Last Updated: July 11, 2018

Definition - What does Earthing mean?

Earthing is a movement that taps into the electrical energy of the earth. A form of grounding, in earthing, it is believed that Earth’s electrical field transfers to the body if some part of the body touches the earth or touches an object that can conduct Earth's electrical field.

With this connection to Earth, the body takes in free electrons, which are believed to serve as antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that block oxidation of other molecules, preventing the development of free radicals, which harm the body.

Yogapedia explains Earthing

Earthing is being embraced within the world of yoga. The simplest way to connect to Earth is to go barefoot, and in yoga, practice in direct contact with the ground. Because that is not always practical, products have been developed that are purported to facilitate the earthing connection, including special yoga mats, chairs, body bands, patches and bed sheets. Many of the products use a grounding cord that is plugged into the grounding port of an electrical outlet.

Earthing is believed to have these benefits:

  • Reduces inflammation and pain
  • Improves circulation
  • Reduces stress
  • Promotes healing
  • Reduces toxins

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