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Ancient Medicine: Resins and Gums — Amber

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Ancient Medicine: Resins and Gums — Amber

What may not be immediately obvious to those who use essential oils like frankincense and myrrh is that there is virtue that is lost when the resin is distilled. They are plant resins. They are created by plants to heal and protect against invaders, and that is why they are healing for us too. All of the resins.

When these trees are wounded they ooze these resins and the resins harden to protect the tree from being invaded by insects or pathogens. Additionally, they are usually bitter, which discourages animals from eating them.

Amber. Fossilized tree resin. I did not think I would get into energy medicine while looking this up, but healing energy is fairly foundational to any medicine. You have to have faith that a treatment will heal you. Aside from that, amber is used by those who believe in manipulating their body’s energy signature to provide balance.

A List of Uses for Amber

Amber is used for muscle aches and to promote a good night’s sleep. It is also used as an antiseptic: it’s a disinfectant that can be used to kill harmful microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, etc.), generally cleansing the body internally.

The succinic acid in amber gives is anti-aging properties, so it is good to apply the powder in a cream. It also fights free radicals. The warm scent is used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation.

Amber oil is used to increase circulation which is how it helps ease muscle pain. Powdered amber is used to boost the immune system by improving cellular metabolism. We do not know all the healing properties of amber, but it is reported to have been used by Hippocrates for a host of ailments including skin diseases, eye diseases, as well as throat & mouth issues.

Because amber improves blood flow (vascular dilator) it has also been used as an aphrodisiac in places like Russia. Just throw a chunk of it into a bottle of vodka and you have a powerful tincture for ED (move over Viagra).

It assists in wound healing for people just like it does for trees (surprise, surprise). It helps to treat and restore the throat, mucous membranes, gallbladder, joints, liver, bladder, kidneys, spleen, and stomach.

Burning Amber

The funniest thing I read was it has been used to protect against madness. And, people burn it to ward off evil spirits.

I have to interject here. I really do not think there are that many evil spirits in the world haunting us. We create most of our problems by getting our bodies out of order by taking in an abundance of unnatural substances through our skin and diets.

So, these “evil spirits” that amber smoke wards off are the feelings of stress and anxiety from a toxic system. Breathing the smoke from amber is similar to diffusing amber oil. The ancients before us used smoke. I, personally, do not feel smoke is as harmful as medical professors like to make it out to be.

It’s Electric

In Greek, amber is called “elektron” because when it is rubbed up against some fabrics it can create a spark. Energy can move through it. It’s so interesting that a piece of amber can exist for thousands of years without decay, and a substance in it (succinic) is used for anti-aging drugs.

It is also reported to protect against harmful EMFs. I have seen it for sale for that, but since I have not tried it out (and I have had problems with electrosensitivity), I will leave you to determine if you would like to buy yourself a chunk of baltic amber for that.

That’s all for today fam, ’til next time, stay warm and drink your resins:)

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