Back in 1989, I injured my back falling off a horse and landing wrong. It ended up causing a 29 year battle with disc problems, neck inflammation that caused stiffness and chronic strain, and that was just the tip of the iceberg. Back surgery always scared me, and especially back then, it wasn’t something I was willing to risk. I always heard that with back surgery you either come out feeling like a new person or you come out in more pain than you started with.
Over the past nearly three decades I have tried every OTC solution the market came out with. I went to specialist in search of non-surgical options. The new millennium brought with it advancing surgical options, even same day procedures. None of these things provided permanent relief. Recently I was talking to my daughter about her pregnancy. She is suffering from debilitating sciatica issues and is limited on things she can try to relieve her pain due to the pregnancy. She said that while she was at her chiropractor receiving an adjustment, he told her about how amber is renown for its anti-inflammatory properties.
She had gone home and done some research of her own, finding that cultures near the Baltic region had used amber stones for centuries to aide in inflammation in the muscles and joints. Amber is made from the sap of conifer trees. When the sap is collected, the resin is then separated and turned into amber. The Baltic region has the highest content of succinic acid found in any other amber today, amounting to up to 8%, which is up to 4% higher than the average amber stone found elsewhere.
My next question was how does a stone help cure my back? When you wear an amber teething necklace for baby, your body heats the bead up and pulls the resin from the amber. The oil is then absorbed by the body and into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, it acts just like a natural form of Ibuprofen. I wasn’t convinced. I have had this issue for 29 years. If Ibuprofen was going to work then I would have been better ages ago. I ordered an amber necklace for myself and my daughter. If it worked then it would be the miracle I had been praying for, but if it didn’t then it was just a few bucks and some time spent on research that I wasted.
Two weeks later we both received our necklaces and started wearing them immediately. I chose a raw cherry colored bead for myself and then a polished lemonade color for my daughter. The only time you should consider color is if you’re purchasing a polished necklace. The polished surface of the bead makes it pull the oil from the bead, and lighter variants of amber contain higher traces of succinic acid.
My daughter has experienced skin sensitivities since being pregnant and other mom’s have suggested polished stones for this reason. We didn’t notice any significant difference the first day, but by day two I had noticed that I had better range in motion. I called my daughter and asked her how her back was feeling since putting the necklace on, and she told me that other than being massively pregnant, she was already feeling better than she had in months.
By the end of the first week, we were both sleeping better, moving better, and our overall quality of life had improved. I feel that it’s no coincidence that after putting on the amber necklace we experienced pain relief that has lasted months. I have never experienced this kind of pain relief while on OTC medication or specialized physical therapy, much less something that I didn’t even have to take. I am a believer in the natural healing powers of amber. My own mother always told me that mother knows best. Turns out mother nature had the secret all along.
Jenn Sanders currently works as a marketing assistant at Baltic Wonder, a company that is dedicated to the health and well-being of infants. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor adventures.