Earthing (or grounding) is the practice of placing your bare feet on the ground for health purposes.
Experts say being barefoot can help your body absorb Earth’s electrons and in theory offers health benefits.
People who practice earthing say they have found both physical and mental health benefits.
Earthing, or grounding, is a practice that has likely existed in certain communities for generations even if there wasn’t an exact label for it. Now, thanks to an interest in natural healing and further discoveries in this area, the practice is gaining more attention. On social media platforms like TikTok, the hashtag #earthing has more than 66 million views and #grounding has 199 million. The 2019 documentary “The Earthing Movie: The Remarkable Science of Grounding” has 4.6 million views on YouTube.
According to an article from the 1930s: “The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the earth and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth … The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing.”
In a study published in 2012, researchers found “emerging evidence shows that contact with the Earth – whether being outside barefoot or indoors connected to grounded conductive systems – may be a simple, natural and yet profoundly effective environmental strategy against chronic stress, ANS dysfunction, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, disturbed HRV, hypercoagulable blood, and many common health disorders, including cardiovascular disease.”