When I was young (er), we’d eat buckwheat plain, maybe with a piece of meat and sauce, like beef rolls. In recent years, I see it making somewhat of a comeback in Polish cooking. It is being used in salads, stuffing, pierogi or a new dish to me, called “kaszotto” (a Polish version of risotto, which I will also […]
Are you thinking of buying a buckwheat pillow? Here are some pros and cons to consider.
Buckwheat pillows are made by stuffing natural buckwheat hulls rather than poly fiber filling, foam or feathers. They have become popular due to their positive beneficial effects on sleep.
Improved Sleep & Better Sleeping Posture
Buckwheat pillows are said to provide better support for the neck and head due to their firmness which provides for a better sleeping posture. The amount of buckwheat hulls is usually adjustable to meet each individual’s preferences. These make them ideal for those who suffer from neck stress and back pain.
Reduces Muscle Tension
Having enough support for the neck and head aids in helping the neck and back muscles to relax. Additionally, they also reduce muscle tension thus obliterating neck and back pain. Buckwheat pillows have also been known to reduce tension headaches and stress throughout the body.
Again having good support of the neck and head is key in preventing bad sleeping postures and provides proper breathing thus reducing snoring.
Improved Air Circulation
Due to the air spaces between the buckwheat hulls, it encourages air to pass through the pillow thus keep the head cool. Therefore, it provides a more comfortable sleep in hot and humid weather.
The average buckwheat pillow lasts for around 10 years if maintained properly. If some of the hulls falls out, all you have to do is replace it. This allows you to replace and replenish for many years to come.
Buckwheat pillows are considerably hard to find compared to other pillow types.
Buckwheat pillows are harder than normal pillows so it might take some time to get used to it. After that the comfort sets in and you will be able to enjoy a good night’s sleep.
There is slight rustling sound when you move your head on the pillow, this might be a turn off for some people. It is recommended to test the pillow at the store first and make sure you are comfortable with the sound.
The buckwheat hulls may have a slight odor that might be uncomfortable for some people. It is recommended to sun your pillow weekly to get rid of the smell.
The buckwheat hulls cannot be washed as they will be destroyed once they get wet. You can only wash the pillow cover.
Cheap, low quality buckwheat pillows may contain uncleaned buckwheat hulls, which may attract bugs. Make sure to buy only from reputable suppliers.
How to clean your Buckwheat Pillow
- Remove the hulls from the pillow cover.
- Spread the hulls out and let it sun for a few hours.
- Meanwhile, wash the pillow case.
- Place the buckwheat hulls back in.
So today I have a recipe for buckwheat pancakes for you. My basic recipe for sweet vegan crêpes will follow soon, which we also have almost weekly. This time around I made the pancakes with buckwheat flour only, but you can mix it well with another flour like spelt flour.
Buckwheat is naturally free of gluten because it’s not a grain, but a polygonaceous plant and is even related to rhubarb. It’s a powerhouse of nutrients and provides a high content of fiber and protein. The grains contain three times as much lysine as most other cereals – this essential protein provides strong bones among other things. In addition buckwheat contains plenty of vitamin E and B1 or B2, minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium as well as silicic acid, which is very important for skin and hair.
This dish is super simple to make, but an absolute bomb. It’s also a great way to use up any leftovers, especially if you have some precooked buckwheat lying around. You could basically do this with any other grain as well. The casserole itself is very filling and satisfying and can also be prepared in […]
I find it difficult to get a good gluten-free bread, even if nowadays you find many products in supermarket. Then, I always prefer a home-made bread rather than buying a ready product. I also like combining all purpose gluten-free flour with buckwheat, quinoa or millet flour, so you add other important minerals into your nutrition. Today […]
Throughout the last year I have tried quite a lot of different ways of eating. After I have been diagnosed with Acid Reflux last year, I had quite some issues with digesting most of the Food I ate. I had several Check-ups at several different doctors and after I ate low carb for 4 weeks […]
So pancakes, made with, BUCKWHEAT ! Like everyone and their mother this basic woman has fine tuned her own basic buckwheat pancake recipe. But hey, I think its pretty good (decent at best?) so I thought I’d share. Do not get the wrong impression here, this is a weekend breakfast for days when I don’t […]