AMBER - Key to Ancient Knowledge

Technically, Amber is not a gemstone or mineral, but a fossilized sap from prehistoric trees that have aged over millennia.  A fossilized tree resin (although not a fossil in the strictest sense of the term), Amber has been appreciated and valued for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times.   A notable characteristic of Amber is its inclusions that range from insects, pollen, leaves and other kinds of organic debris.  Besides termites and mosquitos, amber can contain many varieties of beetles, spiders, mites, and other arthropods. Sometimes, a single piece can contain many different kinds of organic inclusions.

Most of the world’s amber comes from a region formerly known as East Prussia and now known as the Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian enclave.Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objectsAmber is used in jewelry. It has also been used as a healing agent in folk medicine.

There are five classes of amber, defined on the basis of their chemical constituents. Because it originates as a soft, sticky tree resin, amber sometimes contains animal and plant material as inclusions.Amber occurring in coal seams is also called resinite, and the term ambrite is applied to that found specifically within New Zealand coal seams. Most amber comes from the hardened resin of ancient pine (Pinus succinifera) trees and other trees that have aged considerably.

 Amber  is  thus an organic substance well known for its  incredible inclusion of  insects that are embedded within it.  The highest value of amber is awarded for the pieces with insect inclusions—perhaps made more popular since Jurassic Park. Amber has been used in making jewellery for over 10,000 years,  earning for it the rare distinction of being the first ever gemstone used in making jewellery—an enduring fascination over  the millennia.  Besides jewellery, Amber is also  carved into artistic ornaments, inlays and  for use in everyday artefacts.

Amber is usually thought of as yellow golden in hue, but Amber also can be found in shades of milky white, red-orange, green, black and even (very rarely) violet.Early physicians prescribed Amber for headaches, heart problems, arthritis and a variety of other ailments. In ancient times, Amber was carried by travelers for protection. To the early Christians, Amber signified the presence of the Lord.  Asian cultures regard Amber as the 'soul of the tiger'.  The  Egyptians placed a piece of Amber in the casket of a loved one to ensure the body would forever remain whole.

The English word amber derives from Arabic ʿanbar  via  with Middle Persian ambar via Middle Latin ambar and Middle French ambre. The word was adopted in Middle English in the 14th century as referring to what is now known as ambergris (ambre gris or "grey amber"), a solid waxy substance derived from the sperm whale. In the Romance languages, the sense of the word had come to be extended to Baltic amber (fossil resin) from as early as the late 13th century. At first called white or yellow amber (ambre jaune), this meaning was adopted in English by the early 15th century. As the use of ambergris waned, this became the main sense of the word.

Key Signature EssencesCare ree, sunny disposition, good luck, success, transformative, memory  balances intellect, courage and protection from physic attack

Energy Centers/Chakras in the body:  Navel/Sacral - 2nd Energy center /Chakra,           Solar Plexus/Spleen - 3rd Energy center /Chakra,   Crown/middle of the brain/ Pineal gland  - 7th Energy center /Chakra.

The ancient Greeks referred to it as “electron,” which was associated with the sun.Good for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), elderly and those in recovery.  The “solar energies” that Amber embodies, make it a good choice for those who suffer from SAD during the short days of winter. It is suggested to be used for stomach, spleen and kidney complaints and joint problems. 

Amber has a substance – or ingredient – called Succinic acid, a powerful antioxidant. Succinic acid helps fight toxic free radicals and disruptions of the cardiac rhythm.  Succinic acid has been shown to stimulate neural system recovery and bolster the immune system. It may compensate for energy drain in the body and brain, boosting awareness, concentration and reflexes, and reducing stress. Baltic Amber contains 3-8 percent Succinic acid, a scientifically examined medical substance used in contemporary medicine.  

A common European remedy understood to calm a baby without having to use any form of antibiotic is a baby teething necklace found to remove pain and stress from the baby’s body and thus soothes teething babies.

 Amber, which is fossilized resin, warms against the touch of skin, and safely releases its therapeutic properties naturally.  It supports clearing of problems associated with the Navel Chakra, and draws physical illness out of the spleen, liver and other organs in the stomach area. These yellow resin stones help to relive stress and may also help to clear depression.  Amber aids the emotions and creates a more positive outlook on life.

Their role within the Sacral/Navel Chakra means that this is a strong stone to help one to enhance their creativity. It links the everyday self to the spiritual self, and is highly protective against any type of negativity, especially from psychic sources. It is known to be one of the better natural gifts from the Earth to use for protection from psychic attack. 

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