Your Amber Questions Answered

          There are a number of questions regarding Amber and Amber Necklaces and Bracelets that come up frequently from our customers.  We hope you find the answer you are looking for below.  If not, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to answer any query regarding amber and how to use it. 

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Q. What is Amber?
A. Amber is the fossilized resin of trees.  40 million years ago, this resin was exuded by trees to heal damage to a branch or trunk.  The resin remained intact to become a fossil and still retains its healing properties.  

Q.  What is Baltic Amber?
A. This is amber from areas around the Baltic Sea in Europe.  Baltic Amber is the only type of amber you should use for healing.  It contains a higher percentage (8%) of succinite, its healing element, than amber from any other area.  We stock ONLY Baltic Amber, handpicked from reputable amber artisans with exceptional experience and knowledge.  View our Amber Collection.

Q. What do you do with it?
A.  It is worn against the skin.  The warmth of the skin against the amber will allow the body to absorb the healing element in amber - succinite.  Best results will be had if it is worn 24/7.    

Q. What will it do?
A. Amber has natural pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. It is particularly well known to help with the pain of growing teeth and with bone and joint pain. But its positive benefit does not end there.  Our customers have reported that amber has helped for many chronic conditions including skin conditions, migraine, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, repetitive strain injuries.  Amber can also help ease stress and promotes more restful sleep.  Read more...

Q. How does it help?
A.  Amber contains succinite.  This is a substance that is found in nature and in our bodies (in much smaller amounts than Baltic amber). Succinite acts as an anti-inflammatory and an analgesic.  Succinite is recognized by the medical world and is chemically manufactured today by the pharmaceutical industry for use in immune system medications among many applications.  The healing benefit of Amber has been known about since ancient times.  Amber has been used throughout Europe for generations.

Q. Do you chew it?
A. No, it is not to be chewed.  It helps when worn against the skin continually.  In fact, the item or the amber might break if it is put in the mouth and could cause a choking hazard so the wearer should be supervised. 

Q.  Will they pull it?
A. Amber is very light - so light it can float on salted water.  It is also warm, not like a stone.  Because it is so light and warm and has rounded edges, it is very comfortable to wear so is seldom noticed after a few hours.  If you tuck it under their clothing a few times, they generally become used to it and forget they are wearing it.  

Q.  What will happen if it gets pulled?
A.   Our products are threaded on cotton.  If they are pulled hard or caught in something, they will break.  If they do break, only one bead will come loose because they are knotted between each bead.

Q.  What happens if a bead is swallowed?
A.  The amber beads we sell are small enough to simply pass through the system without causing harm.  They are not toxic. 

Q.  How old should you be to use it?
A.   Amber itself can be used at any age.  However, EU Toy Directives mean that because of the make up of the products of small parts, they are not recommended for children under 3 years.  Previously, they were sold under a use under supervision label.  Learn more about Amber for Children.
 

Q.  Should I take it off while sleeping?
A.  To maintain healing, you can put amber  around the wrist or ankle for sleep time, wound around twice.  Amber works best when in constant contact with the skin and won't help if continually removed. 

Q.  Are they safe?
A.  We recommend that amber is used under supervision   A necklace can be used on the wrist or ankle, wound around twice and tucked under clothing, especially at sleep time.  Please get in touch for more information.  They are not suitable for children under 3 years.  

Q. Should you see an effect immediately?
A. We have heard back from some parents that they noticed a difference in little ones within a half hour.  But it can take up to a week for others.  Also, the bigger the body and the extent of the problem, the longer it can take to see a difference.  Just like taking a food supplements, you will not feel an immediate effect.  We ask adults to commit to wearing it for 3 to 4 weeks. 

Q.  How long will the amber work?
A. Amber  is good for roughly 2 years, depending on how it is cared for.   It can become brittle and faded over time, especially if exposed to soaps and creams, perfumes, chlorine or heat.  Please check your amber occasionally for signs of wear and tear. Buy your replacement amber here.

Q. How should I clean it?
A. Just dip in warm water and rub dry with a soft cloth.  Plain water will not harm the amber but washing agents/detergents may so take it off while in the bath or swimming pool.  Do not let your amber come in contact with hot water or a hot radiator.

Q.  Why are they different colours and shapes? 
A. Amber comes from nature in a range of colours from transparent through the colour spectrum to black.  If it is genuine Baltic amber, it contains 8% succinite and all colours works in the same way.  It comes naturally in different sizes and shapes.  These are graded and categorised to make different products.  You can choose which you think will look best. The choice is purely aesthetical.  Because amber is natural, every product is unique and different. 

Q.  How do I know if it is genuine Amber?
A. We here at www.ambersos.com buy only from reputable suppliers directly from the Baltic area.  We test all our deliveries to ensure it is genuine amber.  It is not in our interest to sell anything other than genuine Baltic amber because we want you to be happy. Read more...


Q.  Can adults use amber for healing?
A.  Amber can be helpful to adults for many complaints such as headaches, rheumatism, insomnia, thyroid problems, throat problems, ear problems.  At Amber SOS, we also stock Amber Bracelets and Amber Necklaces for adults. Read more.....

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