Frequently Asked Questions
Are Harvest Pillows products made in Canada?
Yes. It is very important to us to support locally owned farms and companies. All Harvest Pillows’ product materials are sourced in Canada and manufactured in Ontario, Canada.
Are your buckwheat hulls organic?We take great pride in producing the best quality buckwheat hull pillows possible. Our Canadian-grown buckwheat hulls are certified organic. This means all crops are grown without herbicides or pesticides.Are your buckwheat hulls a sustainable product?Buckwheat hull pillows are a sustainable product with an extremely light environmental impact. Harvest Pillows’ buckwheat hulls are air cleaned and air dried in a process that is energy efficient and does not add any chemicals or fertilizers to the outside of the hulls – a process only found in North America. Foreign-produced buckwheat hulls are fumigated, creating many negative impacts on our heath, and overall environment.
What is the milling process for your buckwheat hulls?
How long will my pillow last?
What about the dust mites?
Does the pillow give off an odor?
Are the buckwheat hulls noisy?
I have grain allergies, will I be allergic to buckwheat hulls?
While many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is in fact a fruit seed related to the rhubarb family. (This doesn’t seem to be quite enough information – it answers the question in a roundabout way, but doesn’t say for sure yes or no or consult your physician).
What about snoring? Will it help?
While pillows are certainly not a foolproof cure, proper support and alignment of your neck and airway can often greatly reduce and even eliminate snoring. Snoring often occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat vibrates due to a compromised passage of air during breathing. When our alignment is not supported and straight, the throat is “kinked,” reducing the amount of space air has to pass. This “kinked” alignment often creates a build-up of mucous in the back of the throat which also contributes to compromised breathing. By properly supporting and aligning your neck and airway you can reduce your snoring.
Furthermore, buckwheat hull pillows are dust mite-free which greatly reduces nasal congestion that is often a contributor to snoring.
How long does it take to get used to sleeping on a buckwheat hull pillow?
Many people enjoy the soothing comfort of our buckwheat hull pillows the very first night they use them, however, it may take 2-3 nights to become familiar with sleeping on a Harvest Pillow. Buckwheat hulls are different from what most consider traditional pillow types. Western culture has taught us that a pillow should be soft, fluffy and light. In theory it sounds perfect, but in reality this is wrong. Choosing to sleep on a flatter and firmer pillow is the key to properly aligning your head, neck, and spine in order to relax your muscles. Give it a few nights and you will surely become a converted buckwheat hull pillow addict!
I heat up and perspire a lot in the night, will a buckwheat hull pillow be hot?
There’s nothing worse than having to flip your pillow over and over throughout the night to keep your head cool. Harvest Pillows’ all natural buckwheat hull filling allows air to circulate throughout the pillow maintaining a cooler temperature. They are made with a double-lined 100% cotton shell that provides better air flow as the cotton “breathes.”
How do I clean my pillow?
Caring for your Harvest Pillow is a breeze! The first and most important thing you can do to keep your buckwheat pillow clean is keep it covered with a 100% cotton pillow casing along with cotton pillow protector, if you prefer. As buckwheat hull pillows are cool pillows (reducing perspiration and dust mites), there is very little need to wash the actual hulls themselves.
We suggest washing your casings, and simply air out the pillow from time to time. Place it outside on a sunny, windy day – sunlight is a natural sanitizer.
If you must wash the pillow, do not machine wash, as the hulls are too heavy when wet. Instead, simply sponge with vinegar and water and put it in the dryer on air fluff cycle, or put it outside on a windy day and allow it to simply air dry. As the hulls have a great amount of air flow, your pillow will dry in no time!
* Note that discolouration of the cotton casing will occur over time due to the natural colour of the hulls.
Why is the pillow so flat? Can I add more hulls?
Most everyone knows that good posture is important, but good posture doesn’t apply just to sitting and standing. The muscles and ligaments of your back relax and heal themselves while you sleep. In order to protect your back, good posture is important while sleeping.
The pillow for your head should support the natural curve of your neck and be comfortable. A pillow that’s too high can put your neck into a position that causes muscle strain on your back, neck, and shoulders. Buckwheat hull pillows, are adjustable for desired thickness.
Learn more about why proper spinal alignment is so important to your overall heath and well being
Does sleep position matter when using a buckwheat hull pillow?
The main thing to keep in mind regarding your sleeping position and pillow is the proper support of your neck and spine. You want a pillow that conforms to and supports the curve of your neck with enough firmness to support your head without collapsing. For those who sleep on their back or side (or both) it is important to keep a neutral position and not bend out of alignment. If you sleep on your stomach, you want a pillow that has less fill. If you sleep with a pillow that is too thick, your spine will be bent at an angle which is more likely to cause aches, pains, numbness, or tingling of your spine and limbs. All Harvest Pillows are adjustable to support and conform to individual neck sizes, and malleable for desired thickness to allow you to sleep in different positions.
Learn more about how to improve your posture
Can I travel with my pillow?
Although many people have a hard time sleeping without their buckwheat hull pillow, they would still opt not to take their bed sized pillow on long trips simply due to their weight. Luckily, we have a travel sized pillow that is designed to be much lighter and easy to take on the plane, in the car, or any other means of travel.
We have been asked if there have been any issues bringing such a pillow on a plane or crossing borders. We have many international customers, and many that travel frequently, and have yet to have any complications.