Earlier this year, I was given the chance to try the Live Longer Pillow. At first, I was skeptical and wondered what about this pillow would live up to the claim of helping users live longer.
As I often do, I researched the materials used in the pillow and was surprised what I found. The pillow is hand-made in Italy (so I knew my husband would love it!) and filled with Pinus Cimbra wood shavings and the beneficial compounds in this sacred wood are responsible for the health benefits.
As their website explains:
The primary effect which the proximity to Pinus Cembra wood has on the human organism is lowering the heart rate.
The heart rate is the most important control variable in a complex system where heart, blood circulation, body temperature, breathing, metabolism, and psychosomatic influences are involved.
These variables give the heart rate its typical temporal structure, which becomes measurable as heart rate variability.
Thus, by monitoring the heart rate variation, it has been possible to measure scientifically all the influences which the vicinity to Pinus Cembra has on it.
Additionally, there are beneficial oils in the wood shavings that improve the air and aid the lungs. The most notable is the oil Turpentine, which:
The eminent doctors of antiquity, Hippocrates, Dioscoride, or Galien, used the Terpenic Oil for its properties against lung diseases and biliary lithiasis. In France, Thillenius, Pitcairn, Récamier, and Martinet recommended it against the blennorrhoea and cystitis. Chaumeton, Peschiez, Kennedi, Mérat prescribed it against the neuralgias. It was also used in the treatment of rheumatism, sciatica, nephritis, drop, constipation, and mercury salivation.
The turpentine respiratory sessions considerably increase the capacity of the organism to transform the xenobiotics at the hepatic level by increasing the activity of the NADPH cytochrome C reductase and the 7-ethoxycoumarine de-ethylase
In 1939 it was discovered that the Terpenic Oxides (derivatives of Turpentine), besides their antibacterial and antiseptic properties, influence the saturation rate of oxide hemoglobin. Therefore they are able to normalize SaO2 rates (saturation level of oxygen in hemoglobin, as measured by samples obtained from arterial puncture) during respiratory failure states.
That same oil has been found to help a variety of other conditions as well:
Scientists have conducted laboratory experiments using the agar diffusion method and assessed the antimicrobial effects of Pinus Cembra against: Staphylococcus Aureus, Sarcina Lutea, Bacilluss Cereus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, and Candida Albicans.
Thus, proving the prevention qualities and beneficial action of the pillow on all the related diseases caused by those bacteria, among which: Flu, Headache, Toxic Shock Syndrome, Skin Infections (Impetigo), Folliculities, Atopic Dermatitis, Osteomyelitis, Pneumonia, Gastroenteritis, Food poisoning, Septic shock, Foodborne illness, Inflammation, Respiratory tract infection.
Live Longer sent us a beautiful purple pillow (officially called “Lily” but my hubby calls it “Purple Pillow”) and I’ll be ordering another one so we don’t have to fight over it.
The cover is washable and it is really firm, making it great for stretching the neck or back and it smells incredible. To keep it fresh, we just place it in the sun (while we wash the pillowcase) a couple times a month.
I was so skeptical about the benefits of a pillow, but now our “purple pillow” is one of our favorites.