In ancient times, water was as much a possible stored in copper vessels. Indeed, water kept in this way remain fresh much longer. Drinking our morning glass of water from a copper cup, as per the tradition, has many benefits over the long term.
Water stored in copper vessels becomes a real “elixir of life”. Purified, this water helps to regulate digestion and the cardiac rhythm. It is the basis of a personal harmony such as practiced since Vedic times.
Keeping your water of the day in a copper jar or bottle overnight, or at least for 4 hours, makes the water becomes positively charged and acquires healing and purifying qualities. If water contaminated by bacteria is kept in a copper jar for 16 hours, the amount of harmful bacteria is considerably reduced. The water must be kept at room temperature and not refrigerated.
You will notice that such a water, kept in copper vessels, will taste more fresh than water stored in a glass bottle at the same place – not to mention water stored in a plastic bottle!
A copper cup or jug is an almost indestructible household item. Make sure to buy only the greatest purity and highest grade of copper (more than 96% pure copper).
According to Ayurveda, water stored in a copper vessel has the ability to balance all three doshas in your body, (vata, kapha and pitta). The water stored in a copper vessel should be consumed after storing the water in a copper vessel for at least eight hours. This water never becomes stale and can be stored for long periods of time.
Effects of Copper on Water
• Copper surfaces kill 97% of hospital ICU bacteria that can cause infections, resulting in 40% decrease in the infection rates. Many hospitals are taking steps to reduce such infections by equipping their patient rooms and operating rooms with copper alloy surfaces, replacing bed rails, tables and door knobs.
Such alterations have helped reduced the number of healthcare-acquired infections in patients by more than half. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered copper as the only solid surface material to kill bacteria that may pose a threat to human health.
• Drinking a glass of water from a copper vessel (at room temperature) flushes the kidneys and the gastrointestinal tract.
• Copper is a good tonic for the liver, spleen, lymphatic system and thyroid gland, which slows down aging. Full of strong anti-oxidant and cell-forming properties, copper fights off free radicals, one of the main reasons for the formation of fine lines on your skin. Copper also helps in the production of new and healthy skin cells that replace old dying ones. Both these properties make copper a sure-fire way to beat fine lines.
• Copper aids in the production of collagen, which leads to wrinkle reduction and increased skin elasticity
• Copper strengthens hair and nails and improves the circulation of blood, increasing energy, detoxification, reducing inflammation, stabilizing metabolism and improving oxygen use.
• Copper helps to heal wounds faster – copper has immense anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.
• Copper produces melanin (pigmentation of eyes, hair and skin) in our bodies
• Copper is also known to strengthen your immune system and aid in the production of new cells.
• Copper stimulates your brain – Copper actually helps in the synthesis of phospholipids that are essential for the formation of these myelin sheaths.
• Copper is an antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic that prevents cell damage and slows aging.
• Copper helps in formation of new cells, iron absorption and synthesizing phospholipids that are essential for myelin.
• Copper removes bacteria and impurities from water due to what is called the ‘oligodynamic’ effect- the antimicrobial properties of certain metals.
• Copper helps neutralize toxins, ionize and balance the pH in water making the water fit for consumption.
• Copper is a mineral that improves oxygen usage and assists in improving mental agility.
• Copper bands placed around the wrist or ankles have been used as far back as ancient Egyptian times to help in the treatment of arthritis, and to cleanse the blood of impurities. Today, many arthritis sufferers wear copper bracelets to relieve pain.
The 21st century is expected to see the emergence of all kinds of epidemics, in front of which allopathic (mainstream) medicine will be powerless and which will probably kill millions of people. Using copper vessels allows you to considerably reduce that risk.
The Memory of Water
In the last few years, much experimentation has been done to demonstrate what the ancients always knew – that water has memory. Water remembers everything that it coms in contact with. Human emotions especially influence the structure of water. Water has a “memory”.
Dr. Masaru Emoto and Dr. Kurt Wüthrich (Nobel Prize of Chemistry 2002) revealed their surprising discoveries on the memory of water. Their experiences demonstrated that human thoughts and emotions can modify the molecular structure of water. Considering that humans are made of 60-70% of water, the implications are huge…
Since water has memory, we are very concerned with how we store it. By keeping water in a copper bottle, it acquires a certain quality from the copper which is very good for your liver and your energy field in general. This is partly why earlier water supply used to be delivered through copper pipes and taps.
In order to make drinking water safe, water treatment plants use basic filtration systems to remove most contaminates. These systems make water safe for drinking – but they also destroy water’s vital life energy and drastically shift its natural pH.
By the time your drinking water arrives to your tap, after having traveled great distances through plastic water pipes, much negativity has happened to it and it has lost much of its vitality. Its energy is “dead”.
Copper jars and bottles recharge the vitality of your drinking water. It ionizes, energizes, and balances the pH, making the water “alive” again. This energized water is better absorbed by your cells and therefore enhances hydration.
While water has memory, it also can be restored into its original state. If you just leave this tap water undisturbed for an hour in a copper cup or jar, the negativity will undo itself.
This is also why the tradition tells us that we should not drink water or eat food from just anyone’s hands. We must always receive it from people who truly care for us. This is also why in ancient temples and in sacred wells, the priests gave us a few drops of water, which are impregnated with divine energies.
Use and Maintenance
Clean your copper by hand and absolutely avoid dish washers and detergents, which can cause oxidation and damage your copper vessel permanently.
Clean it by pouring a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar and a teaspoon of salt into the cup, stir it and allow it to stand for a few minutes and then wash off with plain water. Then, clean it with a soft cloth.
You can also use baking soda with water.
Do not use rough cleaners such as iron mesh, as it will scrape away copper from the vessel.
• Important: Never refrigerate copper vessels!
Other traditional Uses of Copper
• Copper and Ponds – Another traditional use of copper consists in throwing copper coins in the bottom of wells, rivers or ponds to kill harmful bacteria and improve the energetic quality of the water. Today, people mostly ignore the signification of this practice, and throw nickel or aluminum coins, which have rather negative effects upon the water!
• Copper and Bacteria – Traditionally, door handles were made out of copper, since copper surfaces kill 97% of all bacteria. Some hospitals and health centers have started re-using copper handles and saw a significant decrease of infections.