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Used for centuries in Asia as a relaxing and a pain relieving cervical pillow, buckwheat sobakawa pillows are very popular these days among people who love natural and non toxic ways to sleep well. These pillows conform to your unique head and neck contours providing support thus relieving headaches, migraines, neck pains and muscle tension.
There are numerous advantages of using buckwheat over conventional synthetic or foam fillings. The pillows you get in department stores try to make you adjust to their shape rather than yours and this puts stress on your neck muscles. And you get to avoid breathing all those nasty chemicals by sticking your face on those polyester and foam pillows. As always at Turmerry, we provide safe, sustainable and eco-friendly choices for you and buckwheat is a safe and sustainable crop that requires very little input from the land to mature. With an organic unbleached cotton pillow casing you have got the perfect sleep aid solution. With our zippered casing (except for travel size) you don't have to play the frustrating guessing game of whether or not you need to purchase a medium, firm, or extra firm pillow as you are in control of deciding that.
The buckwheat hulls used are sourced from Midwest USA and they do not contain any animal derivatives, added color, or synthetic substances; nor have they been exposed to ethylene oxide treatment (ETO) or propylene oxide treatment (PPO).
Is a buckwheat neck pillow good for me?
The buckwheat pillow benefits are:
1. Great Support
2. Great adjustibility
4. Natural and toxic free
5. Sleeps cool
7. Dust mite resistant
8. Pain relief
The cons are:
1. Heavy (especially for king size pillows) - We fill 2.5 lbs, 8 lbs, 12 lbs and 15 lbs for sobakawa travel pillow, sobakawa buckwheat pillow standard, sobakawa buckwheat pillow queen and sobakawa pillow king size respectively. You can remove some easily to reduce weight.
2. If you are into styling your bed like a pro, keep in mind that they don't stand upright.
3. A bit noisy
Do buckwheat pillows attract bugs?
You should buy buckwheat filling from relaible sources. This can happen if the filling wasn’t properly hulled or cleaned. The hulls sourced by us are properly hulled and cleaned. These hulls do not offer any nutritional value, so pests won’t seek them for food.
can you wash a sobakawa pillow? What are the washing instructions for sobakawa buckwheat pillow?
With our zippered cover, you can simply empty the hulls and just wash them in the washing machine like a traditional pillow case. Or if you buy an extra protective case like this organic sateen pillow protector, you can just remove that case and wash it. We don't recommend washing or soaking the hulls since they don’t dry easily. You can also replace the hulls when you feel that they’re starting to crumble over time.
What is a sobakawa pillow?
Sobakawa pillows have been used by Japanese for centuries. These pillows are filled with buckwheat hulls (sobakawa in Japanese). The great thing about these pillows are they are non toxic and natural and the thickness can be adjusted by adding or removing buckwheat (if you have a zippered opening with generous amount of buckwheat) and it adapts to your head and neck and holds the shape. Although our pillows are heavy due to generous amounts of buckwheat hulls, you can easily adjust by taking out some from the zippered pillow case.
Where are these made?
The certified organic cover is made in India and hulls are sourced from USA