Warm greetings to all!
Sending love from the coastal city of Gdańsk! It’s a place dating back deep into medieval times and has changed hands quite a few times over the centuries (Polish, German, Prussian, a free state, Polish again…)
But even more so than the lovely architecture and intriguing history is the call of a local treasure. Gdańsk is most famous for the “gold” that washes up on it’s beaches- Baltic Amber
(@Christina4 already has a fantastic post about the mineral and magickal properties of Baltic Amber, so I’m linking it here for anyone interested)
We took some time yesterday to explore the traditional Old Town and found Mariacka Alley- aka “Amber Alley”. The entire street is lined on both sides with amber sellers and their shiny golden wares.
A display booth in ‘Amber Alley’
One of the shops and its displays of Amber jewelry and goods
Naturally, you can’t come to the City of Amber and not buy Amber! I’m usually pretty good about doing my shopping on the last day, but we ended up splurging and bought a couple goodies
Travel-sized vial of Amber shards
Couldn’t resist this sweet teeny tiny little vial of Amber- not sure where’s I’ll put it, but it just had to come home with us!
We also picked up the following, which I originally thought were just souvenir bottles of Amber (like the little vial), but are actually something a bit more… magickal in nature
Amber shards to make medicinal Bursztynowa- Amber Elixir
This elixir is a concoction that uses alcohol as a base. If you choose to consume alcohol, please follow local laws and drink responsibly.
Amber in Poland is said to be protective force- carrying a piece of Amber with you is thought to provide protection from harm and keep the carrier safe
One way that Poles like to use Amber is by making “Bursztynowa”- a concoction believed to draw out the magickal and medicinal properties of Amber.
A rough translation of the bottle’s instructions reads:
- Fill the bottle with an alcoholic spirit (this is Poland so vodka is the preferred alcohol)
- Allow the spirit to soak with the shards of Amber for 10 days, until it achieves a warm golden color
- Add 2-3 drops of the elixir to your tea daily
You can use the Amber in the bottle up to two times before it needs to be replaced.
The elixir is believed to aid with healing and speed up recovery for those who are ill, or protect those who already in good health.
This was the first time I’d heard of eating Amber, so I had to do a quick check Alas, there don’t seem to be many reliable sources about eating or consuming Amber as it’s certainly not something done often
So here is the necessary discalimer:
While Amber products are consumed in Poland, there is not adequate medical information available confirming it’s safety or dosage. If you choose to consume Amber or Amber products, please do so with caution.
While I am on vacation this week, I’ll still be popping in the forum every day to check on things and run activities as always Please be patient if it takes me a bit longer than usual to reply!
Do you have any Baltic Amber? Would you ever try a medicinal drink made from Amber? Feel free to share your thoughts!
Sending love and light from the City of Amber!
This post is an entry to the Weekly Witchy Challenge - Protective Magick