Today is Earth Day!
In celebration of this, I thought I would answer all of the grounding questions I am asked the most!
Have you ever wondered about any of these questions?
1. Is there anything I can do to enhance grounding?
Yes! There are several things you can do to make your body even more conductive and ready to ground:
- stay well hydrated
- correct any mineral deficiencies
- remove dead skin from your body
- and have well moisturized skin.
In the human body, conductivity requires two things: water and electrolytes. This creates an electrolytic solution that can pass the flow of an electric potential from cell to cell to cell, spreading instantly throughout your entire body. If you are dehydrated or mineral depleted, you decrease your body’s conductivity.
So drink a big glass of water before and after all grounding sessions, and make sure you are eating mineral rich foods (like nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, chlorella, spirulina, kvelpand other sea vegetables, bone broth, darkly leafy greens, avocado, wild caught fish, fermented foods, free range eggs, grass fed beef, grass fed cheese and grass fed butter) and/or taking a trace mineral supplement that will supply plenty of magnesium and calcium and potassium to your cells.
Dry brush your body to encourage removal of dead skin cells, and treat yourself to routine pedicures to remove callouses on feet. Thick layers of dead skin will block grounding, similar to a thick layer of bark on a tree — you want to remove dead skin so that your fresh hydrated skin is easily accessible by the earth’s energy.
Lastly, moisturize that fresh soft glowing skin with an organic moisturizer, my favorite is organic coconut oil. Get into a habit of rubbing organic coconut oil (or your favorite skin lotion) over your body daily, particularly after every bath or shower, to be sure that your body is hydrated inside and out and primed for grounding.
2. Is it okay to ground if the lawn is treated with chemicals?
Although you will still be grounded outside even when pesticides have just been sprayed, I don’t recommend it. Pesticides have been linked with many harmful long term effects on our body from dementia to autism and even cancers such as lymphoma.
Do not to use home, garden and yard care products that include pesticides, insecticides and chemical fertilizers, and if you use a public space that has been treated with chemicals that you can’t do anything about, the best idea is to ground immediately after a nice ground-soaking rain, or wait at least 48 hours after any chemical application.
3. How do I prevent sun damage when grounding outside?
There are lots of things you can do to protect yourself from too much sun exposure, so don’t let fear of sun damage keep you indoors. Hop over here to read my blog post on protecting your skin naturally.
4. How can I keep bugs from biting me while grounding outside?
You can keep bugs away from you naturally with the use of cedar oil. Cedar oil can be sprayed directly on skin, on pets, around doorways and porches and windows and anywhere inside or outside of your home that bugs tend to congregate — safe to use directly on the skin — when sprayed on exposed skin it helps deter them from landing on you at all. I use this so often that my daughter tells me that this cedar oil spray is — and I quote her here: “the smell of my childhood.” She says that every time I spray it and she catches the scent. I just love that!
5. What can I do to prevent a tick bite?
Cedar oil will also deter ticks, so use this liberally on all exposed areas of skin to deter tick bites. In addition, there are lots of other ways to dramatically decrease your risk of a tick bite, including:
- keeping your yard and outdoor living space trimmed
- removing piles of leaves and other debris
- adding a few free roaming chickens to your yard space (chickens eat ticks and constantly scavenge for ticks and other pests that are harmful to humans)
- installing a fence or keeping pets confined only to yard areas that are mowed short
- daily brushing pets and keeping pets out of bedrooms and off of furniture during tick season (late spring, all summer & early fall.)
How else can you deter ticks and what should you do if you find a tick on you? Hop over here to read my blog post on treating tick bites holistically.
6. How can I introduce grounding to my children?
Incorporating grounding routines into childhood is truly one of the very best things you can do to instill in your child a lifetime of Well Being and infuse in them a healthy lifestyle that includes plentiful connection with the earth.
Childhood is a dangerous time of disconnection in this modern electronic age when smart screens, computers and television shows vie for their attention. It’s super important to instill in them the habit of touching the earth every single day.
Your job as a parent is to be very clear that it’s okay to get dirty and that in fact we want to get dirty enough each day to warrant taking a bath or shower that night. I am so passionate about this that I wrote and illustrated a children’s book on introducing your child to the earth… you can find that here.
7. Is it better to have more surface area touching the earth?
This is probably the most common question I am asked. Because every single cell in your body is conductive — skin, bone, nerves, GI tract, kidney, cerebrospinal fluid, connective tissue, muscles, everything — if one cell is grounded, your entire body becomes immediately grounded. Therefore, touching the earth with one foot or one fingertip is every bit as grounding as burying yourself up to your neck in sand at the beach!
8. Is a longer amount of time in contact with the earth better?
This is a fantastic question. I like to tell people that while there are cumulative benefits over time to prolonged grounding, your body is instantly supported at first contact, so there is really no time too little or too long for grounding. I never want you to miss an opportunity to be grounded just because it’s might only be for 30 seconds while you walk barefoot to your mailbox, or lean against a tree while you take a break on a hike.
Within seconds your skin surface conductance has changes throughout your entire body, and your muscle tension has decreased. As seconds turn to minutes, your brain and vagal tone have gotten a calming boost from grounding, and you might notice pain decreases and mood lifts. Over time, as minutes turn to hours, your metabolic processes get a boost and your circulation (which supports every single organ system in your body) is running more smoothly. Grounding day after day means nighttime sleep is more restorative, stress hormones normalize, inflammation decreases, and health benefits begin to accumulate, often resulting in noticeable health benefits on a large scale.
9. Is it still working if I don’t feel anything when I touch the earth?
As a natural sequel to the question above, the next question I get is folks wondering if there are still health benefits if you don’t feel different while grounding. Yes, absolutely. Whether you can feel the shift or not doesn’t matter to the cells in your body, which are reaping the benefits of touching the earth. On a macroscopic level, you may not feel any change occur but on a microscopic level, your blood is flowing more freely, your central nervous system has been soothed, your inflammation is being reduced as electrons wash all over your body, removing some of the wear and tear your body has weathered since your last grounding session. Don’t get frustrated and stop grounding if you don’t feel immediate benefits. Your body will thank you for the consistent support over time.
10. Are trees grounded?
Yes. Anything rooted, living and growing out of the earth’s crust is grounded. So that means every blade of grass, every bush, every vine, every tree, every flower, every leaf, every bud, every crop, every shrub is fully grounded and has the ability to ground you from head to toe with one touch. All you have to do is touch a living rooted plant and you are instantly grounded. If you remove a plant from the earth, such as a potted plant growing inside, it will no longer be grounded, so unless you run a ground stake in to it it will not ground you. When touching a tree, the most conductive thing to touch is the most moist part of the plant, which is generally the leaves or flowers. Grounding needs moisture to work, which is why dried and treated wood lumbar will not ground you. So reach for the green parts of any plant for a sure way to get grounded.
11. Is water grounded?
Yes! I love grounding through water, especially in the warmer months! Not only does water enhance grounding, but the water itself becomes grounded when it is on the earth, so you don’t have to touch the ground below the water to be grounded. Skimming your fingertips across the top of a lake will ground you every bit as much as if you were totally immersed in the water with your feet on the lake floor. Floating on top of the ocean waves will ground you even if you are not touching the sand beneath the water at all. The water itself grounds you every bit as much as the solid earth below the water.
12. Are rocks grounded?
Yes! Just like cement and concrete, rock is conductive. So even with all of your best hiking gear on and thickest most protective hiking boots covering your feet, the moment you stop at the top of your trail and sit on a rock to grab a drink of water, if you have any skin touching that rock (for example on your leg or your hand) then you are entirely grounded. Same goes for river rocks, gravel, decorative patio stones, you name it, it’s all conductive and will ground you if you will only touch it.
13. Are sidewalks grounded?
Absolutely. Every inch of any sidewalk that is poured directly on the earth is grounded and waiting for your touch. So are cement parking lot and road curbs, cement stairs and all other concrete paths and walkways that lay on the earth… all outline a beautiful healing grounded journey for you to step onto any time. One thing to note is that while asphalt is made from cement and crushed rock (both conductive) it is held together with bitumen, a petroleum by-product which helps weatherproof the road, extending longevity… but sadly it is not conductive and because it coats the rock and cement, it will block you from grounding. Stick with concrete sidewalks for grounding instead of asphalt roads.
14. Are pets and other animals grounded when they are outside? Am I grounded if I touch my pet while outside?
Yes and yes. Your pets and other animals are all grounded outside when they touch the earth. Give your beloved pets as much time as you can outside on lovely walks, or at dog parks, or if you are lucky enough to have a yard, give them lots of yard time and while you are at it, join in with them! When it is too cold for bare feet outside in the colder months you can simply touch your pet and be grounded while they stand or lie on the earth for you. Look for areas with thinner fur or no fur, such as belly, ear, and nose. Dense fur is the same as thick dead skin — it keeps animals warm because it is insulating, and that means it blocks conductive flow from your pet to you if you simply pat on top of thick dry fur. So instead, give their ears a rub, kiss their nose, give them a great long tummy rub, or massage their fur so that you are reaching into the fur to touch their skin underneath.
15. Are electrical therapies such as PEMF, TENS and other therapies the same thing as grounding?
Because modern medicine is finally beginning to understand the depth and breadth of how very conductive the human body is, there are many new healing modalities that utilize magnetic and electric pulses and frequencies that simulate the earth’s frequency, to try to encourage healing. Although these therapies have their own merit, without direct contact from the earth there are no electrons flowing into the body to neutralize inflammation and stabilize the entire body the way grounding does.
No battery, crystal, manmade electrical impulse, or vibrational healing tool can connect you directly to the earth without you physically touching the earth. No manmade tool can approximate the healing reservoir that is the earth. Getting grounded is totally natural, with no batteries or wires or artificial products necessary. Our bodies have literally evolved to benefit from the direct support of Mother Earth, with no comparable substitute. So be sure to include grounding as part of your balanced healing plan.
16. Is it better to ground through feet than other body parts?
No, absolutely not, this is a myth. Grounding does not have to be through your feet by any means. Because your entire body is conductive, any body part can ground your entire body immediately. Resting your face against a tree, running your hands through a garden bed, sitting with bare legs touching the sidewalk, holding hands with someone else who is grounded, all of these ways and more are equally effective as standing outside barefoot. The easiest way for you to get grounded, whether it is through your feet, hands, face, legs, arms, neck, back, etc.. is the best way, because whatever way makes grounding most accessible to you is the one you are most likely to do!
17. I can’t always get outside to ground directly to the earth. Which indoor grounding tool is best for me?
Here are my top 5 favorite indoor grounding tools and why I love them so:
Because this product uses stainless steel fibers for conductivity, it lasts dramatically longer than inferior products made from silver fibers that break or erode easily in the wash. With other grounding products, one wash in non-distilled water is enough to make it stop working.
Not so with this mattress panel. Hand made from stainless steel fabric and organic cotton and organic hemp, this bed roll is also eco friendly and supports local artisans.
If you are going to be laying in bed for hours each night sleeping, let’s make those hours as deeply restorative and healing as they can possibly be by sleeping grounded!
Also good for: Stressful Lifestyles.
Grounding your body all night long is perfect for folks who have incredibly demanding jobs (to make the most of the healing nighttime hours,) athletes who push their body during the day (so they can recover faster at night) and people going through tough transitions and trauma who could use the extra resiliency. Grounding has been proven in medical studies to enhance muscle recovery, decrease delayed onset muscle soreness, protect and strengthen bones, decrease stress hormone output, increase the time the brain spends in healing alpha wave patterns during sleep and more.
- Best introductory grounding tool: Grounding Fabric Wrist & Ankle Band
So easy to wear all day long — just walk out the door with this soft fabric band on your wrist or ankle, and whenever you want to ground, simply clip the grounding cord to it and enjoy discrete grounding anywhere.
As always, I have all of my products hand sewn using only the very highest quality materials, and this band is no different. Stainless steel conductive fabric means this band will not lose conductivity from normal wear, oils, lotions or washing.
Also good for: Gifting.
Have a friend who lives far away and you need a light weight gift to send overseas? Have a loved one you want to tuck a small grounding tool into a their pocket as a surprise? A grounding band is the easiest, most fool proof way to go, as there is no sizing required… velcro adjustable band is one-size-fits-all!
- Best for multitasking: Grounding Mat with Washable Cover
For those that sit at work, you can place this right on your seat and sit directly on it, or use discretely under your desk with your feet, or standing occupations can stand directly on this pad for grounded healing.
You can use it at home, on any chair, under any table, under your head while you lay down and watch TV on the sofa, under your legs at night while you sleep. A removable and 100% machine washable conductive cover with a conductive interior foam core means this grounding mat not only provides comfortable padding, but you can wash it so easily that it’s a great choice for use over and over again.
Also good for: Pets.
Because this grounding mat has a fully machine washable cover, you can use it in situations where you are going to want to wash it multiple times, like with your pets. No synthetic vinyl “leatherette” toxic plastic that will sit in landfills for hundreds of years, all of my products are made with fabric and are breathable, non-toxic, and eco friendly. If we are going to be connecting to the earth, don’t we want to use earth friendly materials? I think so too.
- Best for pain: Grounding Hot & Cold Packs
A unique grounding tool only available here, this grounding pouch is made from stainless steel conductive fabric and comes with two hot & cold packs that slip inside to stay hot or cold for the perfect treatment length of 10 – 15 minutes… ideal to prevent over-treating the areas of injury.
Simply rest grounded ice packs over eyes to reduce puffiness, relieve migraine pain by placing cold pack over forehead or use warm for stiff neck muscles to reduce pain during a tension headache, place over sinus area to relieve sinus pressure, apply to abdomen to sooth cramping and nausea, ideal as a first aid treatment for injuries… the applications are endless.
Also good for: Care Packages.
Because of the small size and how versatile of a healing tool it is, it’s the perfect healing tool to include in care packages. Use as a mini grounding pad without the hot & cold pack in it, or add the additional therapeutic element of heat or cold to exponentially support the body’s healing.
- Best for electrohypersensitive (EHS): PureGround Grounding Cord
For those of us concerned about the ever increasing strength of the electromagnetic fields on the horizon, and for those of us who are particularly electrosensitive (you’ll know if you are or not if you feel worse when you are grounded then when you are ungrounded… this means you are feeling the AC current from your indoor wiring reaching your body.)
By supporting your conductive health (with grounding) and protecting your conductive health (with shielding) we can get these two powerfully healing approached united, so that they can both ultimately work together to support your innate, robust health.
You can clip this cord onto any grounding tool that is conductive and it will work! Compatible with all of the grounding tools I carry, simply clip to the edge of the conductive part of any grounding tool and it will be powerfully grounded!
All of my grounding cords are proudly made right here in the USA and not bulk manufactured overseas like most other grounding cords, ensure that your grounding experience is the most pure ground connection possible by upgrading your standard grounding cord with the new PureGround filter grounding cord.
18. What special way can I celebrate Earth Day today?
I hope by now you are inspired to head outside today on Earth Day 2019 and touch our planet directly. Here are a few ideas to get you excited to grab a friend and get grounded!
- Idea #1: Make Earth Day into a Personal Healing Retreat:
You can use the healing power of connecting directly to the Earth for as long as possible today and finish the day feeling better than you ever did when the day started.
Imaging studies and blood tests and common sense and ancient wisdom all agree… the earth is ever there for you, ever supporting you, ever washing away the inflammation from your day and the damage done to your body, ever renewing you and ever ready.
Some days within 1 second of touching the earth I can literally feel the relief washing over me. My headache soaks down into the ground or my shoulder tension melts away while I sit on a rock or my nausea vanishes while I lay in the grass or whatever stress I am holding onto that day subsides as I lean against a tree.
There is nothing that the earth can’t hold.
From the tallest skyscraper to the smallest blade of grass. From your joyful dancing under the sun to your sacred whispered secrets into the ground to your tears soaking in under the nighttime sky.
You don’t need permission from the government and you don’t need to know the latest medical news and you don’t need to read the scary headlines and you don’t need to double-check the label and you don’t need a pharmacy to hand it to you and you don’t need a doctor to recommend it… although I’m doing just that!
The one thing you can always turn to is the earth.
The one thing that reaches every organ system and every cell in your body is the earth. The one thing in our entire universe that supports life and exists to allow life to blossom all over it’s entire being is our earth. When you are out of contact with the earth your body feels the build up of inflammation and free radical damage and feels stressed and out of sorts.
When you come back in contact with the earth your body feels intense relief — and there is no better day to gift that to yourself than on Earth Day.
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- Idea #2: Host an Earth Day Film Screening!
Movie nights are always fun, and you can up the meaning behind our connection to Mother Earth by hosting a film screening to share the healing practice of grounding with your family and friends.
You can grab your own copy of Heal For Free right here, or if you want instant gratification, you can watch the original documentary that started it all, The Grounded, right here, and if you want to own your own copy of the film that led the entire movement, you can grab that here.
Pop some popcorn and click play… and share this truth with the people that you love:
The only thing limiting Mother Earth’s support of us is our willingness to connect or our willingness to disconnect.
To the extent that we seek out a connection to our Mother Earth, that’s the exact extent that we receive that healing from her.
She is always, always, ever available to us. Always. And this Earth Day, let’s turn this celebration of our planet into one that acknowledges the deep connection we all have — one that goes beyond recognizing the existence of this planet to recognizing the divine interconnection we have with her.
- Idea #3: Go outside and go heart spotting!!!
Nature is sending you love notes every single day. Take your camera and grab some pics of them… I love finding hearts in nature, here are some of my favs that I’ve captured:
Happy Earth Day my friends!!! That was a lot of information, but the most important thing is to have direct experience and try it. So now that you’ve read this far… go outside!