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These necklaces are made with beads of true Baltic Amber which historically has been used as a traditional remedy and curative for many ailments for centuries. Amber itself is a fossilized tree resin and when worn against the skin the skins warmth releases trace amounts of healing oils from the amber providing anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects – perfect to soothe a teething baby. This product is not meant to be chewed or ingested. Use under direct supervision.
“Amber is a water-soluble tree resin which has attained a stable state after various changes due to volatile constituents…it may take a year a thousand years a million years or more [to reach this state]. The geologist considers amber to be a fossil tree resin “fossil” meaning evidence of prehistoric life. The resin then must have exuded from the tree at least before recorded history. The purist places even more restrictions upon the term amber. For him “true amber” is that fossil resin containing as much as 3% to 8% succinic acid and coming from trees which flourished along the shores of the Baltic Sea as long as 60 000 000 years ago… In Pliny’s time necklaces of amber were worn to ward off tonsillitis and croup fever and other sickness. Ground up with honey and rose oil it was used for ear infections and for weak eyes. Together with gun powder it was burned as a fumigant in stalls which had housed ailing horses. For many centuries it was considered a remedy for stroke cramps and bodily aches. Even in the 19th century it was used as a salve for wounds thought to help attacks of hysteria considered an aid in women’s diseases and recommended to stop nausea. In Russia and Lithuania small children wore amber to guard against throat infections and to help with teething. In short amber served as a panacea for all ills.
Though amber itself has disappeared from modern pharmacopoeias succinic acid recovered from amber played until recently a specific role in the art of healing. Now succinic acid is produced synthetically and moreover has been supplanted by modern antibiotics. In the 1898 edition of the United States Dispensatory rectified oil of amber was listed for use internally as an anti-spasmodic and externally as a counter-irritant in attacks of rheumatism.”
Frondel Judith W. “Amber Facts and Fancies.” Economic Botany 22.4 (1968): 371-82. JSTOR. Web. 08 Oct. 2011.
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