Amber is a natural analgesic. The teething necklaces work as a natural pain reliever, by having the baby wear the necklace it warms against the skin, releasing its therapeutic properties safely and naturally.
This also helps reduce the common symptoms related to teething such as; redness in the cheeks, swollen gums, diaper rashes and fevers. Amber contains high levels of succinic acid (historically known as spirit of amber) which is a natural component found in plant and animal tissues. It is very important to your body. It is used in the Krebs Cycle (Citric Acid Cycle) which is involved in the intermediary metabolic process. Amber's anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties are recognized in homeopathic medicine. In many countries within Europe, you will find amber teething necklaces sold in local pharmacies.
Amber also known as a powerful antioxidant that helps fight toxic free radicals and disruptions of the cardiac rhythm, succinic acid has been shown to stimulate neural system recovery and bolster the immune system, and helps compensate for energy drain in the body and brain, boosting awareness, concentration and reflexes, and reducing stress.
Amber's electrostatic properties, a natural ionizer and is able to produce negative ions which help to ease pain and stimulate the healing process. Baltic Amber is also known to provide protection from harmful radiation emitted from computers, cell phones, microwave ovens and electrical devices.
Ancient Germanic tribes such as the Goths, other Nordic peoples, Celts, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Chinese and other peoples valued amber for its beauty, protection and healing properties. Amber was also called Electra, Bernstein or Northern Gold due to its electrical properties and golden color and was traded far and wide in the ancient world.
Even before mankind knew that there were things called acids antibiotics, the people of Europe recognized that amber had curative powers. They used it when we today would use an antibiotic. They used amber in many forms. They used amber bracelets, necklaces, powder, chips, stones, oils and smoke. The ancients wore natural Baltic amber necklaces and bracelets, which were known to have curative powers. They surely had no idea that they were high in succinic acid, but they knew they worked magic on their ills.
A Dominican Monk, Albert The Great, born in 1193, called Natural Baltic Amber Succinium and stated that it was the most effective of the leading medicines of the time. In order of effectiveness he listed them as Succinium, ocastoreum, mors, camphor, tartarus, and aurum. Amber tinctures were made from beer, wine and water. People found them effective against everything from stomach aches to rheumatism.
Now that modern science has discovered what succinic acid can do, they have confirmed what the people of Europe have known for centuries.
Who can wear it?
Everyone! With all the benefits it offers anyone can wear it. The necklaces can be worn from birth onwards. In fact, getting your baby used to wearing an amber necklace from a young age is a good idea this way it becomes a part of them and they don't pay attention to it by pulling on it or attempting to bite it.
As amber is a resin, it is much softer than a stone; therefore it should not be chewed on, only worn. Amber teething necklaces should be worn under your baby's shirt and under parental supervision. They should be removed while baby sleeps, replaced by their night-time anklet or wrapped around the baby's ankle under their sleeper.
The necklaces are designed to stretch but will break under extreme pressure. Each piece of amber is knotted on the strand so only one bead will come lose if a break occurs. The necklaces are secured with a traditional screw clasp, not a hook and ring. The individual beads are tiny, so the risk of choking is quite insignificant, but you are ultimately responsible for the safety of your child while wearing an amber necklace.
Clean with lukewarm water and a soft cloth. Avoid detergents and cleansers, as these substances over time will leave a residue on the amber that can inhibit its ability to release the healing oils into the skin. To preserve the life of the necklace, it should also be removed while in water.