own pillows have an added sentiment for things homemade and DIY-ed. It sure was fun and exciting with interesting and unique pillows (at least for me) made from completely organic materials. Experience buckwheat pillows and make your own!
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