Are you familiar with buckwheat hull pillows, abbreviated as buckwheat pillows? I question this because many people have never heard of them, despite the fact that they have been in use in the Orient for between two and three thousand years, possibly longer. To those of us who use them, this seems odd, because buckwheat pillows, in my opinion, are unmatched by any other form of pillow, regardless of the contrast.
You might be wondering what buckwheat pillows are. They are simply a pillow cover with a hidden nylon zipper in one end that is loaded with specially washed buckwheat seed hulls. By the way, buckwheat is not a crop. It is simply a fruit and is closely related to rhubarb.
These hulls possess two distinct characteristics that distinguish them as the quintessential pillow filling. To begin, the shape of the hulls allows air to flow between them, ventilating the pillow and reducing the propensity of your head to overheat where it makes contact with the pillow. Second, the hulls have tiny ridges on their surfaces, which prevent the individual hulls from slipping past one another just enough to create what I refer to as malleability. In other words, it enables the hulls to maintain and sustain the place in which you want to lay your head. However, if you move your head while sleeping, it can readily adjust its location to accommodate you and then support your head in the new position – this is malleability.
To my mind, the most critical distinction between buckwheat and other more traditional pillows is that of comfort. I assume that more buckwheat pillows are purchased for their unmatched sleeping comfort than for any other purpose, though there are several additional factors to consider. The buckwheat hulls’ behaviour is much more easily observed than explained.
Additionally, the buckwheat pillow is unmatched in its resistance to dust mite infestations. If you are aware of it or not, dust mites infest almost every household worldwide, with the possible exception of certain Eskimo igloos. You’re in for a nauseating experience if you’ve never seen a microscopic image of a dust mite. They resemble a cross between a spider and a crayfish and feed on exfoliated skin. They do not bite, but their decomposing bodies and faeces do accumulate in traditional pillows to the point that many suggest discarding them after six months of use, as they lead to allergies and aggravate asthma sufferers. Though I’m sure they move through buckwheat pillows, there is nothing in the buckwheat hulls that would attract dust mites in the same way that traditional pillows do.
Due to the malleability mentioned above, they are extremely beneficial in relieving back pain, and especially neck pain. Chiropractic physicians also recommend buckwheat neck pillows and larger buckwheat pillows to their patients. Additionally, they are considered hypoallergenic, as long as the hulls have been vacuum washed correctly, as they are in high-quality pillows. Additionally, many believe that the malleability of buckwheat hulls increases with use.
Another significant benefit of buckwheat pillows over traditional pillows is the adjustability offered by the nylon zipper. This enables each consumer to customise the amount of hulls in the pillow. Individuals have a wide range of preferences for the firmness of their pillows, and no other form of pillow, with the possible exception of an air or water filled pillow, can provide this function, and none of those provides anything close to the level of comfort provided by a buckwheat pillow.
Additionally, you can look for organic cotton covers and organic buckwheat hulls in a high-quality buckwheat pillow. It is also important that they are manufactured in the United States, and not only for patriotic reasons; federal law mandates that imported buckwheat hulls be roasted to destroy any foreign insects, viruses, or other pathogens. This roasting process degrades some of the natural oils in the hulls and shortens their life. Certain merchants will promote roasting as a virtue, but the only benefit is the removal of any foreign insects or other pests.
A high-quality, handcrafted buckwheat pillow made in the United States of America will last between 10 and 15 years. As compared to the suggested disposal of traditional feather or foam pillows due to dust mite infestations, it’s easy to see how much money you’d save over a given number of years.