Copper Water: How it Changes Water and its Benefits

                                                                 


                   How Copper Changes the Nature of Water


Copper is a metal that slowly reacts with water. There is no instant reaction but slow reaction. Copper slowly dissolves in water forming a mild alkali which raises the pH slightly. You just have to put water in a copper jug and leave it for 8 to 9 hours. The general practice is to store the water in copper ware overnight and drink on empty stomach in the morning.

When you store water for just 3 hours in copper jugs it is enough for killing the harmful bacteria. The ionizing property of copper is the reason for creating a substrate which kills the bacteria. The water is also beneficial for nervous and skeletal issues in the body. Ayurveda also mentions that copper has electromagnetic properties which enhance the prana Shakti in the body. The water stored in the copper vessel overnight is called Tamara jal by Ayurveda which literally means copper water viz. “Tamara” – Copper and “Jal” – Water.
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Even if you are storing the water in a copper vessel for one or two days the water remains fresh. This is due to the fact that bacterial growth in copper vessels is not possible due to anti-pathogen nature of the metal.

Drinking water stored in copper jugs overnight and then drinking the same has been mentioned and recommended in Ayurvedic texts. Ayurveda goes further and talks about the why question also.

•    Copper makes water pure – This statement in Ayurveda has been reiterated by modern research. Copper has the unique property of killing the pathogens and making water safe for drinking.

•    Washes the stomach – It is a fact that drinking water in the morning from a copper tumbler helps to wash the gastrointestinal tract which includes the stomach.

•    Helps in reducing fat – Copper charged water works on the fat molecules and breaks it down. This broken down fat is easily absorbed in metabolism. Thus it helps in fighting the most dreaded modern ailment – Obesity.

•    Copper helps in sharpening memory – Copper is a known brain stimulant and hence is very beneficial for enhancing memory.

•    Strengthens Nerve tissue - Copper removes plaque from the inner portion of nerves and arteries and also helps the building of myelin sheath a cover around the outer walls of the nerves. This way it strengthens the nerves and prevents nerve related disease which includes heart problems.

•    Thyroid gland regulation – Thyroid is the gland most affected by the modern way of life and the pollution. Hence there are increasing problems of hormones which can be reduced by just drinking water from a copper tumbler.

•    Helps joint pain and arthritis – Copper helps to build new cells and iron and calcium absorption which strengthens the bones. People with joint pain when they have used copper charged water regularly have experienced relief. Similarly arthritis patients have also been helped by anti-inflammatory and healing property of copper.

•    Anti-oxidant – Copper helps to break down the free radicals which are responsible for ageing. So, helps the body remain younger for a longer period of time.

3 Homemade Solutions for Cleaning Copper Ware

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Summary: Copper tarnishing is a common problem with things made of copper. The green grime on edges or black spots makes the copper articles look bad. But the common belief that impurity causes it completely wrong. Pure copper reacts with water to form oxides which are the reason for the tarnish and spots. Hence alloys of copper like Brass take longer to tarnish. Generally metal clears containing VOC (Volatile organic compounds) like Formaldehyde are used to clean the copper articles. But these chemicals are harmful for human health. Many things present in home like lemon and salt can be used to clean copper effectively. 3 simple methods are illustrated in this article. Try them to clean your favorite copper ware.
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Copper vessels will tarnish over a period of time developing spots of oxidation. This is generally confused as the copper being adulterated. In fact, pure copper will tarnish quicker than impure ones. The reason is the chemical reaction between copper and the moisture (water) in the air. This is the reason copper utensils takes longer to tarnish in dry countries like Saudi Arabia, where moisture content of air is pretty low. The tarnish removes the shine of copper and the copper ware will look old. So, to restore the shine generally metal cleaning chemicals packaged as tarnish removers are used. These tarnish and stain removers contain harmful chemicals which can be detrimental for health. There are many homemade cleaners that are right in everyone’s kitchen. You just need to be aware of the ingredients and cleaning copper articles is as easy as drinking water. 
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Most of the products that are available in the market for cleaning copper contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is known to release fumes which cause irritation in the respiratory system, and can be the reason for short term and long term health issues. The various problems that can occur are asthma, allergy, nausea, damage of kidneys and liver and even the deadly cancer. Hence using natural elements to clean copper prevents exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Tomato Sauce/ketchup or salt and Vinegar – The easiest way to effectively clean copper ware is to use common ingredients found in the refrigerator. Tomato sauce is a great copper cleaner. The method of cleaning is very easy. Just rub some tomato sauce/ketchup over the stains using a soft cotton cloth and then rinse. You will get a nice shine following the cleaning. If you want to clean the whole copper surface vinegar and salt are a better option. You need to make a solution before cleaning. Boil 90 ml water with 30 ml white vinegar with a table spoon of salt to make the cleaning mixture. Use a soft cotton cloth to rub the mixture all over the surface. Let the surface cool and wipe with a dry soft cloth to get shining copper surface. East isn’t it?
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Lemon and Salt or corn starch salt and lemon paste – For cleaning specific areas and bends salt and lemon is the best option. It does not require preparing a solution. Just slice one lemon and rub it over the surface. Now take some salt and rub after the lemon. Wash and rinse the surface to get the shine back and the tarnish gone. If want to have a polished surface use the corn starch, salt and lemon paste. Mix equal parts of corn starch, lemon and salt to make the polishing paste. Now apply all over the surface of the copper utensil. Rinse and clean with mild soap and warm water to get the strong polish.
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Baking Soda and lemon juice– Sodium Bicarbonate commonly known as Baking Soda is another cleaning agent for copper. Mix some lemon juice in the baking soda to make a paste and apply all over and rinse with warm water. If the tarnish is deep use only dry baking soda. Sprinkle it over the surface and rub with lemon peel to get best results.

These homemade solutions are not only cost effective but keep you away from harmful fumes of commonly used Copper cleaners. Try the methods to see that it is effective and healthy way to clean copper articles.

The story of Copper Mule Mug

Copper has been used for drinking fluids for thousands of years. The Indian yogis drank water from copper vessels which they carried with them. These vessels are known as “Kamandal”. People from all around the world used to drink in copper mugs and pots as Copper looked Royal due to its shine.
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There are many other instances of copper mugs been used for drinking alcohol particularly in America like the Virginia tankard which was a large copper cup. There was another copper vessel named the flagon which had the capacity of three cups. Following in the footsteps was the Moscow Mule a cocktail which was born in America and has its own copper mug. It was a Copper Moscow Mule Mug which made the drink famous.

Most of the cocktails have their own glassware from which it is drunk. Similarly Moscow mule and the copper mug are made for each other. The story started when John Martin bought a small distillery called Smirnoff for $14000 in the 1930s. Vodka as a drink was not that popular in America then. So John Martin found it hard to sell the drink. One day he was sitting in his friend’s pub called Sunset Strip and discussing the bad investment he had done in Smirnoff. His friend Jack Morgan the owner of the pub was also saying that he was unable to sell his stock of ginger beer. Another person had some copper mugs which she was unable to sell. So, these brains came together and the drink mixing vodka and ginger beer in a copper mug came into being. A dash of lime juice was added to give the tinge.
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The cocktail became a rage and sold like hot cakes. Smirnoff marketed the drink under the name Smirnoff Mule and most of the Hollywood stars starred in the advertising campaign. It was the largest selling cocktail in 1950-1960. It is still popular but in a vintage way, and still served in copper mugs. This is the story of the Moscow Mule.

Cleaning and Polishing Copper Ware

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Copper ware which includes copper utensils, jewelry, antique items and show pieces look the best when they are shining. However, copper is a metal that reacts with moisture in the air staining itself. Stained copper really looks awry. But it is not hard to clean the stains. It is rather easy using some things you can find at home. Today we will be taking one method of cleaning and one method each of polishing copper ware.

Cleaning Copper with Lemon and Salt

You do not need to buy expensive cleaners to clean copper ware. Both the articles are readily available in every home. Lemon and salt can work wonders in removing stains due to oxidation of copper. 

Cut the lemon in the shape of a wedge. Now dip the wedge shaped lemon into salt. Now gently rub the lemon on the copper utensils you are cleaning. As soon as you start cleaning you can see the bright red metal gleaming from beneath the stains. Repeat the same method for the whole surface area. You will get shining copper Jugs after you have used the method on stained ones.
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After cleaning rinse the copper utensil with water and remove all salt. If the salt is left behind it causes corrosion of copper. Now you need to dry the copper to prevent the re-tarnish. Another way of preventing re-tarnish is rubbing a bit of lemon after cleaning and drying.

Polishing Copper with Flour and Vinegar

There are many polishing materials that are available in the market for polishing copper and brass. However, they are not good for health especially if you are using the copper ware for cooking. So, does it meaning cookware should not be polished? No way, copper when polished looks really nice. There is a homemade recipe for polishing copper using wheat flour and vinegar.
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Once the copper ware is cleaned using salt and lemon you can use this to polish. It is very simple. Mix flour and vinegar to make a paste and rub using a paper napkin. Now slowly remove the coating after sometime using a soft wet cloth. Then dry using a paper towel or newspaper. Your copper ware will look shiny as new.