Copper is antimicrobial and doesn't harm the skin in any way. What is "antimicrobial"? an antimicrobial is a substance that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, or protozoan's as well as destroying viruses. Copper is also an antibacterial as well as an antifungal agent and is used in the treatment of skin disease and wounds today as it was hundreds of years ago. Copper is also used today in IUD's for birth control because of it's factors.
Copper is a trace element needed for healthy growth and function of bones, collagen, the brain, the heart, the skin and immune system. Copper is contained throughout our bodies and our hair.
Fabrics have been impregnated with copper and are used in everyday applications throughout the world. Some uses for copper are;
- Hospital uses; bandages, dermal wound products and gauze. It's used in bedding, gowns, uniforms, towels, catheters, gloves, curtains and masks.
- Military uses; used by the military and police forces worldwide in their uniforms.
- Cosmetic uses; copper is used in skin treatments and in make-up products.
- Sportswear; used in underwear, socks, and other items which need protection against degradation by fungus and bacteria and thus reducing odor, stains, and deterioration which is caused by fungi and bacteria.
Copper bracelets have been worn for hundreds of years in the belief of reducing or helping Arthritic and Rheumatic diseases. People also look to copper for its healing properties in improving the circulation of blood, increasing energy, detoxification, reducing inflammation, stabilizing metabolism and improving oxygen use.
During my research I found numerous medical sites confirming that copper is used extensively for all the aforementioned.
I'm not laying claim to being an expert on the healing or medical properties of copper. I've simply provided you with a few reverent facts about copper to help you feel at ease while wearing copper jewelry.