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mamaMAMAma's Avatar mamaMAMAma 02:19 PM 10-24-2007
I've tried down pillows, down alternative, molded memory foam pillows. I've had
some luck with the memory foam pillows. However, I started waking up with a sore neck again the last month and I thought its time to replace the pillows. I read about buckwheat pillows (with mixed reviews on amazon). Then I was placing an order at MRH and saw that they carry organic buckwheat hulls. I ordered 5 lbs and poured it into a zippered pillow case and added a few drops of lavendar EO (the buckwheat hulls smell a little bit). OMG! My neck feels positively better the next day. I'm on day 2 now and I love the pillow. DH tried it last night, and he likes it too (he was skeptical at first). I'm going to get a big big bag of it and make some Christmas presents as well (think reheatable neck wraps and such...). The 5 lbs is not quite enough for a stardard size pillow so I'll probably add more in when my next order arrives. Just thought I'd mention it here.

Spastica's Avatar Spastica 03:34 PM 10-24-2007
Nothing meaningful to add, only that the post made me smile because everytime I mentioned anything buckwheat, Paul (my deceased SO) would put his fingers together and say "OOOOOTAAAAY!"

The term "buckwheat pillows" is funny too. I don't think Buckwheat's mom would have appreciated people making pillows out of him.
sphinxie's Avatar sphinxie 04:09 PM 10-24-2007
Hm! This wouldn't work for me because I'm a stomach sleeper, but I might try something for my DH. I know I love my buckwheat "travel pillow" ...the kind that's shaped like a mini-boppy... for sleeping on airplanes.

Spastica,
jimblejamble's Avatar jimblejamble 04:27 PM 10-24-2007
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Nothing meaningful to add, only that the post made me smile because everytime I mentioned anything buckwheat, Paul (my deceased SO) would put his fingers together and say "OOOOOTAAAAY!"

The term "buckwheat pillows" is funny too. I don't think Buckwheat's mom would have appreciated people making pillows out of him.


Oh I'm so glad I'm not the only one who immediately thought of Buckwheat from Little Rascals! LMAO!
VeganCupcake's Avatar VeganCupcake 11:58 PM 10-24-2007
Ok, I started thinking of Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat and that's cracking me up.

But back to the *actual* topic: that is so good to know, because DH says he wants a buckwheat pillow (I recently got one and he likes it but says it's too small). I'd like to make him one for the holidays . . . . I was worried about the standard size pillow in buckwheat being too huge and heavy, but I'm glad to hear it works well!
Taedareth's Avatar Taedareth 02:35 AM 10-25-2007
Where do you get a zippered pillow case?
blairhoney's Avatar blairhoney 04:32 AM 12-22-2007
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Hm! This wouldn't work for me because I'm a stomach sleeper...
I know this is an old topic, but I was browsing through - is there a reason why you couldn't use a buckwheat pillow as a stomach sleeper? I currently use a contoured memory foam pillow, but I'll be moving and I'm not sure if it will make the move with me. I'm interested in trying a buckwheat pillow, but I'm also a stomach/side sleeper.
VeganCupcake's Avatar VeganCupcake 04:19 PM 12-22-2007
I'm a side or stomach sleeper, and it works well for me. I suppose if you have neck problems, you'd want to adjust the height and firmness by adding or removing buckwheat hulls. Some of the pillows are sewn shut and that makes adjustments difficult, if not impossible, but other than that, I can't think of why it would be a problem.
His Own's Avatar His Own 04:49 PM 12-22-2007
I have never slept on a buckwheat pillow, but back when they first came out, I laid my head on one for a few minutes in the store. The buckwheat hulls seemed to move around making a crunchy noise all the time. Does the noise bother you, or do you not notice it after a while?
yukookoo's Avatar yukookoo 04:04 PM 12-23-2007
yeah i also was wondering about the sound. Im a very light sleeper and also cosleep with dd

I have to say I have an organic cotton pillow, its small like a throw pillow and I love it. Im a stomach sleeper. I know pure cotton is not good for mites etc. But my pillow is so comfy.

If I were to get new pillows right now they would be pure wool fill. Im really big on wool ever since we got a wool mattress topper
BunnySlippers's Avatar BunnySlippers 03:23 AM 12-25-2007
I own a memory foam contour pillow that cost me $70 on sale and I still get a sore neck
I think I will try this. Thanks!
papschmitty's Avatar papschmitty 10:25 PM 12-26-2007
DH and I are on a never ending quest for decent pillows. Any feedback on the crunchy sound factor? I too am a light sleeper! And what's MRH?
VeganCupcake's Avatar VeganCupcake 10:35 PM 12-26-2007
The crunchy sound doesn't bother me. It's something I've really gotten used to. I don't know if it bothers DH--he doesn't have a buckwheat pillow, but he has to listen to me moving mine around periodically in the night.

MRH is Mountain Rose Herbs.
mamaMAMAma's Avatar mamaMAMAma 02:11 AM 12-27-2007
The crunchy sound doesn't bother me, and I'm a side and back sleeper. I got the zippered pillow cases (cotton pillow protectors) from Bed Bath and Beyond. I just ordered more to make pillows for the whole family. Dh is sold on it and so are my dds.
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