Baltic Amber strung into jewellery has been long been hailed by many mums as a way to soothe babies through teething. Those who use Amber beads, swear by them, but there are also many that are sceptical of the healing properties they are supposed to possess. Then, there are also the safety concerns of babies wearing jewellery.
As Emmie is showing more and more signs of teething, I have begun once again to think how I can help soothe her sore gums. Teething gels are having little effect and although she doesn’t seem too bad with her symptoms, her drooling and mouth full of fist tell me she is feeling it! Finlay was never too bad with his teething and we sporadically used Amber beads, but I wanted to dig deeper to see if it could be the answer for Emmie.
So what’s the story behind Baltic Amber?
Amber has been used for centuries and was once thought to hold magical powers protecting the wearer from evil spirits and diseases. Today it is an unparalleled example of alternative medicine with proven health benefits for homoeopathic relief. Genuine Baltic Amber is known to contain succinic acid. Succinic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory and an analgesic (pain killer). Which basically means genuine Baltic beads can act as a natural drug free alternative to relieve teething pain in babies and children from its natural healing properties.
There are two thoughts to how wearing Amber can have healing properties. The first suggests that wearing it against warm skin releases minuscule amounts of healing oils (containing succinic acid) from within. These oils are then absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. This resultsing in natural pain relief and reduced inflammation.
Secondly Amber has been studied and proven to be electromagnetically alive and produces a significant amount of pure, organic energy. This natural energy is able to stimulate the renewal of weakened energy related processes within cells. This strengthens the body and improves the immune system.
Are they safe?
The main concern most people have with Amber Jewellery is the choking hazard. However, these jewellery pieces are not designed to be chewed on like a teether. They should only be worn under clothes and the child should always be supervised while wearing them. Jewellery should always be removed before bed and never worn at night. Genuine manufacturers will produce their jewellery so each bead is strung with a knot either side of it. This means if the necklace does snap, then the beads will not scatter.
They can also be worn double wrapped around the wrist or ankle for mothers who would rather not have something around their babies neck. In fact, you can even buy amber beads in anklet form.
Another fear that mothers have is if the absorption of succinic acid is actually safe. Well Nobel prize winner Robert Koch analysed succinic acid and confirmed its positive influences. He discovered that there is no risk of the accumulation of surplus amounts of succinic acid in humans.
What do I think?
I think that the theory behind how Baltic Amber works is very interesting. I do think that alternative medicine can be just as beneficial as pharmaceutical medicines in some cases. Not tomention the testimones from mothers all around the world regarding amber jewellery is very convincing. Am I convinced? Not 100% I am on the fence! Although, I do think that as long as the beads are worn in the safest possible way and then only when the child is supervised. What have you got to lose? I think I will definitely be giving amber ago again. I am intrigued. I’ll definitely start using my beads more regularly.
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