In the last few years, you may have noticed lots of littles toddling around wearing necklaces made of Baltic Amber. For some people, it's a fashion statement piece and they are completely unaware of what it's even made from or the healing properties it possesses. When my tiny root was born, I was given a lovely Baltic Amber necklace with a rainbow of beautiful stones, purchased from Amber and Haze. I put it around her neck the day after she was born and for over two years it never came off. Eventually, after normal wear and tear and bathing, I decided to replace it with another one, and of course, I chose one from the very same Etsy shop. To say the very least, we were smitten with it and when I have a good experience with a particular vendor, I stay in that lane. Over time, it became part of who Frannie is, and she actually missed it while we waited for the replacement. Now, some parents may consider this a hazard, and because everyone has different parenting styles and techniques, I would never knock anyone for being too cautious. However, with this being my third child, I felt completely comfortable with her wearing it. Amber and Haze offer different clasp options which I know is a concern for many parents. I personally prefer the screw together clasp, but they also offer a tension clasp option which will pop off when pulled hard enough making some parents feel more at ease. Each amber bead and stone is individually knotted on either side so that if by chance it wears over time and happens to break, you won't have beads and stones spilling everywhere and becoming a meal for your littles. As with anything, common sense goes a long way in the decision making for your child. I just want to share with you guys some information about Baltic Amber, how it works, and if it works. You ready?
What is Baltic Amber anyway?
Let me tell you a little something weird about me. For whatever reason, I do not have a very good sense of touch at my fingertips. It could be all of the cooking and hot water these hands have seen over the years or all the digging in the dirt that has calloused my fingers, but either way, it's true. When I want to know the texture of something, I brush it against my cheek or across my lips (Get your mind out of the gutter, and if it wasn't already in the gutter, then get the stick out of your ass and THEN get your mind out of the gutter). Ready? Then, let's move on. The texture of Amber isn't like a stone, for sure, and is in fact like a hard resin. I was intrigued and it prompted me to do some research and find out some of the things I'm sharing with you today. While Amber has the appearance of a stone, it is actually fossilized resin from the sap of conifer trees that lived more than 30 million years ago. Over time, the sap was washed away into the Baltic Ocean where over the course of many years, it hardened and became Amber. Sweet, Simple, and Informative. Believe me, you guys, after almost three years of being consistently asked about my motivation behind little roots necklace, I spent lots of time at the library and online doing research. What I have told you is a very condensed version, but is essentially the overall big picture of what Amber is and how it came to be. You can thank me later.
How does it work?
Amber contains a chemical known as Succinic Acid which is thought to be a natural analgesic and healing agent. When Amber is worn against to the body, it becomes warm, releasing the magical chemical which is then absorbed into the skin. Baltic Amber is thought to possess properties that sooth teething babies, a use that dates back thousands of years. I was surprised to learn that it is something readily available for purchase in most pharmacies in European and Asian countries. When covering the healing abilities of Amber, relief for teething babies is just the tip of the iceberg. Among other things, it has been used to treat arthritic pain as well and is a common ingredient in many Chinese remedies.
Did it work for us?
For those of you who have read any of my other posts, or for those of you who know me personally, you know I'm not one to use smoke and mirrors. What I can offer you is my experience using Baltic Amber and also compare it to the two prior children with whom I didn't use it. Did it work for us? YES! Was the necklace itself beautiful and enhance something that was already a ray of sunshine in our lives? YES! For my oldest and middle root, I can tell you that teething was a bit of a nightmare. They both wore bibs constantly which had to be changed every hour at best due to constant drooling. They were fussy little chewing monsters, and my middle root especially would whine throughout the day. Some say he got that from me, but I say it was his teeth, and since I'm the one telling the story here, you can believe me. The tiny root barely drooled, didn't wear many bibs other than for feedings, and she wasn't grumpy or fussy during the teething stage. So, was it the necklace, or was it luck? Who knows? I am a believer in the Amber and it's healing properties and even if I weren't, I adore how lovely the necklace looks on the little root. I think she agrees, as she often touches it, and, in her two-year-old speak, says "I pretty momma". Now, I don't know about you, but that alone would be a selling point for me on most days. If you want to hang a hard-boiled egg in a sock in your little's room or buy stock in yucky Orajel, I'll leave you to it, but if you are looking for something a little more pleasing to the senses, Head over to Amber and Haze and let Emmalee help you find the perfect strand for you or your little ones or big ones. She is a wealth of knowledge and will be more than happy to help.