Amber stone is a fossil resin from tertiary coniferous trees, about which not everything is known yet. Mineralogy defines amber as a body of organic origin, chemically heterogeneous, endowed with specific physicochemical properties.
Radiesthetists call it a stone of life, because it can provide our body with life-giving electrons and negative ions. Amber in its original form, under normal conditions of pressure and temperature is insoluble in water, slightly soluble only in some organic solvents such as ethyl alcohol, petroleum ether or benzene. Amber may be light yellow to brown in colour, opaque or translucent. It often contains submerged residues of plants or animals. It has a wide melting range from 250-400oC. Chemically it contains about 80% carbon, 10% hydrogen and oxygen. The composition of amber varies and depends to a large extent on the place of origin and age. It happens that the composition of raw material from the same deposit differs from one another, so it cannot be used for identification. The polymeric nature of amber is responsible for its limited solubility. The insoluble polymer network contains soluble components which can be extracted with suitable solvents.
The energising properties of amber are present in unpolished, unalloyed amber, i.e. in its natural form, whereas research has shown that they increase significantly after its micronisation (grinding). It is important that the grinding of amber pieces does not cause a significant increase in temperature that accompanies the friction process. An increase in temperature can cause the amber to melt and lose its valuable properties. During grinding, free electrons are released from the amber mass and the smell of turpentine (karen, p-cymen – volatile compounds found in resin) is noticeable. P-cenium and monoterpenes, e.g. karenes, are connected with the main mass of amber by complex bonds in which free electrons with energizing effect are present. Breaking the bonds in the amber releases free electrons and aromatic components. The released amber energy activates the ATP (adenosine triphosphate) contained in the cells to act towards their renewal and increase biological activity. ATP stores energy necessary for all metabolic processes of the cell. It is produced in the respiratory chain. In the process of ATP synthesis, energy is stored and released in the process of hydrolysis. Increasing the stored energy in ATP improves our vitality.
The magical and healing power of amber has been believed since the earliest times. The amber pendants from the Stone Age preserved to this day are interpreted as amulets used in hunting magic by the prehistoric inhabitants of the Baltic Sea Region. They are most often in the form of tiles or round shields with geometric ornaments, incisions in the form of zigzags and dots, sometimes with stylized images of people and animals, as well as in the form of zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figures. The mysterious and inexplicable properties of amber, especially the power of attraction, must have caused fear and admiration of the primitive man. No wonder that such an extraordinary stone was attributed with magical properties. It was probably believed that taking an amber pendant or an animal-shaped figurine with you for hunting would ensure successful hunting. In the Neolithic period, amber sacrifices were made in front of houses as a protection of their inhabitants against all misfortunes (such a Neolithic version of insurance).
Natural medicine specialists believe that each of us is surrounded by an electromagnetic field. As a result of stress or illness, there is an excess of positive charges. Meanwhile, our body functions properly when there is a balance between positive and negative charges. It is thanks to amber, which produces friendly negative charges, that we can recover it. Research has shown that this stone contains many valuable microelements: silicon, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, organic compounds combined with iodine, volatile substances, resin acids. However, raw amber, i.e. unpolished amber, has a beneficial effect on our health. Then it has antibacterial properties, facilitates healing, lowers blood pressure, increases bile secretion, calms, activates the body to fight diseases and to regenerate.
The properties of amber are also used in modern cosmetics. Cosmetics containing amber are designed to care for tired skin, requiring a large amount of energy needed for cellular renewal of the skin. Energy is a source of life, so we draw strength and vitality from it. The skin first reveals its lack, losing its elasticity and radiance, it regenerates more slowly, signs of aging appear. Cosmetics containing amber improve hydration and lubrication of the skin, cause