What Is Earthing?
Earthing, (also known as grounding,) allows people to directly connect their bodies with the Earth and use its natural electric charges to stabilise them. This practice involves walking barefoot outdoors or using indoor earthing products while sleeping or sitting.
Earthing research suggests that it can positively impact the mind, reduce pain, inflammation and stress, as well as an improvement of overall mental well-being. This technique restores the connection between the body and the electrical currents of the earth.
Will Earthing Benefit me?
There are signs that earthing will benefit your life. You may want to practice earthing if:
- You experience anxiety or depression
- Have trouble sleeping
- Wake feeling tired
- You have chronic fatigue
- You are dealing with cardiovascular disease
- You have post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic memories
- You struggle with pain and inflammation
How do I Practice Earthing?
Earthing techniques focus on reconnecting your energy with the earth through direct or indirect contact. Ways you can practice earthing include:
- Walking outside barefoot
- Laying on the ground
- Going swimming or taking a bath
- Gardening especially with bare hands
- Using earthing mats, sheets and other products
There are many ways to reconnect with the earth in your daily life and restore your body’s natural defence system.
- Take a walk: Find ways to connect your bare feet with the ground by walking on grass, across sand or soil. Pay attention to the feeling of the land beneath your feet, and be careful of sharp objects as you go.
- Gardening: Dig into the earth and get the soil between your fingers and directly link to the energy in the soil.
- Earthing yourself indoors: When going outside is not an option, earthing mats come in handy by replacing the direct connection you’d get being barefoot outside. Grounding mats bring Earth’s electrical currents into the home or office by replicating the physical connectivity of a nature walk.
If you can’t get outdoors to practice earthing, there are many great products which allow you to get all of the benefits of earthing in the comfort of your own home.
Earthing sheets fit onto your bed and connect you to the earthing via a cable which is either plugged into your electrical outlet or to a grounding rod placed in the earth outside. They contain silver threads which are highly conductive.
Earthing Mats are similar to earthing sheets however these can be used under your ordinary bedsheet, they connect in the same way. Your electrical outlet should always remain switched off.
Grounding Multipurpose Mats
These grounding mats can be used either under your feet on the floor as sit or stand or under your hands while you work at a desk for example. They’re perfect for helping with desk fatigue.
Much like the bedsheets, these earthing pillowcases contain conductive silver threads and simply slip over your existing pillows.
How Do I Get The Most From Earthing?
Earthing, like most other forms of treatment, isn’t a quick fix. It requires patience and perseverance; however, the benefits are encouraging. Here are some tips once you decide to add earthing as part of your daily routine:
- Speak to a professional. If you’re new to the idea of earthing, you should find a guide to lead you. A growing earthing community can provide resources, connections, and best practices. We have a great informative group on Facebook which is full of people who will happily answer any questions you have.
- Stick to a routine. Once you get the ball rolling, go full steam ahead. The more you work on grounding yourself, the faster you’ll begin seeing improvements. Try to start your day with a grounding routine to get into the habit of doing it.
- Pay attention. However, you choose to practice earthing and be observant of yourself and your surroundings. Stay in the moment.
The History Of Earthing
Taken from Very Well Mind who say, “Throughout history, Indigenous societies have espoused the Earth’s healing power benefits and described it in varying ways. For example, in Chinese medicine, the term Qi—pronounced “chee”—is defined as the vital energy that fills the universe.
Ancient philosopher Ge Hong said, “People reside within qi, and qi resides within people. From heaven and earth down to the ten thousand things, each one requires qi to live.”
This belief and study of the earth’s natural energies could also be found in Europe in the 19th century. In 1891 Louis Kuhne published “The New Science of Healing.” Then, Adolf Just wrote “Return to Nature” in 1896, which encouraged people to begin walking barefoot outdoors.
A few decades later, George Starr White, an American medical doctor, began investigating the use of sleeping while grounded—connected to copper wires affixed to home pipes—to improve the quality of sleep.
Modern scientists continue to advocate for Earth’s electrons’ ability to balance our body’s electrical current. This grounding technique continues to grow and get mainstream attention as people search for simple, inexpensive ways to heal themselves.”