Baltic Amber and Teething Relief

DSC_5291.NEFEven though over-the-counter medicines are probably the most popular forms of teething pain relief, they aren’t the only solutions. I recently found out about a natural—and beautiful—teething solution: Baltic amber necklaces.

Baltic amber is fossilized tree resin. It contains high levels of succinic acid, considered by some to have healing properties. Specifically, succinic acid may have analgesic properties. When worn as a necklace or bracelet, the skin’s body heat wicks tiny amounts of healing oils from the amber. These succinic acid-containing oils are absorbed into the skin and help relieve pain.

Baltic amber necklaces come in many different sizes. Just make sure your baby’s isn’t too big or too tight. Teething necklaces aren’t to be chewed on or put in the mouth. They’re simply worn on the skin.

You can find baby Baltic amber teething necklaces at online retailers. Whether they’re effective in relieving pain or not is something for you to decide. Many people have had luck using Baltic amber to treat everything from migraines to menstrual cramps; carpal tunnel syndrome to back pain. These claims have not been scientifically validated but keep in mind people have been using Baltic amber as a traditional remedy for centuries.

Another benefit of Baltic amber is that, hey, it’s pretty and your baby will look super cute wearing an amber necklace.

Do you have any experiences using Baltic amber? If so, we’d love to hear it.

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About Sarah Valek

Sarah Valek is a freelance writer based in Cleveland, Ohio. She has written numerous articles on alternative parenting and the challenges of raising a vegan child in a meat-eating world. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing and art from Ithaca College. She spends her days drinking soy lattes and taking her son bird-watching.