Have you seen those little amber necklaces many little tikes are sportin’ these days? I must admit, before I entered the new Momma club I had no idea that these necklaces were purposeful. I thought they were an accessory, a simple fashion statement. My cousin had one on her little and explained it was for teething, but I still didn’t understand- I thought babes were supposed to chew on the necklace. It wasn’t until I had Ryker (now 7 months) that I really dove into what these necklaces were all about. Now you might be scratching your head thinking- “what do these brown pooka shell looking necklaces do and why are they so magical?” Let start with the basics, like what even is amber??
What is Amber and what does it do?
Amber is fossilized tree resin from the bark of trees that grow in Northern Europe, especially southern regions of Scandinavia, Lithuania and the surrounding areas of the Baltic Sea. The resin exudes from the trees and fossilizes to become little amber rocks. Baltic amber contains succinic acid, which is said to be anti-inflammatory and help with pain releif. These amber rocks are strung together to make beaded necklaces and naturally offer pain and inflammation relief when the skin naturally warms the oils in the bead.
Why wear a necklace?
Babies and toddlers have lessened teething symptoms when they wear a necklace. Much better than constantly giving your little one Tylenol. Adults can benefit as well with relieving minor pains, boosting immunity, help with arthritis, stimulates the nervous system and improves cellular respiration.
Safety Tips for the amber necklace:
- The necklace is not meant to be chewed
- Be cautious if you allow your baby to wear the necklace during nap and bed time. Infants should be supervised when wearing the necklace.
- Make sure your necklace is good quality with each bead individually knotted between each other with multiple strands so if it were to break the baby will not swallow a bunch of loose beads.
- Make sure the clasp is a safety twist, not a pop clasp or hook & eye. The safety twist is created to break if too much strain or pressure is put on necklace, preventing any choking.
- You don’t want any of your beads to be jagged or rough against the skin.
- The necklace shouldn’t be too tight or too loose.
- Make sure your amber necklace is real (not an imposter that is not as effective like some of these: copal, glass, phenolic resin, celluloid, casein, pressed amber)
How to check if your amber necklace is legit?
If your baltic amber is real, it should easily float in salt water. Simply mix two cups of salt in for cups of water and toss the necklace in.
Does it work?? Well I will say after getting many testimonies from other Mommas, reading blogs, and now having a little teether of my own I really do think it helps! I am sure there is still some discomfort for the little guy, but so far not so bad!! (I will be sure to update you as teeth continue to pop!) I much prefer to have him wear this stylish little necklace than constantly turn to pharmaceutical use.
Also, just like with any bling bling, this is a neat heirloom to pass along from your kiddos to your grandkids since amber is a precious gem afterall. 😉