prepping with copper

How to Use Copper Prepping
Include copper in your prepping for many reasons...

Preppers don't often think of copper as an investment; however, it
can be an important part of preparedness planning.

Find a penny, pick it up...and all day you'll have good luck!
Pennies truly have value in prepping and beyond. Become a
penny picker! Pick up pennies and respect money. Copper is
significant historically and will continue to have significance in
the future as a metal of monetary value and beyond.

Benefits of Prepping with Copper
Preppers benefit in many ways by incorporating copper into their
homestead. Here is just a glimpse of how you could use copper
for survival...

Benefit #1: Copper is traditional valuable and useful.
Take a cue from history then on the value of copper from the
ancients and how they used it...

  • Ancient Egyptians used copper. Specifically, ancient
    Egyptians documented copper use on papyrus to sterilize
    chest wounds and to sterilize drinking water.  Copper was
    the most basic material and ancient Egyptians used it like
    modern society uses steel today. Egyptian coppersmiths
    made dishes and utensils, plus chisels, knives saws,and

  • Ancient Greeks used copper. The father of modern
    medicine, Hippocrates of Kos, was the famous Greek
    physician of the Age of Pericles. Copper has anti-
    inflammatory properties useful in reducing the symptoms of
    arthritis and Hippocrates recommended copper to treat leg
    ulcers associated with varicose veins. The great thing about
    copper is that it is a naturally occurring mineral in the human

  • Ancient people of India used copper in Ayurvedic
    medicine. Just one way Ayurvedic medicine uses copper is in
    tongue scraping. Tongue scraping is an Ancient Ayurvedic
    method of cleaning the tongue to remove the mucous
    coating along with debris accumulated overnight. The oral
    health practice of tongue cleaning will help cleanse the
    mouth of the bacteria and toxins responsible for periodontal
    problems, plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum infections.

Copper is an incredibly
overlooked prep! Not only does copper
have a monetary value in
bartering, and practical use for preppers
in forging tools, but copper also has an array of healthful
benefits! Learn the many interesting uses of copper for preppers
and how to use copper prepping...

Benefit #2: Copper has incredible medicinal uses and
healing powers.
Copper is an important part of Aryuvedic medicine thanks to its
antimicrobial properties. Copper can get rid of skin inflammation
and piles, as well as spleen, respiratory, and gynecological
disorders. It is also known to prevent premature aging and much
more. Here are the top medicinal uses of copper:

  • Copper is antimicrobial! An antimicrobial is an agent that
    kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth and copper does
    just that. It inhibits the growth of bacteria. In a test of
    antibacterial properties of copper and stainless steel against
    Escherichia coli (E. coli) by Frontiers of Chemistry in China, it
    was found that stainless steel was relatively weak, while the
    percentage of bacteria dying from exposure to metallic
    copper for 30 minutes was more than 90%. The abstract on
    copper summarized copper as having antibacterial
    applications for disinfection, food packaging and piping of
    drinking water.

  • Copper is a nutritional supplement. Chelated copper taken
    internally as a mineral supplement, helps maintain the
    health of organs and tissues. Adequate copper as a
    supplement appears helps normal iron metabolism and red
    blood cell formation and helps the body absorb iron.

  • Copper is an antimicrobial. Scrape your tongue with
    copper! Another testament to its usefulness as an
    antimicrobial is as a tongue scraper!An unusual idea, a tong
    scraper made of copper has antimicrobial qualities. Tongue
    scraping is an ancient Aryuvedic method of cleaning the
    tongue to remove any coating, mucous, and debris that may
    have accumulated overnight. The oral health practice of
    tongue cleaning cleanses your mouth of the bacteria and
    toxins responsible for periodontal problems, plaque build-up,
    tooth decay and gum infections.

On a final note about it's medicinal uses, copper is slightly
soluble in water, so water kept in this glass set inhibits the
growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Water kept in copper helps
keep the stomach free from stomach diseases, according to
according to the traditional Hindu system of medicine known as
Ayurveda. It regulates cardiac orders, and makes a person
cheerful! Yes, copper can make you happy!

Benefit #3: Copper has a monetary trading value.
Copper has value, but don't go rushing out to buy copper bullion!
An ounce of copper is worth between .09 and .16 cents depending
on the copper price *(and will cost you much more if you buy it in
bullion form). Here's an important note about melting copper...
Just because copper has a good melt value, doesn't mean you
should melt it. The copper penny is a familiar form and in and of
itself valuable as is! You can use it for small barter transactions.

  • Collect copper pennies, pick them up! Become a penny
    hoarder! The National Public Radio reports penny hoarders
    are banking on the day it is legal to melt pennies! That's
    because the value of the penny is worth around double the
    face value. Best of all, pennies are so easy to find, someone
    is always dropping them and never bothering to stoop so
    low. Now you can be the one to reap the rewards. Pick up
    pennies and become a penny hoarder!According to coinflation.
    com, ten pounds of Lincoln copper pennies was worth $33.99
    on Jan. 2, 2016. The calculator only figures the copper melt
    value of Pre-1982 U.S. Lincoln 95% Copper Pennies while 5%
    zinc and/or tin value and weight were not included. You can
    still get a good deal buying copper pennies online, but watch
    shipping prices and factor in those costs.It's wise to save
    copper pennies instead of spending them.Pennies of copper
    (minted 1909-1982) were worth almost 2-1/2 times their
    value in 2015, and today the copper melt value is worth
    more than twice the face value.  Check out the current melt
    values. For example, $1 in pennies had a total melt value of
    $1.70 on Feb. 18, 2015. Learn more at

    * NOTE: Collect only copper pennies that are from 1981
    or older. U.S. Pennies minted after 1982 are 97.5% zinc
    (and not copper). It's best to stick to pennies that are 1981
    and older because in 1982 there were two kinds of pennies
    that went into production: one was 95% copper and the
    other was 97.5% zinc.

  • Cash in (on the non-copper pennies)! Have a jar of coins?
    With the useless pennies, which add up, you can buy useful
    preps. Get to a coinstar machine after you fish out the
    copper pennies! You can turn that cash into an Amazon Gift

  • Do not buy copper bullion. Copper prices are decreasing in
    value slightly. Copper was valued at $2.12 per pound on Jan
    2, 2016; however it was $2.61 per pound (Feb. 20, 2015)
    and one pound bullion bars sold  for as much as $13.69 and
    $5.49 for shipping back then. A copper bar that is just one
    troy ounce is then was valued at just .16 cents and yet
    unscrupulous sellers were hawking it for around $4.95! Do
    your homework with online copper calculators and see for
    yourself. The calculator will tell you how much a thousand
    1982 pennies are worth in copper, which is $13.82 on Jan. 2,
    2016. (A thousand pennies is otherwise worth only $10 in
    cash value.) Can you see now why it's better to stash
    pennies than it is to buy copper bullion?

Benefit #4: Copper can help you get fresh drinking
The video below demonstrates how to use a simple distillation
method using copper tubing.

Benefit #5: Copper has a variety of industrial uses.
Who knew that copper has so many industrial uses?

  • Copper conductive tape has many electrical uses from EMI
    shielding, paper circuits, electrical repairs. Pair copper
    conductive tape with an ammo can and you have an instant
    Faraday cage!

  • Copper is useful in plumbing. For plumbing copper is a
    dependable lead-free solder that's durable for joint fittings.
    What's more,  contaminants can't penetrate copper. Copper
    is a Copper's ability to conduct heat ha made it an ideal
    material for plumbing and accessories as well as cooking.

  • Copper is solid semiconductor. As a heat conductor, copper
    find an ideal use in cooking.

  • Moonshine needs copper in its production. Copper wiring is
    essential in making moonshine.

  • Copper bullets are accurate. Copper bullets, you say? They
    are fun! Yes, and there was a whole study on copper bullets
    funded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,
    and they found copper ammunition is accurate, they hold
    together well and arent' prone to fragmenting or breaking.
    Apparently, upland game impacted by the deposition of lead
    from hunter‟s cartridges and shells prompted the study.
    According to the study, "There has been a surge of activity
    regarding lead particles in game from hunter-shot animals
    and the consumption of that meat with resulting human
    health concerns. No, a direct correlation has not been made
    between game consumption and human lead poisoning, but
    the corollary facts are there, so who wants to take a chance!

How can you incorporate Copper into your prepping life?

  • Cook with copper. Certainly preppers love their cast iron
    cookware, because it has a healthful iron content, cleans
    well and is well suited for cooking over an open fire, but
    copper cookware boasts equally appealing properties. Why?
    Because copperware has antimicrobial properties. Copper
    utensils and cookware helps to prevent the spread of
    diseases. Studies have shown that 99.9% of bacteria on
    copper alloy surfaces (with 65% or greater copper content)
    were eliminated within two hours of exposure. According to
    research at Southampton University in the U.K., MRSA
    microbes remain alive on stainless steel surfaces for up to
    three days, whereas the same microbes on a copper surface
    are eliminated within 90 minutes.

  • Drink from Copper! Drinking water from copper tumblers
    has many healthful benefits. Storing water for three hours in
    copper tumbler is known to kill harmful bacteria and prevent
    certain diseases, according to the traditional Hindu system
    of medicine known as Ayurveda.

  • Kill plant fungus with copper! Bonide Copper Fungicide,
    pictured immediate right contains Copper Octanoate, which
    is a Copper salt combined with a naturally occurring fatty
    acid. Bonide Copper Fungicide is for controlling early, and
    late blight, leaf spots, downy mildew, anthracnose, and
    certain other fungal diseases on various vegetables, flowers,
    ornamentals, and fruits. This special formula will not burn
    plants and is highly rated on Amazon.

  • Get a Copper Pen. An interesting and unusual idea in
    pandemic prepping is to use an antimicrobial copper pen.
    The Cross Century Copper Antimicrobial Ballpoint Pen,
    pictured below has an antimicrobial copper surface. This
    special been made of a stunning new copper alloy, is shown
    in lab testing to kill 99.9% of bacteria within two hours
    when cleaned regularly, according to cross. This pen is the
    new way to arm yourself against bacteria. This unique pen,
    is laboratory tested and delivers continuous and ongoing
    antibacterial action 24 hours a day. It's the only pen made
    with U.S. EPA-registered and approved brass. It has
    Phosphor bronze clip.

  • Eat copper (dietary supplement*)! A penny may not be
    worth that much these days, but copper is as valuable as
    ever when it comes to daily nutrition to maintain the health
    of organs and tissues. As an essential component of vital
    antioxidant enzymes, copper plays an important role in
    maintaining the health of organs and tissues throughout the
    body. Convenient tablets provide a full day's supply of this
    essential trace mineral. Adequate copper nutritional status
    appears to be necessary for normal iron metabolism and red
    blood cell formation. Also helps the body absorb iron! Eggs,
    poultry, meats, nuts, seeds and grains, all contain copper.

  • Wear Copper Compression socks. Copper compression
    socks help reduce swelling, enhance circulation, revive tired
    feet and legs, control odors, boost circulation, anti-microbial,
    helps relieve aches and pains. The amazing socks, pictured
    immediate right, help get rid of embarrassing smelly feet.
    Helps restore skin cells for healthier looking skin.

  • Make copper penny buttons. Buttons will always be useful.
    Popular with tourists, buffalo nickels were often crafted into
    buttons by native Americans. Today, you can make copper
    buttons from pennies.

Now you can appreciate the value copper has for preppers.
Certainly copper is an incredibly
overlooked prep because it has
monetary value, healthful benefits and other practical uses!

Copperware Care Tips
Clean your copperware by hand and avoid the dishwasher!
Detergent can cause oxidation in your copper leading to
permanent damage and also to a reduced benefit of antimicrobial
properties. It's best to use a solution of equal parts
vinegar or
lemon juice with salt. Also, skip the abrasive steel wool pads.
You need only a soft soap-based liquid, hot water and a soft
washing cloth for daily use.

Copper was one of the first metals extracted by man. From its
beginnings in coins and ornamentation, you can now see that
copper has it's place in the prepper household.

The ageless use of copperware is testimony to its myriad virtues
and everlasting appeal. Ancient Egyptians kept water fresh in
copper vessels! Water stored in copper ware is virtually the elixir
of life. Purified, it helps to regulate digestion and cardiac orders,
the basis of good health, as practiced by Ayurveda and Rishits
from old Vedic times. It has been known for thousands of years
that copper metal can inhibit the growth of bacteria, viruses and

Copper is an essential trace mineral and is essential to healthy
body functioning. Copper is required to fix calcium in bones and
build connective tissue. Copper also stimulates energy production
in cells. While it's true that sometimes too much is a good thing
(yes, copper toxicity exists), but generally this is only because of
an imbalance of copper and zinc intake. The two must remain in
perfect balance. Usually a copper imbalance has to do with an
acidic diet (not eating enough fruits and veggies). Get in pH
balance by eating more veggies and fruit.

The penny was the first type of currency authorized by the United
States and yet it's the last thing people think of when stashing
away in the name of preparedness, until now. Pick up a penny,
stash it and be happy knowing you're cashing in on much more
than good luck.

Canada phased out the penny in 2013, so there's a distinct
chance the United States will follow suit. If so, all that copper
hoarding will pay off!

Happy endings...
You'll find copper in coins, electrical wiring, and pipes as a good
and useful element. It is an essential element for living
organisms, too, however too much copper can cause cramps,
diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, as well as liver damage and
kidney disease, so be sure to
test for copper in your ground water.

Prepping is about being resourceful and creative. Copper should
be part of that creativity and resourcefulness. Make copper part
of your large scale disaster preparedness plans.

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