Connecting with the Earth for Your Health

It’s a crazy world, and it moves at a fast pace. Along the way, many of us have begun walking less, camping less, and just hanging around gadgets, computers, blue screens, and cell phones more. For relaxation, many of us turn to the TV rather than the great outdoors. How does this affect our health? You might be surprised! Let’s take a look at how connecting with the Earth might affect your stress levels, mental health, and overall well-being.

How the Earth’s Energy Affects Our Body

The Earth is negatively charged, while modern conveniences and electronics are positively charged. You may have seen our previous blog on blue light, but a recent paper goes one step further, suggesting that the way we live is all wrong. There has to be a balance and a grounding for our bodies, both physically and mentally, for us to be healthy.

Emerging scientific research has revealed a surprisingly positive and often overlooked environmental health factor: direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the Earth’s surface. Modern lifestyles separate humans from such contact, and research suggests that this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and unwellness.

Connecting with the Earth’s electrons has been found to promote intriguing physiological changes and subjective reports of well-being. Earthing (also known as grounding) refers to the discovery of benefits — including better sleep and reduced pain — from walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, and sleeping indoors while connected to conductive systems that transfer the Earth’s electrons from the ground and into the body. [1]

How Our Ancestors Lived

Throughout history, humans mostly walked barefoot or with footwear made of animal skins. They slept on the ground or on skins. Through direct contact or through perspiration-moistened animal skins, the ground’s abundant free electrons were able to enter the body, which is electrically conductive. [2] Through this mechanism, every part of the body could equilibrate with the electrical potential of the Earth, thereby stabilizing the electrical environment of all organs, tissues, and cells.

Add to this the fact that we were more physically active, ate substantially less processed foods, and spent a lot of time in community settings, and you can see how our balance has shifted over the years.

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Getting in Touch with the Earth

While there are many forms of grounding, like sleeping on copper, using inserts in your shoes, or wearing shoes that allow your feet to establish a better connection with the Earth, there are also simple things that you can do for more balance.

We recently did a blog on the benefits of forest bathing, which is similar in intention to just getting your feet onto the ground. Being in a forest awakens all of your senses, fully connecting you with the Earth. If you didn’t catch that blog, you will be amazed at the studies that have been done on the value of being around pine trees for our health and well-being.

In this fast-paced world, where stress is a health concern, there is nothing more grounding than just slowing down, getting outside, and taking your shoes off for a walk. Whether it be in a pine forest or on the beach, getting outside, breathing, and relaxing puts our mind and body back into a healthy balance.

I don’t know about you, but I feel almost a calling in my soul to spend time in nature. I can feel it in my bones when I haven’t been outside in a while or really slowed down and noticed the birds, heard the waves, and smelled the trees and flowers.

One of the reasons why I formulate our products with essential oils is that there are therapeutic qualities in the oils that we use, and those also help with relaxing our minds. Our Serenity Facial Oil, in particular, is a good example. It uses the scents of frankincense, blue tansy, helichrysum, and more to relax the senses and aid in connecting with the Earth.

Aromatherapy, especially outdoors, is wonderful for our well being. The orange trees are all in bloom on my street, and I hear the call for a walk. How about you?

Bye for now!

Kirsten xx

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