I’m always keeping an eye out for holistic, natural remedies. Baltic Amber is another amazing, natural remedy I’ve recently discovered (through the help of my awesometastical Facebook network of Progrents after seeking teething remedies for my son)
that has a rich history
of being used by many different cultures over time. Amber has been found and documented in use by ancient Egyptians, Romans, Chinese, Nords, Celts, Scandinavians and Greeks for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of ailments. The Amber Trading Route
was thought to be used as early as the stone ages.You can still visit the 1,000+ year old city and world famous original Amber market, The Ambermart
in Gdansk, Poland
, the former home of ancient Scandinavia and the Eocene amber forests.
Baltic Amber is an organic, non-invasive way to help treat and improve:
- acid imbalance
- back pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- chakra alignment
- diaper rashes
- ear aches
- joint problems
- labor pains
- lack of appetite
- low energy
- nerve pain
- neural system recovery
- radiation exposure
- respiratory disease
- sore throat
- upset stomach
- viral infections
What is Baltic Amber? How can jewelry help heal?
Okay, Baltic amber is not actually a gemstone, but a 35 million+ year old natural resin created from fossilized ancient forests. (Isn’t that cool?) As it it is worn, it warms with the body’s natural temperature, releasing healing oils containing succinic acid which are absorbed into the skin and bloodstream, inducing a calming effect through its analgesic (pain relieving), antispasmodic (muscle-easing) and anti-inflammatory (think natural ibuprofen) properties. Baltic Amber has some of the highest concentrations of succinic acid found in nature; the lighter the color, the higher concentration of succinic acid. It is beast worn near the source of the pain for more direct healing. (Although the solar plexus is the spot to hold it for laboring mothers! You don’t want to put it where the pain is coming from then. 😉
So, what the heck is succinic acid?
Succinic acid is an amino acid created naturally in every cell of our bodies that are capable of aerobic respiration, (creating energy). Robert Koch, Nobel Prize winner for Physiology and Medicine and one of the forefathers of microbiology, proved the positive effects of succinic acid on the human body and how it improves immune system & metabolic rates in his 1886 study. Succinic acid is also the predominant nonvolatile organic acid formed during wine fermentation. (Does this mean I can sign up for Medical Merlot on top of Medical Marijuana? Holy hippie healing happiness, Batman!)
Okay, I’m into it. How do I care for my necklace, once I get it?
This is where my time managing a jewelry counter comes in handy! Amber is an organic resin and can be brittle, (think ancient maple syrup) any chemicals at all can damage and slowly break down the “stone”, as well as coat it, rendering it ineffective in touching/rubbing off on your skin. Nail polish remover (acetone) will completely dissolve
it! It only gets a 2 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness
– the same as your fingernail. (A diamond is a 10, sapphires are between 8-9 & emeralds are softer at a 7. Thanks, useless jewelry knowledge
!) Instead of storing it against other jewelry, make sure you store your necklace or bracelet in a soft case or pouch of some sort- the same way you would store pearls. (also a 2-3 on the Mohs Scale, FYI) Simply washing with warm water, rubbing with a soft cloth and allowing to air/sun dry is all you need to do to keep your amber at its best. It will never lose effectiveness or “wear out”. As long as you take good care of your amber, it can keep caring for you!
Have you tried using amber jewelry before?
What were you using it to help? Do you feel that it did?
I ordered my necklace from Zippy Hippie Mama
, a fellow gentle parent and mother-blogger, who was kind enough to share her wisdom and some information with me, too. You can also put a few pennies in my pocket by ordering through Amazon through the animated picture link in the middle of the post, if you feel so inclined. 🙂 Aside from my personal options, here are some recommendations from fellow parents on my page
Progressive Parents on Facebook recommend:
Do you have any places you would add to the list?