You’ve heard about the healing qualities of Copper right? Well, bronze is an mixture of metals including copper. For centuries copper rings, bracelets and necklaces have been worn for their medical properties to alleviate arthritis, and improve skin tone and clear up infections in the throat or eyes.
In ancient Egypt copper was used to purify the water, today hospitals (as in the door knobs) use copper to prevent the spread of disease and homeowners are getting into the fun with copper in their bathrooms and kitchens.
We liked how this Hardware store in Kentucky summed up the benefits.
A recent study at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, has shown that when hospitals switched to copper sink fixtures, toilet seats and push plates, the copper had 95% fewer germs on their surfaces. This study led to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registering copper and its alloys as the first solid materials as antimicrobial.
In early 2008, the EPA registered five groups of copper and copper alloys as antimicrobial, stating that when cleaned regularly, copper alloy surfaces kill more than 99.9% of several bacteria known to be harmful to humans within two hours. The organisms tested included:
- Staphylococcus aureus — also known as golden staph, this is the most common cause of staph infections.
- Escherichia coli O157:H7 — a strain of the bacterium Escherichia coli and a cause of food-borne illnesses.
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) — a “superbug” bacterium responsible for difficult-to-treat infections in humans.