Copper and its use by Ancient Civilizations

Copper and its use by Ancient Civilizations

People in ancient civilizations used copper utensils for cooking and storing water. What was the reason behind the use of copper? Was it because copper can be easily extracted as compared to other metals? Modern research has revealed many interesting facts about the use of copper and its effects. Before bacteria were discovered, seers in ancient civilizations knew the anti-bacterial property of copper. Even the property of copper of keeping water fresh was known to the people then. That is the reason Egyptian civilization used copper vessels for storing water, and still today in temples in India water is stored in copper pots. This was not all mere chance, but the people of yore knew the magical properties copper had. So let us have a look at some of these properties.

Storing water – Millions of dollars world over are being spent on purifying and providing drinkable water. Water treatment plants are used for doing this, and ultimately these plants are not good for the environment.  A lot of water goes waste in RO and UV treatment. SO what is the answer? A research in Britain has substantiated that copper ion have the property of killing harmful bacteria. The research found that e-Coli the bacteria which cause food poisoning can only remain alive in copper vessel for four hours only. So, if copper ware is used for storing water, it can be purified of harmful pathogens without actually harming the environment or wasting good water.

Use of Copper in Yantras and Bracelets – Ancient Indian texts promote making Yantras and bracelets of copper and wearing them. Yantras are made on thin copper plates and was kept in the place of worship. The people of old knew that copper is a good conductor of heat and electricity (energy). When a copper bracelet is worn in on wrist it actually indicates the health of the individual. If the individual’s health is good copper will shine and if some illness occurs then the copper tarnishes. This is due to the body releasing more toxins and acids when it is ill and vice versa.

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