What is Buckwheat?
Buckwheat is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds, and also used as a cover crop. Despite the name, buckwheat is not related to wheat, as it is not a cereal/grass (family Poaceae); instead, buckwheat is related to sorrel, knotweed, and rhubarb for those who may have allergies to the grass families. The edible part is the grain from milling which is called “Kasha” somewhat like rice. After the plant matures and is rendered for milling, it goes through various cleaning processes separating parts of the plant. The hull is a triangular cup like shape that covers the seed which is inside the pillow. The seed is a popular edible source while the hull which covers the seed is removed for milling which is an extensive process.
How long will our buckwheat pillows last?
With proper care these can last 10–15 years. When we first started this business in Hawaii, I was told that an Asian lady had one if you can believe this, 25 years. In very poor countries people learn to take advantage of alternatives to store bought items and return to practical earthly things around that can give them the answers to what they are looking for.
Where can you find our buckwheat pillows?
Most department stores carry conventional pillows. Most stores are mainly interested in what the buyers find at trade shows or by word of mouth to stock their inventory. We have sold these at stores in Hawaii because the traffic there is familiar with items of this nature. These can also be purchased at health food stores, or bedding stores that have sold these in the past. Also gift stores that maybe high end could also carry these. Ebay could be a good source or stores on the Internet. We pride ourselves on filling any order big or small within 2 – 3 business days.
Do we carry any other color fabrics?
Our basic theme is natural as these will fit any décor. Do the pillows come in colors? Yes, by special order we can fulfill any color or design requested. We come out with specials every so often, just stay tunned.
How do you properly care our buckwheat pillows?
It is recommended to machine wash the case and cover every 1-2 weeks. A zipper has been inserted in our pillows on the side to allow the buckwheat to be poured out into a large paper bag. The buckwheat does not need to be washed and it is not advisable but can be put in the sun to freshen. If you properly wash the case and cover regliously our buckwheat pillows should last 10-15 years depending on use.
How are our pillows different from other pillows?
Most pillows out there in the market are either cotton, a polyurethane, or posturepedic. Most of them are synthetic, not natural and retain smells quickly and provide very little support or comfort. What makes our pilllows unique is that while sleeping at night, the buckwheat inside our pilow allows "air" to pass in between the individual hulls allowing the neck "to breathe" and preventing sweat or moisture from developing around the neck. In addition, our buckwheat pillows are firm and comform to your neck very similar to posturepedic just without the chemicals like formaldehyde.
DO THE PILLOWS EVER GET BUGS/MITES/FUNGUS?
The hulls are what provide the natural protection to the buckwheat kernel from natures invading organisms, and since they are a fiber they are not nutritive. It is unheard of for any of our pillows in regular use to ever get any infestation. Any natural pillows kept in storage for long periods of time that are not in use may provide a habitat for any number of organisms, therefore if you are going to store a pillow for long periods of time it is recommended to keep the pillow in a freezer at least for one day per month as a preventive measure, especially if you live in a hot and humid environment. Alternatively, you may use a vacuum pack sealing system. This is preferable to adding chemical agents to the pillow. We believe that people should not be exposed to chemicals when they are sleeping. Most synthetic fiber, foam and feather pillows have formaldehyde, UV inhibitors, anti-fungal agents, stabilizers, plasticizer, etc. added. There are no chemical additives used in the growing of hulls for our pillows, and the only cleaning agent used is air.
Can you freeze or heat our buckwheat pillows?
Refrigerating or freezing buckwheat pillows is certainly alright. Cold therapy can sometimes be useful for the reduction of swelling and can relieve pain and our pillows retain their coolness for about 15-20 minutes. Heating our buckwheat pillows is possible but we do not recommend it because it can reduce the moisture content of the hulls and is potentially unsafe. We suggest extreme caution if you ever plan on heating any of our cervical buckwheat pillows. Always make sure the metal zipper does not touch the sides of the microwave for it will create a spark and fire. Microwave in 30 second increments while flipping the pillow and always cover the pillow after heating with a towel to prevent any burning of skin around the neck. It takes only a minute or two to heat the pillow up sufficently. If your using our pillows strictly and constantly for therapuetic reasons it is recommended to use the cervical pillow as as cold therapy device not as a heating device