Baltic amber is common for teething necklaces, but it also has benefits for older children and adults. Learn about the benefits and where to buy.
By Beth, Contributing Author
**Sponsored by Spark of Amber.**
When you hear Baltic amber chances are the first thing that comes to mind is babies. Baltic amber is commonly used to make teething necklaces to help infants get through the pain of teething. However, many don’t realize they can also be used for older children and adults as well!
How Amber Works
Baltic amber is mined near the Baltic seas and contains some of the highest levels of succinic acid in nature. Dating back hundreds of years it has been known as a way to ease teething pain in Europe and other parts of the world for generations. When worn near the skin the heat of the body causes the amber to release the succinic acid which acts as a natural pain reliever – in turn reducing one’s pain and inflammation. Along with its pain relieving properties, Baltic amber is also known to boost the body’s natural immunity and have calming properties. But what does this have to do with older kids? Or even adults?
The healing abilities of amber aren’t limited just to teething infants. Baltic amber is known to help with:
- Growing pains
- Skin Issues
- Energy Levels
This means that amber jewelry can benefit many people – and its use isn’t limited to just necklaces. It’s often recommended that you wear the amber closest to your ailment – for example, if you are struggling with arthritis in your hand a bracelet would be more beneficial than a necklace.
Personally, my toddler had at teething necklace through his younger years that had been tossed aside as he grew past the teething phase. He went through a particularly rough period where he was getting up constantly, really fussy, and eating tons – all very common with a growth spurt. On a whim a pulled out his teething necklace and started letting him wear it again. Within a few days, I noticed things started to even back out. At nearly 4 he is still wearing it pretty frequently – and I’ve ordered one for myself as well to help with headaches.
Where to Find It
When looking for amber necklaces you want to be sure you’re getting authentic amber. There are many fakes out there that come in the form of copal, glass, or even plastic. Before ordering do your research on the company and ask questions about their process and sorting. They should be forthcoming with where their amber comes from.
One company we trust is Spark of Amber. They’re a family-owned company that makes beautiful quality pieces for all ages that are created from natural authentic Baltic amber. The owner works directly with suppliers in Lithuania that she has a personal relationship with, and every piece of Amber sold has been professionally examined and is 100% authentic. Along with their popular teething necklaces, they make bracelets, earrings, pendants, bracelets, anklets, and rings, amber and gemstone jewelry, men’s jewelry, and Baltic Amber Mother’s bracelets.
With such a large variety to choose from it’s always easy to find something for everyone in the family with them. Their products ship free and arrive quickly.
Note from Kate: We’ve used amber necklaces for our babies, and were very interested in Beth’s story about using amber for her older son since our children stopped wearing their necklaces by age 2 or so. Gemstones aren’t a common part of alternative medicine, but some believe strongly in their power — with amber being probably the most commonly used. As Beth mentions, it is really important to get quality, authentic Baltic amber, and not just pretty glass. We’ve worked extensively with Spark of Amber, and know they’re a quality source. They don’t have just amber, they also offer hazelwood jewelry, breastfeeding necklaces, pendants, birthstone necklaces, and more. Check them out if you’re in the market for one of these.
Have you considered using Baltic amber for an older child or yourself?
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