Grounding, which is also often called “earthing,” is a therapeutic technique that involves electrically connecting with the Earth’s energy. The planet has a negative energy, so doing this helps to discharge the excess energy we gather from electromagnetic frequencies that are all around us. The simplest and most basic way to ground yourself is to kick off your shoes and walk barefoot on the grass or dirt, but there are more complex and pleasant ways to do it, too.
How Grounding Works
Our bodies produce and use electrical energy all the time, but when we get extra electrons from an external source like the earth, we are able to cleanse, repair, and return our systems to their optimal state more efficiently.
The theory behind grounding is that it affects our living matrix, which connects all the cells in our bodies. The electrical connectivity in this matrix is one of our immune system defenses, so boosting it helps to support good health.
For patients suffering from any of these medical conditions, grounding has been shown to produce good results:
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic pain
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep disorders
- Heart conditions
Studies show significant reduction in problems for patients using various grounding techniques for these conditions. Scientific research is exploring this for lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. It has also shown promise in reducing inflammation in the body, muscle and tissue damage, chronic pain and mood disorders.
Using Water for Grounding
When you are grounded, you are better able to access your talents, your power, and nurture your visions and goals to create the best life for yourself. People use a range of methods for grounding including yoga, meditation, visualization, and special equipment like grounding mats. Water, however, offers a gentle, soothing way to ground yourself and get rid of excess energy.
Here are two methods you can use for grounding yourself using water.
Ionic Foot Baths
An ionic foot bath works by drawing the toxins out of your body through your feet. Some of these toxins include impurities found in the air you breathe, chemicals used in your home or workplace, or beauty products that contain chemicals. The bath uses water charged with negative and positive ions or electrolytes delivered by special soaking salts. These ions hold a charge that enables them to bind the heavy metals and toxins like a magnet. You can also get foot masks, scrubs, and footpads that are charged to draw the toxins out. You can find recipes for making your own ionic foot bath products here.
Whole-Body Grounding Baths
You can also create your own grounding bath using Epsom salts and essential oils such as lavender, vetiver, frankincense, palo santo, cedar, and sandalwood. Add the Epsom salts and oils to your tub before turning on the water, fill the tub and relax. The water provides a conduit between yourself and the earth by which you can shed some of the excess energy accumulated during the day.
Benefits of Grounding
There are many benefits to be gained from any type of grounding exercise. Some of the benefits of an ionizing foot detox or a grounding bath include balancing your body’s pH, reducing swelling, lowering stress levels and improving your mood, boosting your heart health and destroying harmful free radicals. You don’t need to make this a time-consuming activity, either. Start with one small action and incorporate it into your routine for between 5 and 20 minutes each day. This will help you combat electromagnetic energy risks and practice good energy hygiene for greater wellness.