The term “Aromatherapie” was first used in 1937 by French perfumer and chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. He wrote a book that he titled, “Aromatherapie” in which he cited clinical findings to show that aromatic substances from plants have medicinal uses for promoting the health of the mind, body and spirit.
Ingestion of aromatic substances through breathing in or absorption by the skin has been around for thousands of years. India, France, England and the United States are the most common countries that use aromatherapy. Today, various aromatic substances are reduced into essential oils for aromatherapy use via inhalation.
One of the benefits of sleeping on Sammi Therapeutic Pillows is that our buckwheat hulls used to fill them are hypoallergenic. But what does that mean? Basically, it means that our buckwheat hulls are of high quality and free of known allergens, such as dust and mold.
Our supplier assures us that no pesticides or fertilizers are used to grow the buckwheat from which we get our hulls. In fact, buckwheat does not take well to either pesticides or fertilizers. Nonetheless, they might have been planted on crop rotation fields that used pesticides or fertilizers for other crops and remain in the soil. Therefore, even though no pesticides or fertilizers were sprayed on the buckwheat hulls we use, they cannot be certified as USDA Organic.
Man-made materials used as fillers for pillows have their drawbacks both from both an environmental and health standpoint. They certainly are not ideal for resting one’s head on these materials for 7-8 hours per day.
Every product must conform to the product’s description. What does this mean? Another way of saying this is that the product will behave in the way you expect or suppose it will behave. If the seller describes the product, provides specifications or makes claims as to what it will do, then the seller is making a product warranty. If the product does not do what the seller says it will do, then the product is regarded as non-conforming or “off-spec” and the buyer could potentially have a claim against the seller for breach of warranty. So, the term “conform” as it relates to products is a pivotal word.
While trying to sleep, are you bothered by your head feeling too warm to the extent that it keeps you awake at night? Isn't it annoying when you wake up in the morning and your head is sweating? That’s because materials used in traditional pillows will retain the heat. Buckwheat hull filled pillows can solve that problem by naturally dissipating the warm air from around your head. Originated centuries ago, buckwheat hull pillows have been popular in China, Japan and other Asian countries. Only in recent times with the popularity of natural products has buckwheat pillows been introduced to North America.
Have you ever been in a hotel room with a bed that was furnished with six or more pillows of varying firmness and fluffiness? Though they looked very decorative in the room, functionality is the issue. The problem is that I could never find the right combination of pillows to truly have a good night’s sleep. However well intentioned was the hotel, I always found their pillows were either too high or too low, too fluffy or too firm. I felt like Goldilocks, never being able to find a pillow or pillow combination that was just right.
Have you ever had to squish or compress your pillow during the night because it got flat on you? That’s because the filling inside, whether it be down feathers, polyester fiberfill, or polyurethane foam or nuggets, shifted inside your pillow. This is either because your head moved around while sleeping, perhaps changing positions from side to side, or by the sheer weight of your head. Since the average weight of a human head is about 10 pounds, it is no wonder that your pillow went flat during the night.
And, a pillow going flat on you is no fun. Not keeping its shape is causing people to wake up with neck pain and insomnia as they switch from side to side, fold their pillow over, or try to re-fluff it during the night.
I used to sleep on a pillow that was so flat that I doubled it to sleep on my left side. It still wasn’t high enough to raise my head for comfort. So, I slipped my right hand under my head to elevate it even more.
Then, my problems began. I developed a stiff neck and neck pain when I woke up. Even worse, pain began to radiate down my right arm and my fingers developed a tingling sensation and numbness. Then, motion of my right arm became limited. I wasn’t even able to lift my arm to comb my hair.