Swiss Pine

Bed Frames made from Swiss Pine Timber

The Swiss Pine Tree – Swiss Pine (Pinus cembra) is part of the large botanical species of pine trees

Swiss Pine trees are spread throughout the western inner Alps region approx. 1,400 to 2,500m above sea level, often amongst spruces and larches. On average they reach an age of between 200 to 400 years. Some estimates, however, say they can become up to 1,200 years old. Growth of the Swiss Pine is largely influenced by climatic conditions and frost of up to - 40°C. Older specimens are often rumpled by winds and show deformities caused by lightning and snow-breakage. The height to which Swiss Pines can grow is dependent on their location but normally they grow up to approx. 25 metres high. Because Swiss Pine trees are sustainably managed their population is steadily increasing and an ecologically sensible regeneration of the stock of this valuable tree is ensured.

In order to survive in these adverse conditions the tree has to possess great powers of resilience. Through its timber and the essential oils contained therein, the Swiss Pine tree transfers this vital energy to us. In Tyrol for centuries people have treated the Swiss Pine’s life force as confirmed knowledge. This traditional wisdom has now been verified by modern science. Freshly felled Swiss Pine timber retains its characteristic scent for decades. This is especially apparent in ‘Zirbenstuben’, rooms clad in Swiss Pine wood that can be found in the Alpine regions.

Swiss Pine

Pinisylvin, the essential oil present in the Swiss Pine wood, has these very special characteristics:

Swiss Pine shavings in detail
  • Pinisylvin is unpopular with insects, its moth and also bacteria deterrent abilities remain effective for years
  • Humans appreciate the pleasant scent of Pinisylvin as beneficial and stimulating
  • The timber is almost fully protected against infestation by fungi or bacteria

To make our Swiss Pine bedding products we exclusively use timber from trees that have been felled during a full moon and that has been left to dry for 4-5 years. Swiss Pine shavings are added to the bedding fillings so the beneficial properties of the wood are transferred. The result is extraordinary holistic sleeping comfort.


Additional insights into benefits of the use of Swiss Pine in the bedroom were obtained by scientists at the research centre of the Joanneum Research. They comprehensively measured and evaluated effects on the neural system and brain stem.

  • The heart rate of the test subjects in the Swiss Pine room was independent of the atmospheric pressure and, as opposed to the subjects in the ordinary timber clad room, did not suffer from any atmosphere related syndromes.
  • When the subjects were under mental and physical stress Swiss Pine reduced the heart rate. During periods of rest Swiss Pine sped up the vegetative recovery phase.
  • The beneficial effect on the heart of sleeping in a Swiss Pine bed is approx 3,500 ‘saved’ beats per day, i.e., the heart has to work about 1 hour a day less.
Solid Wood Wed Beluga in Swiss Pine

Healing powers of and areas of application for Swiss Pine:

  • balances sensitivities to changes in the weather
  • relieves the circulatory system
  • soothing and strengthening
  • moth deterrent
  • sleep inducing
  • anti-bacterial

In a nutshell:

  • Shavings of Swiss Pine mixed in with pure new wool create a natural micro-climate for sleeping in while enhancing the beneficial effects of the Swiss Pine.
  • The scent of Swiss Pine has harmonising and balancing effects on people who suffer with sensitivities from changes in the weather.
  • The scent of Swiss Pine induces feelings of comfort, strengthens vital energy and improves the ability to recuperate.
  • Even during the very first cycle of sleep, the quality of sleep and the regeneration period is markedly improved.
  • Swiss Pine has anti-bacterial properties and acts as a moth-deterrent.

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Sources: Derived from a study by the Research Society of the Joanneum Graz (Institute for Non-Invasive Diagnostics) and a literature study by Timber Research Austria.