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The Healing and Metaphysical Benefits of Copper Water

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.

The Benefits of Copper Water by Ashley Neese

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.

The Benefits of Copper Water by Ashley Neese The Benefits of Copper Water by Ashley Neese

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.

The Benefits of Copper Water by Ashley Neese

Copper Water

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Method //

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.


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  • These pictures are so beautiful! I guess I will try copper water. But how do you clean the cups with lemon and salt? Do you scrub them or do you add l & s to water and let it sit for a while? Corina

    • ashley

      Thank you Cornia! I added a link that goes through the cleaning process. It’s really fun. Wishing you a wonderful weekend! xoa

  • E

    So I started doing this last week. How is the water suppose to taste? Like copper/metal because that’s how mine tastes. How often do you clean the inside of the cups? Because after one night of water in the mug, it had oxidized in lots of places. – Thanks.

    • ashley

      The water will taste like metal, that is totally normal. I clean mine 1 x per week. Keep me posted! Lots of love. xoa

  • Damaur Quander

    Thanks for the great information. I will definitely try this. May help unblock some channels for me.

  • Anna

    Hi Ashlee,
    Is the water meant to taste metallic? I had a sip of water from my copper bottle and it tasted so strong, it was so strange I felt like I wanted to vomit. Is it an acquired taste or do you think my bottle may be not quite write? Thanks xx

    • ashley

      Hi Anna,
      Yes it will taste metallic, I know, it’s totally weird. Just be sure to not leave it in the water bottle for too long. If it’s too intense for you shorten the time the water is in the bottle, don’t leave it overnight.

  • Hey all! If anyone has any questions beyond the extremely thorough and thoughtful writeup by Ashley, I’d be more than happy to help :) We designed and manufactured the pictured cups for this very reason. Ashley, you did a beautiful job here, I don’t think we could have shared these better ourselves.
    All the best,
    Rachel, Co-founder of YIELD

  • Deepika Jain

    Hi! I have been having Tamra Jal for an year now. Back there in India, my grandfather used to have Tamra Jal all his life and trust me he lived a very healthy life. When I started facing some issues with my health, my grandfather’s idea came to my mind and I started following it. Trust me it really helps! :) Namaste!

  • Hey Ashley
    That is a really great way to get those traces of copper required in body.Thanks for sharing the information it is really helpful.
    I have tried your methods to clean my copper mug and it worked like magic.
    Thank you!

  • Jaymee

    This is a really lovely, helpful article, thanks! I had a question about cleaning copper vessels: I have a copper water bottle and cleaning is quite hard as obviously, I can’t reach all the way into it. How you would recommend cleaning the bottle? Would it be sufficient to make up a water mixture of lemon juice + salt and leaving it to ‘soak’ overnight to ‘clean’?

    • ashley

      Hello! You can buy a special sponge with a handle on it specifically for cleaning water bottles on Amazon, they work great! That plus soaking is your best bet. xoa

  • Theresa

    Can you drink water from water vessel all day long ?

    • ashley

      Yes and great question! x

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  • Andrea Lopez

    Hello! Where did you purchase your copper mugs? Your pictures are very nice.

  • Nicole

    About the taste, here is what I learnt and experimented both with iron and copper. It’s gross when you need it in your system, and doesn’t taste much when you have enough. The more you need it the stronger it tastes.

  • Hi, Ashley

    This is really informative & helpful for all the people. I have been using a copper bottle from the last 2 yrs & trust me I can see a great improvement in my health.

  • Dana

    This was the 1st time i had heard of this but i’m glad i ran into this article. I’m excited to try this as it is something simple i can do for myself & my family.

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