Buckwheat pillows have been prized for hundreds of years for their ability to conform to body shape and provide perfect sleeping conditions. More popular since the 1980's, they have been found to help control migraines, back pain, snoring and insomnia. Made from roasted buckwheat hulls, these pillows are natural, ergonomic and come from a renewable resource, making them the perfect sleeping material for a planet conscious individual.
Purchase the best possible buckwheat hulls. Some people find they are allergic to buckwheat pillows. What they are actually allergic to is the dust still prevalent in hulls that are vacuumed rather than roasted. When purchasing your buckwheat hulls to make the pillows, look for hulls that are completely organic and roasted. Keep the chemicals far away. Air circulation between the hulls while you are sleeping will make for a more temperature controlled condition for your head, it will also allow any dust to circulate as well.
Wash the pillow case liners and pillow case before beginning this project. Take 1 pillow case liner and gently fill with the hulls. A standard pillow will take about 7 pounds of hulls, but can be adjusted to your preferences. Once filled - zip up the liner.
Make a sachet of the scent you wish and place it in with the buckwheat hulls. There are many dried flowers and herbs that can be used to promote sleep and good health. Another technique is to place 2 cups of dried lavender (to promote sleep) or dried german chamomile flowers (to help with congestion) into the second zippered pillowcase liner. Place the buckwheat filled liner inside this one, zipper side down. Once inside, zip the second liner tightly and fluff slightly. Place the filled liners in the regular pillowcase and fluff slightly to get air circulation into the hulls. You are now ready to sleep.
Taking care of your buckwheat pillow is easy. The regular pillow case should be laundered often. When laundering the zipper liners, empty the dried flowers into a small container and set aside. The same holds true for the buckwheat filled one. As the liners are washing, set the bucket of buckwheat in strong sunshine to freshen them, stirring occasionally. Once the cases and liners have been laundered, refill as before.