During a trip to Oregon this past summer my dear friend James schooled me on the healing and metaphysical benefits of drinking water from a copper vessel. Like so many things in life, the timing was perfectly aligned as I had recently purchased two beautiful copper cups from my friends at Individual Medley. I am a sucker for all things shiny and when I read the cups were antibacterial I knew they were coming home with me.
Drinking from a copper vessel, Tamra jal, is an ancient Ayurvedic practice. Before we had so many fancy water filters, people used copper for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. In Sanskrit tamara translates as copper and jal water. Tamra jal balances all three doshas and is typically consumed by yogis first thing in the morning as part of their daily meditation practice. Tamra jal has a host of health benefits including boosting immunity, conducting spiritual energy, and reducing inflammation in the body.
Cooper is an essential trace mineral that sustains life. Copper often acts as an antioxidant which reduces free radical damage in the body and promotes longevity. It is well researched that copper has a sterilizing effect and effectively kills bacteria. This is great news for those of us living in cities with less than optimal municipal water. Another main function of copper is to assist the body’s absorption of iron making both minerals essential to the body.
Keeping the body healthy helps you access spirit. Copper is a conductor and has the ability to amplify your thoughts and increase your channel to the psychic realm. Copper helps ground specific frequencies and opens the root and sacral chakras. In energy medicine copper is used to align the subtle energy bodies, reduce negativity in the mind, stimulate psychic communications (especially receiving) and clear blocks in the path of spiritual development.
It is recommended to store water overnight in a copper cup or jug and drink at least one cup first thing in the morning for maximum benefit. Water needs to be in the copper vessel for at least 16 hours. Use filtered or tap water. Enjoy copper water up to three times a day, up to 3 cups total. You don’t need to over do it. I find 2 cups of copper water per day is plenty for me. Start with 1-2 cups for a few months and work your way up.
Please note that you need to keep your copper very clean. Use lemon and salt to clean your copper cups on a regular basis. If you notice any strange feelings from drinking copper water discontinue use.
- 2 copper cups
Fill the copper cups with water. Cover with a light cloth and let sit on the counter for 16 hours. Remove the cloth and drink at least one cup first thing in the morning.
Keep your copper clean with lemon juice and salt.
I love having my copper water as part of my morning routine. It’s a great way to support opening the heart and mind during meditation.
Images by Asami Zenri
Cups by Yield Design Co.