Benefits of Baltic Amber
We have all seen them. You know, the cute little babies with the beaded necklaces. It seems that no matter where you look, everyone has their babies wearing Baltic Amber teething necklaces. Many adults wear them too. While everyone is wearing them, and even seeking them out, is there any real benefit to wearing amber? Let me answer that question for you…..YES!! ABSOLUTELY!!
Baltic Amber comes from Northern Europe and is collected in the Baltic Sea. It naturally is less dense than salt water, so it will float, making it easy to gather. Amber is a fossilized tree resin that takes millions of years to form. It comes in colors of cognac, honey, green, lemon, golden, and butterscotch.
Amber gets its healing properties from the succinic acid, also known as butanedioic acid. Baltic amber contains 3-8% succinic acid. When amber is worn close to the skin, it warms up. Once warm, it releases the succinic acid onto the skin where it is absorbed. The acid is found naturally in our bodies. Studies have shown that the acid is used to reduce pain associated to headaches, arthritis, and dental discomforts. (This is why so many use it for teething babies) Succinic acid also boosts the immune system to speed up healing by oxidation, protect from infection by fighting free radicals, restores energy, strengthens endocrine systems, helps with congestion, and reduces anxiety. The acid is even available in pill form as a dietary supplement. Did I mention that succinic acid was scientifically proven by Nobel-prize winner Robert Koch? However, you don’t have to take my word for it. “Google It” yourself!
Like everything else, nothing works 100% of the time for everyone. Different people have different sensitivities to things. Your personal results will depend on diet, allergies, and stimulations in your environment. However, I can personally say that I have used it on my one year old, and he has NEVER had to wear a bib due to drooling. I must say that it works for him.
I know there are a lot of fakes out there. While I would like to believe that no one would dare to take advantage of anyone else, I know that is not a reality. You can test the amber yourself for authenticity. One way is to do the “burn test”. Amber will not melt when heated, and will not produce the plastic smell. The flame almost just smolders and has a weird woodsy smell. Another way to test, and it will not harm any of the real beads, is to use 100% acetone. Take a cotton swab, put acetone on it, and rub the amber. No residue should come off. If it is fake, the swab will turn yellow. Finally, you can take salt water (two parts salt to one part water) and drop the beads in it. The beads should float if it is real amber. I personally only buy my beads from Lithuania and randomly batch test each shipment as I am beading the necklaces.
So now you know the facts on Baltic amber, are you ready to try it for you or for you children? You can go here and order it online with free shipping. Many specialty stores and baby boutiques offer these as well.