Amber

  • Historically worn as jewelry to protect against witchcraft, sorcery, and poisons.
  • Ancient Romans used it to cure headaches and throat infections; believed an amber phallus could protect against the evil eye.
  • The believed abilities of amber include: easing labor pains, keeping cool in the heat, remedying failing eyesight and earaches, and aiding in kidney and intestinal illnesses.
  • Jet is black amber and, historically, in Iceland, was worn as a protective amulet.
  • In medieval Europe, jet was burned to drive away evil spirits.

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