On this page you’ll find all sorts of information about Hazelwood, how it works (theoretically), and how to care for it. If you get through this page and still have unanswered questions, please contact us!
Please note that all products & claims regarding properties & effects have not been evaluated by the FDA or Health Canada. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Information supplied is for general reference & educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional medical advice.
WHERE DO HAZELWOOD BEADS COME FROM?
There are eighteen different varieties of hazelwood plants. Our hazelwood beads are all from the Corylus cornuta or 'Beaked Hazel' shrub here in Quebec, Canada.
If you'd like to read more about this particular plant, Wikipedia has a great article about this variety which you can find by clicking here. The Corylus cornuta is native to Quebec, Canada, so this is a local product for us. All of the hazelwood necklaces you'll find on the market are using this particular kind of hazelwood bead; it's not known if other kinds of hazelwood have the same properties as the Corylus cornuta.
The wood itself that's used in making the beads is harvested sustainably, just the end of the twig is taken and it grows back good as new to be harvested again! No sprays or pesticides are used in the care of these plants, and many of them simply are wild-growing and 100% natural. There are no known allergy issues to this product because it is made with the hazelwood branch, not the nut. Measures are taken to ensure that the nut does not come in contact with the wood during manufacture. However note that most of the clasps that are used on these are silver plated nickel, and there are a lot of folks out there who are metal-sensitive. If you know or even suspect that your child is allergic to nickel, you may want to opt to get a solid silver clasp. You can find all of our listings that include a solid silver clasp by clicking here.
WHAT DO HAZELWOOD BEADS DO?
According to our own experience and the reports of our customers, hazelwood appears to help create a more alkaline environment in your body through direct contact with your skin, which may help to prevent and remedy many of the symptoms caused by acidosis (being too acidic) and by reducing free-radicals by having a high antioxidant effect through your pores.*
Customers have reported relief from skin issues such as eczema, as well as internal issues such as ulcers, acid reflux, heartburn, and teething pain. You can read customer reviews on specific product listings (such as this one) and customer testimonials regarding hazelwood's potential effect on skin issues and acid issues.
We've used it to successfully treat eczema, heartburn, and ulcers in our own family, and seen it change the lives of several of our close friends who were suffering from severe acid reflux. However we should note that our understanding of the exact mechanisms of how hazelwood interacts with the body are based on our observations and the theories of our suppliers. Only recently has scientific work began to further understand the potential benefits of the wood of the beaked hazel plant. So far one peer-reviewed paper has been published, which you can download for your reading enjoyment (it's pretty dense). Click here
*NOTE - More and more the research on this starting to point to the antioxidant effects as being the primary mechanism in hazelwood's actions on the body. We'll keep you posted as we learn more about how it works!
WHO FIGURED THIS OUT?
Aboriginals are believed to be the first to have discovered that they could put hazelwood chips on their babies' necks to soothe teething pains. This lost art was revived in the late eighties by a few families in Quebec who rediscovered the theoretical properties of hazelwood. Since then hazelwood jewelry has become more available as a product and has grown in popularity as word has gotten around through people who have experienced its benefits. Up until recently hazelwood jewelry was still largely limited to Quebec and Canada. We first heard of hazelwood jewelry through a friend from Quebec, and after our lives were changed, helped to first introduce hazelwood jewelry to the US. Click here to read more specifically about our experience and see before and after pictures! :)
OTHER COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT HAZELWOOD
Q: What do you recommend between a hazelwood necklace and a bracelet?
A: If you must make a choice between the two, we recommend wearing the necklace, the reason being that there are more hazelwood beads on the necklaces. It seems like more hazelwood that our customers have had in contact with their skin, the better the results. Having said that, many people still get great results from using a bracelet or anklet.
Q: How will I know when my hazelwood necklace is no longer working?
A: First, you may begin to notice the symptoms returning. You may also see that the extremities (or flesh) of the wood beads have started to darken. When either of these occurs you will need to replace your hazelwood. Note that it is the flesh darkening and not the outer bark that indicates whether or not the wood is worn out. If the outer bark darkens or starts peeling off, there is no need to be concerned. That's a natural occurrence and will happen sometimes with normal wear and tear.
Below is an extreme example of the flesh of the hazelwood darkening. Each necklace may or may not get as dark as this before needing to be replaced. The real guiding factor is the return of the symptoms.
Q: Is it possible for my hazelwood necklace to be worn out after one month or less?
A: Though it is uncommon, it is possible. In fact, that was our experience with our daughter with eczema. We found that her first necklace became used up much faster than average but that her subsequent necklaces lasted progressively longer. Our theory is that her first necklace had to absorb all the acid that had collected in her body up to that point in her life, whereas the subsequent necklaces simply had to absorb her current levels of acidity which enables them to last longer. We don't have any proof of this but it seems to be corroborated by our customer's reports of their own experiences.
Q: Are the child necklaces safe?
A: Yes, the necklaces have been specially designed with your child’s safety in mind, each with some form of a safety-release mechanism. Some have a barrel-twist clasp itself has a break-open mechanism. On all our other hazelwood styles, they will come open at the wire loop. In either case, if a necklace were to get caught on something, the clasps and/or wire loop will break open when a certain amount of force is applied (note that this is not repairable, so do not attempt to test). Since hazelwood is most effective when worn as much as possible, one option is to wrap the necklace around your child’s leg or ankle at night. That way they continue to get the benefit of wearing the hazelwood and you can rest easy as a parent knowing your child is safe. For adults, we also recommend that it be worn all the time, including at night to get the full benefit of the hazelwood.
SAFETY NOTE - No child under the age of three should wear a necklace without adult supervision.
*If you do have a safety mechanism triggered on any style of necklace that has rendered it unwearable, please contact us about securing an 'at-cost' replacement.
Q: What size necklace should I choose for my child’s neck?
A: The necklace must be a comfortable length for your child. You should be able to slip your two fingers between the necklace and your child’s neck. The necklace should not be long enough for your child to bring it to his/her mouth.
Q: Can we wear the hazelwood necklace in the shower or the bath?*
A: Yes, in fact water helps to keep the wood moist which seems to allow it to be more helpful. So wearing it in the shower or bath is actually a good thing. However, any water with chlorine will alter the life span and the efficacy of your necklace. We therefore recommend you remove the necklace at the pool.
*Please note that our Baltic amber necklaces and combination hazelwood-amber should not be worn in the bath/shower to keep from coating the amber beads with soaps/shampoos.
Q: Can I wear this necklace despite my allergy to metal clasps used with most jewelry?
A: Most of our metal clasp are either nickel or silver-plated nickel, and we’ve found that some people who have a nickel allergy can’t wear the clasps. If this is the case with your child, we have a few children’s hazel-gemstone and hazel-amber necklaces made with solid sterling silver clasps, which you can find listed here. Another option is to put a few coats of clear nail polish on the clasp or wrap the clasp with yarn (or tape for adults) so the metal is no longer in contact with the skin.
Q: Can I wear the hazelwood necklaces even if I am allergic to nuts?
A: Hazelwood branches are not in contact with the nuts of the hazelwood tree, the harvesters are particularly careful about this when gathering the wood. You shouldn't have allergy problems wearing the necklaces.
Q: The wood on my necklace is peeling off, is that normal?
A: Yes it's a natural occurrence and will happen sometimes with normal wear and tear.
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