I could not get to sleep without my buckwheat pillows. They make a crunch sound and effectively blockout the 24 hour stereo coming from next door. They are so comfortable and you can scrunch them up to fit a sore neck. I usually sleep between 2 on top of my regular pillow to block the neighborhood noise out so I can get to sleep. I had not thought of putting them in the microwave. One is a travel size pillow and would probably would work with the microwave treatment.
You can also spritz them with lavender for 'aroma therapy' to induce sleep.
Here is a video from HSN where they are sometimes available. You can also make them yourself if you can get the buckwheat hulls.
I noticed in the video they emphasized how they didn't catch fire and how cool the buckwheat stays after being fired. I wonder if its only the buckwheat seeds that stay warm -- not the hulls.
I mainly use mine because of the superior comfort and the sound blocking effect -- just a slight movement of your head will produce the sound that will block out the base of a stereo down the street! I haven't tried to microwave mine yet -- but Im beginning to suspect on the basis of your article that you need the seeds to make a warming pillow.
Ive heard of using raw rice in the microwave also dumped into a sock to make a warming pad.
Thanks Sharan, another good one. I used to see them for sale about 20 years ago but not much anymore. Seems like we used to have one but I can't remember some of my past any more. :) I have tried to find the hulls but ended up making a batch of rice pillows last Christmas for gifts. They are great for wrapping around tight shoulders.
Sharon don't you love those tubes? A friend gave mom and I each one filled with rice and I wouldn't be without it. It was really nice on the aches and pains after that fall I took the day after New Years. Mine is long enough that I could get it on the aching elbow and aching shoulder at the same time!!
I tried the buckwheat pillow but didn't like the noise. Guess I will have to heat it in the microwave and use it that way. I have 3 of the rice filled tubes. Two have rope circles at each end and are good to pull around the neck or shoulder. We keep our bedroom door closed during the day and do not have much heat in it, so sometimes depending which way the wind is from, it gets pretty cold! I heat all 3 of the tubes and put one at the foot of the bed and lay the other two up by the pillows. When I crawl in bed, it is nice and toasty!!
we have both deer and bear in our woods back home in Michigan. And there are lots of tales about bears running off with children when families went out berry picking. Im sure if you had them, you would have heard about them.
The bear that my friends told me about. They said they'd chased the bear across the mountain from Virginia, and it was well on its way to my house. I believed them, but never ever did I see that bear.
I don't know about bear, but I think it might have been difficult for the deer to climb those mountains.
Thanks for the tips about the Buckwheat Pillows. Did you know that Japanese buckwheat is now one of the most common filling being used in the Sobakawa Pillow, and this Pillow is one of the best known treatment for back and neck pain as it helps to align your spine?
As a kid I fell from a swing back in the Islands and misaligned my spine. With such limited resources my parents simply treated the gash in the back of my head with home remedies after successfully getting the bleeding to stop with the application of ice. I did not even know the full effects of that fall or even that I had suffered serious injuries until much later in life when I started having severe back aches and had to be treated by a chiropractor.
To make a long story short I will submit that the best and most sustained relief I have had is since I tried the Sobakawa Pillow. So if you are having trouble with back and neck pain please feel free to check out the following article: http://sobakawapillows.net/sobakawa-pillows.html
Fitsy wrote:I sure appreciate all this info, and about the "deer corn", too,
whatever that is.
If you buy it on the cob to bait deer with, it can be called deer corn, but it's simply Dent Corn or Field Corn which is the familiar, rock hard stuff that you know as livestock feed or corn meal for people. And, by the way, it differs from sweet corn in that its milk stage is short lived and not very tasty (and you don't want to grow your sweet corn anywhere near it) before it goes on to dry out, at which point the rounded crown of each kernel shrivels and sinks down, hence the name Dent Corn.
Jay01. You link goes to a Sobakawa pillow filled with "air beads" not buckwheat. I noticed as the store, only these air bead pillows were being sold instead of the buckwheat pillows.
I still have my buckwheat pillows that had gotten a little moldy smelling here in the hot, humid South. I ran them through the drier, and put them inside quilted pillow covers. Im hoping I can get them back in use. I don't want to use "air beads".