FAQ's

 

What is Baltic Amber?

Baltic Amber is fossilized tree resin from the Baltic region that dates from millions of years ago. Amber comes in a variety of shapes and colors, each one unique. 

The Baltic region generally refers to the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea in Europe.

                                                    

Why is Baltic Amber helpful?

Baltic Amber is a natural analgesic and healing agent containing succinic acid. Our bodies naturally produce succinic acid, which works like a natural ibuprofen.  When Amber is worn against the skin, your body warmth causes the amber to release oil containing trace amounts of the acid that your skin absorbs. When absorbed into the skin, it can relieve and/or help relieve symptoms of the following:

  • aches & pains
  • arthritis 
  • carpal tunnel
  • hand, wrist, and finger pain
  • joint pain
  • headaches & migraines
  • stress & anxiety
  • inflammation
  • pain & inflammation caused by teething
  • excessive drooling caused by teething
  • back & knee pains
  • pregnancy related pains
  • eczema
  • jaw pain & dental issues
  • TMJ
  • neck & shoulder pains
  • plantar fasciitis
  • fibromyalgia

It also promotes:

  • natural healing
  • quality sleep
  • immunity
  • overall sense of well-being

 

 What is a Youth necklace?

Youth necklaces are worn by children to promote restful sleep, help with teething pains, and used as a natural anti-inflammatory . They are worn around the neck, tucked under their clothes for skin contact.  They are meant to be worn by the child, they are not a toy or meant to be chewed upon. Always supervise your child when wearing jewelry and remove for napping, baths, and sleeping. 

Is it safe for my child? 

Our Baltic Amber teething necklaces are made with your child’s safety in mind. They are knotted between each bead in the rare case the string accidentally breaks the beads wont scatter.  There is also a child-resistant safety screw clasp that is designed to detach under excessive pressure (15 lbs or less). The beads are the size of a pea or smaller. Always remove the jewelry before bathing and before sleeping. Some parents will wrap the necklaces around the ankle and cover with a high sock while the child sleeps. As with anything, all children should be supervised while wearing the necklaces or any jewelry. The necklaces are not a toy and they are to be worn only, not chewed!

Does it really work?

Mothers of teething children have been using Baltic Amber for centuries to help with drooling, pain, inflammation, fussiness, nursing/latching, and sleep. All of our jewelry is guaranteed to be authentic, just read the reviews on our Facebook  page for yourself! If you purchase one of our items and are unhappy for any reason, contact us and return the undamaged jewelry within 30 days of purchase and we will issue you a refund (less shipping). 

Is a necklace or bracelet better?

If you have to choose we generally recommend a necklace over a bracelet/anklet. Necklaces have more amber beads which means more healing effect for your loved ones. Also, you want to wear amber closest to the location of discomfort. Some customers are more comfortable with an anklet/bracelet and we encourage you to stay in your comfort zone, they will still work great! 

How do I know what size youth necklace I need? 

You can measure their neck with a soft measuring tape or piece of string to see what length you're comfortable with. You do NOT want the necklace as a choker or too long they can get it in the mouth or get an arm in. Usually right under the chin is a good length. Most parents choose between 11"-12" for youth necklaces.  *Please note all children should be supervised at all times while wearing jewelry and the jewelry should be removed from the neck at naps and bedtime.*

Is there a difference between polished and unpolished?

There is a difference between polished and unpolished (raw) Baltic Amber. Raw amber is unprocessed and untreated therefore it's the truest form of amber. It contains an extra layer of succinic acid that has not been stripped due to polishing so it is the most effective. Polished amber will still work wonderfully so choose based upon which one you like. We do not sell a product we don't believe in or recommend. 

Is there a difference between the different colors?

Despite what you might have heard, all amber colors are the same in strength. However, raw (unpolished) amber is stronger than polished versions. This is why MacRae Naturals only offers raw amber at this time. We advise our customers to choose the amber that is most appealing to you visually- it all works beautifully!  Please note that amber and crystals are a God-made natural material, so variations in color and shapes are normal. 

Can adults wear Baltic Amber?

Absolutely! Baltic Amber has many great benefits for adults too, especially adults over 50.  It can help in relieving arthritis or joint pain, knee pain, back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, anxiety, inflammation, and  many more! Amber also boosts the body’s natural abilities to heal itself promoting immunity, natural healing,  overall well-being, and quality sleep.

What is Hazelwood?

Hazelwood is from the Corylus cornuta plant, also known as the Beaked Hazel plant. It is used to help with excess acidity issues such as eczema, ulcers, acid reflux, heartburn, and teething pain.

How does Hazelwood work?

When the Hazelwood is in contact with the skin the wood will absorb excess acid in the body until a balanced pH is reached.

How long will Hazelwood last?

If you notice the symptoms returning and/or the inside of the beads darken you will need to replace the jewelry. Do not be alarmed if the outer bark peels off, this natural and it can happen with everyday use.

How do I clean my crystal jewelry?

To cleanse your crystal jewelry you can: smudge (clean with sage), lay on a salt lamp,  or soak in cold water with sea salt. Another way to clean your crystal jewelry is to lay it out during a full moon. Avoid getting soft crystals wet, a few of them are: selenite, sodalite, lapis lazuli. Its a good idea to cleanse your crystals when you first get them and periodically. Read more about cleansing crystals here.

What makes MacRae Naturals different than the others?

We are a small family run business with a lot of attention to detail and providing outstanding customer service. We verify the authenticity of every piece of jewelry we receive before we even list it on our website, so all of our jewelry is guaranteed to be authentic. We also have a 30-day money-back guarantee on all non-custom jewelry. If you don't love your jewelry, return the undamaged jewelry for a refund (less shipping costs). Want to read reviews before ordering? Check out our Facebook page and read the amazing stories for yourself! 

 

CARE INSTRUCTIONS:

 

  • Avoid soaps, detergents, oils on your jewelry
  • Avoid rubbing or scrubbing your jewelry 
  • Remove all jewelry before bathing and swimming 
  • Your jewelry is fragile, please handle with care
  • To cleanse Amber, Hazelwood, and most Crystals soak in warm sea salt water for 2-5 minutes, rinse, and gently rub each bead with a soft cloth.
  • To cleanse or "recharge" your crystal jewelry you can smudge with sage or lay outside on a full moon. 

 


 SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS:

 

  • ALWAYS supervise your child when wearing their jewelry. 
  • Remove for bedtime and wrap around the ankle. Covering with a high sock can keep it warm and in place.
  • Jewelry should not be chewed on, it is not a toy and should be kept away from the mouth.
  • Buyer assumes all responsibility with MacRae Naturals jewelry, please use responsibly. 

 

 

 

**Please note: All children should be supervised at all times while wearing jewelry. The jewelry is not a toy and it contains small parts and can pose a choking hazard to children under 3. Our jewelry is NOT to be chewed upon or put in the mouth. MacRae Naturals is not responsible for any damage, injury, or even death that may result from improper use of our jewelry. Please enjoy responsibly!**

 

DISCLAIMER- WE ARE NOT DOCTORS AND CANNOT GIVE OUT MEDICAL ADVICE. CRYSTALS, AMBER, AND HAZELWOOD SHOULD BE USED AS A COMPLIMENT TO OTHER THERAPIES AND NOT AS A REPLACEMENT FOR REGULAR MEDICAL CARE.