Sunday, January 29, 2017

Comfortable and Organic Buckwheat Pillows

My roommate had been hinting, and finally point-blank stating, that he wanted one of those weird little "as seen on tv" buckwheat pillows. I finally purchased one for him, boxed it up, and put it under the Christmas tree.  He was more excited about that pillow than the other, bigger ticket items. A natural Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow is an excellent choice for those looking for organic, comfortable, and affordable pillow options. There is also a link at the bottom of the article for additional organic pillow options to think about. 

What is a Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow

The Sobakawa Buckwheat pillow is a small pillow filled with buckwheat hulls. It is listed with the following features:

  • 100% cotton cover
  • filled with natural buckwheat hulls
  • used in the Orient for centuries
  • the hulls have unique properties when used as a pillow that make them more comfortable, supportive, and therapeutic
  • it measures a bit over 12" x 18"
  • it is made in the US
  • In Oriental medicine, it is thought to assist with "ZU-KAN-SOKU-NETSU" meaning cool head and warm feet. Which is thought to be an important part of maintaining good health

Natures Pillows - Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow

Why My Roommate Loves His Buckwheat Pillow

My roommate has significant back, hip, and leg pain due to an old, severe injury to his back. Finding a good position to sleep in is a nightly journey for him. He has used full length body pillows, feather pillows, foam pillows, and so on. A combination of pillows work the best for him. This buckwheat hull pillow is very helpful to him in this search for comfortable sleep.  

He reports that it is heavier than most pillows.  It stays propped where he puts it. I have "borrowed" it a few times when I'm reading in bed. I fold it and prop it under my head so that I can read and it does a fantastic job of staying in the position I placed it in. I always finished reading before the pillow flattens out.  

When I asked him to describe what makes him like that pillow so much, he said in his typically super succinct fashion "it does what people say they want pillows to do".  After asking him to clarify, he said:

  • it stays in shape
  • it supports you
  • it's a good size

What Other Reviewers Have to Say About this Buckwheat Pillow

At the time of this writing, the Sobakawa Buckwheat pillow had 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Many of the five star reviews are lengthy and detailed. you will have to read those for yourself. In general, they also report a high level of comfort and support, relief of pain, ability to form the pillow into the position you want, and that they pillow remains cool.

The low reviews complain about the pillow size (too small), the pillow firmness (too hard), and the pillow noise (the hulls make a crinkling sound, a bit like an old-fashioned bean bag chair).  Some people fear bugs or hygiene issues because the pillow itself can't be thrown into the washer or dryer. One person said that the lack of aesthetic shape of full sized pillows at the top of the bed was bothersome.


This is a wonderful, little pillow that provides a cool, supported nights sleep. It is small in size (about half the size of a large standard pillow) but heavy for it's size. The buckwheat hulls do make a crinkling sound (in my opinion) but only ever so slightly.  It is great for propping up on your regular pillow for reading in bed. Put it in a small, washable, 100% cotton pillow case to eliminate hygiene problem.

When I ordered this pillow, I expected it to come in a "as seen on tv" box. It did not. But that did not concern me. I placed it in one of those inexpensive gift boxes and gift wrapped it. And for years, it has been a gift that has given the gift of a comfortable sleep night after night.

Related Link:

Are you concerned about chemicals in your home and environment?  I have recently learned more about the chemicals in our textiles and have reviewed some of the reasons Organic Pillows are Healthier for You and the Environment.

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  1. I have wondered about these pillows, but I've never met anyone who owned one. I will keep your reveiw in mind if I ever need another pillow.

  2. Interesting facts about the Buckwheat pillow. Never heard about it before. :) I like pillows that form around your head and support your neck. Hate foam pillows and hard pillows!

  3. It sounds perfect for someone who needs a cool, firm pillow! I love the comment "a gift that has given the gift of a comfortable sleep night after night." What a wonderful gift!