Baltic Amber is an organic substance, a fossil resin produced by pine trees which grew in Northern Europe – from southern regions of the present day Scandinavia and nearby regions of the bed of the Baltic Sea. Baltic Amber formed over 45 million years ago, as the climate became warmer and trees started to exude big amounts of Resin. Scientists say that Amber is a fossil pine resin from this region that has achieved a stable state through oxidation.
Baltic Amber has been used since ancient times, making Amber Jewelry and ornaments, as an ingredient in perfumes and has long been used in Folk Medicine for its healing properties.
The colors of Baltic Amber ranges from bright yellow to dark yellow or brownish-orange, depending on its age and where it is found, in seldom cases it is either red or blue. Only a small quantity of Amber is clear, because of the effects of the sun, most of it is opaque. It takes an electrical charge when it is rubbed and develops a pleasant resinous smell when it is heated.
Amber warms to the touch and exudes a nice, relaxing fragrance in the palm of your hand. It is also the only fossil resin that contains 3-8% succinic acid (mostly located in the ambers surface layer), a powerful therapeutic substance with many applications for healing. Plants absorbed the Amber resin and plant leaves were often used as an antibiotic to heal cuts and or in plaster to dress wounds.
Theoretically, if a small amount of succinic acid is absorbed into the skin, it would trigger the body to react like you’ve taken a natural Ibuprofen, reducing pain and reducing inflammation.