Making pillows with natural fillers

All ComfyComfy pillows are filled with totally natural fillings. Producing pillows made from plant materials makes us feel wonderful because they are a) renewable resources and b) totally biodegradable.

We make sure that the materials we use to fill our pillows are processed without the use of chemicals or fumigation. Fumigation of grains and other plant materials is a fairly common practice used to kill insects and their larvae. This doesn't mean that our pillows aren't clean! They are throughly cleaned and graded using air and gravity. The flaxseeds we use are food grade quality, although we don't recommend eating flaxseeds that have been microwaved many times.

Like other products made from natural materials, our pillows can attract the attention of insect pests if not properly cared for. Taking care of a ComfyComfy pillow is not hard, and chances are you already practice most of the steps. For details, check out How to care for a flaxseed heat wrap and How to clean a buckwheat pillow.

February 08, 2015 by Claire Collie

What is flaxseed?

Have you ever taken linseed oil as a nutritional supplement, worn linen clothing, used linseed oil when painting with oil paints, or had real linoleum floors in your house?



If so, you've been using products of the flax plant, Linum usitatissiumum, one of the oldest plants cultivated by humans. The fibrous plant stalks have been spun into linen fabric for millennia. The fibers are naturally straight and much stronger than cotton fibers. In North American and Europe flax was the primary source for cloth and paper until the nineteenth century when cotton became predominate.

Many products made from the flax plant are due to the high oil content of the seeds. Flax seeds are small, smooth seeds that ripen in small balloon-like capsules called bolls in the fall. Once harvested the oil is pressed out and processed depending on the product being made. As a vegetable oil food-grade linseed (or flaxseed) oil is high in the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (this is a different omega-3 fatty acid than those found in fish oil). Whole flaxseeds are also ground up into meal for human consumption and to make livestock feed healthier.



We use flaxseeds as filler in our flaxseed heat wraps because of their high oil content and smooth shape.

The flaxseed we use is 100% organically grown. Flaxseed oil is contained within the seed even when heated and cooled for many years. When flaxseeds are heated in the microwave they retain heat for much longer than other grains, like rice, that do not have such a high oil content. Heat released from our flaxseed pillows is gentle and smooth. The small, smooth shape of flaxseeds allows them to glide fluidly within our flaxseed pillows.

March 12, 2014 by Claire Collie