If you have been looking at kitting out your boudoir in eco-friendly materials, you may also want to consider adding a pair of buckwheat pillows to your bedding.
Buckwheat pillows are filled with buckwheat hulls, which are the husks protecting buckwheat kernels. They are a natural and sustainable option to pillows that are filled with synthetic material.
A vast majority of pillows contain chemical flame retardants and formaldehyde, and are produced under sustainable conditions.
Buckwheat seed grain is an eco-friendly natural pillow-filler alternative, that is biodegradable. Used in Japan for centuries, a buckwheat pillow is otherwise known as a Sobakawa.
The use of buckwheat has a long history – believed to have originated in Southeast Asia around 5000-6000 years ago. Buckwheat’s name derives from the seed’s appearance, which resembles a seed of the beech tree. Despite its name, buckwheat is not a type of wheat at all – it is actually part of the rhubarb family and is considered a fruit.
The triangular structure of the buckwheat hulls allow them to retain their shape when compressed and promote air to flow through them. This results in a pillow that provides firm, contoured support while being both pliable and breathable, conforming to the head and neck like memory foam.
The success of buckwheat pillows lies in its therapeutic nature. The hull of the buckwheat pillow allows air to circulate throughout the pillow, which supports the neck and spine. It helps to balance the temperature and keep the head cool in the summer and warm in winter, by absorbing sweat and heat, allowing it to dissipate.
The buckwheat hulls in pillows can also be mixed with aromatic herbs like lavender and chamomile to promote sleep.
Buckwheat pillows are also more durable, given that buckwheat hulls do not easily lose their shape, making the lifespan of a buckwheat pillow said to last more than 5 years.
Since buckwheat pillows are made from natural plant materials and are biodegradable, once you are finished with the pillow, the hulls of the buckwheat seeds can be safely disposed of in compost – which will be completely broken down, and so nothing is added to landfill.
Buckwheat pillows are usually encased in covers made of cotton or organic cotton, making them a completely eco-friendly option for shoppers.
Buckwheat pillows can be bought from Amazon and all good homeware stores
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea