Complete Support for Head and Neck
Just like buckwheat hull pillows, our organic millet hull pillows offer complete support for head and neck; they soothe muscle tensions, offer relief from shoulder/neck tightness, and help prevent headaches. The millet hull filling is particularly pliable and will gently contour your neck and head to provide crucial and continued neck support.
The Filling is a Tiny Secret
The millions of tiny, round, and smooth millet hulls are hollow and will trap air. Then, when you move in your sleep, these little golden hulls shift and blow air through the filling. This constant ventilation keeps the millet hull pillow fresh and cool. Like buckwheat hull pillows, millet hull pillows are temperate and do not take on heat or cold.
Why Millet Seed is a Perfect Hull
You may be familiar with the tiny golden bird seeds called millet seeds. Or, you may eat millet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millet) and are already used to its petite look. When these seeds are de-hulled to expose the actual eatable seed inside (not unlike taking the banana peel off the banana before you eat it) the hulls remain almost completely intact. This means when you sleep on a Night Pillow filled with millet hulls, your head is actually resting on millions of tiny little round seed shells. It is their miniscule size combined with the perfectly round shape that gives the millet hull filling such a velvety and smooth texture. While a buckwheat hull pillow feels a bit stiff and coarse when you pick it up, the millet hull pillow will start running through your fingers right away. Round and smooth, these hulls shift extremely easily (buckwheat hulls are rougher and 3-dimensional and hence shift with a rustling sound when the hulls rub against each other). Some pillow making companies have tried to imitate the natural millet hull filling and fill their pillows with tiny polyester beads that are meant to mimic the tiny millet hulls (http://www.consumersearch.com/as-seen-on-tv/sobakawa-cloud-pillow). Yet the idea behind it all is a simple on: Would you prefer to sleep on organic bedding provided by nature herself - or on beads made in China with a list of chemical ingredients that we as consumers do not readily understand? Here at Pillow Company, we have a strong desire to keep our bedroom accessories as green as possible.
Women prefer Millet Hull
It is interesting that in general, 10 out of 10 women feel drawn to the millet hull filling when they have both pillows (one with buckwheat hulls, one with millet hulls) in front of them to touch and try. We have tested this repeatedly at farmers markets, conventions, and with local customers that visit our showroom. Men, too, tend to prefer the feel of the millet hull filling but many choose the buckwheat hull filling because it can trap more air (larger hulls) and hence ventilates more effectively. This makes a difference when nightly perspiration is an issue (many men wake up to damp pillow covers because their bodies generate a lot of heat at night).
Healthy Millet Hull Pillows
Millet hull pillows have been used in Europe for hundreds of years. And while it would be easy to find such pillows in most places if you traveled there, these pillows are still fairly unknown here in the United States. We find that people ‘google’ buckwheat hull pillows because either they already have one that they wish to replace – or their health practitioners tell them to sleep on a buckwheat hull pillow for crucial neck support at night. Not familiar with this kind of pillow at all – they then stumble across the millet hull pillow on top of it! And we are happy they do! The more you know, the greater your choices, and the more informed your decisions. If you have any questions that we have not answered on our website, please contact us any time.