|William with his necklace on|
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 http://www.gotquestions.org/ 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, http://www.scottseverance.us/ministry/jewelry.html, 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. http://www.scottseverance.us/ministry/jewelry.html
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.
Let me know your thoughts and experiences…..