How to use a buckwheat pillow

Maggie, owner of ComfyComfy, discusses buckwheat pillows and how to use them. The first part of the video describes and shows the materials we use at ComfyComfy to make our pillows. In the second part, Maggie demonstrates how to adjust and properly use a buckwheat pillow. (If you just want to see how to use a buckwheat pillow you have skip to minute 2:45.)

 

Top questions from our customers

What shape pillow is best for you, and other frequently asked questions from our customers.
November 23, 2015 by Claire Collie

Custom woven cotton twill for our buckwheat pillows!

Over the past two years, we have been working with a South Carolina mill to develop a cotton twill that has a tight weave, a soft feel, and is of consistently high quality. 

September 21, 2015 by Claire Collie

Making a ComfyNeck buckwheat pillow

ComfyNeck buckwheat pillows are now made with organic, grown in the USA cotton!

July 21, 2015 by Claire Collie

ComfyTravel in Budapest

We are on road again with our ComfyTravel buckwheat pillows. This time to Budapest, Hungary. 

Healing Moves Workshop

Join Maggie and five other professional women in a day of workshops for healing and transformation of mind, body and soul.

April 09, 2015 by Claire Collie

Is your buckwheat pillow in the wrong position for good sleep?

We receive many questions about using buckwheat pillows, so today we're going to illustrate some of the wrong ways to position a buckwheat pillow.
March 25, 2015 by Claire Collie

Growing buckwheat to fill our pillows

Field of buckwheat in Brazil

A field of buckwheat in flower. Image source

The buckwheat hulls that fill our pillows is in the western US by a cooperative of farmers. Buckwheat is a relatively minor crop in the US in comparison to corn, soybeans or wheat. Most of the buckwheat grown in the US is exported to Japan, where it is made into soba noodles. Buckwheat flour and groats are becoming more popular in American cuisine because buckwheat is high in protein and lacks gluten. Read here for more of fabulousness that buckwheat has for your diet.

To a farmer, buckwheat is a wonderful crop - not because of the grains themselves, but because the plant offers so much to the ecosystem. Buckwheat is a fast growing plant that can mature just ten weeks after being planted. Broad, heart-shaped leaves quickly unfold providing a closed canopy. Without light, any weed seeds in the soil below cannot sprout. Since buckwheat plant growth naturally keeps the weeds at bay, buckwheat crops do not need to be sprayed with herbicide. 

Buckwheat is often used as a cover crop if a crop fails, or prior to a cash crop because it is so fast growing and can tolerate rough soil conditions. After being planted it doesn't need any care - no fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides. Below ground, buckwheat improves soil quality by making essential nutrients available for the next crop and introduces organic matter into the soil. Above ground, prolific flowers provide pollen for beneficial insects. Honey produced by bees working in buckwheat fields is dark, with a distinctive flavor that's revered by bee keepers.

The buckwheat we use is not certified as organically grown because organic certification is an onerous and expensive process for the producers. Since no chemicals are used, not even organically certified ones, is beneficial for the whole environment. We feel that the buckwheat we use to fill our pillows is ecologically sound because of the nature of the crop.

March 19, 2015 by Claire Collie

Select ComfyWrap flaxseed heat wraps are on sale!

 

In the last few days the constant drip drip drip of icicles is constant. Impatiently we await the true arrival of spring. Until that time we keep warming our flaxseed heat wraps up at night to ward away the chill of cold beds.

 

Select colors of ComfyWrap flaxseed heat wraps are on sale!

 

If you've been waiting for your own heat wrap now is a perfect time to get one at 20% off!  Once we sell out of these cheerful, springtime colors we won't be restocking them.
You can purchase ComfyWraps here.

 

 

Happy spring from ComfyComfy!

 

March 11, 2015 by Maggie Wong

Why we use organic cotton grown in the USA

How is cotton grown?

To grow cotton you need a long frost-free period, moderate rainfall (not too much, not too little) and lots of sunshine. These qualities are all found in the South Plains region of Texas, where the organic cotton we get from the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative comes from.

Organic cotton must past these qualifiers:

  1. Plants have not been genetically modified
  2. Plants are grown without the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals
  3. All practices must comply with the National Organic Program standards

Cotton fibers, which are almost pure cellulose, go through a lot between growing in the field and being sewn into our buckwheat pillows. Planting begins as early as February. The shrubs must grow, flower and bare fruit. Cotton seed pods, called bolls, contain hundreds of thousands of fibers that pop out like popcorn when the boll is mature. They are harvested, cleaned of debris and then wound into thread. The thread is woven into fabric, like twill we use to make our buckwheat pillows.

 

The manufacturing process of the fabric we use has a small carbon footprint.

The fabric we use to make our ComfySleep pillows was made using cotton grown in Texas and certified 100% organic by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The yarns were spun in North Carolina and the fabric was woven in South Carolina by a US workforce.

To read about ComfySleep buckwheat hull pillows or to purchase click here.

March 03, 2015 by Claire Collie