Though herbs have been used medicinally thousands of years for internal use, the Herbal Blends included in my therapy pillows are primarily for their aromatherapy benefits. For more information, see Pillow Herbal Blends.
I chose to use 100% USA grown, flax seed instead of less expensive, more common fillers for several reasons: Not only is flax neutral in odor, but it also possesses superior heat absorption & retention qualities. As the seeds cool down, they produce moist heat! This unique thermal property is due to flax's high oil content (30-40%) - which is much greater than that of corn, rice, or most other grains & seed. Where most grain products tend to emit a 'cooked food smell' after heating, & eventually lose their ability to retain heat as the water cooks out of them, flax seed can be warmed again & again, & the seeds' smooth surface won't crack or crumble, even under repeated heating & cooling. Flax is also extremely pliable. As the seeds are very tiny & conform naturally to the body, they provide therapeutic compression with a weight & feeling almost liquid-like in nature. Lastly, flax blends sweetly with herbs. So for all these reasons, I felt flax seed was worth the additional cost, & is the perfect filler for TLC's high quality, herbal therapy pillows!
FRAGRANCE INTENSITY ~ Will my pillow's fragrance remain this strong?
Due to the fact that I order & mix my herbs & spices in very small quantities to insure freshness, the intensity of your pillow's aroma may be strong initially, but the aromas tend to taper a bit after several warmings, & then remain fairly consistent for many months of use thereafter.
Your pillow may be re-heated hundreds of times before its herbal aroma will start to diminish. At that point you might consider ordering a new pillow, or simply refresh yours with new herbs & spices. If you are heating your pillow several times a day, it should stay fragrant for approximately 6 months to a year. If you plan on heating & using your pillow only occasionally, you can look forward to enjoying its lovely scent much longer. To best prolong the scent of your pillow, I recommend you securely seal & store it in its original plastic bag between each use.
HERB REFRESH PACS ~ Can I re-order herbs & spices to renew my pillow's scent?
I have wonderful, Aromatic Herbs you may purchase here if you wish to renew its fragrance & herbal therapy benefits.
ESSENTIAL OILS ~ Can I add these to my pillow to renew scent?
Yes, & this may be the most cost effective way to keep your pillow smelling strong! I offer both Fragrance & Essential Oil to refresh your pillow's scent. Open up your pillow & pour in a few drops. Close pillow & shake well.
ADJUSTING PILLOW FIRMNESS ~ I ordered one of your small bolsters & would prefer it to be a little less firm for my personal comfort. May I pour out some of its inner contents without harming the integrity of the pillow?
Of course! One of the unique features that sets TLC pillows apart is that every pillow is designed with a secure, hook-n-loop seal, which allows them to be opened & then resealed easily. So not only can new, fresh herbs or flax seed be added at any time, but personal comfort levels may also be obtained by adding or subtracting your pillow's inner fill contents!
Also ~ your pillow will retain its scent longer if stored in a plastic bag between uses, & always place it in a sealed plastic bag prior to placing it in the freezer. Do not stretch excessively. Although my pillows are sewn with a rugged back-locking, stitch, it is conceivable that treated roughly enough, a tear could occur. And lastly, be sure that your pillow's sturdy hook-n-loop seal is locked securely at all times to avoid content spillage.