When you hear the term "getting back to your roots," what comes to mind? For many people, it can inspire a return to familiarity, such as picking up an old hobby, adopting a less chaotic lifestyle, or finding time for oneself.
At Berlin Skin, we are fans of getting back to our roots and believe in the importance of grounding ourselves to the earth, both figuratively and literally. One common practice associated with this is called "earthing" or "grounding." Earthing refers to the benefits gained from walking barefoot outside, or sitting, working, or sleeping outdoors while connected to conductive systems that transfer the earth's electrons from the ground into the body. Here are some of the benefits of earthing:
Improved sleep: Earthing may help improve sleep quality and duration. Some individuals report experiencing deeper and more restful sleep after incorporating earthing practices into their daily routine.
Reduced inflammation: Earthing has been linked to reduced inflammation in the body. It is believed that the direct contact with the earth's surface allows the body to receive a supply of negatively charged electrons, which can neutralize positively charged free radicals and reduce inflammation.
Pain relief: Many people report experiencing relief from various types of pain, including chronic pain, joint pain, and muscle soreness, when practicing earthing. The anti-inflammatory effects and improved circulation associated with earthing may contribute to pain reduction.
Stress reduction: Spending time in contact with the earth's surface is believed to have a grounding effect on the body and mind. It may help promote feelings of calmness, reduce stress levels, and improve overall well-being.
Improved mood and energy: Earthing has been associated with enhanced mood, increased energy levels, and a general sense of vitality. It is believed that the connection with the earth's energy can positively influence neurotransmitter levels and promote a more balanced emotional state.
Enhanced immune function: Some research suggests that earthing may support immune system function by reducing stress, promoting better sleep, and reducing inflammation.
Let's break this down together. As the world continues to technologically advance, we often find ourselves adapting to various changes, both subtle and life-altering. Today, we have access to tools and resources that allow us to work from home, have virtual doctor's appointments, and get our groceries delivered to our doorsteps. While these conveniences are incredibly helpful for those who cannot frequently leave their homes, they have also disrupted our connection with the earth and its natural healing frequencies.
We are all a little guilty of accumulating excessive indoor exposure day by day. So how can we slowly incorporate daily earthing into our lives? Here are some of our favorite ways:
- Walking barefoot and spending time lying down on grass, sand, or dirt.
- Getting dirty while tending to your yard work.
- Finding your circadian rhythm by allowing the sunrise and sunset to set the tone for your sleep-wake cycle. Minimizing or eliminating screen time during these periods can further enhance the experience.
There are numerous possibilities for how you can incorporate earthing into your daily routine. In our biased opinion, using skin care products from Berlin Skin can be a way to incorporate some of the benefits of earth's natural resources. Our products are plant-based, locally sourced when possible, and filled with aromatic ingredients that provide a personal grounding experience.
So, take a moment to reconnect with the earth and embrace the benefits of earthing in your life. It's time to get back to your roots and experience the healing power of nature.