Amber (hu po) October 09 2014

Amber is classified as a Chinese 'herb' although in its hardened, aromatic form it is no longer, strictly speaking, a plant.

Chinese Medicine Properties: calming, regulating, transforming

SCIENCE

The fossilized resin of ancient forests, amber is more usually thought of as a gemstone, and prized for its spectrum of golden hues.  The yellow color and heaviness of amber imparts a centering quality, according to Eastern theory.  It is regarded as supremely calming.

HISTORY
In ancient China, amber was burned as an incense during festivities.   In many parts of the East it is still commonly used for this purpose, giving off a sweet, pine-like fragrance.  The classical name for amber was 'electrum', referring to its electrical properties and its association with the sun.