Copper has an extensive history that can be traced all the way back to antiquity. Our ancestors understood the uses and benefits of copper and took full advantage of this metal with the technology that was available to them. Copper is a chemical element with atomic number 29 which means there are 29 protons and 29 electrons in the atomic structure. The chemical symbol for copper is Cu and is derived from the latin word cyprium named after the island of Cyprus.
I will be discussing the benefits of copper in a variety of forms including wearable copper, dietary copper, and the metaphysical properties of chrysocolla, cuprite and malachite.
Copper that has been woven into fabrics will help to prevent the spread of bacteria due to the anti-microbial property of this metal. Copper bracelets are fashionable and can assist in alleviating arthritis in the wrist and hand by opening the blocked energy flow. This metal can also be applied topically in order to boost the immune system, prevent infection, improve wound healing and speed up the healing process of tissues.
As a dietary supplement, copper is beneficial because it is essential for the metabolic function of all plants and animals, assists in the function of the cardiovascular system and bones, is a component of melanin, which provides pigment and sun protection to your hair, skin and eyes. It aids in the production of new cells, helping to replenish the top layer of your skin to produce a smooth and clear appearance. This essential trace element regulates blood flow and improves your circulation by maintaining iron levels in your blood, maintains a healthy red blood count, maintains adequate oxidation in your internal organs and is great for the digestive system.
Copper can also be found in many foods including beans, nuts and seeds, oysters, leafy greens, whole grains, soy, beets, avocados, cocoa etc. Our ancestors used copper vessels to purify and store water, but you can also ingest trace amounts of copper by using this ancient method. It is important to note that excessive amounts of copper can be poisonous so make sure you take only the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). The RDA for adults is 1.2mg/day and the intake of copper in adult males should not exceed 12mg/day and 10mg/day for adult females.
The metaphysical benefits of keeping chysocolla, cuprite and malachite within your auric field will now be discussed. Chrysocolla is a copper silicate mineral of secondary origin and is typically found as glassy botryoidal, rounded masses, or bubbly crusts. This mineral offers vibrational healing for the heart and throat chakras. It soothes the vocal chords and can be beneficial to singers, public speakers or sound healers. Chysocolla enhances the power of one’s voice, allowing for one’s point of view to come across more forcefully and clearly. It is also great for sore throats, laryngitis and support of the larynx.
Cuprite is a copper oxide mineral and it’s chemical formula is Cu2O. It can form as bright transparent red crystals or as lustrous, submetallic opaque crystals. This mineral is connected to the root and sacral chakras and offers vibrational support for healing lung dysfunctions, circulation difficulties, prostate, lower-bowel issues, or problems with the sexual organs. Cuprite is also good for female reproductive issues including painful and irregular menstruation or menopausal symptoms.
Malachite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral with a chemical composition of Cu2(CO3)(OH)2. It is typically found as stalactites or botryoidal coatings on the surfaces of underground cavities. Malachite is aligned to the solar plexus and heart chakras. This stone benefits the physical heart by emanating the healthiest energy pattern for it and by harmonizing the heart chakra. It aids digestion and stimulates stomach and colon function. Malachite protects one from threats to one’s physical well being and also helps draw toxins from the body.
Nate Ramski is a mineral specialist at Nature’s Own mineral collectors studio in Breckenridge. Since 1988, Nature’s Own has been a premier location to find fossils and minerals from around the world. Their friendly staff of geologists and rock enthusiasts are there to provide customers with knowledge on the thousands of pieces they offer. The collection at Nature’s Own is unmatched by traditional rock and mineral shops, creating an environment which serves the needs of amateur geologists, spiritual enthusiasts and serious collectors.
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