Amber Aroma Therapy
According to the historical record, amber aroma therapy is probably responsible for saving many lives during the times of the black plague in medieval Poland. The aroma therapy practiced at that time was unintentional in that it was a byproduct of amber workers' daily routine.
A Dominican Monk, Albert The Great, born in 1193, called Natural Baltic Amber Succinium and stated that it was the most effective of the leading medicines of the time. In order of effectiveness he listed them as Succinium, ocastoreum, mors, camphor, tartarus, and aurum. Amber tinctures were made from beer, wine and water. People found them effective against everything from stomach aches to rheumatism.
When the plagues devastated Europe during the middle ages, amber was used for fumigation. Burning amber is both aromatic and irritating. And that is due to the high content of succinic acid in the smoke.
The Prussian Priest Matthaus Praetorius recorded that in 1680, "During the plague not a single amberman from Gdansk, Klaipeda, Konigsberg or Liepaja died of the disease"
Even today aroma therapists use Amber smoke to cure people.
The process is simple. Raw amber chips are burned or heated in a pot to the point that they smoke.
Polish amber has the highest level of succinic acid - the operative agent - of all the ambers so be sure to use Polish natural baltic amber chips.