Earthing is reconnecting with the soil, the grass and the ground beneath our feet that is all too often taken for granted. The healing energy is there for our use and most of us are walking about unaware.
Everyday we don plastic soled shoes, hop from our well-insulated homes into cars with rubber tires, walk on cement sidewalks and wonder why we are unhealthy.
Sometimes the most obvious answer to the state of your health is to first give a long and determined glance at your diet, but if something is still amiss, why not try looking down to your feet for the answer?
Could earthing be The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?
For nearly two years we have been walking barefoot every day. A few minutes here walking out to the compost and a few minutes there walking to the summer kitchen and back again. Taking a jaunt out to the pond to observe water scorpions or having a snake slither over your toes (yes it happened just a couple of months ago!) are the joys of naked feet. Every walk is like a combination of reflexology and acupuncture, two sessions in one, healing and invigorating!
Then there are times when we actually have to leave our homestead, a place where we are confident to walk barefoot with every step. We need to go to the market, to the store, ride the bus, pedal to the playground and we must cover our feet with something, for the safety of our precious feet.
The city is a minefield of bubble gum, broken glass, sharp metal scraps and other unknown bits and pieces that will ruin a walk in no time if the foot is not properly clothed. This is the plight of humanity when we consider all public places to be trash cans for cigarette butts and unwanted slips of paper. It is anything but natural to produce such amounts of garbage, yet it is something that we have to live with and change by example.
Let’s talk materials:
Q. Can I wear any type of footwear and still be earthed?
A. No. Standard plastic/rubber or composite soles do not conduct the Earth’s electric energy. Most shoes today are made from those materials. You need leather or hide soles, which used to be the primary footwear materials in the past. Leather itself isn’t conductive, but the foot perspires and the moisture permits conduction of the energy from the Earth through the leather and up into the body. In addition, moisture from walking on damp ground or sidewalks could permeate up into the leather soled shoe. Thickness of the sole can also be a factor, and specifically that a very thick leather sole may not allow the moisture through… Earthing Basics
Organic leather isn’t always readily available, especially when you are looking for the naturally tanned version, so the next best thing is hemp rope.
Rope soled earthing shoes are relatively simple to make, here is a one-rope sandal tutorial for children to help you on your earthing shoe way.
And for colder weather another rope soled pair of shoes in progress, this time sewn by Cheryl (apprentice to Roland with his first pair of earthing shoes):
Other benefits of earthing include:
- improved sleep
- reduction of inflammation and chronic pain
- increased energy
- acts as blood thinner
- reduces tension, stress and headaches
- encourages and restores biological rhythms
In an energy-filled world it feels wonderful to be grounded!
Walk barefoot for at least 10 minutes a day on sand or soil and notice a quick improvement in your health. For the rest of your day consider earthing shoes made of all natural materials to allow you to walk freely where you will – through this park and that, up the hill and over yonder.
Your feet will thank you for the experience!
For the technical aspects of measuring voltage check out The Body Electric: Electromagnetism And The Foundation Of Life. Eat a balanced diet not too acidic in nature, eliminate wheat from your meals and enjoy all the benefits of earthing that you can fit into a day.
When those rope soled shoes of yours need mended, just call the cobbler and add a patch or two.
Is walking barefoot or wearing earthing shoes part of your life? We would love to hear about it in the comments below!
We take connecting with the Earth seriously here at Handcraftedtravellers, so nearly all of our writings are at least indirectly related to a nature-bound life philosophy. For a resource of those posts that are more explicitly about earthing (grounding), barefoot walking and earthing footwear, we recommend you to check out our informative core page of the topic: Earthing in Earthing Shoes.