Monday, September 19, 2011

Teething, Anyone?

I've known about various natural remedies for teething for some time, and have tried a few different things to soothe my little guy, though as of yet not much has been necessary to ease him as he's done very well with the two teeth he has. The ones on the way, however, may possibly be giving him little fits for which I have no immediate remedy other than to hold him, nurse him, cuddle and kiss him, and apply a homeopathic 'Gum-omile' herbal blend to his gum-line in sparing quantities (even though it is alcohol-free).

Enter curiosity: I've been itching to try the Baltic amber remedy ever since I learned about it some months ago. And Baltic amber with hazelwood? I've heard that is a winning combination which will help to absolve, mitigate, or even totally dispel many ailments, aches, pains, acid reflux, etc., for adults and children.

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I'm hoping to one day try the Baltic amber and hazelwood products offered by Inspired By Finn as I've come to understand they verify and provide the sources from which they obtain their amber so that the buyer can know they've come across the real deal in healing amber, not just some knock-off that doesn't fabricate or fail to trace the origins of their product for you. IBF has come highly recommended on all the natural parenting sites I've come across, and from all the other sensible information dispensed and shared, I dare say this company has some credibility. My little guy will surely benefit from the natural healing and soothing properties when the stressful times of teething really set in for him (and me!).

How it works, as described on the IBF website:
Baltic amber is not a stone, but a fossilized tree resin.

Historically, Baltic Amber has been used in Europe as a natural and traditional remedy and curative for many ailments for centuries. Long ago it was considered one of the leading medicines of its time. Baltic Amber is the most esteemed amber in the world, and the healing qualities of Baltic Amber make it unlike any other type of amber found in the world.

When baltic amber is worn on the skin, the skin's warmth releases trace amounts of healing oils from the amber. These oils contain succinic acid and are absorbed into the skin.

Baltic Amber has some of the highest concentrations of Succinic Acid found in nature, and this is what makes it so special. Succinic Acid is a natural component of plant and animal tissues, and its presence in the human body is beneficial in many ways.

How can baltic amber help us?

* Pain Relief -

Baltic amber contains analgesic properties and helps take the edge off of many types of discomfort associated with dental issues, headaches, joint pain, etc.

* Strengthens the body's immune system -

In many different and subtle ways, succinic acid helps boost the body's own natural healing ability and immune system.

* Restoring Energy

The human body naturally produces succinic acid. The salt of succinic acid (succinate) is one of the most active substances in the processes of cellular respiration and intercellular energy creation. Succinic acid restores oxygen and energy supply to depleted cells and helps the body return to a normal, functioning state.

Succinate is a raw material and a catalyst in the Krebs Cycle which is one of our main sources of energy. During the Krebs Cycle carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are metabolized for energy.

* Maintaining Wellness -

When the human body reacts to stress, the body's cells begin to use oxygen more quickly. Oxygen plays a central role in the intercellular creation of energy, and a lack of oxygen can result in feeling lethargic.

Oxygen is alkaline-forming in the blood and maintaining a slightly alkaline blood ph helps keep us healthy. Whenever the body functions in a state of low oxygen, it is much more susceptible to illness.

* To help break a cycle of (chronic) inflammation -

Where chronic inflammation is present, disease lurks.

When the body's cells are chronically inflamed the human body's immune system response is to increase production of free radicals. Chronic overproduction of free radicals results in inflammatory-related disease. Chronic inflammation is a common denominator of many seemingly unrelated diseases.
While wearing a piece or two of baltic amber jewelry may not cure all that may ail you, it has been a proven benefit to many!

And a similar in-depth explanation of hazelwood can be found here: Hazelwood Benefits

So, there you have it! One of the many beneficial products I wish to utilize in the future while furthering my natural parenting 'career'-- the most wonderful and rewarding job I've ever had!

Thoughts on Baltic amber or hazelwood? Let me know in the comments section below!


Casey@LoveWhatIs said...

We have an amber teething necklace for my 11 month old. He has six teeth, and I have no idea if it works or not. He wears it for stretches and goes without it for stretches. I actually can't tell any difference.

I had several friends who swore they saw miracles when using them, so I was very excited to get one. I just don't know if there's a difference or not. I'm also not sure if I'd use one again. It definitely doesn't seem to be hurting anything to use it.

Unknown said...

We have a necklace from IBF and our son has worn it nearly constantly for 6 months now.

I cannot say for certain that it has helped with teething pain. When he was pushing only one tooth at a time, he seemed pretty good. But he most recently did THREE at once and life kinda sucked for everyone.

What I can POSITIVELY say is that his Amber necklace helps with the incredible drooling associated with teething. My kiddo was going through a dozen bibs a day to deal with the fountain of drool. But 30 minutes after putting on his necklace, and his chin is DRY! That makes it worth it to me right there!

EvergreenMomma said...

When my little ones are up in the middle of the night with a soar throat, I put on their amber necklaces and see them still uncomfortable, but able to sleep. It makes a huge difference, within 15 minutes they are out, poor tired dears. I also have used it for my own wisdom teeth coming in--they help with the ache, taking the edge off. It helped me cut back on the ibuprofen considerably, which is what a breastfeeding mother wants to hear when regulating what gets passed on to baby.