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Buckwheat Pillows Origins

Updated on August 19, 2011

There has been a surging demand for Buckwheat pillows in western countries and they are especially trendy in the United States of America. You might be wondering where they came from and how long they have been around. For starters, these pillows are stuffed with buckwheat hulls and these hulls are husks that protect buckwheat kernels. Buckwheat as a grain is a common misconception. Truth to be told, buckwheat is a fruit of the rhubarb family.

Buckwheat pillows are environmental friendly and healthy. The plants were grown without exposure to fertilizers, pesticides and other harmful chemicals. As these materials naturally circulate air, pillows made of these provide fresh air and even temperature: cool on hot nights and warm on cold nights. Buckwheat naturally resists dust-mites as they don’t have enough nutrients to attract them.

There is a vast source of buckwheat plants that have been around for thousands of years. Around 6000 B.C, these plants are grown in Asia most probably in Yunnan, China. In later years, neighbouring countries such as Tibet, Korea and Japan started to grow the plant as well. It is no wonder why buckwheat pillows are closely associated with these cultures and are strongly linked to China as the Chinese people had easy access to the materials. The Chinese people take it a step further by making ornate designs on these pillows which were then considered art.

However, the Chinese people were not the first to invent pillows. Egyptians were found to be the first to have invented pillows thousands of years ago. As their culture strongly valued a good night’s sleep, they developed pillows to support their neck for comfort. Buckwheat plants are widely available in their empire and it was a natural choice. The materials were inexpensive, renewable and easy to grow. Consequently, this invention caught the eye of visitors and foreigners through trade and during war and exploration.

Buckwheat pillows were strongly inculcated in Chinese living that these pillows were thought of oriental in origins. As the pioneering culture, the Egyptian’s invention of buckwheat pillows provided many health benefits among individuals suffering from migraines, headaches, snoring, back pains, muscle pain in the neck and shoulders and menopausal night sweats among many.

These pillows are also hypoallergenic as buckwheat pillows are naturally dust mite resistant. The secret is to roast the hulls to eliminate dust from harvest and husking. Vacuuming for excess residue may be taken as extra protection. The best thing is they are easy to maintain and last between 7 and 10 years! You only have to remove and wash the pillow cases every 2 week or so and have the materials sit under direct sunlight. After 2 hours or more, they are fresh and ready to use for another good night sleep.

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