This is a sponsored Amber by Amanda review based on my own personal experience using these products.
OK, let me start off by saying that I am incredibly skeptical of almost everything. I spend hours researching things on the internet, trying to determine whether or not something is worth buying into.
Until I kept hearing a ton of my friends talk about it, swear by it, and strongly recommend that I try it, I was pretty sure that I would never try anything like Baltic amber. However, I really hate giving Baby J any medication that he doesn’t actually need, and given his 7 teeth popping up in a matter of just a few weeks – I was in need of new options! I prefer to use natural products if ever possible, however I am still a scientist by trade and I prefer research based FACTS and medical evidence to support my decisions.
So, the search began.
Before I gave it a try, I wanted to know a few basic things:
1. What in the world IS Baltic amber anyway?
Raw Baltic Amber offers a natural, drug-free alternative to the relief of teething pain in children. Baltic amber is a fossilized resin that contains succinic acid, which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal as a natural homeopathic product for children and adults alike.
Baltic Amber has been thought to:
• boost the immune system
• reduce inflammation (especially in the gums when worn around the neck)
• accelerate the natural healing process
• alleviate teething pain
• provide calming effects without the use of drugs
• serve as a natural pain killer (reduce or eliminate pain associated with teething, headaches, joint stiffness, etc.)
• treat discomfort linked to throat, ear and stomach irritations, as well as fevers and colds.
Baltic Amber is not just for teething babies, it’s great for adults who suffer from joint pain, stiffness, inflammation, allergies, insomnia, anxiety – you name it!
The more amber you wear, the more healing benefits the body absorbs. You simply put it on against your skin and let it do its job. As long as you keep it dry and against your skin (under the clothes), it will warm to the body temperature, release the succinic acid through the skin, and travel the blood system to be dispersed through the body and help what it can. The closer you wear your amber to you ailment, the more effective it tends to be. Which is why babies tend to wear amber around their neck to help with teething pain. Amber affects everyone differently. It can help with headaches for one person and not another. It can relieve wrist pain, lower blood pressure, balance a thyroid, or calm hyperactivity in one person, but do something completely different for another person. Some don’t even notice anything until they realize they are finding themselves healthier, as amber also acts as an overall immune booster. According to Amanda, the founder and owner of Amber by Amanda, “even my husband thought I was crazy at the beginning of my amber journey. He now fully supports Amber by Amanda, and he wears a necklace, himself. He even tells everyone how much it has helped to relieve his severe allergies. So, amber is for the guys, too!”
The key with genuine Baltic amber is making sure that the amber you are using actually is 100% genuine Baltic amber. Due to the recent increase in popularity, there are a ton of imitation amber products on the market made of copal, glass, fenolic resins, celluloid, casein, or plastic. That is whatis SO great about Amber by Amanda. She has a personal relationship with her manufacturer, and personally tests her amber to ensure that it is 100% genuine before she sells it. You can read more about her guarantee for 100% original amber and how to safely test the amber yourself here.
2. Is Baltic amber safe?
The FDA considers succinic acid to be safe, but many parents are still concerned about the idea of putting a necklace on their baby, and for good reason. I know my 10-month-old will put literally anything in his mouth – why would this necklace be any different? I was convinced he would pull it off and gobble it right up. Surprisingly, he didn’t. The necklace is short enough that he can’t fit it up over his chin, but long enough that I can tuck it into his shirt and he hardly even notices that it’s there!
More importantly, is this necklace a choking hazard?! The most important feature, other than the 100% guaranteed genuine Baltic amber, is the individual knots that are tied between each individual piece of amber. These knots are in place, tied with a cotton string, in order to break when tugged on too tightly. This is to prevent a choking hazard if the necklace were to break, and to ensure that the necklace does break if it were to get caught on anything. If you are uncomfortable wearing a necklace while sleeping and still want to receive the healing benefits of the amber while sleeping, Amanda recommends removing the necklace to double-loop it around a wrist or ankle. This allows you (or the baby) to still have the comfort of the amber during that time.
3. Does it work?
As it turns out, the jury seems to be out on this issue. This tends to be the case as far as most “natural” remedies are concerned. The research just isn’t there because the money needed to support these studies just doesn’t exist. What does exist are other moms with real experiences using Baltic amber jewelry. What better way to figure out how to survive a teething baby than to ask all of your mom friends who have already been through it!
Here are a few other mom’s who found the same success with genuine raw Baltic amber:
“Both my daughter’s have worn amber necklaces since birth. My girls have never had any teething issues – no drooling, no fevers, no sleepless nights. My husband is the science type and will not say for 100% that is because of amber – however, neither of us were willing to take them off to find out!”
Tessa from Mama Smith’s Blog
“I used a Baltic Amber necklace for my now 2 1/2 year old son from his first tooth at 4 months to his last tooth at 2 and it was an utter lifesaver! He was a really hard teether and was generally miserable until I started having him wear the necklace all the time. The last 2 teeth that came in, I didn’t even realize he was teething!”
Desiree from Wide Eyed Wonders
“We very rarely ever had to use a pain reducer or numbing agent when we used our necklace with our son. Teething was such a breeze compared to the horror stories we’ve heard! I swear by them!”
Suzanne from My Mama Adventure
“We are always being asked about my daughter’s necklace when we’re out and about. One day, a cashier at the grocery store asked the most commonly heard question,’ Does it really work?’ I told her that my daughter was currently cutting not one, but THREE new teeth. She looked at my happy smiling baby and stated simply, ‘Wow!’ Yes, they absolutely work! We are believers!”
Randi from A Modern Day Fairy Tale
“I was completely skeptical when I first started using Baltic Amber necklaces but my oldest daughter was cutting her back teeth while my youngest was sprouting five at once. It was awful, I was dealing with two cranky ladies at the same time and getting very little sleep so I grasped at straws, in the form of these necklaces. On the very first night, i noticed a significant change in temperament as well as the sleep schedule. Since using the teething jewelry, we have had zero issues with goobering, teething diaper rashes (which is the only time my children ever get them) or ear pulling and both girls have gone through the stage without upset. I wish I had found these sooner, as my boys had one heck of a time!
I highly recommend them.”
Alysia from My Domestic Dish
“We put a baltic amber bracelet on my daughter’s ankle when she was 6 months old. She cut her first two teeth right before 4 months old and we had no idea! She still wears it and we have only had one time where her teeth bothered her enough that we took notice. Otherwise, we could never tell when she was teething. I highly recommend baltic amber to all my friends!”
Leila from Life as Leels
Other moms seemed to agree, Baltic amber really does work! The medical evidence seems to be sparse, but personal experience seems to suggest that there might be something do this. Since there really seemed to be very little danger in using Baltic amber (I mean why not, it couldn’t hurt!), I was willing to give it a try.
I am so glad that I did! After only a few days of wearing the necklace I noticed a huge decrease in the immense amount of drool coming from my babies mouth, and his overall demeanor seemed to improve! Now it’s not magic, he is still a teething baby who is constantly chewing on everything he can get his hands on, he just seems a bit more pleasant about it. What really solidified it for me was when I took the necklace off for bath time (you should not bathe in your amber jewelry and should try to avoid getting gunky residue on it) and I forgot to put it back on. Since we really don’t think about it a lot, I tend to forget that it is there. He ended up going a few days without it and I swear he was totally moody for those few days! We immediately put it back on and decided that it’s not the time to test the theory!
Parents have had amazing success with genuine Baltic amber products for their teething babies, but Amber is also great for adults who suffer from any problems related to inflammation, stress, anxiety, and so much more. So this giveaway is NOT just for parents with teething babies. Amber by Amanda has an amazing website with a ton of great information about Baltic amber. Take a moment to check it out, and be sure to let me know below what you think!
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