Buckwheat hulls versus Kapok… What to choose?!

A natural filling for your cushion is important, it will give you a good grounding and a natural filling isn’t static, as synthetic filling is. Static electricity will interrupt your practice and your energetic system. So a natural filling, it will be! It’s better for the environment and for your health!

In my new collection I am offering you a choice, I’ll either fill your cushion with buckwheat hulls or kapok.
They are both natural, so… what to choose???

At first it’s mainly personal preference. One person will find kapok more comfortable, the other will be very, very happy with buckwheat shells. Kapok is soft, buckwheat hulls give a more firm seat. So that is a very important thing to think about. At the other hand, because all of my cushions come with an inner cushion, you can always change your filling along the way. So it might be a difficult decision, but you can never go wrong…
That said, let’s look at the features of both!

DSC05209Buckwheat hulls/ shells.

This image is a close up of some buckwheat shells, actually buckwheat shells are a waste product of the buckwheat industry. The shells are cleaned of dirt, washed and then dried. People have used them for ages to fill up cushions and with good reason!

• The buckwheat shells/hulls conform to the shape of the body and give you a grounded feeling.
• Buckwheat chaff will not flatten so you do not have to shake your cushion to get it back in form.
• The filling with shells is hypoallergenic so perfect for people who suffer from allergies!
• Due to the natural properties buckwheat hulls attracts no insects.
• It is odorless.
• Maintains resilient for a very long time.
• The buckwheat hulls give a good conduction of your body heat causing the pillow to feel cool and comfortable.
• Optional sweat is absorbed and again delivered to its environment in the course of the day, so the hulls will stay dry and cool.
• If needed, buckwheat hulls can be washed, gently with warm water. You need to dry them completely though, before you fill your cushion again.
• They give a very stable and firm seat for meditation, it’s also possible to create a higher cushion.


Now Kapok is very much known for the filling of pillows, it has been used for ages as well. Kapok is a soft, fatty substance that is 100% vegetable. Kapok comes from the Ceiba tree: it’s like a fluff-like layer around the seeds. The seeds fall naturally to the ground, where the fibre is than extracted. Kapok is a perfect filler for pillows. It is eight times lighter than cotton, good forming and firmer than down. A cushion filled with kapok will feel very comfortable and adjustable.

• Kapok has a waxy coating is therefore hypoallergenic. No chance for dust mites so!
• Due to this layer, kapok filling can’t be washed, if needed somehow. However thanks to the inner cushion, you will be able to refill you cushion anyway.
• Kapok is just like buckwheat shells odorless, no stinky cushions for you!
• Since kapok trees grow only in the wild, kapok is a natural and environmentally friendly filling and it’s not treated with pesticides.
• It’s moisture-regulating and breathable as well.
• 100% vegetable and durable.
• Easy to refill.
• Very light material and forming good.
• Sturdy and offers good support.
• Easy to maintain (just shake).

So there it is.. both incredible good fillings for a meditation cushion and you can’t go wrong!
Both are completely natural, no synthetic static electricity during your practice and both have a good grounding.

Have I made it easier on you now, or just more difficult?!

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