Amber bead necklace

William with his necklace on
Praise God, our great Creator for all the beautiful and amazing gifts He has given us on this earth. I’m referring to things like mint tea for digestion, lavender oil for relaxation, ginger for depression, asparagus as an aphrodisiac, cloves for oral anaesthetic, dock leaves for nettle stings and amber for inflammation, the list goes on.  “Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the the green plants, I now give you everything” Genesis 9:v3
My mum first suggested that I try an amber bead necklace with William when he was cutting his first tooth. He wasn’t sleeping, continuously crying and not drinking or eating, I’m not sure who was suffering more, me or William!  But, I go to church!……..amber beads, isn’t that a bit dodgy? Like lining up crystals in a certain way to promote wellbeing, or feng shui to direct the right energy through your home? So, I did some research online, checked out the history of amber use, spoke to my friends and community group from church, prayed about it and the conclusion was, in my opinion; no, not at all like any of those things.

So, I purchased a necklace online and within a couple of hours of William wearing it he seemed calmer, happier and the redness in his cheeks had reduced.

So, how does it work? Quite simply, amber is a resin which when placed against the skin acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. Of course, you can use ibuprofen to help reduce inflammation, but the necklace works and is not a drug. “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow….their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing” Ezekiel 47v12

There will always be a debate among Christians about the use of ‘alternative’ medicines, natural remedies and even the use of many prescribed medications. But why the controversy? Is it because it’s a ‘bead’, considered a symbol, power or ‘special’ stone that promotes some attention, wealth or beauty? I would reply, “no more than that diamond engagement ring on your finger”. And, remember the wise men brought baby Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh as gifts, frankincense is a resin known for it’s medicinal and soothing properties. Myrrh, also a resin considered a wound healer because of it’s strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and was one of the burial spices used at Jesus’ death (John 19:39)

I found this paragraph on which talks a bit about alternative medicine within Christianity. “The maximizing of health is certainly in line with the Scriptures. The Bible is clear that we are to take good care of our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) as they are the temple of the Holy Spirit. There are many verses that speak of using “medical treatments” such as applying bandages (Isaiah 1:6), oil (James 5:14), oil and wine (Luke 10:34), leaves (Ezekiel 47:12), wine (1 Timothy 5:23), and salves, particularly the “balm of Gilead” (Jeremiah 8:22). Many of these treatments would be considered holistic today, as holistic medicine often shies away from drugs and surgery at least as first treatments. In addition, many Christians have benefitted from principles embodied in holistic medicine.”

This website,, talks about the wearing of jewellery, although I do not consider the teething necklace an item of ‘jewellery’ as such, I felt it important to make reference and not ignore the fact, it makes interesting reading.

I’d recommend amber to any of my mummy friends struggling with a teething baby, they are not a cure, but will take the edge off things. There are a lot of stockists online, obviously avoid the sites that sell ‘weird’ stuff too, genuine Baltic amber is what to look for and you should find one for under a tenner. They are not considered a chocking hazard and as long as you don’t start praying to the beads I think you’ll be Ok.

Check out this great site for more comments from Christian mummies on amber beads.


8 thoughts on “Amber bead necklace

    • My sister just sent me a necklace for Xmas. She is very much into crystals and such. It’s 15 in and rests at collar bone length. I’m going to give it a try. I have plates and pins in my ankle from an auto accident in 2013. Pain and swelling all the time. I will monitor the level of pain and see if it works.

  1. >There are loads of places where you can source a genuine amber bead teething necklace from, I got mine from Ginag911 off Ebay, she was able to answer some tricky questions about it being genuine and I was happy with her response. Will it give you sleep?….um possibly, it did for us, coupled with plenty of prayer. Thanks for reading my blog.

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  4. Great article, thank you so much for explaining it from a christian perspective. I was really iffy about it especially after talking to my very conservative christian mom. Now I’m at peace 🙂 Blessings!

  5. Just bought one for my two year old today, only thought after the fact that maybe it’s a bit dodgy for us as Christians, even though We use doTerra essential oils on the regular too. Modern medicine has its place of course, but I haven’t found any solution to my sons dribbling issue that has been present for most of his life thus far! Anyway this is encouraging, it’s actually stopped the dribbling already within half a day of using it! So stoked!

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