Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Baltic Amber

Little Buddha Baby!

Brady seems to be teething. There is lots of drooling, he moves his lips around like they are bothering him and oh, one other thing...everything is going in his mouth. I am not a big fan of orajel. No real reason, I just have an issue with numbing my child's gums? Again, don't know why...just one of those crazed parent things, I suppose. I have tried gripe water which is known to help with many things from teething to upset stomachs. I was looking though for something even more homeopathic. And no, Mom, this isn't voodoo. Hahaha....

Baltic amber from the Baltic region is a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory stone that when worn on the skin releases minuscule amounts of oil. These healing oils help babies stay more relaxed and calm. Its known to reduce acidity in the human body in a totally natural way. It helps reduce common symptoms of teething such as swollen gums, diaper rash and fever.

The Baltic region has the largest known deposit of amber. Also known as succinite (this term is used because Baltic amber contains 8% succinic acid which is what people attribute its healing properties to) this amber is produced by a few types of trees and is also found on the seafloor.

Amber has been used for healing purposes for ages. It was known to be used in the time of Hippocrates in ancient Greece for a wide variety of treatments. Prior to WW II, it was used primarily in Germany for, what else...teething babies. Nowadays, it is used worldwide for a more natural way to find comfort from various aliments.

The amber teething necklace was something I came across while researching "natural ways to help a teething baby." These necklaces are designed just for babies. It is the right length so it cannot be put into their mouth while wearing it. While Brady wears it I am always supervising him and he NEVER wears it while sleeping. He doesn't even seem to know its there.

Now...is it actually working and alleviateing Brady's teething pain? Not sure...but it sure sounds good and makes for some cute pictures!

This website has lots more information on Baltic amber....really interesting!

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