DIY Buckwheat Relaxation Pillows

DIY Organic Buckwheat Relaxation Pillows

We’ve switched to organic bedding, but organic pillows can be expensive. One less expensive solution I’ve found is to make our own pillows using organic buckwheat hulls (and optional herbs) for a very comfortable and natural pillow. The same concept also works great for neck pillows and eye masks!

If you can sew a (somewhat) straight line, you can make these pillows and I actually find them more comfortable than regular pillows. If you make a whole pillow, it is more firm than a regular stuffed pillow, but also stays cooler and supports the neck better. Buckwheat hulls are pretty inexpensive, and adding herbs can help encourage restful and relaxing sleep.

I used about 5 pounds of organic buckwheat hulls and it made a pillow that was a little smaller than a regular pillow but that fit well in a regular pillowcase. I also added about 1/2 cup each of lavender, chamomile and yarrow for a gentle scent and for their relaxing aromatherapy properties. An even easier solution is to make a neck pillow that can be used with a regular pillow, or an eye mask with the herbs added to help improve sleep (and block sleep-disrupting light).

Where to find the ingredients:

DIY Buckwheat Relaxation Pillows
Relaxing homemade buckwheat pillows made from organic buckwheat hulls and herbs to help improve sleep.
Recipe type: Beauty
  • A piece of fabric big enough to make the size pillow you want- I used organic cotton muslin
  • Organic Buckwheat Hulls to fill the pillow (about 5 pounds fills a normal size pillow without being too thick)
  • Optional ½ cup lavender flowers
  • Optional ½ cup yarrow flowers
  • optional ½ cup chamomile flowers
  1. Cut the fabric into the size and shape you want your pillow to be (allow ½ inch extra for seams).
  2. With right sides together, sew three sides and half of the remaining side, leaving an opening to fill with the buckwheat hulls.
  3. Turn the pillow right side out and fill with the buckwheat and herbs (if using)
  4. Hand sew the opening to seal and viola! You have an organic pillow!


Make sure to use a pillowcase on any buckwheat pillow as they are not washable. I don’t recommend using with potty training toddlers (I speak from experience… buckwheat and urine=not nice together). About once a month or so, I leave  the buckwheat pillows out in the sun to make sure they don’t retain any moisture and so that the sun can naturally kill any bacteria that accumulates.

Have you ever made your own pillows? Gonna try this? Share below!

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Reader Comments

  1. Linda Grooms says

    Great idea! I’ve added Buckwheat Hulls to my MRH “wish list” to consider buying the next time I make a purchase (I try to group things to save on the shipping.)

  2. Lisa Edison says

    really love your blog so many incredible ideas and resources. i am looking to purchase an organic eye and neck pillow any suggestions? thank you.

  3. Cheryl says

    During your research for mattresses and pillows, do you have suggestions of where buy an organic toddler pillow? Obasan does not make smaller sized pillows.

    • Jennifer L. says

      We bought our organic mattresses at LifeKind. They also sell toddler pillows that are very cute. I have one, but in hind sight, it wasn’t worth it. Neither of my kids used pillows as toddlers, despite my best efforts. It also got a bit lumpy when I washed it (and maybe dried it in the dryer, whoops!). I would go for a flatter regular pillow or something home made if I had to do it again. They don’t stay tiny toddlers for long and at least if you buy an organic regular pillow you will likely find someone in the family who will like it (if not the toddler right away!). LifeKind makes nice pillows too.

  4. Keeva says

    I work in a spa where we make our own Bucky pillows, for the feet and as neck wraps we keep them in a hot towel cabby and microwave the neck wrap they feel great when warmed but after a while start to have to burned popcorn smell….so I wouldn’t heat them in the microwave often if they are for home use….they have lasted for a long time. I will be trying this as a bed pillow!

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