Amber (Gintaras, in Lithuanian) has been a highly treasured national gem of Lithuania for many years. Amber however, is actually not a gem at all. It is a fossilized resin, which was discovered to have come from tree sap of several varieties of pine.
Scientists believe that roughly “60 million” years ago these pines were a part of a subtropical forest that later became the location of the Baltic Sea. They say for unknown reasons, these pines produced a great amount of sap. This overproduction is believed to have been nature’s way of healing itself from devastation and injuries caused by disease, storms and extreme climate changes. As the sap dropped to the ground, it became embedded into sediments compressed by overlying deposits. Many plants and insects became fossilized and preserved the species, almost perfectly. Today these deposits are found on the shores of the Baltic Sea, while its original location is still a mystery.
"Amber, washed up from the bottom of the Baltic Sea and the Courish Lagoon, is collected on the shores, especially after storms, and sorting it from the seaweeds with which it is entangled. Some amber is dug out locally from" small amber deposits "along the coasts of the Baltic Sea and Courish Lagoon at Priekule, Palanga, Nida, Juodkrante and other places."
WHAT IS BALTIC AMBER?
Baltic amber is "considered to be the best variety of amber. It occurs irregularly as rounded nodules, drops, grains, and stalactites." Baltic amber "is usually of a yellow, honey-like color, but may occur in many shades from pale yellow to dark brown. White pieces with a yellowish or bony tint are rare, and reddish, bluish and greenish tinted pieces are very rare. Some pieces of Baltic amber are transparent and clear, and others are cloudy and opaque."
Amber "becomes electrically charged when subjected to friction. It burns with a bright flame and gives off a pleasant pine fragrance."
COMMON CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS
Real or Fake?
The fear of purchasing fake Baltic amber arises on occasion and we would like help you rest your weary mind. Amber used for teething necklaces, although potent and powerful, are one of the least expensive resin/gems on the market. Yes, today falsification of amber is common and widespread however, these are almost always larger pieces of amber and contain rare inclusions i.e. insects, vegetation etc. You will probably mainly hear of the fake amber far from a retailer suggesting you buy from them because theirs is certified etc. So…. We went ahead and made sure ours was too.
Does color matter?
MANY people also ask if specific colors of amber are stronger than others. NOPE! All colors of Baltic amber heal the same.
Raw vs. Polished
Another common worry factor is…“Oh no, I just bought polished! But, my friend told me that it’s the RAW-WAY or the HIGHWAY! NOPE! Both raw and polished amber have wonderful healing agents and as for the surface being smooth: Baltic amber is a 5-6 on the Moh’s scale for hardness and will eventually smooth out on its own as well as soak up extra oils from your own skin. Please remember many polished things in life still leak. Another words, your polished amber will still secrete oil and even though, some of the resins for the polished necklaces are heat treated they are still packed with healing goodness!
The condition (RAW or Polished) is what really makes the difference for those needing the extra pain relief.
BENEFITS—WHAT THE HECK DOES IT DO?
Let’s check out the real facts below:
Long long ago amber was considered one of the leading “medicines” of it’s time.
When worn on the skin, the skin’s warmth heats the amber which then releases trace amounts of healing oils. To experience full benefits of Baltic amber it must come in direct contact with the skin.
Baltic Amber has some of the highest concentrations of Succinic Acid found in nature!
Bam! No Magic Here!
Succinic Acid is a natural component of plants and other elements, and its presence in the human body is beneficial in many ways…
Pain Relief Baltic Amber contains highly concentrated analgesic properties that can help take the edge off many types of discomfort.
For teething pain, this style of jewelry has been designed specifically for children! If a large amount of pressure is applied to the strand, the cord will indeed break. This helps prevent strangulation hazards. Also, each bead is individually knotted, so, if it does break, there may only be one or two lose beads.
Helps (chronic) inflammation Where chronic inflammation is present, the body’s immune system response is to increase production of free radicals. Chronic overproduction of free radicals results in inflammatory-related disease. Chronic inflammation is a common denominator of many seemingly unrelated diseases.
Energy The human body naturally produces succinic acid. The salt of succinic acid (succinate) is one of the most active substances in the processes of cellular respiration and intercellular energy creation. Succinic acid restores oxygen and energy supply to depleted cells and helps the body return to a normal, functioning state. Succinate is a raw material and a catalyst in the Krebs cycle which is one of our main sources of energy. During the Krebs cycle carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are metabolized for energy.
Wellness When the human body reacts to stress, the body’s cells begin to use oxygen more quickly. Oxygen plays a central role in the creation of energy, and a lack of oxygen can result in feeling very lethargic. Oxygen is alkaline-forming in the blood and maintaining a slightly alkaline blood ph helps keep us healthy. Whenever the body functions in a state of low oxygen, it is much more susceptible to illness.
Baltic amber jewelry is not a “cure all” however, has been a proven benefit the lives of many!
How to experience maximum benefits from wearing your Baltic Amber:
Amber must make direct and continuous contact with your skin, i.e tucked underneath a shirt, not on top.
The amber should be worn as much as possible with exceptions. Adults. 24 hours a day – 7 days a week (except when showering and bathing)
3.Children. Necklaces should be removed from the neck when the child sleeps. Some parents find that moving the necklace from the neck to the child’s ankle still help benefit night teething. You can do this by double-wrapping the necklace around the ankle and clasping. You may also place a sock over the foot to keep the necklace stationary and warm for the healing elements to flow.