What is Amber: Amber is fossilized resin produced by the now extinct, coniferous tree. Amber can be found in various shades, but most commonly it is found in the golden yellow, green or deep red tones.
How does it help pain (specifically related to teething): As Amber heats up on the body it begins to release healing oils known as Succinc Acid. The Succinc Acid is a dicarboxylic acid of four carbon atoms, yeah, to the common folks like myself, that makes no sense! So what is it? Succinc acid is the acidic property within Amber. It in many ways can be described as a natural ibuprofen. Or at least that’s what it’s distributors like to say. Amber has been used for thousands of years as a natural pain reducer. Patients with arthritis speak of its healing benefits and it is the most common teether in all of Europe.
Are there risks? I’m glad you asked! In the late 1880’s, nobel prize winning bacteriologist, Robert Koch, confirmed that there was no risk of a surplus of succinic acid in humans, and even tested far past what he deemed “considerable” levels.
Important things to know: Before you go out and buy an amber teething necklace for your baby or some mama-jewelry for yourself make sure you order from a reputable company that only sells genuine amber. Amber can be fake, and come in the form of; plastic, copal, glass, celluloid or casein.
Do the benefits outweigh the risks: Well, as long as you make sure that your Amber beads are tied on individually and will not come off or be chewed off by the baby and you remove the jewelry before bed and nap time, the $14-$30 the necklace costs, is worth it in my eyes.
What does Xza think about it: I think it’s neat that my son gets to wear my grandma’s Amber necklace. He is a pretty mellow baby, so whether or not it has helped combat his teething pain is a bit subjective, but when he wears his Amber necklace, I do notice a brighter disposition. We don’t wear it all the time, and I think it’s a neat accessory, and If your baby is having a bad go of the teething blues, then it is a worthy investment.
Where to buy: We love our friend Kamika at Oh Sew Serendipitous ‘ beautiful Amber necklaces.