Tales From a Southern Mom recently had the pleasure of working with Hazelaid, a company that specializes in Baltic amber and hazelwood jewelry.
If you are not already familiar with the benefits of either amber or hazelwood, they fit into an aspect of holistic medicine that I find particularly fascinating. I initially found out about amber necklaces shortly after the birth of my first child, when she cut her first 2 teeth. Everyone has heard stories, or experienced for themselves, that teething is not exactly a pleasant experience. Ours was no different. As a parent, all you want is to relieve your child’s suffering, but yet you’re torn because you don’t want to fill them up with a bunch of chemical medicines either. My more seasoned mom friends recommended that I put an amber necklace on my daughter, and I never noticed when she was teething after that (until she cut her molars anyway). So I can testify to the power of amber.
In a nutshell, amber works by releasing a chemical compound (succinic acid) that is an antinflammatory, which is then absorbed into the skin and blood stream. It has been used for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for pain. Amber is formed from fossilized tree sap. It is used to treat headaches, migraines, teething pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel, and any ailment caused from inflammation. Generally, it takes a few weeks to notice full benefit, but in my experience a difference is noticeable within a week. Well, to be fair, you probably won’t notice a difference until you take it off and realize how much good it was doing you!
Not long after, I was able to get a good deal on an adult amber necklace. I’ve always thought it was pretty, so i treated myself. I’ve been a migraine sufferer since college (around, ahem, mumble mumble 20 years). And I also at that point suffered from near daily headaches that were just sort of a part of my daily life, along with the migraines about 3 times a month. As a busy mom with a 4 month old I put it on, smiled at myself in the mirror and promptly pretty much forgot about it except to take it off during showers. Until one day I suddenly realized that i couldn’t remember the last time i had even had a slight headache. It had been months. And then my mission began. To find a reliable source for quality amber at a reasonable price, and to get the word out to everyone I encountered who could benefit from it.
After I had seen the miracle amber had performed on my daughter’s teething pain, and being elated at not having any migraines or headaches myself in over 3 months, I decided to try amber out on my husband. He is a mechanic, a former rock crawler, motorcycle rider, race car driver and all around daredevil who more or less lived life to the fullest and beat his poor body up as much as he could for the first 35 years of his life. He was certain that amber wearing was a bunch of hippie hoakum, but agreed to give it a try. After the first week, he took off his necklace and forgot it on the nightstand when he went out of town for a business trip. He came hobbling home and promptly swore he would never take it off again. We gave my Mother in Law (who broke her hip) and Father in Law (who has had multiple back surgeries) each an amber necklace and they also had similar pain relieving experiences.
Basically everyone agrees that while Amber doesn’t eliminate the pain altogether, it greatly reduces the pain- drug free. Which is a huge bonus in my book.
For the purposes of this review, I tried out an adult amber necklace for myself, one for my husband and a hazelwood and gemstone necklace for my 7 month old daughter who has had persistent eczema on her cheek for months- pretty much since about October when the weather started to get cold and dry. My Mother in Law also elected to “play along” and bought herself a new amber bracelet and a hazelwood necklace, as she suffers from roseacea and gastric reflux.
Hazelwood comes from the hazelnut plant, and is renowned for its properties in combating ailments caused by acid in the body- in particular, skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, roseacea, teething pain, and a variety of gastric complaints including reflux, ulcers and chronic heartburn. Hazelwood is extremely high in antioxidants.
Our jewelry arrived in good time, and I was excited to open the packages. My adult ombre amber necklace is stunning, with a beautiful variegation of amber “bean” shaped beads which are dark in the center of the necklace, and fade to a lemony yellow at the ends. I couldn’t be happier with it. Each bead is individually knotted on strong multistrand thread, so even if it were to break they wouldn’t go everywhere. Obviously my 7 month old likes to pull on jewelry if she ever finds the chance. The clasps are cleverly crafted to blend into the necklace, they are the exact same color as the amber beads, and are threaded with a screw closure. My husband, being a big man, requested the 22″ green amber necklace and I found the quality of his necklace to be equal to that of the one I received. My husband loves the longer length as it lays nicely under the collars of his shirts. My only dissatisfaction with his necklace is that the beads are on the small side, and I was expecting them to be larger given that i was ordering the longer length for a man. To be fair, it was not advertised as a man’s necklace. If in the future Hazelaid were to create gender specific items, I would snap up a men’s 22″ necklace with “rugged” looking beads. Finally, my daughter’s hazelwood and peridot necklace is really beautiful. The gemstones are very high quality, and the necklace is also well crafted, being strung on coated wire with a built in breakaway and a lobster claw clasp. My Mother in Law was also very pleased with the appearance of the bracelet and necklace she purchased.
After wearing our pieces I can report that my gorgeous necklace was a big hit with the baby and the 2 year old who both wanted to play with it- and it held up well. It also held my headaches at bay. My husband reports that his new amber necklace is doing a better job at relieving his all over joint pain much better than his worn out old one, and he is less able to predict the weather with his body. My mother in law has had a COMPLETE resolution of her roseacea and reflux and has within the 2 months she has worn her necklace been able to completely go off her meds for both conditions. My 7 month old baby has had a reduction in her eczema, although it has not gone away altogether, it no longer looks angry, nor does it bother her anymore (she used to scratch at it constantly), and I am better able to control it with soothing creams.
My whole family highly recommends both amber and hazelwood jewelry, and very highly recommends Hazelaid for providing both a quality product, that is very attractive, as well as competitive prices.
Hazelaid is generously giving a 10% discount to ALL of our readers by using code tales10 as well as a $25 gift certificate to one lucky reader- please see giveaway below.
2/24/14-3/10/14 at 11:59 PM CST
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