My mom swears that raw baltic amber helped me through some of my worst teething moments as a child. Although we haven’t experienced the worst of teething with Liam quite yet (not excited about those canines and molars!), it got me thinking that I should probably invest in a necklace for him, too.
You know… just in case.
I went ahead and did some research just to be informed, and I must admit I was blown away: not only is amber super cool (it’s fossilized tree resin, the result of millions of years of slow processing), but it is also incredibly versatile: amber has been used since the stone age for things such as perfumes, medicine, and jewelry. Of course it can also preserve organisms for millions of years, as most of us know.
As far back as the ancient Greeks, amber was said to promote good health and ward off evil spirits. Today, it is treasured for its beauty, but also for its healing properties for the body and mind, most commonly known for teething babies.
For babies and toddlers, amber . . .
And adults can benefit from it as well!
Amber . . .
Hmm… Not sure about all this?
It’s actually pretty scientific:
The warmth from the skin releases the active ingredient in Baltic Amber (succinic acid) which is absorbed into the bloodstream.
In the 1930’s and 40’s, European biochemists discovered that succinic acid is an amino acid created naturally in every cell of the body capable of aerobic respiration, participating in the citric acid, or Krebs, cycle. This is how carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are metabolized into energy.
Amber teething jewelry items are made to wear, but not to chew! Because babies are so small and move around while sleeping, teething necklaces should be removed when child is sleeping or unattended. As a safe alternative, a baby may wear a necklace–double wrapped–around a wrist or ankle to continue receiving the benefits of amber at night.
There are many groups on the internet selling fake amber. Test it for yourself: Amber is buoyant in salt water. That’s why it is easy for locals on the Baltic Coast to find it washed up on beaches, especially after storm events. The amber gets stirred up from a layer known as blue earth, which is beneath layers of silt and clay on the ocean floor.
Mix 1 part salt with 2 parts water, and dissolve the salt completely. Drop your piece into the mixture. Plastic and copal will sink, while – tada! – amber floats.
I am collaborating with Baltic Wonder on this project – they will be sending baby amber necklaces to five Mama Naturelle readers!
(Baltic Wonder is also on Amazon!)
Liam wearing his Baltic amber necklace (in honey!), courtesy of Baltic Wonder.
Thank you for your generosity!