The first edition of the crunchy ABCs! In this article, A is for amber, is about the benefits of Baltic amber and how incorporating it into your life can help you live a little more eco-friendly.
When your baby hits that magical age when teething begins (usually around 6-7 months, but sometimes earlier or later), the pain sets in and subsequently turns your formerly delightful child into a drooly, screaming, hurting mess. Before I became my current crunchy self, I used to do what mainstream society told me to: use medications such as Tylenol and Orajel and freeze teethers for the baby to chew on.
Now I know about Baltic amber and all its wonderful properties, and since using an amber teething necklace with my third child I have noticed an amazing difference in our teething experience. Baltic amber contains oil with high concentrations of succinic acid which release once warmed from skin. A necklace worn directly against the skin releases these healing oils onto your child, allowing him to feel better from this natural pain killer. There are higher concentrations of healing oils in the lighter colored amber, but you receive benefits from the amber no matter the shade.
I have seen such a difference compared to my other children. No longer do I have a drooly, screaming, hurting mess of a child. I now have a mildly drooly, occasionally whimpering, slightly uncomfortable baby cutting teeth. It’s definitely changed the teething experience for both of us, and I love that I’m not putting foreign, man-made chemicals into his body.
And amber’s health benefits aren’t just for babies! Besides aiding with teething pain, amber worn on various parts of the body can help with arthritis, carpal tunnel, back pain, menstrual pain, and migraines! I can personally attest to the help with carpal tunnel; since wearing an amber bracelet, the pain in my hand and wrist is significantly improved.
There are many great retailers of amber jewelry, but the two I can speak about are Inspired By Finn and Baltic Creations. Both have wonderful customer service and sell beautiful pieces of amber jewelry that are both functional and attractive!