Friday, January 5, 2018

Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces Aren’t Just For Babies

Have you ever looked at products marketed solely to infants and toddlers and wished adult versions were available? Recently, several manufacturers have begun offering just such items: footed pajamas for grown-ups, skin care lines as gentle as baby-safe formulations, even an incredibly over-sized stroller.

Obviously, some of these are meant as whimsical gag-gifts, but a few are offering valuable options to adults who are looking for safer, more natural, yet effective options for self-care. In rare and special cases, no alteration needs to be made to adapt an infant-marketed product for adult use. Baltic amber jewelry fits this description and can be purchased at reasonable cost and the benefits enjoyed by any age.

The principle on which amber necklaces work, in fact, was originally used to treat arthritis inflammation and body aches in adults. Much as we use Epsom salts in a soothing bath now, Old World Europeans found that crushed amber, when added to a heated bath, reduced inflammation and brought pain relief.

Baltic amber contains a component called “succinic acid.” This acid has anti-inflammatory (reduces swelling), analgesic (reduces pain), anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. When the amber is warmed, the acid is released from it. In a bath, the warm water releases the succinic acid from the crushed amber, enabling the bather to absorb the soothing ingredient through the skin into the bloodstream, and experience the relieving effects.

Over time, it was found that crushing the amber was not necessary to release the benefits; merely wearing it against the skin proved effective. When worn as jewelry, Baltic amber is meant to be close against the skin, not over clothing, so that body heat activates the succinic acid and it is readily absorbed.

This method of usage greatly increases the utility of Baltic amber for on-the-go adults who need sustained relief from symptoms throughout their day. Rather than needing to prepare a bath, sit in it for a half-hour or more, then emerge only to have the effects wear off within a few hours, busy men and women can shower, dress, fasten their amber necklace around their neck or twist it into a fashionable bracelet, and enjoy ongoing relief as they go about their daily tasks.

The easy wearability of Baltic amber beaded jewelry and the consistent-release nature of its effects make it an attractive alternative for those looking to reduce dependence on anti-inflammatory or analgesic medications (and avoid their possible side-effects). Conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, swollen glands, sore throat, and immune deficiencies have reportedly been helped by the use of Baltic amber. 

Modern pharmaceuticals recognize succinic acid’s efficacy, using it in formulations for arthritis and anti-seizure medications. This is no snake-oil remedy, although caution should be used in selecting your Baltic amber jewelry. As with any product, there are variations in quality and integrity of dealers.

When choosing your jewelry, remember that fit will be important. Look for a piece that will lay comfortably underneath your clothing, against your neck and chest, or will be of sufficient length to wrap around your wrist or ankle. Construction is also important: high-quality string and individually knotted beads make for superior durability.

Shopping for amber necklaces marketed to infants makes it easier to find both of these features; teething necklaces are purchased by parents who are highly concerned with their child’s safety, so these are manufactured with quality construction and durability in mind. A great place to find genuine Baltic Amber is at the site.

The most important detail is the quality of the Baltic amber itself. Be absolutely sure that your jewelry is made of certified Baltic Amber. Ask where the amber is sourced (most Baltic amber is sourced in Lithuania) and whether the company is willing to provide a certificate of authenticity.

Amber is simply a fossilized tree resin; only amber found in the Baltic region contains sufficiently high concentrations (8%) of succinic acid. Many knock-offs exist, using amber harvested from various regions around the world. While these ambers may make beautiful fashion jewelry, they will not have the properties of Baltic amber jewelry, and will disappoint those hoping for relief.

In a grown-up world with pressures and stresses, with aches and pains and the very real need for continuous relief to keep pressing through our days, it is a little piece of jewelry marketed to the smallest among us that may provide the greatest benefit. 



Janet W. said...

Sounds like this has a ton of great benefits for everyone!

tannawings said...

I am seriously checking this out. I broke my hand in several places a few years ago and as I have aged it is hurting. I am going to look for a bracelet.

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