Today is a wonderful day, isn’t it? 🙂 And this wonderful day we will continue our discussion about the most interesting and unique gemstone on Earth – amber and its healing properties. So, Amber Healing Properties, let’s begin.
Honestly saying, I am a type of person that is very skeptical about alternative medicine. However, at the same time, I cannot ignore the available and wide-spread stories and comments from people who claim that amber has a huge positive influence on human health and soul. And here is one of the many comments about healing amber from all over the web that you can find in this post (scroll down for more):
Amber is one of the world’s oldest and most desired treasures, a “Gold of the Sea” masterly created by light and life, preserved by time and washed upon the shores for humanity to treasure it as a talisman of beauty, amulet for protection and renewal. Through centuries it inspired discussions and arguments, occupied mind of the best ancient and medieval philosophers and scientists.It has been portrayed as drops of the sun, tears of the gods, hardened honey, and sunlight solidified, and is as desired today as it was in the most ancient cultures, utilized as far back as the Stone Age for its pleasing warmth of color, value in adornment, its magical, medicinal properties and amber uses. You can learn more about history of amber in our post.
So, what is amber used for and what is amber good for?
Amber Health Benefits
The amber healing properties became famous and widely used thanks to Hippocrates (460-377 BC), father of medicine. In his works, he has described various medicinal amber effects, amber qualities and methods of amber application that were later used by scientists until the Middle Ages.
Amber belongs to a small class of organic gems, neither a crystal nor a mineral, but a biological product of nature, a protective resin that oozed from living trees in dense, prehistoric forests and fossilized over millions of years. It is highly prized in the metaphysical world for its energetic and healing properties, and for the marvelous Life Force it carries.
Modern amber healing properties science finds that amber is almost completely made with useful elements for the human body: iodine, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, cobalt, barium and aluminum.#Amber is almost completely made with useful elements for the human body. #AmberHealing Click To Tweet
Property 1: Curing ENT Disorders and Insomnia
In Ancient Rome, Calistratus, famous physician of those times, wrote that powder of amber mixed with honey cures mouth, ear, nose, throat (ENT) and eye diseases and taken with water cures stomach illnesses. Medicinally, it was ground into powder and mixed with water, oil or honey and used as an elixir or made into an ointment for curing deafness and poor eyesight, fever and stomach distress, asthma, gout, rheumatism, wounds and infections, epilepsy and the plaque. Such a numerous amber health benefits!
Pliny the Younger noted that Roman peasant women wore amber medallions not only as adornments, but also as a remedy for “swollen glands and sore throat and palate.”It was actually believed and still is that amber is a natural purifier, esteemed for its ability to draw pain and disease from the physical body, as well as the mind and spirit, by absorbing negative or stagnant energies and transforming them into clear, positive energy. This is probably why, amber is seen as perfect remedy against insomnia – clearing your mind of restless thoughts allowing you to have deep and refreshing sleep.
The first studies of the theory “Amber as a Remedy for Insomnia” appeared in the twentieth century. Unfortunately, it is not clear what were they based on, so I can not show you any real amber healing properties science. But. And this is a strong but, I can show you the reviews of people, who felt themselves amber effect on their sleep.In Belarus, amber has served as a means against insomnia for centuries: raw pieces of amber were placed under a pillow or were suspended at the head of the bed.
Property 2: Antispasmodic, Tranquilizer and Pain Reliever
As with any popular gemstone that has a long history of use in various cultures, amber has accumulated its share of mystical properties. Amber was considered the “soul of the tiger” in Asian cultures and regarded as the stone of courage. Pieces of amber were carried for protection during long travels, as well as used to treat jaundice. But amber qualities were not limited to that. So, what else is amber used for?
In Asian countries “amber syrup”, a mixture of succinic acid and opium, was used as a tranquilizer, antispasmodic and antiseptic. And here you may have some real amber healing properties science and scientific explanation to healing amber. Antiseptic amber qualities as well as antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory amber effect come from the chemical properties of the amber resin. Here is a short explanation of the conditions under which these chemical properties appeared:
Amber is a mixture of hydrocarbons, composed of several tree resins (mostly of an extinct Pine genus, or in some areas extinct Hymenaea species), plant materials, a volatile oil and succinic acid. Amber is not formed from tree sap, fluid that circulates through a plant’s vascular system, but from resin, an aromatic, semi-solid substance secreted though the plant’s epithelial cells.
It is produced as a protection mechanism to draw off disease and injury caused by insects and fungi, heal over broken branches, or to ward off stress produced by rapid growth. As resins of the ancient forests filled internal fissures in the trees, dripped and oozed down the outer bark, they trapped insects, spiders, annelids and other small organisms, pieces of wood and plant matter, feathers and even hair. They then began to harden by losing their volatile components, and over time the forests fell and were carried by rivers to coastal regions where they were buried by sediments and became part of the ocean floor, or were re-positioned elsewhere by other geological events.
Therefore, when initially formed, amber resin acts as a natural embalming agent with both drying and anti-microbial properties and being buried in the ocean for millions of years it absorbed various useful healing microelements. You should know that from our post – What is Amber. So, ground into powder it is effective when dealing with internal and external wounds.
Ancient Egyptians actually used pine resin as an embalming agent, and doctors in the War, lacking anything else, would sometimes slap tree resin on a wound as a disinfectant and saved lives that way.When it comes to amber pain relief, it is a result of widely known amber necklace benefits for babies.
As late as before World War II, especially in Germany, Baltic amber beads were put on babies to make the eruption of teeth less painful and make the teeth grow stronger. This is, in fact, continuously practiced by nowadays mommies. And not surprisingly, there are hundreds of reviews from moms saying that their children were feeling way better after wearing amber. Here is one of them:
You can easily find these reviews by yourself. There are hundreds and hundreds of them. And this actually makes me believe that they work! There are many posts explaining amber necklace benefits for babies and how do amber necklaces work, but, please, PLEASE, if you decide to use this method, read the information we give you below.
AMBER AND TEETHING – WARNING
Currently, there is little to no scientific evidence about the influence of amber on teething process. Yes, succinic acid itself has been proved to have positive influence on person’s body, but no studies are done about amber so far, unfortunately. Some people say that it all can come due to the reason that pharmaceutical companies are not interested in these kinds of research, because, well, if you start healing yourself with amber stones, who are going to buy pills? But I am not here to discuss any conspiracy theories and etc.
I am working for international amber wholesale company Nammu for almost two years and hear a lot of questions about amber and teething and my bosses, running this company for almost 10 years, heard them thousand times more probably. Through this all time, I was actually wondering, what makes people believe in healing amber if there is no scientific evidence? So, I have asked some of our more open customers and the answer I got is surprisingly simple – what actually makes a lot of people to believe in amber healing properties is the fact that it has been used in healing for centuries.
We would like to say to our customers, who are buying teething necklaces – Check following cautionary guidance and warnings issued in various countries throughout years so you will have all available information while making a decision to buy teething amber:
DO NOT let children chew on them as in case of break it may cause the accidental choking that can be lethal. Remember, amber teething jewelry items are made to wear, but not to chew!
DO NOT let children wear amber unsupervised even for few minutes as it may cause accidental strangulation.
DO NOT let children sleep or take naps wearing amber.
For safety reasons, many people put amber on the baby’s ankle and tuck them under their sock, works the same. But make sure the baby is distracted when you put on an amber necklace or bracelet or anklet, so he/she simply is not aware of its presence. Some people, for even more protection, sew on amber pieces under the collar of baby clothes, in a sleeve or in a sock.
What we would suggest to insure the highest safety of babies if you decide to try amber for teething, is that amber bracelet and necklace to be worn by mom. Succinic acid in human’s body is being accumulated naturally in saliva, blood, sweat and breast milk, so it can easily be transferred to baby without any risks during simple feeding. Please, love your babies and be responsible!Since we covered the subjects of amber and teething, let’s continue our discussion about the amber healing properties for adults.
The amber solution is not new to mothers and others who look for natural healing. Amber products are sold in local pharmacies in many European countries including Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, where amber has been respected for its medicinal qualities for centuries. Here is one more review for you proving the amber pain relief ability:Amber oil permeates the skin very fast, penetrating deep into the tissue and exerting a positive influence, leading to the introduction of the majority of negative ions. It improves blood circulation and eases muscle pains. Amber oil and pieces are used for massage.
Property 3: Improves Immunity and Cellular Metabolism
In Lithuania and in tsarists Russia, nannies had to wear amber beads to help them with teething and to protect themselves and babies from diseases. It may seem that it had no real influence, but we now know that it is not true. So, how do amber necklaces work and why amber was so widely used in medicine?
The answer is based on amber composition. If you want to know more about it, check our previous post on What Is Amber. In its composition, amber has a substance – or ingredient – called Succinic Acid.
Succinic Acid is found in many contemporary plants and is a common and indispensable food ingredient. However, deficiencies of Succinic Acid are frequent as it is rarely found in nature. Even unripe gooseberries and rhubarb stalks, which are the richest in the acid, contain a thousand times less of the acid than the amber.
In the 1930’s and 40’s, European biochemists’ discovered that succinic acid is an acid created naturally in every cell of the body capable of aerobic respiration, participating in the citric acid, or Krebs cycle. This is how carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are metabolized into energy.Current research shows that the unfavorable environmental conditions prevailing today block the natural flow of energy-related processes in cells. Blocks affect cellular metabolism and significantly weaken the immune system, but the natural energy of amber is able to stimulate its renewal. Furthermore, research held at the University of Hamburg, Germany confirmed the safe and positive effects of succinic and fumaric acids in cellular metabolism.Succinic Acid in #Amber positively influence immune system and cellular metabolism. #AmberHealing Click To Tweet
This is also confirmed by research carried out by a Kaliningrad-based doctor, Nikolai Moshkov (2002). He obtained fast and fully effective therapeutic results by rubbing very fine powder from pure energizing amber into the ill places (head, spine, thyroid gland, chest, limbs).
Property 4: Fastens Healing and Strengthens Body
Worn for centuries as a natural remedy for pain relief, amber was used to promote fast healing and to boost the body’s own immune system. Amber has been at the center of many scientific studies which clearly indicate that its therapeutic properties are very significant.
Succinates contained in amber are very effective after long-lasting illnesses and injuries. They make it possible for the patient to regain immunity to disease as well as intellectual fitness complete with the ability to concentrate. Amber uses its succinic acid for renewing the nervous system and balancing the right and left parts of the brain.
Succinic acid is also a valuable product for sportspeople. It is not a stimulant improving one’s effort on a single event basis, but rather a stimulator of a balanced, comprehensive development.
Do amber necklaces work? They surely do!
Succinic acid was also analyzed by the pioneer of modern bacteriology, the Nobel Prize winner, Robert Kock (1886), who confirmed its positive influence and discovered that there is no risk of the accumulation of surplus amounts of Succinic Acid in the human organism, even after the introduction of considerable amounts into the body.
You may ask, how amber can influence humans’ body and here I must say that currently, there are two different thoughts as to why wearing amber on the skin can have soothing and calming effects on both adults and teething children.
One thought suggests that when amber is worn on the skin, the skin’s warmth releases miniscule amounts of healing oils from amber which are then absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. The other theory is based on scientific findings, which have shown that amber is electromagnetically alive and produces certain amounts of organic natural energy.
Property 5: Anti Aging and Antioxidant
Nowadays, pharmaceuticals preventing the aging of human cells, use succinic acid as an inhibitor (an agent slowing down or totally stopping the loss of) of potassim ions and an antioxidant. Therefore, the acid may be called a scientifically described, modern elixir of youth. Amber is a powerful anti oxidant that helps fight toxic free radicals and disruptions of the cardiac rhythm as well.
Property 6: Psychological, Emotional and Mental Healing
In addition to physical healing, amber is believed to possess magical properties that provide a lot of pleasant changes on the psychological, emotional and mental levels.
As it was already somehow mentioned at the story, I told you at the very beginning of the post, amber can influence people’s emotions. Amber heals and supports the emotional body by drawing off the negative energies that steal one’s optimism and drive for life, and replaces them with an empowering frequency conducive to positive change. It is ideal for those battling suicidal tendencies, addictions, or who struggle with depression, anxiety or seasonal affective disorder to see light at the end of the tunnel.Bright energy of #amber brings cheerfulness and strengthens the belief in oneself. #AmberHealing Click To Tweet
Bringing balance and stability to one’s life, Amber encourages patience and flexibility. Its warm, bright energy promotes cheerfulness and trust, and strengthens the belief in oneself. Amber stimulates the intellect, improves short-term memory, and enhances the understanding of messages from one’s past to assist in decision-making and moving forward in life. It is a great tool for transmitting dreams into reality.
Property 7: Chakra Healing and Balancing Energy
If you’re familiar with Chakras, you might find it interesting to know that the gold and orange shades of Amber stimulate the Navel or Sacral Chakra. It controls the flow of energy and is the center of gravity of the body. It is the center of the Life Force of the body, and controls the flow of information from the body to the mind and from the mind to the body.
Gold or orange crystals are used to unblock the energy flow and restore one’s sense of balance, understanding and appreciation of life. When the Sacral Chakra is in balance one has grace, feels pleasure in life, and experiences the flexibility to “go with the flow” and do so in good spirit.
The yellow hues within Amber activate the Solar Plexus Chakra, the energy distribution center and the chakra of relationships. When physically balanced, it provides the strength to fight infections, frees one of allergic reactions, and utilizes nutrients ingested. If the Solar Plexus is spiritually imbalanced, one may feel fear – of the disappointment or displeasure of others, or to subordinating one’s life and pleasures to the will of others.#Amber activates the #SolarPlexusChakra and #SacralChakra. #AmberHealing Click To Tweet
Property 8: Protection from Negative Influence of Electrical Equipment
If you were attentive enough in our first post What is Amber, you should know that amber has an electromagnetic property of attracting pieces. In fact, the term “electricity” actually stems from the Greek word “electron” which is the Greek name for amber because it can store static electricity. Check the post to know more details.Wearing #amber protects from negative influences of electrical equipment. #AmberHealing Click To Tweet
One of the side effects of each electrical device work is the electromagnetic field generated near its workplace. All organisms, including humans, are exposed daily to the influence of different types of this field, characterized by various physical parameters.
The influence of these fields onto the humans body is still debated. However, it is now clear that they negatively influence sleep, specifically melatonin and cortisol secretion. Both these hormons regulate a wide range of processes throughout the body, including daily body rythms, metabolism and the immune response. The problems of their generation are traditionally causing worsenings of sleep and insomnia, excees weight and weak immunity.
Due to its electromagnetic property, amber, as it is currently believed, can ease the negative influence of electromagnetic fields. Wearing amber may protect us against the negative influences of electrical equipment like computers, televisions, mobile phones and microwave ovens. So, possibly, due to this property people now widely use amber for insomnia tratement and immune system improvement.
Property 9: Eases Chronic Conditions
Few amber customers reviews, I’ve came across during preparation of this posts have reported that amber has helped them for many chronic conditions including skin conditions, migraine, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, repetitive strain injuries. What I can say in this regard is that amber oil is widely used for massage and is, in fact, recognized as very effective, especially for all rheumatic diseases.
Property 10: Amber Spiritual and Color Energy
Amber belongs to a small class of organic gems, neither a crystal nor a mineral, but a biological product of nature, a protective resin that oozed from living trees in dense, prehistoric forests and fossilized over millions of years. It is highly prized in the metaphysical world for its energetic and healing properties, and for the marvelous Life Force it carries. Amber holds a strong connection to the sun and earth, as well as the once living insects, organisms and plant matter that are forever suspended within its golden structure. It attunes to ancient wisdom and can be a powerful tool for past life recall, or for stimulating the remembrance of genetic lessons and experiences passed down from one’s ancestors. It is useful for clearing family patterns, and initiating one’s prerogative of choice
This may not be strictly related to the healing properties of amber, but I still believe that this might be interesting to some of you. In some fields, amber is perceived as a powerful protector, aligning one’s everyday self to higher spiritual realms.
It is believe to be a valuable tool for tapping into ancient wisdom, and for recalling past lives, whether a regression from this life or from a past life, in order to break negative patterns or to gain a better understanding of how past experiences can better assist one now.
In other fields, amber is associated with the color energies of Gold. Gold color rays bring success, enthusiasm, happiness, and power. It is traditionally the color of kings, riches, and the sun.
Gold touches a deep part of our minds, conjuring up images of mystical places and adventure. Light Gold crystals provide us with the simple pleasures of life – cheerfulness and contentment, while Dark Gold crystals have a deeper, more pronounced sense of devotion and commitment, providing us with a mature enthusiasm and ability to share a lifelong commitment of care and love.
And now, after knowing all this information, you may ask – What should I do to benefit from amber healing properties? I will tell you that in detail in our next posts. Subscribe if you don’t want to miss it.
But, being brief, if you feel attracted to the warm and wise energy of amber, explore the variety of amber jewelry and see if it makes a difference to your personal energy. As always, it is best to buy the highest quality you can afford and be sure to choose the natural, untreated amber versus synthetic amber.
Some of the best ways to benefit from the energy of amber are to wear it as jewelry or to have it as a small carving in your home decor.
Till soon, my dear readers. Hope you’ve enjoyed my today’s post. Open you heart to amber and it will change your life to better.
Please, remeber that we do not give you any medical prescriptions. Following post was made exclusively for informative purposes. In case of any health problems, consider visiting a doctor and use amber as a supporting measure. Wish you all an endless health and happiness!
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References: The Book of Stones (Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian), Crystal Vaults, Hazelaid.