The warm glow of copper has been seen everywhere in the past few years as this beautiful metal has become the essential way to update your home and space by bringing glamour and style into your life with its rosy glow.

Yet the use of copper in and around the home to enhance our lives and wellbeing is neither a current trend nor anything new. Copper has been used for thousands of years and was the first metal to be worked by man on a relatively large scale, partly because it is found in such large pure ingots in natural states in so many different areas around the world. The Copper Age, known as the known as the Chalcolithic Period lasted from about 3500 B.C. to 2300 B.C. and pre dates the Bronze and Iron Age. It was the first metal to be used and brought huge changes as man moved from stone to metal. 

Whilst copper was initially used for tools and for storage vessels, the medicinal qualities and properties of this natural metal were soon found and explored. Copper has been used for medicinal purposes as far back as ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome as well as in the ancient Aztec civilization.

An ancient Egyptian medical text, known as the Smith Papyrus written around 2400 B.C., mentions using copper as a sterilisation agent for drinking water and wounds. Another ancient text, known as the Ebers Papyrus written around 1500 B.C. mentions the use of copper for headaches, trembling of the limbs, burns and itching. The island of Cyprus provided a readily available supply of copper to Greece and also provided much of the copper needed for the empires of ancient Phoenicia and Rome as well, resulting in the Romans calling the metal ‘cyprium’, which then became known as ‘cuprum’ and then copper in English.

Hippocrates, often known as the father of modern medicine, mentions copper as a treatment for leg ulcers associated from varicose veins. The Greeks also sprinkled a powder of copper oxide and copper sulphate on open wounds and treated wounds with a mixture of honey and red copper oxide.

The Roman physician Aulus Cornelius Celsus 14 – 7 A.D. wrote in his book, De Medicina, Celsus, that copper and its derivatives were firmly established as important medications. He writes of numerous uses for copper, along with specific instructions for the preparation of the particular form of copper recommended for each disease or condition. Among his specific directions are a copper oxide mixture made with raisin wine, saffron and myrrh and a copper mixture made with rose oil for chronic ulcers.

Pliny 23 – 79 A.D. described a number of remedies involving copper. Black copper oxide with honey was used to kill intestinal worms and purge the stomach. Copper nose drops were used to clear the head, eardrops relieved ear discomfort and infection, and taken by mouth it relieved mouth sores and ulcers. Diluted copper mixtures were also used for eye pain.

The ancient Aztec civilisation also used copper for medical purposes, including gargling with a copper mixture for sore throats. In ancient India and Persia, copper was used to treat lung diseases. Copper compounds such as malachite and copper oxide were used on boils and other skin conditions. 

In Ayurveda,
the science of life,
they have a long
tradition of drinking
water from a
copper vessel.

The first recorded observation of copper’s role in the
immune system in modern times was during the
cholera epidemics in Paris of 1832, 1849 and 1855
when it was reported that copper workers were
immune to cholera.
In 1885, the French physician, Luton, used copper
acetate in his practice to treat arthritic patients. For
an external application he made a salve of hog’s lard
and copper acetate
Copper, Cu is element number 29 on the Periodic Table
of Element and is an essential mineral found in plant life
and in the human body. It is the third most abundant
trace mineral that can be found in the human body. The
liver and the human brain contain the largest amount
of copper which is why it is so important to learn to
control and have a healthy flow of copper in the body
for optimum health of mind and body.
You need to have some trace copper in your diet
to help maintain your equilibrium and one of the
easiest ways to do this is with food and water as
the precious metal is easily able to enter our bodies
this way and then helps to maintain the chemical
balance within our cells. The richest sources of
copper are red wine, chocolate, cocoa, legumes,
nuts, especially Brazilian nuts and seaweed.
In Ayurveda, the science of life, they have a long
tradition of drinking water from a copper vessel.
The ancient Smritis texts mention the granaries
and storehouses of copper and a Shivalinga made
of copper. This continues today, the Siva temple
at Rameswaram stores water from the Ganges in
a copper vessel which is then given as an o!ering
to Lord Siva.

According to the ancient science of Ayurveda,
copper has the capacity to balance all three doshas
in the body namely Kapha, Pitta and Vata. These
bodily humours or doshas can be balanced by
drinking water that has been stored in a copper
To get the benefits of copper this way, you need
to start your morning with Ushapan, or a daily
morning drink of water. Prepare the night before by
pouring water into a pure and clean copper jug or
mug, store it somewhere cool but not in the fridge
as it needs to be room temperature. Make sure it
is covered if it is not in a jug and keep it overnight,
it needs to be in the copper vessel for 8 hours.
Drink the positively charged water early morning,
first thing when you wake, wait 45 minutes before
having a hot drink or any tea or coffee. Only drink
first thing in the morning, as that is more than
enough to reap its benefits. As with all things in
yoga and Ayurveda, it is all about balance. Wash the
copper pot regularly with fresh lemon to maintain
the cleanliness and antibacterial properties of the
copper without changing its properties.
Copper is an essential micronutrient when it comes
to keeping our blood, muscles and joints healthy.
Whilst you can easily use the healing properties
of copper in the diet it can also be absorbed by
the skin, directly into the bloodstream. The body
is able to store copper and use as required, so a
consistent flow of copper into the bloodstream will
not cause any harm. The use of copper bracelets
for the treatment of arthritis has existed for
thousands of years. In Ancient Greece, the use of
copper bracelets was recorded to relieve aches and
pains, similar to arthritis.

Copper is an essential micronutrient when it comes to keeping our blood, muscles and joints healthy.

Copper has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
properties, which are both thought to help joint pain.
Copper is generally worn on the opposite side of
your dominant hand; so if you are right handed,
wear your jewellery on the left hand to help
balance you out.
Copper also acts as a conductor when worn on the
body and will help the healing effect of any stone
when both touch the body. Any stone set in copper
or used with copper will have an enhanced energy
field. It even enhances the energy of silver and
gold. So if you have a favourite gemstone or crystal
that you want to use or work with, get it set into
copper to enhance its effects even further.
On an energetic level, wearing copper can help
you improve your awareness and expand your
consciousness. As a great conductor of energy it is
useful for all types of spiritual work and is a lovely
way to help balance the chakras and meridians. It
has been used for thousands of years for healing
and is a wonderful tool to help connect you to the
earth and ground you.
So try bringing some healing copper into your
home and into your daily life and you will soon
start to feel the effects of this beautifully natural
healing metal.