Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am talking about teething time. That dreaded word, this feared time, it’s here and you would do just about anything to help ease the discomfort of your child (and have some relief yourself).
You scour the internet for answers, ask friends who have been through it, you might even turn to your mother or mother-in-law for advice. You are desperate!!
Relax. I am here to help! When my daughter first started showing the telltale signs of teething, I really wanted to avoid giving her Tylenol or Advil, and I certainly wasn’t going to be rubbing any kind of alcohol on her gums (thanks, Nana). I turned to the internet in search of something a little more natural, but had been proven effective. One of the first things that were brought up in my query was Amber and Hazelwood necklaces. Cool, I thought, something for her to chew on. It was then that I realized I had a lot of research and educating to do.
First thing is first: Amber and Hazelwood teething necklaces are NOT meant to be chewed. The relief for the person wearing them comes from the product touching their skin, and the specific properties of the amber/hazelwood being absorbed that way.
What is the difference between Amber and Hazelwood necklaces?
Amber: When worn against warm skin, Baltic amber (which is fossilized tree sap – not a stone) releases succinic acid, a natural pain reliever, immune booster, mood enhancer and anti inflammatory. This has been used for centuries as a healing tool and offers non-invasive relief to those suffering from pain, rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain/stiffness, headaches, frequent colds, stress and anxiety.
Hazelwood: Hazelwood is a traditional healing tool used by aboriginals to help neutralize the body’s acidity level. Wearing Hazelwood offers non-invasive relief to those suffering from acid reflux, heartburn, morning sickness, eczema, psoriasis, dental pain, headaches and migraines. It has also traditionally been used to relieve the symptoms of teething. These necklaces usually last 3-9 months. When the inner core of the wood turns from a light color to a dark brown, or when the edges start to turn dark brown, it is time for a new necklace.
I decided that it would be best for my daughter, Marley, to have a Hazelwood necklace, and we set out to find her one. Within a week or so of her wearing it, I noticed a big difference in her demeanor and even comfort level. Was it an instant, perfect fix? No, but then again, if there was one of those, people would be purchasing them by the box full. We were incredibly happy with the results we got from the Hazelwood, and were quick to suggest it to friends and family members, all with great feedback.
If you are interested in learning more about the necklaces themselves, or some input about Amber necklaces, check out this post from Lydia.
Have you tried the necklaces or have any questions about them? Leave us a comment!