Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Crafting for Health: Stringing Hazelwood & Amber Necklaces with Kids

My hazelwood and amber beads arrived last night!  Exciting!  The kids and I thoroughly enjoyed making "magic necklaces" out of hazelwood, amber, semi-precious stones, and Czech glass beads.  The "magic" part is that hazelwood and amber have numerous health benefits and are great for kids and adults alike.  You may have seen this type of necklace being sold as a "teething" necklace for infants but the benefits of hazelwood and amber reach far beyond infancy.  Out of one strand of 3mm baltic amber beads and 50 hazelwood pieces we strung necklaces for all the kids last night, including the one in-utero, and two bracelets. 
Here's what you need:
Hazelwood beads (
Baltic Amber beads (
Other accent beads (glass or semi-precious stones)
Sterling Silver clasps
Crimp beads (optional)
Crimping tool (optional)
100% Natural Silk beading cord

Stringing the necklace:  Place a crimp bead on your silk cord, then place one end of your clasp, loop the free end through the clasp and crimp bead and crimp shut to secure.  Or, just tie your clasp onto the end of your silk cord and trim the excess.  String your beads in whatever pattern you like and repeat the process either crimping or tying to secure the second half of your clasp on the opposite end.  For children's necklaces make them approximately 12.5-13.5 inches long.  For infant's 11.5-12.5 inches.
The branches of the hazelwood tree are known to neutralize acidity in the body when worn next to the skin.  This is especially useful in alleviating symptoms of teething, digestive upsets, and eczema in infants and children.  These wonderful beads can also aid in neutralizing a host of ailments related to acid imbalance in adults and children alike.  Including:
  • Skin problems (from acne to eczema)
  • Arthritis
  • Acid reflux
  • Digestive problems
  • Respiratory problems and infections
  • Ear Infections
  • Headaches
  • Muscular and nerve pains
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Nervous disorders
Baltic Amber contains high concentrations of succinic acid, which naturally occurs in the body and has many health benefits.  It is a natural analgesic and has anti-inflammatory properties.  Well known as a teething aid for babies, amber also helps sooth other inflammatory-related health problems including:
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive problems
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • and more...


Courtney Roybal said...

Thank you for sharing! I was lookig into hazelwood for myself and two little ones. We already have the baltic amber for my 6 month old and love it! I wanted to make my own since thats a nice hunk of change for 3 people and we will just have to buy more later! Thank you!

weareborgswife said...

What weight silk thread did you use? I can't find any locally and am not sure what weight to get?

Anonymous said...

Did the hazelwood and amber beads you got from these companies work well for you?

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