Baltic amber jewellery has been used for many health benefits, including being a natural way to help your baby through the misery of teething. This ancient European remedy is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly alternative to synthetic medicines, and it’s helping children all over the world. Wearing a necklace, bracelet or anklet made of Baltic amber can make teething a much easier experience for your child. Here we take an in-depth look at where it comes from and how it works.
What is Baltic amber?
Amber is plant resin thousands of years old, which has been fossilised. The amber particularly renowned for its healing properties is that found in the Baltic Sea, which contains eight percent more of the active element succinite than amber found in any other part of the world.
Baltic amber has been used for healing since the time of Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine, over 2,000 years ago. It has been used as a teething remedy in Europe for centuries, and is still just as recognised there today – amber teething necklaces, bracelets and anklets are actually sold in pharmacies all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
How does it work?
Unlike other baby teething remedies which have to be applied inside the mouth, Baltic amber is an external treatment which works by being worn against the skin. As the skin warms the amber, it releases a healing oil called succinic acid, which is absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin. Baltic amber can be worn by babies from birth, or when the first teeth begin to come through.
The healing properties of Baltic amber
Baltic amber has numerous benefits for teething babies. For a start, it’s a natural analgesic, so it helps to soothe the pain associated with teething. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, reducing the risk of infection and helping the body to heal itself more quickly. This helps to reduce inflammation in the gums and cheeks.
Amber also stimulates the thyroid glands – this will reduce dribbling, which can make babies very uncomfortable. The discomfort of teething is a major factor in making babies irritable and anxious. The calming properties also found in Baltic amber help to combat these symptoms, soothing your baby’s mood and helping them to sleep more easily.
The benefits of Baltic amber for babies aren’t even limited to teething. The boost it provides to the immune system also reduces the effects of other common baby ailments including ear and throat infections and upset stomachs. It can also help your child breathe more easily and assist with skin complaints including nappy rash.
Is Baltic amber safe?
Baltic amber is safe for your baby to wear, as long as all jewellery is removed if your baby is going to be sleeping or left unsupervised, even for a few minutes. It’s important to make sure your baby doesn’t chew on the beads or put the jewellery in her or his mouth. While manufacturers go to every length to ensure the safety of Baltic amber jewellery for babies, if it’s chewed on enough it could break. The beads are non-toxic if swallowed, but they could present a choking hazard.
It’s also essential to purchase Baltic amber teething jewellery from a trustworthy and reputable source. Some unscrupulous retailers have been known to sell plastic or glass jewellery labelled as Baltic amber – this has no health benefits whatsoever.
For further information about Baltic amber necklaces, bracelets and anklets for teething babies, or if you have any questions, please get in touch. Onist stocks a range of Baltic amber necklaces and bracelets/anklets for children, take a look in the store for the current range available.