Hospice, Palliative Care and Hot Cherry Pillows

red denim square pillow
When our loved ones reach the end of their time here on earth, the angel like caregivers from Hospice are there to comfort them. We honor the work of Hospice and caregivers of all kinds for their selfless service to our most vulnerable citizens, especially now during the coronavirus. Many of the ICU patients will not be able to be with family and hospital nurses may be the ones who are there at the end of life, acting as hospice care.

Hot Cherry supports Hospice for all the loving care and good works that they do, by donating Hot Cherry pillows to Hospice care facilities in the US and Canada.
 
A little red denim square pillow can be a great comfort for those who are weak and bedridden. Because they don’t move around much, their circulation is poor and they tend to get cold easily. Warm cherry pillows give them much needed warmth and stimulate circulation; bringing oxygen and blood flow to extremities. A cherry pit cushion is much safer than a heating pad because it gradually cools down, and it is cordless, making it far easier to use. Our pillows not only warm the body, but they  can also help with chest and sinus congestion, tummy aches and sore necks. Moist heat is often recommended for arthritis pain, neuropathy due to diabetes, and for the pain of muscle and joint soreness.

Every year we work with various hospice care facilities by having a February fundraiser opportunity. We offer 25% of our sales when their supporters buy Hot Cherry Pillows for themselves or for the caregivers.

Be a supporter, and buy a heart shaped pillow and send it to your favorite caregiver or hospice patient.

heart shaped pillow

June 26, 2019 by J'Nelle Holland

What Is a Hot Cherry Pillow?

cherry pillowsDo you know what a Cherry Pit Pillow is? 

It’s a pillow filled with clean, dried cherry pits. When heated they deliver moist penetrating heat. Place them on tight muscles, tummy aches or just to warm beds.

Just about everybody has heard about microwavable pain relievers like buckwheat pillows, or socks filled with rice, corn, flax or other herbal pillows. However, few people in America have heard about cherry pillows. They are, in fact, a Swiss tradition. Foundry workers of ole used heated cherry pit sacks to ease their sore muscles after long days at hard physical work.

I have a friend who was raised in Switzerland, and she remembers her grandmother having a little door on the side of her wood-burning stove where she warmed sacks filled with cherry pits. Every night after dinner her grandmother would place the pit sacks in their beds. Covered with down comforters, those cherry pit sacks kept the family warm all snowy-night long.

The trend soon spread to Germany, where they have their own term for a cherry pit pillow, Kirschkernkissen. I purchased my first cherry pit pack in London. So it’s safe to say that in much of the colder European countries, cherry pit filled pillows are well known and loved.

Often I’m asked, “Who eats all those cherries to get those pits?” I’m proud to answer that our source of cherry pits are 100% from the most precious and favored Montmorency tart cherries. Every July when cherries come in season, the Montmorency cherries are pitted and juiced, as a nutritional supplement, that aids arthritis and sleep, because they contain high levels of antioxidants and melatonin. Instead of going to a landfill, those pits become part of a sustainable product, that are used in spa massage, chiropractic care and home health.

Moreover, our pits are cleaned and dried with a patented process that uses only water and heat, no chemicals. I once ordered a cherry pit pillow from China and was shocked at the horrible chemical smell that almost ruined the microwave. You can be sure that our pits will never mold, smell subtly like cherry pie, are entirely machine washable, and will last for years. In fact, they get better with age as they get “broken-in”.

Now you know what a cherry pit pillow is, here’s what makes Hot Cherry® pillows the best. We offer them in a variety of fabrics and sizes, from eye pillows to body pillows. Choose from natural-dyed 100% cotton denim or our plush maraschino ultra suede. That means that there’s a size and design that’s perfect for your body. We hope that you will relax and enjoy Hot Cherry pillows, warmed or chilled. We love that we make pillows that help people feel better.





June 26, 2019 by J'Nelle Holland