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Why Is Raw Baltic Amber Used As An Alternative Medicine?

Baltic Amber medicine

Amber is a fossilised tree resin that has been used for centuries to treat various ailments and diseases, as well as for purely decorative purposes. Here’s a look at the reasons why this substance is considered to be so special.

The largest known deposit of amber in the world is in the Baltic region in northern Europe, where ancient forests that existed approximately 40 million years ago created an estimated 100,000 tonnes of amber. This amber in its raw state contains between 3 to 8% succinic acid. 

This is a naturally occurring compound that has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. It’s now used as a skincare ingredient to counteract the effects of pollution and UV exposure, and it can help with the process of skin cell rejuvenation. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and may help to soothe conditions such as acne and eczema.

The medical possibilities of amber are still being explored by scientists, but one popular healthcare item are amber beads for teething. The concept is very simple: your baby wears an amber bead necklace during the time that they are getting their first teeth, which usually occurs at around six months of age. 

The amber is gently warmed by the baby’s skin and this releases very small amounts of oils that contain the medicinal succinic acid, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. This has an anti-inflammatory effect that helps to soothe the swelling and soreness that most teething babies experience in their gums during this stage. 

A teething baby can be fretful and cross, and may have difficulty sleeping due to the discomfort of their emerging teeth. This is not only distressing for the baby, but can also lead to a poor night’s sleep for their parents or caregivers, leading to fatigue, brain fog, and irritability during the day; obviously not an ideal state for any new parent to be in. 

Some babies can be soothed from the pain of teething with a cuddle and some distraction, such as reading them a story or singing to them. Other babies may chew on objects such as a weaning spoon, because it is thought that the pressure on the gums counteracts the pain caused by the emerging teeth.

It should be noted that an amber teething necklace is not a toy that is intended to be chewed; its healing properties lie purely in the oils that will be slowly released when it is worn next to the skin. The necklace should be checked regularly to ensure that the beads are secure and they won’t come loose should the baby put it in its mouth.

The baby should be watched at all times when it is wearing the necklace, and never laid down to sleep with anything around their neck. 

Once the baby has a newly minted set of teeth, the necklace can be kept as a memento or saved to be worn as a decorative item when they are older.