Back in October, someone suggested to me that I start earthing/grounding. Earthing/grounding means connecting my bare skin (like the bottom of my feet) to the Earth for a spell. I looked at him like he was on drugs. “How does this help me?” I’ll post the scientific research near the bottom, but first I want to get into anecdotal evidence.
The Anecdotal Evidence:
After three weeks of going outside barefoot for 30 minutes, the two warts that I’ve had for SEVEN years disappeared. And the skin on my face has cleared up too. How? Earthing/grounding is supposed to help with inflammation by giving the pesky free radicals that people always complain about something to bind to (source). I know this sounds hokey, but I didn’t change anything else, didn’t try any new creams, nothing, and the warts vanished, so I have to attribute that to earthing.
I know that’s quite a statement, “the ultimate all-natural cure-all”. But I’ve found this practice to be so beneficial for my overall health (I kinda believe it).
Let’s put aside the potential health benefits. There’s also something good for the soul about being outside, and not just being outside, but touching the Earth. I recently came across this quote by a Lakota Sioux chief: “The old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence (Source).”
I also came across this podcast from “On Being” called “The Last Quiet Places” that stated silence is an endangered species. The definition of quiet is — not the absence of sound, but the absence of noise. Quiet places are also a “think tank of the soul” and allow us to really listen and care for one another. I highly recommend listening to the podcast, it’s incredible.
All of this is to say: Go outside more, it will do your mind/body/soul some good. For those of you can’t go outside right now, you can buy stuff to bring the outside indoors: www.earthing.com.
And now for the science:
[Clint Ober] procured some conductive fiber material bonded with wool-lined sleeping pads attached to grounding wire, then rounded up 60 volunteers. The 38 women and 22 men all complained of sleep problems and various forms of joint and muscle pain. He split the volunteers into two groups: 30 slept on pads that were properly grounded, and the other 30 on pads with a hidden disconnect. Only Ober knew who was actually grounded for the month-long study.
The results were astonishing: 85 percent of the grounded sleepers fell asleep sooner; 93 percent slept better; 100 percent felt more rested after sleep; 82 percent “experienced significant reduction in muscle stiffness”; 74 percent “experienced elimination or reduction of chronic back and joint pain”; and 78 percent reported “improved general health,” Ober says. Furthermore, many participants reported “unexpected but significant relief from asthmatic and respiratory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension (high blood pressure), sleep apnea, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). There were also reports of fewer hot flashes.” Read more: https://www.utne.com/mind-and-body/earthing-grounding-sleep-research-electromagnetic-fields.aspx#ixzz3QAjbAGQD.