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The Beauty of Copper

Updated: Feb 7, 2022

Many years ago, I started having pain in my right shoulder. Being right-handed, that presented quite a problem, to the point where I sought medical attention. I was informed that something had broken down in my rotator cuff, and that it would only get worse. The initial treatment suggested was having steroids injected into the joint with a very large needle, which would be painful and might or might not provide relief. The second option was surgery. Neither appealed to me, but the daily grinding pain would have soon forced me to choose one or the other.

When I told my friend about it, she went and bought me a copper bracelet, saying that it would solve the problem. I was a total non-believer, but I didn’t want to hurt her feelings; in my mind, this was just another old wives’ tale. But the bracelet was cute, so I graciously accepted and put it on. She told me to wear it all the time, no matter what, and so I did.

As my follow-up visit approached, I realized that I was no longer in pain. I hadn’t even noticed the pain decreasing! My wrist had turned green a few times, but it washed right off in the shower, and there was no other negative affect from wearing the bracelet. I was amazed, and very happy to skip that next appointment!

Just as I was, many people are skeptical about the metaphysical benefits of copper, but science confirms that it is an essential nutrient for the body and may help prevent osteoporosis. Many cultures have long recognized the power of this wonderful element and incorporated its use in everything from jewelry to cookware and beyond. Copper was once used in medical facilities for its antimicrobial properties. And those who also embrace the use of healing crystals say that it is a powerful conduit that enhances the effects of the stones.

Having been diagnosed with arthritis at age thirteen, I’m doubly grateful to have been introduced to copper before submitting to invasive treatments. I have since come to love it because of its sheer beauty and versatility, and the more I learn, the more I see how much more there is to discover. That’s a part of this journey, and I hope you’ll stay with me as I explore, create, and share. d.

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