FAQs

Earthing Basics

How can you experience Earthing benefits?

You have options.

1) Go barefoot (sit, stand, walk, run) outside on the Earth or swim/wade in the ocean/a lake/river for a half-hour or more a day.  On land, conductive surfaces for grounding include soil, grass, sand, gravel, and rock.  Concrete is also conductive.  Moist surfaces are more conductive than dry.  You cannot ground yourself on asphalt, vinyl, and wooden surface; they are not conductive.

2) Walking outside may be risky or unpleasant because of glass, parasites, excrement, etc. If your daily routine, the weather, or surface conditions don’t accommodate outdoor grounding, you can conveniently ground yourself indoors for many hours while sitting and sleeping.  Indoor Earthing products are available at www.earthingcanada.ca.

Research on Earthing started in 2000 and led to the development of conductive sheets, mats, body bands, and patches for indoor grounding.  Consider them as “barefoot substitutes” that allow you to be connected to the Earth outside.  The best opportunity to gain the many benefits of Earthing indoors is to sleep grounded.

What is grounding?

The earth is endowed with “electric nutrition,” a virtually limitless supply of mobile electrons that gives the ground we walk on (as well as our lakes and oceans) a natural negative electric charge.

Research demonstrates that “grounding,” or making direct contact with this negative electric charge, nourishes, protects, and heals all life on our planet – humans, animals, and plants alike. It restores and stabilizes the bioelectrical circuitry that governs our physiology and organs by recharging and thinning our blood, enhancing immune function, and powerfully and quickly knocking down inflammation.

Because we no longer sleep on the ground or walk barefoot everywhere we go, we have disconnected ourselves from a major, and very necessary, source of healing – the Earth. Grounding restores an essential electric connection that we’ve lost and that we need to keep inflammation at bay.

Grounding is accessible to everyone. It’s as simple as walking or sitting barefoot outdoors. If outside is impossible and/or you need more time grounded each day (which most people do!), using our indoor Earthing® products to connect to the earth while you sleep, relax, or work are critical.

How can I ground myself outside if I don't have grass?

  1. The concrete sidewalk will ground you. Take a barefoot walk or go sit on the curb.
  2. The copper cold water pipe in your home is grounded, so washing your hands and taking a shower will ground you. If you have access to the pipe, you can sit with your hands on it.
  3. Other surfaces that will ground you include:
  • Soil (Must be touching the earth. Cannot be in an enclosed box or plant pot.)
  • Sand
  • Gravel
  • Rock
  • Unsealed brick
  • Bodies of water (like the ocean, lakes, and streams)
  • Living trees

 

How quickly will grounding work?

Your body is a good conductor of free electrons. We have seen that when people are grounded in experiments with Earthing® Patches placed on the bottom of their feet (simulating standing barefoot on the Earth), they sometimes feel a tingling sensation moving up the legs. We associate this with the movement of electrons from the Earth up into the body. People say they often feel the same sensation when walking barefoot along the wet sand at the beach.

In our research, we have “clocked” the speed of this activity. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to reach sites of inflammation, such as a shoulder. A knee would respond faster as it is closer to the grounded feet.

The influx of electrons gives a powerful boost to the body’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory defences. They rapidly neutralize free radical molecules that create chronic inflammation, arresting the destructive action on healthy tissues.

Medical thermal imaging has shown decreased inflammation in minutes after people are grounded. You can see examples of such decreased inflammation in several thermal imaging studies on Earthing.

Everyone is different. Symptoms are different. Causes are different. Chronically ill people benefit from additional grounding hours during the day or night. From the thousands of cases that Clint Ober and others have observed for years, the more severe the health problem, the more dramatic the improvement seen with grounding in general. Even in end-of-life situations, it has been reported that individuals feel better when grounding.

We have had many reports of improved sleep and decreased stress after only one or two nights of sleeping grounded. If the cause of sleep difficulties is long-term insomnia with underlying health issues, improvement may stretch out. In a study conducted by the California Institute for Human Science, instantaneous changes in brain waves and muscle tension were documented with grounding. Clearly, lasting changes in stress, sleep, and body rhythms occur when we ground ourselves routinely.

If I'm grounded and touch someone's skin, will they be grounded too?

Yes, as long as you’re touching the person he or she will be grounded. ! 🙂

Is it possible that grounding won't work for me?

No. Everybody’s body needs to be grounded and will benefit from being grounded in some way, but we are all different and so we will all have different experiences.

The benefits of grounding can come quickly and dramatically, such as better sleep and more energy, or subtly and gradually over time like clearer skin, getting up to urinate less frequently at night, or clearing up plaque in your arteries. Oftentimes people who are very ill feel a dramatic difference while someone with radiant health and who sleeps well may not feel any substantial difference.

Connecting to the Earth is helping to preserve and perpetuate good health by keeping inflammation at bay. It’s a natural form of anti-aging medicine, whether you feel it drastically or not.

What can you expect to feel when you start Earthing?

Most people feel better right away. They adjust to the earth’s energy and experience deeper sleep, and feel more energetic. However, this isn’t always the case and that’s perfectly normal.

What you feel when you start grounding is completely unique because everyone’s body is different. A healing process is beginning and the course of it depends entirely on the state of your internal health.

For example, someone who has a chronic condition or is struggling with a variety of illnesses, may feel the difference dramatically while someone with radiant health may not feel a significant difference.

TINGLING: For some people, there may be some tingling in your body, which is due to improved circulation and infusion with the Earth’s healing energy. This usually dissipates quickly but if it feels too uncomfortable, simply discontinue grounding and try again later in the day. With consistent grounding, this will subside.

UNCOMFORTABLE SYMPTOMS: Because of grounding’s ability to improve blood flow, oxygenate body tissues, and restore the natural electrical state of your body, you may experience:

  • Flu-like symptoms that include malaise, achiness, headache, and a foggy mind.
  • Muscle cramps and disturbed sleep might occur.
  • Unaccustomed sensations due to nerve fibers functioning better.
  • Feeling more tired than usual.

Why is this? Throughout your body, more efficient cell repair and function is taking place, promoting a clear-out of wastes and toxins. This detoxification can result in the symptoms mentioned above. Earthing gives your body additional resources to “clean up” and try to return to normal. Because energy is expended in this process, you may feel initial fatigue before feeling increased energy.

HOW LONG WILL THIS TAKE? Responses vary from person-to-person, and when uncomfortable symptoms occur, they generally ease off within a week or two.

If any of this discomfort is too intense, simply stop grounding for long periods of time, like at night while you’re sleeping. Resume with shorter exposure, like a half-hour or an hour during the day. Exposure can then be gradually increased over a week or two, allowing your body to adjust more gradually.

Am I grounded in water?

It depends on the water!

Pure water like distilled water or snow has no minerals or salts dissolved in it and so is a poor conductor of grounded energy. When certain minerals, such as salt, are added to pure water, then the water becomes conductive (as a result of dissolution that breaks the salt into its components, electrically-positive sodium and negative chlorine).

The following types of water WILL ground you:

  • Ocean water: It’s full of dissolved salts and minerals and represents a superb conductive medium for grounding.
  • Lakes and rivers: They generally contain less minerals and salts than the ocean but they are still good conductors.
  • Mineral hot springs: The high mineral and salt content will ground you.

 

The following types of water MAY ground you:

  • Swimming pool: Yes if you have a salt water pool and the water is in contact with a metal drain pipe going into the ground. Normal tap water in a pool can also be conductive, but again, it needs to be in contact with a metal fixture going into the ground.
  • Bathtubs, showers, and facets: Tap water contains minerals and salts and is conductive, but as with the pools, it must be running through metal pipes that go into the ground in order to ground you.

Can I sleep too many hours while grounded?

No. The longer you ground yourself, the more benefits and vitality you can expect to see/feel. Because your body is most receptive to healing during sleep, this is the most beneficial time for grounding.

Grounding allows your body to receive the natural energy of the Earth and use it as needed. You may experience benefits for certain issues you were not even expecting improvements in and there may be no change in other areas. Because your body is always working to keep you healthy and alive, you always have a need for more negative electrons. Ideally, we would be grounded 24/7.

How long should I ground each day?

There is no hard and fast answer to this question because the health of your body is different from the health of everyone else in the world.

The best answer: Ground as often as you can, as much as you can.

Ideally, you would be grounded 24 hours a day, which is one of the reasons why sleeping grounded is so helpful – it gets you grounded for a large block of time.

Is there a difference between grounding and Earthing?

The earth is endowed with “electric nutrition,” a virtually limitless supply of mobile electrons that gives the ground we walk on (as well as our lakes and oceans) a natural negative electric charge. When you make direct contact with this negative electric charge you are grounding.

Grounding nourishes, protects, and heals all life on our planet – humans, animals, and plants alike. It restores and stabilizes the bioelectrical circuitry that governs our physiology and organs by recharging and thinning our blood, enhancing immune function, and powerfully and quickly knocking down inflammation.

Because we no longer sleep on the ground or walk barefoot everywhere we go, we have disconnected ourselves from this very necessary source of healing. Grounding restores an essential electric connection that we’ve lost and that we need to keep inflammation at bay.

Grounding is accessible to everyone. It’s as simple as walking or sitting barefoot outdoors. If outside is impossible and/or you need more time grounded each day (which most people do!), using our indoor Earthing® products to connect to the earth while you sleep, relax, or work are critical.

Earthing Canada is our company name. It is not synonymous with the term “grounding”, but our products do ground you to the Earth and so a lot of people use the two words interchangeably.

At Earthing Canada, we’re committed to spreading the message that we all need to reconnect. We encourage everyone to get outside and put your bare feet on the ground whenever possible. We’ve created products that allow you to be connected to the ground’s energy while you’re sleeping, working, and living your life indoors. It’s not practical to expect everyone to go back to living and sleeping directly on the ground as our ancestors did, but it is critically important for your short-term and long-term health to connect with the Earth’s electric nutrition as much as you possibly can.

Why do I feel terrible after beginning grounding? Shouldn't I feel better?

Most people feel better right away. They adjust to the earth’s energy and experience deeper sleep and feel more energetic. However, this isn’t always the case and that’s perfectly normal.

What you feel when you start grounding is completely unique because everyone’s body is different. A healing process is beginning and the course of it depends entirely on the state of your internal health.

Because of grounding’s ability to improve blood flow, oxygenate body tissues, and restore the natural electrical state of your body, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • Flu-like symptoms that include malaise, achiness, headache, and a foggy mind.
  • Muscle cramps and disturbed sleep might occur.
  • Unaccustomed sensations due to nerve fibers functioning better.
  • Feeling more tired than usual.
  • Tingling due to improved circulation.

WHY IS THIS?

Throughout your body, more efficient cell repair and function is taking place, promoting a clear-out of wastes and toxins. This detoxification can result in the symptoms mentioned above. Earthing gives your body additional resources to “clean up” and try to return to normal. Because energy is expended in this process, you may feel initial fatigue before feeling increased energy.

WHAT DO I DO?

If any of this discomfort is too intense, simply stop grounding for long periods of time, like at night while you’re sleeping. Resume with shorter exposure, like a half-hour or an hour during the day. Exposure can then be gradually increased over a week or two, allowing your body to adjust more gradually.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO FEEL BETTER?

Responses vary from person-to-person but uncomfortable symptoms generally get better within a week or two. Don’t worry! It will get better. 🙂

Am I grounded when I touch a tree?

Trees are made of wood, which is an insulating substance that does not ground you. However, the sap of the tree is grounded and so trees do have the ability to ground you, especially when the tree is wet from rain or moist from humidity. The grounding effect from a tree isn’t as strong as when you’re in direct contact with the Earth because wood is insulating, but it is still generally present.

If you’d like to know for sure if a certain tree will ground you, test it with our Continuity Tester.

A final thought: Trees resonate with their own frequencies and energies which also creates a positive, calming experience when you touch or hug it. So we suggest hugging a tree any time you feel the need! Just watch out for ants. 😉

Why am I having more vivid dreams now that I'm grounded?

If you are having more vivid dreams, it’s because you’re starting to restore your natural sleep stages and sleep cycles. We often hear this in women who are 35 or older, have compromised health, and/or are suffering from adrenal fatigue (whether they realize it or not!) When your body gets grounded, the inflammation goes down, and then the immune system starts working to restore your body back to a state of health. Because there is a lot of oxidative damage that needs to be repaired, this can make you feel more tired upon waking because your body has been working hard to fix itself. This phase will pass as the state of your health begins to normalize.

How long will it take for me to feel better after I start grounding?

What you feel when you start grounding is completely unique because everyone’s body is different. A healing process is beginning and the course of it depends entirely on the state of your internal health.

Most people feel better right away. They adjust to the earth’s energy and experience deeper sleep and feel more energetic. However, this isn’t always the case and that’s perfectly normal.

People who don’t feel better right away generally start to notice a change within 1-2 weeks, but it can take much longer depending on your individual health.

Consider how long you haven’t been grounded in your life. This is how long your body has had to develop inflammation and other unwanted health conditions. The more time you can spend grounded in a 24-hour period moving forward, the more time your body has to work on healing itself.

In a high-tech age, why is the concept of Earthing so important?

Earthing research indicates that grounding may represent a simple, natural, and powerful tool for reducing the current global epidemic of pain conditions, inflammation-related diseases, insomnia and chronic fatigue.  Earthing broadly lowers pain and inflammation and thus elevates quality of life ˗ how you feel, and even how you look ˗ to a surprising level.

James Oschman, Ph.D., an internationally-renowned expert on energy medicine and a member of our board of advisors, describes the phenomenon thusly: “Earthing works fast. Anyone can try it. You don’t even have to believe it works.   If you don’t feel well or have pain, for whatever reason, just put your bare feet on the ground – on grass, wet sand, gravel, or plain dirt − for a half-hour.  See what happens.  There is nothing that comes close to Earthing for quick relief. You can literally feel pain draining from your body the instant you touch the Earth.”

Is Earthing a new concept?

No, it’s not. Throughout practically all of history, humans have walked barefoot on the Earth. They have sat and slept on conductive animal skins, and fashioned those skins into footwear. Living like this enabled our predecessors to absorb the Earth’s natural healing energy into their bodies at all times.

Over time, as we’ve “advanced” as a society, we’ve disconnected ourselves more and more from touching the Earth.

During the late 1880s, a back-to-nature movement in Germany featured walking barefoot and sleeping directly on the Earth for which many positive health claims were made. For more on this movement, refer to the Earthing book.

Today, everyone is chronically disconnected from the healing power of the Earth. As a society, we largely live our lives indoors.

At Earthing Canada, we’re committed to spreading the message that we all need to reconnect. We encourage everyone to get outside and put their bare feet on the ground whenever possible. We supply products that allow you to be connected to the Earth while you’re sleeping, working, and living your life indoors. It’s not practical to expect everyone to go back to living and sleeping directly on the ground, but it is critically important for your short-term and long-term health to connect with the Earth’s energy as much as you possibly can.

can i be grounded too much?

No, it’s impossible to be grounded too much. (You can definitely be UN-grounded too much though!)

Because your immune system is busy protecting you 24/7, it’s ideal to be grounded all the time. In addition, just being alive uses up electrons in many metabolic processes, including the basic process of cellular energy production, so there is always an ongoing demand for them.

When you ground yourself on a routine basis, you are, in a sense, topping up your electron tank which maintains the electrical stability and health of your body. This makes it very difficult to develop chronic inflammation, the cause of most common chronic disease. If you think about animals in the wild, they are grounded constantly and don’t suffer from inflammation or any other chronic health conditions like we do.

It is possible to be grounded too much too fast if you are suffering from a major health condition such as Lyme disease. In this case, you should start grounding slowly. Ground yourself until you start to feel nauseous or lightheaded or like you’re getting a headache. When you start to feel any of these detoxification reactions, stop grounding and then try again later. Slowly work your way up to 30 minutes or more at a time, and then to longer periods from there.

Once I start grounding, what happens if I stop?

We always advise people to make grounding part of their daily routine. Your body has an ongoing need to replenish the negative electrons that the earth provides, so if you aren’t grounding daily, you aren’t able to take in new electrons to replace the ones used up by your body’s cellular activity.

Can you wear shoes and be grounded?

Most footwear today is made with plastic/rubber composite soles and do not conduct the Earth’s electric energy.

Shoes with leather/hide soles, which were the primary footwear material in the past, or specially designed conductive/electrostatic discharge shoes will ground you if you are walking on a conductive surface.

Please note: Dry leather isn’t conductive, but damp leather is. When your foot perspires and moisture from the ground dampens the leather, the energy from the Earth is able to travel through the leather and into your body. Also, very thick leather soles may not allow moisture through, so a thinner sole is better for conduction.

Check out our ERTHE by EARTHLING 3.0 straps to apply to your own shoes!

Why do I feel tingling when grounding?

When you first get grounded, you’re short of electrons. You’re like a battery that’s low. The tingling you feel is your body “charging” up and absorbing electrons from the Earth. This usually dissipates within 20 minutes and you won’t always feel this way when grounding.

If it ever feels too uncomfortable, discontinue grounding and try again later in the day. With consistent grounding, this will subside.

Remember: What you feel when you start grounding is completely unique because everyone’s body is different.

Do the floors in my house ground me if I'm barefoot?

It depends on the floor! You can check your floor using the Earthing® Continuity Tester.

NOT GROUNDED:

  • Wood floors
  • Vinyl floors
  • Glazed tiles
  • Unfinished tiles applied over wood, plywood, plastic, or vinyl understructure and/or tiles adhered with a petrochemical bonding material

GROUNDED:

  • Unsealed concrete floors built directly on the Earth (polished is fine)
  • Unsealed stone built directly on the Earth (polished is fine)
  • Unsealed/unpainted tile attached without a petrochemical bonding material to a concrete slab that is built right on the Earth

How can I experience the benefits of grounding?

  1. Go barefoot (sit, stand, walk, run) outside on the Earth for half an hour or more each day. Conductive surfaces include: soil, grass, sand, gravel, rock, unsealed concrete, and unsealed brick.
  2. Moist, living trees are usually conductive so hugging a tree is always an option. (Test with a Continuity Tester to be certain.)
  3. Swim/wade in the ocean/lake/river for a half and hour or more each day.
  4. Connect to the ground indoors using our Earthing® products while sleeping, working, watching TV, etc.

What surfaces will ground me? Which surfaces won't?

  1. Conductive Surfaces Include:
    • Soil
    • Grass
    • Sand
    • Gravel
    • Rock (that is touching the earth)
    • Unsealed concrete or concrete with a water-based sealant
    • Unsealed brick or brick with a water-based sealant
    • Bodies of water (like the ocean, lakes, and streams)
    • Most living trees, especially with wet bark (test with the Conductivity Tester to verify)
    • Living plants

    Note: Moist surfaces will be more conductive than dry surfaces.

    Non-Conductive Surfaces Include:

    • Asphalt
    • Vinyl
    • Plastic
    • Tar or tarmac
    • Cut wood
    • Painted or chemically-sealed concrete

Why does the Earth’s electric field transfer so easily to the body?

The body is mostly water and minerals. It is a good conductor of electricity (electrons). The free electrons on the surface of the Earth are easily transferred to the human body as long as there is direct contact. Unfortunately, synthetically-soled shoes act as insulators so that even when we are outside we do not connect with the Earth’s electric field. When we are in homes and office buildings, we are also insulated and unable to receive the Earth’s balancing energies.

How long do the effects of being grounded last?

How long the effects of grounding last in your body depend on your body’s electrical state.

It’s ideal to be grounded all the time because just being alive uses up electrons in many metabolic processes, including the basic process of cellular energy production. There is always an ongoing demand for electrons, which you receive from grounding.

When you ground yourself on a routine basis, you are, in a sense, topping up your electron tank which maintains the electrical stability of your body.

What is the difference between the Earth’s electric field and the electric field used to conduct electricity in my home?

The Earth’s electric field is mainly a continuous direct current (DC) producing field. Throughout history, life on the planet has attuned our biology to this subtle field. By comparison, home wiring systems in the U.S. use 60-cycle per second alternating current (AC). Unless at very low frequency (less that 10 cycles per second) and/or low power, alternating current is foreign to our biology. AC, and other forms of man-made environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are being researched as possible factors in a variety of stress-related responses. Many people are sensitive to EMFs. Studies show an “association,” but not cause and effect, between living near power lines (or exposure to EMFs on the job) and higher rates of health problems.

How much current is being transferred from the earth's surface through the wire to an Earthing® product?

There is no constant measurable current flow beyond the instant equalization charge transferred to the body when a person makes contact with an Earthing® product.

Once your body is grounded, the rate of influx changes, and you continue to absorb enough electrons to maintain the same electrical potential as the Earth and to restore what is being lost as a result of ongoing metabolic processes within you.

This amount of electrons varies significantly between people depending upon their lifestyle and activity and is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to measure.

What is the difference between the Earthing technology and the use of magnets?

Although the use of magnets produce some therapeutic effects when properly applied, magnets cannot provide free electrons, nor can they connect the body with the naturally balancing electric frequencies of the Earth. Earthing technology used inside your home or office connects you with the Earth’s electrons in the same way as if you were standing barefoot on ground outside.

Can I wear any type of footwear and still be earthed?

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. Moccasins are the best type of natural conductive footwear. Leather isn’t quite as good as bare feet on the ground but certainly much, much better than standard soles that are insulating. Hopefully soon shoe companies will begin making grounded shoes.

Can I ground myself outside by wearing electrostatic discharge (ESD) footwear?

ESD shoes are primarily designed for discharging static electricity, but to a degree they ground the body beneficially. They are better than regular shoes but not as good as going barefoot.

The difference between grounding and static discharge is that grounding instantly equalizes your body at Earth’s potential.

Static discharge (generally called a soft ground or a dissipative ground) is designed to slowly bleed off static electrical charges (contact and separation charges). These charges are created on the body by clothing and shoes whenever you move your clothing with arm movement or when you walk or sit on any synthetic material.

Does Earthing occur if I work, stand, or walk barefooted on a ceramic tile floor?

It depends on whether the tile floor sits on a concrete slab or on the ground. If directly on a slab or ground, the energy could come through. If the tile sits on plywood or some other kind of wood, plastic, or vinyl understructure, you are not likely to get any conductivity. It also depends on what kind of tile. Ceramic tile with a glazed finish on the surface will, like glass, probably prevent conductivity.

I live in a warm climate where we are reluctant to go out barefoot due to parasites in the soil like hookworm and roundworm. The soil never gets cold enough for the parasites to die off.

If being barefoot outside is risky, Earthing sheets and mats allow you to be grounded inside. The best opportunity to gain the many benefits of Earthing is to sleep grounded.

Can Earthing protect me from cell phone frequencies?

The protective potential of Earthing has not been tested yet on cell phone exposure. There is no research indicating that Earthing will or will not protect a person from exposure to cell phones signals, microwave radiation, or radio frequencies. What we know is that Earthing reduces significantly the induced body voltages generated by simple exposure to common household 60 Hz EMFs continuously emitted by all plugged-in electrical cords (even if the appliance is off), internal wiring, and all ungrounded electrical devices in the home or office. Based in the cases we have seen of people extremely sensitive to such EMFs it is prudent to be grounded as much as possible in the home or office.

If I sleep in a sleeping bag on the Earth will I be grounded?

Most sleeping bags are made of insulating and synthetic materials and you will not be grounded in them unless you stick an arm or foot out of the bag and make direct contact with the Earth.

Many people like to take our Earthing® Universal Mat or an Earthing® Pillow Cover along with an Earthing® Ground Rod camping with them. By attaching the Earthing® product to the Ground Rod, which then goes directly into the earth, you can be connected to the ground and still be warm and protected in your sleeping bag.

Getting Started

I just started sleeping grounded and feel a bit strange. What could that be from?

Initially, some people may feel some temporary discomfort or even flu-like signs, pain or achiness. In practically all cases, this experience is fleeting. We believe it is the result of a normalization of the body’s “electrical system.” As the process gets underway, the body’s ability to release accumulated toxicity may improve and you could feel that as transient discomfort. Typically, after some initial adjustment, you start feeling better and more energized. The feeling might last a few days at the most but it will go away. If you are uncomfortable, stop grounding yourself for several days and then begin again, starting with shorter exposure and gradually increasing the exposure. In the majority of cases, no discomfort is felt at the beginning.

I have noticed tingling in my feet for the first few nights I’ve been sleeping grounded. Should I be concerned?

Many people feel tingling in the beginning. It’s a sign that the circulation is improving.

Are there people who sleep grounded and don’t feel anything, or for whom grounding doesn’t work?

Everybody benefits in some way, but we are all different. The benefits can come quickly and dramatically, such as less pain and better sleep, or subtly and gradually over time. Often people who are very ill feel the difference most dramatically. Someone with radiant health and who sleeps well may not feel any difference, however, connecting to the Earth is helping to preserve and perpetuate good health. We regard Earthing as a natural form of anti-aging medicine, whether you feel it or not.

Can I plug a non-Earthing brand product or homemade grounding wire into the ground port of a wall electrical outlet and wrap it around my ankle or wrist?

We do not recommend this.

Official Earthing® products are specifically designed for safe, biological grounding of people. They have a built-in resistor that limits the flow of current in order to prevent the possibility that electricity could flow through the connecting wire and possibly hurt someone. The resistor allows the Earth’s natural energy to come through but not any potentially harmful electricity. In this respect, the resistor acts like a “kink” in a hose, curbing the flow. This is similar to the system utilized throughout the world to prevent electricity and static from damaging sensitive electronic parts.

Why do I need Earthing® products if I can just go barefoot on the Earth?

Earthing® products are a convenient and safe way to get grounded for more hours each day.

Our ancestors walked barefoot on the earth, wrapped their feet in conductive leather, and slept on animal hides on the ground. Such practices were part of the ordinary way of life throughout history. Our ancestors were always grounded. This is the ideal but no longer how we all live.

We rarely go outside barefoot, except as kids romping in the summer, or when we’re at the beach. We wear insulated shoes and we sleep on elevated beds inside our insulted houses.

Earthing products were created to address the issue of comfort, convenience, reality, and practicality. The products are basically “extension cords” that bring the Earth’s energy from outside into the office and home, simulating being barefoot outside. They were developed to satisfy the growing requests from people wanting to sleep, work, or relax while grounded indoors.

I started sleeping on an Earthing sheet and noticed that I feel warmer. What’s going on?

Contact with the Earth appears to create warmth in the extremities and body as a result of better circulation and relaxation. We have seen people quickly develop a rosier color in their skin. Many people have also reported feeling some initial tingling in the extremities.

Can I ground myself while driving a car or truck?

You can’t ground yourself to the Earth while driving a vehicle. However, you can put an Auto Seat Mat on the car seat and connect the cord with an alligator clip to the metal chassis under the seat. The sweat from your body will create a channel of moisture and conductivity through your clothes to the mat.

The chassis represents a relative ground plane, enough to act as a “sink” into which you discharge the static electricity that builds up on the body as a result of the clothes you wear rubbing against the seat. This rubbing action, brought about by the vibration of the moving car, creates the static electricity on your body.

Can I use a sheet over my Mattress Cover or Sleep Mat?

The closer to direct skin contact, the better.  What we have personally found most comfortable is putting the Sleep Mat under the fitted sheet. A grounded connection can still be made when a thin sheet is present thanks to the skin’s natural moisture acting as a conductor. However, if you wear full pajamas then we recommend sleeping directly on the Sleep Mat in order to make a connection.

Are Earthing® products safe to use with a waterbed?

Yes! There is nothing that would cause conflict with the function of either.

Can I wear pajamas when I sleep on an Earthing sheet?

The Sleep Mat is 100% conductive and creates a perfect ground plane on your bed. Direct skin contact is always best. However, you can wear pajamas with complete grounding success.

Shortly after lying down, perspiration and environmental humidity will hydrate your nightwear more than enough for your body to absorb electrons from the Earthing Sleep Mat and equalize your body with the negative electrical charge of the earth.

Helpful Tips:

  • SHEETS: If you wear pajamas, place the Sleep Mat on top of the fitted sheet so there is only the layer of the pajamas in between you and the Mat.
  • PAJAMAS: Thin natural materials like cotton or bamboo allow the fastest and strongest grounding connection.
  • SOCKS: Your feet are one of the most readily conductive areas of your body, so sleeping without socks is best.

I like to wear socks to bed. Do my bare feet have to touch the Earthing bed sheet?

It is best to have your bare feet in contact with the grounded sheet. The Earth’s energy is conducted most optimally via bare skin contact. However, if you must wear socks, try to have some skin — bare legs or another body part — touch the Earthing sheet. You can place the Earthing product in your bed wherever it is most comfortable and effective for you. If you wear socks to bed because of cold feet, you will often find that your feet warm up naturally from improved circulation when you sleep grounded.

Can I wear socks when using an Earthing mat on the floor?

Yes, you can. Feet naturally sweat and will hydrate socks, particularly thinner socks and socks made from natural fibers like cotton and bamboo, which facilitate the ability of the Earth’s energy to rise up into the body.

You can wear thicker socks and socks made from synthetic materials, but it will take longer for the sweat to penetrate through them and create the conduction needed to transfer the Earth’s energy.

Earthing and Health

How does Earthing help me feel better and my body’s ability to heal?

Pain and diseases other disturbances in our bodies are often caused by chronic inflammation. Such inflammation is, in turn, caused by positively-charged molecules called free radicals. When you make direct contact with the Earth, either by being barefoot outside or via a conductive sheet or mat indoors, the negatively-charged electrons from the Earth are absorbed into your body and reduce the free radicals and inflammation. This is our theory and it is supported by our research and feedback from thousands of people who use Earthing products.

This benefit of Earthing is very important because medical research has found that many of the chronic and debilitating diseases of our time have the same cause: chronic inflammation. Scientists now realize that pain and disease arise in our bodies where an inflammatory response has taken place, but the inflammation has not completely stopped after the healing process. A low level of chronic inflammation can continue for years, damaging normal tissues and wasting energy.
The human immune system evolved over a long span of time during which we were in virtually constant barefoot contact with the Earth. In our modern society, humans no longer walk barefoot. We wear shoes that insulate us from the Earth’s energy. In recent decades the incidence of chronic diseases, allergies, auto-immune conditions, and insomnia has skyrocketed in modern societies. One overlooked reason for this situation is that the immune system began functioning less efficiently as humans increasingly separated themselves from the Earth’s energy.

In your clinical studies, the physiological effects of Earthing have been almost immediate. Can you explain this?

The body is a good conductor of free electrons. It is a repeated observation that Earthing produces beneficial effects very rapidly. When people are grounded through the feet (either by standing barefoot on the Earth or via grounded EKG patches in experiments), they sometimes feel a tingling sensation moving up the legs. We associate this with the apparent movement of electrons up into the body. In our research, we have “clocked” the speed of this activity. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to reach sites of pain and inflammation and then begin neutralizing the inflammation. When a study participant says that pain has started to ease we regard this as a sign that the electrons have arrived at the pain site and have started to “go to work.”

Electrons may even be attracted to those sites because electrons have a negative charge and free radicals, involved in the inflammatory process, have a positive charge. Once the free radicals are neutralized, we hypothesize that the destructive action on healthy tissues is abated, leading to a reduction of pain, sometimes quite fast and dramatic.
As soon as a person comes in direct contact with the Earth the electrons inside the body “feel” the effect of the ground potential of the Earth’s electric field. We discuss this—the so-called “straw-bead” effect—in Appendix B of our “Earthing” book. The body settles and equalizes electrically to the ground potential almost instantaneously. The information that a new potential has been established in the body is transmitted, also almost instantaneously, to the autonomic nervous system, which then responds by “adjusting” electrical activities throughout the body. Muscle tension and skin conductance, and maybe also brain waves, are adjusted in a few seconds at the most.

Can Earthing add years to my life?

We don’t know the answer to that question, however Earthing does look promising as a powerful anti-aging strategy. Many researchers have documented the deterioration of the immune system as we age. The name for this is immunosenescence. A prominent medical theory states that one of the causes of general deterioration during aging is free radical damage, technically known as oxidative stress, and resulting in injury to cells. Since Earthing greatly reduces oxidative stress and inflammation it is expected to increase life expectancy and improve health. There is no question that maintaining a functionally “young” immune system is an excellent strategy for preserving the quality of life and slowing senescence.

How much time do I need to be grounded in order to feel results?

What you feel when you start grounding is completely unique because everyone’s body is different. A healing process is beginning and the course of it depends entirely on the state of your internal health.

Most people feel better right away. They adjust to the earth’s energy and experience deeper sleep and feel more energetic. However, this isn’t always the case and that’s perfectly normal.

People who don’t feel better right away generally start to notice a change within 1-2 weeks, but it can take much longer depending on your individual health.

Consider how long you haven’t been grounded in your life. This is how long your body has had to develop inflammation and other unwanted health conditions. The more time you can spend grounded in a 24-hour period moving forward, the more time your body has to work on healing itself.

How long will it take to relieve my symptoms?

Everybody is different and symptoms are different and with different causes. Earthing does not cure anything. Contact with the Earth helps restores the body’s natural electrical balance and reduce stress and inflammation. By doing these things, Earthing can have both short-term and long-term effects, and sometimes quite dramatic and quick. We have had many reports of improved sleep and decreased stress after only one or two nights of sleeping grounded. If the cause of sleep difficulties is long-term insomnia with underlying health issues, improvement often takes more time.

Medical thermal imaging has shown decreased inflammation in minutes after people are grounded. In a study conducted by the California Institute for Human Science, instantaneous changes in brain waves and muscle tension were documented when the Earth connection was introduced.

Clearly, lasting changes in stress, sleep, pain and body rhythms occur when we are connected to the Earth for longer segments of time on a repeated basis. Nighttime sleep, when the body is most receptive to healing, is the most beneficial time. In a general sense, just as you can’t direct healthy food, air, or water to create specific desired results in one function or part of your body, the body takes in the natural energy of the Earth and uses it as needed. You may experience benefits for certain issues you were not even expecting improvements in and there may be no change in other areas. Generally, the longer you continue to use Earthing, the more benefits and vitality you can expect to see.

I feel better when I sleep grounded. What happens if I stop sleeping grounded?

Over the years, we have heard from many people who experienced relief and improvements and then stopped Earthing. Their gains began eroding. We advise people to make Earthing part of a healthy lifestyle routine and keep grounding themselves. Don’t stop. We all evolved connected to the Earth. Staying connected may be the difference between feeling good and feeling bad. Earthing is not just for regaining well-being, but also for maintaining it.

I’ve got pain. How can Earthing help me?

Go outside and stand, sit, or walk on the ground barefoot for at least a half hour or so. In that time you may notice that your pain is less. We believe this effect comes from the electrons that flow into your body from the Earth. Inside the body they act to reduce inflammation. There are also “barefoot substitutes,” Earthing products you can sleep on, work on, and sit on inside your home or place of work. Think of them as extension cords connecting you in your house or office to the Earth outside.

Do Earthing products need to be applied directly where I have pain in my body?

Our bodies conduct the Earth’s energy. If any part of your body is in contact with the earth, or an Earthing product, all of your body becomes equalized with the energy of the Earth. We have observed, however, that applying the Earthing product near the location of an injury or pain may accelerate the decrease in local inflammation and pain.

I have two stents. Could sleeping grounded do any damage to the stents?

Not any more than sleeping or walking barefoot on the Earth would cause damage.

Can “electro-hypersensitive” people ground themselves?

Yes, and it is good for them if they do. Sometimes such individuals report feeling strange energy in the beginning and some even say they feel ill. The energy they feel when grounded is simply Earth’s natural energy.

We regard these sensations generally as part of an adjustment/healing/detoxification process as the body normalizes and inflammation goes down. If the feeling is too uncomfortable, stop sleeping or working grounded. Re-start your grounding by spending a half hour or forty minutes, or even less, twice a day barefoot outside or in contact with an Earthing mat or band inside your home. Then very slowly increase your exposure. In this way, you may often be able to work your way gradually to sleeping grounded. Just go very slow and at your own pace. Some electro-hypersensitive people have found that they receive positive benefits just from minimum exposure to Earthing.

Is it OK for me to do Earthing if I take different medications?

We recommend you have a conversation with your doctor first.  He or she, however, may not know anything about Earthing.  Earthing makes the physiology function more efficiently, and this improvement has the potential to affect medication dosages.  We know that Earthing has a blood thinning effect, and may improve thyroid function, blood sugar, and blood pressure, and thus the dosages of medication may need to be closely monitored and adjusted.  However, such interactions have not been measured in studies.  For that reason, we strongly advise informing your doctor and following his or her guidance.  Please read our report on Earthing and medication.

How does Earthing help you feel better and heal faster?

Pain, disease, and other disturbances are often caused by chronic inflammation. Such inflammation is, in turn, caused by positively charged molecules called free radicals. When you make direct contact with the Earth, either by being barefoot outside or using an Earthing product indoors, electrons from the Earth enter your body and reduce the free radicals and inflammation.  At this point, the concept is theoretical, but supported by our research and feedback from thousands of people who use Earthing products.

In any case, the effect of Earthing is significant because medical research has found that many of the chronic and debilitating diseases of our time have the same cause: chronic inflammation.  Scientists now realize that pain and disease arise in our bodies where an inflammatory response has taken place, but the inflammation has not completely stopped after the healing process. A low level of chronic inflammation can continue for years, damaging normal tissues and wasting energy.

The human immune system evolved over a long span of time during which we were in virtually constant skin contact with the Earth. In our modern society, humans no longer walk barefoot. We wear shoes that insulate us from the Earth’s energy. In recent decades the incidence of chronic diseases, allergies, auto-immune conditions, and insomnia has soared. One overlooked possibility for this alarming increase is that the immune system is functioning less efficiently as most humans today live ungrounded.

How fast does Earthing work in the body? What about symptom relief?

Pain, disease, and other disturbances are often caused by chronic inflammation. Such inflammation is, in turn, caused by positively charged molecules called free radicals. When you make direct contact with the Earth, either by being barefoot outside or using an Earthing product indoors, electrons from the Earth enter your body and reduce the free radicals and inflammation.  At this point, the concept is theoretical, but supported by our research and feedback from thousands of people who use Earthing products.

We have repeatedly observed Earthing producing beneficial effects quickly.  Keep in mind that the body is a good conductor of free electrons. We have seen that when people are grounded in experiments with the use, for instance, of conductive patches placed on the bottom of the feet (simulating standing barefoot on the Earth), they sometimes feel a tingling sensation moving up the legs. We associate this with the movement of electrons from the Earth up into the body.  People say they often feel the same sensation when walking barefoot along the wet sand at the beach.

In our research, we have “clocked” the speed of this activity. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to reach sites of pain and inflammation, such as a shoulder. A painful knee would respond faster as it is closer to the grounded feet.  When a study participant says that pain has started to ease we regard this as a sign that the electrons have arrived at the pain site and are “going to work.”

The influx of electrons gives a powerful boost to the body’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory defenses.  Like reinforcements, we believe they rapidly neutralize free radical molecules that create chronic inflammation, arresting the destructive action on healthy tissues, and leading to a reduction of pain.

Medical thermal imaging has shown decreased inflammation in minutes after people are grounded.  You can see examples of such decreased inflammation in several thermal imaging studies on Earthing.    Here, and here.

There is an instant and natural shift in your body when you become grounded. We have measured the changes in the laboratory and they clearly indicate that the body is functioning better. People with pain often feel relief in varying degrees − from a little to a lot, and to even disappearance of the pain − just by planting their bare feet on the ground outside for a half hour or forty minutes.  Sleeping grounded through the night produces many beneficial results, such as better and deeper sleep, more energy during the day, and less pain. Again, the degree of benefits vary from slight to dramatic, from immediate to gradual.

Everyone is different.  Symptoms are different. Causes are different.

Some chronically ill people benefit from additional grounding hours during the day, such as by being barefoot or using an Earthing mat or body band. From the thousands of cases that Clint Ober and others have observed for years, the more severe the health problem the more dramatic the improvement seen with grounding in general. Even in end-of-life situations associated with pain, it has been reported that individuals generally have less pain.

We have had many reports of improved sleep and decreased stress after only one or two nights of sleeping grounded. If the cause of sleep difficulties is long-term insomnia with underlying health issues, improvement may stretch out.   In a study conducted by the California Institute for Human Science, instantaneous changes in brain waves and muscle tension were documented with grounding.

Clearly, lasting changes in stress, sleep, pain, and body rhythms occur when we ground ourselves routinely.

Earthing does not cure anything.  It restores a natural electrical balance in the body and reduces stress and inflammation. Earthing can thus have both short-term and long-term effects.

Can Earthing products be used by somebody who has a pacemaker?

There is no evidence that Earthing interferes with the function of a pacemaker. Earthing is the same as walking barefoot on the Earth. Many people with pacemakers sleep grounded and experience the benefits of their medical device and Earthing. To our knowledge, no one with a pacemaker was advised not to walk barefoot outdoors. Just check with your doctor initially and monitor yourself for any symptoms.

Can I use Earthing® products if I have hip or knee replacements?

Yes. Using Earthing® products is akin to placing your bare feet on the earth. There are no contraindications.

Can I get too much of the Earth’s energy by sleeping grounded every night?

Throughout most of history we walked barefoot and slept on the ground. We were directly connected to the Earth almost 24/7. That’s what our bodies are used to. Our body knows exactly what to do with what the Earth provides for us. When we connect to the Earth the amount of the electrons we absorb is governed by the amount our body needs to balance the electrical charge of our body. It is always the perfect amount.

I am not feeling any difference from Earthing. Could it be because I am very healthy already?

Most dramatic results are felt by those who are sick and depleted. For healthy folks, we regard Earthing as a significant anti-aging strategy. But our investigations support the idea of staying grounded not just to feel better, but for prevention and optimum health.

I have battled with insomnia for a long time. I got the Earthing sheet, and during the first week, I slept so much better, but then started tossing and turning again.

Sleep is so subjective, and the quality is often related to life’s stresses. No matter how grounded somebody is, stressful situations can readily impact sleep. Drinking a lot of caffeine or alcohol in the evening could also interfere with sleep.

Can grounding help stroke patients?

No studies have been done to determine this possibility. In a general sense, if you can increase circulation and oxygen delivery in the body, you can get an improvement. Earthing research has demonstrated improved circulation and oxygen uptake.

Can grounding help blood pressure?

Again, no specific studies on this have been done. Anecdotally, we have heard from many people whose blood pressure numbers have improved, and who have better control of their blood pressure, after starting Earthing. Some have been able to lower the dosage of their medication. If you take medication and experience better control, you should inform your physician and ask about the possibility of lowering your dosage.

Earthing Products

Which side of my Ground Therapy Sleep Mat is the conductive side?

Your mat transfers the ground energy using a conductive carbon leatherette. This material is the shiny, leather-like side of your mat and is what should be in closest to direct skin contact.

What materials are the sleeping mats made out of?

Our non-toxic Earthing® mats are made from our patented conductive carbon leatherette. The leatherette is a composite of Polyurethane (PU) resin infused with conductive carbon pigment. It has a buttery soft feel akin to a vegan leather. It has been 3rd party tested to be free of lead, Azo dyes, and phthalates.

Polyurethane (PU): This material is what makes the Earthing® sleeping mats so durable while being environmentally-friendly, breathable, soft, and flexible. This leather look-alike is consumer-friendly and safe, unlike older PVC leathers which were full of plasticizers and heavy metal elements like lead. It is vinyl-free and phthalate-free.

Conductive Carbon Pigment: Carbon is the 2nd most abundant element in the human body (after oxygen) and is what conducts the earth’s energy. It also makes the mat naturally flame-resistant without needing to add harsh chemicals.

FABRIC BACKING: The sleep mat has a soft fabric backing made from a cotton/polyester blend that is latex free.

MAT STRAPS: The mat straps do include a latex yarn to ensure a secure fit to your mattress.

OFF-GASSING: Prior to packaging, the mats undergo a thorough off-gassing procedure to ensure a peaceful, grounded rest right out of the box.

CLEANING: The sleep mat may be wiped down using soap and water on a damp cloth or sponge. Don’t ever spray with household products like furniture polish or Armor All® which will make the mat lose its conductivity. Air dry the mat. Never put it in the dryer.

Can I put a fitted sheet over my Earthing Mat?

Direct skin contact is always best. However, the Earthing® Sleep Mat may be placed under your fitted sheet with complete grounding success!

Shortly after lying down, perspiration and environmental humidity will hydrate your fitted sheet more than enough for your body to absorb electrons from the Earthing Sleep Mat and equalize your body with the negative electrical charge of the earth.

Helpful Tips:

  • SHEETS: Natural fiber sheets like cotton or bamboo allow a faster and stronger grounding connection than man-made materials like polyester.
  • PAJAMAS: If you choose to place your Earthing® Mat under your fitted sheet, please don’t wear pajamas. If you place your Earthing® Mat on top of your fitted sheet, then wearing pajamas is fine.
  • SOCKS: Your feet are one of the most readily conductive areas of your body, so sleeping without socks is best.

Can Earthing® products be plugged into wall outlets anywhere in the world?

Yes, as long as you have grounded outlets and you may need an outlet adapter. Please see below for details about each type of wall outlet.

Please note: If you are outside of Canada your country may have more than one type of outlet so read this page in its entirety.

Ground Rod: The most simple way to use Earthing® anywhere in the world is with an Earthing® Ground Rod placed in the soil outside a window or door. This is especially helpful if you don’t have grounded outlets.

Universal Adapter: Do not buy a universal adapter. Some universal adapters look like they have the Earth/ground connection but when tested they do not work. Others have loose intermittent connections that will minimize the benefits you expect from Earthing® products. If you do not have a grounded outlet, you will have to use a Ground Rod or have an electrician connect your electrical outlets to the Earth.

Voltage: Earthing® products do not operate on electricity, so it does not matter what the electrical current is in your country (whether 110 volts or 240 volts, etc). All Earthing® product connection cords do contain a current limiting 100k ohm resistor.

TYPE “B” WALL OUTLETS

Used in: The United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and parts of the Carribean

  1. Ensure your outlet is grounded. Check it with the Outlet Checker provided in your Earthing.com order or with a simple outlet checker you can purchase at your local electrical supply or hardware store.
  2. The cords that come with Earthing® products are designed to fit directly into the ground port (bottom hole) of your three prong wall outlet or they may be used with an Earthing® Ground Rod placed in the soil outside your window or door.

Please Note: Outlets with only two holes have no Earth/ground present. This is quite common in older homes. In this situation, you must use a Ground Rod or have an electrician come in and ground your outlets.

TYPE “I” WALL OUTLETS

Used in: American Samoa, Argentina, Australia, China, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Okinawa, Panama, Papua New Guinea, St. Vincent, Tajikistan, Tonga, and Uruguay

  1. Ensure your outlet is grounded. Check it using a simple outlet checker that you can purchase at your local electrical supply or hardware store or buy the Earthing® Type I Outlet Checker. If you do not have grounded outlets, you must use the Earthing® Ground Rod or have an electrician come in and ground your outlets.
  2. To successfully use Earthing® products in your grounded Type I wall outlets, please use the Earthing® Type I Outlet Adapter.

TYPE “E/F” WALL OUTLETS

Used in: Algeria, American Samoa, Aruba, Austria, Azores, Balearic Islands, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Chad, Croatia, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Laos, Luxembourg, Madeira, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Niger, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Turkey, and Uruguay

  1. Ensure your outlet is grounded. Check it using a simple outlet checker that you can purchase at your local electrical supply or hardware store. If you do not have grounded outlets, you must use the Earthing® Ground Rod or have an electrician come in and ground your outlets.
  2. To successfully use Earthing® products in your grounded Type F wall outlets, please use the Type E/F Outlet Adapter (Europe).

TYPE “G” WALL OUTLETS

Used in: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Channel Islands, China, Cyprus, Dominica, El Salvador, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  1. Ensure your outlet is grounded. Check it using a simple outlet checker that you can purchase at your local electrical supply or hardware store or buy the Earthing® Type G Outlet Checker. If you do not have grounded outlets, you must use the Earthing® Ground Rod or have an electrician come in and ground your outlets.
  2. To successfully use Earthing® products in your grounded Type G wall outlets, please use the Earthing® Type G Outlet Adapter.

TYPE “K” WALL OUTLETS

Used in: Bangladesh, Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Guinea, Madagascar, Maldives, St. Vincent, Senegal, and Tunisia

  1. To ensure your outlet is grounded. Check it using a simple outlet checker that you can purchase at your local electrical supply or hardware store or buy the Earthing® Type K Outlet Checker. If you do not have grounded outlets, you must use the Earthing® Ground Rod or have an electrician come in and ground your outlets.
  2. To successfully use Earthing® products in your grounded Type K wall outlets, please use the Earthing® Type K Outlet Checker.

How do I clean my Sleep Mat, Universal Mat, or Pillow Cover?

Our conductive black carbon material is inherently antimicrobial and can be wiped down with a damp cloth.

For an occasional deeper clean, we recommend a simple 3-step cleaning process:

  1. Wipe down the outside of your product using a damp cloth mixed with a small amount of mild household soap.
  2. Use a clean, damp cloth to thoroughly wipe away the soap. (This prevents buildup which blocks conductivity.)
  3. Let your product air dry.

Important: Never use a cleaning agent containing bleach, disinfectants, oils, or whitening agents as they can ruin the conductivity of your Earthing® product. Never put your product in the washing machine or dryer.

Can I use two different Earthing® products at the same time?

Yes, you can use multiple grounding products at the same time, but for safety sake you should only plug them into one grounding source: either a grounded outlet or a ground rod. Not one to the outlet and the other to a ground rod. The reason is to avoid the risk of a shock in case of a surge due to a power outage or a thunderstorm.

Here’s why: Your house/building electrical system is connected to, and stabilized by, a ground rod in the Earth, usually located under the electrical panel. A loop wire (also known as the ground wire), runs through your system, and you connect to it whenever you insert your Earthing® cord into the third hole (the ground port) of the outlet. If you plug your Earthing® sheet, for instance, into the outlet, you are grounded via the house ground rod.

Let’s say you also want to sleep with an Earthing® Patch and you connect it to your Earthing® Ground Rod.

If you were to do this, you would be creating what’s called a “ground loop,” meaning a closed circuit − a closed loop with the ground closing the loop. When you place an Earthing® Ground Rod into the soil, usually it is not close to the house ground rod. There are differences in size, depth, and soil conditions between the two rods that create an electrical resistance between the two rod locations. This means a different “electric potential,” that is, level of electrical energy, and the difference would generate a current flow in the closed circuit of which you are a part. So the current flows through you.

In general, you wouldn’t feel anything unusual and you wouldn’t be harming yourself. But there would be risk from a shock, for instance, when a power surge or a thunderstorm occur. In this case, the difference in electric potential can get very high, reaching even several hundred or even thousands of volts, and create a very strong current – enough for you to feel as a mild shock.

All Earthing® product cords have built-in resistors that protect you. If it were not for the presence of the resistor, the shock you feel would be much larger.

The bottom line: If you use more than one Earthing® product at one time, connect them to the same grounding source, either to a grounded outlet or to the Ground Rod. You can certainly plug two single Earthing® cords into the two receptacles of a standard grounded outlet or even into two different outlets. Or you can put both into an Earthing® Safety Adapter.

It should be noted that newer houses have ground rods under the house at several points below the pathway of the ground wire, resulting in an improved grounding system. Older grounding systems may have wires with a volt or two, because of the length of the wire and a slight build-up of resistance. Electro-hypersensitive people may feel even that low voltage, and are advised in that case to connect their Earthing® product to a dedicated Earthing® ground rod planted in the soil outside an adjacent window, if that is feasible.

I have an old Earthing® fitted sheet. Can I use this over my Earthing® Sleep Mat?

Yes, you can! Even if the silver in your Earthing® fitted sheet is no longer conducting on its own, the semiconductive properties of cotton combined with your body’s heat and perspiration will allow the mat to work perfectly through the fitted sheet.

Where should I place the Earthing® Patches for best results?

Over many years of observation and study, we have found that there are three prime locations for placing the patches.

  1. To target your upper body (from the waist up), place the patches on the palms of your hands.
  2. To target your lower body (below the waist), place the patches on the K1 spot on the soles of your feet.
  3. To target a specific area, place the patch directly on that area of the body, or adjacent to it.

TIPS:

Do I need to use the Outlet Adapter that comes in my order?

Yes, you do. Plugging the Coil Cord into the Outlet Adapter ensures you will have a tight grounded connection.

The Safe-T Cube Adapter included in your order is also a space-saving device that gives you the ability to use two Earthing® Products in a single 3-prong outlet within the U.S. Simply plug both Earthing devices into the Outlet Adapter and then plug it into one of your 3-prong outlets.

Please Note: Use the Outlet Checker (Ground Tester) first to make sure your outlet is properly grounded before plugging in the Outlet Adapter.

How long can I leave an Earthing® Patch on for?

For convenience sake, many people like to leave their Patch Kit (90) Count on their body even when they’re not connected to a cord.

Two to three days is the maximum amount of time we recommend leaving a Patch on your skin at one time.

When you remove the Patch, if you would like to put on a new Patch, place it in a slightly different spot so you don’t irritate your skin.

Yes, you absolutely can take the Patch off when you are done using it each time. You don’t need to leave it on for 2-3 days. It’s a matter of preference.

Do Earthing® Patches lose conductivity when they aren't sticky anymore?

If the adhesive on your individual Earthing® Patch isn’t sticky anymore, this doesn’t necessarily mean the Patch is no longer conductive.

What matters is that the gel in the centre of the patch is still in contact with your skin. If it is, then the Patch is still conductive and you can use tape or Band-Aids or whatever works to keep the Patch on your body.

If the gel is no longer in contact with your skin, then discard the Patch and open a new one.

Why should I buy any grounding product, like a sheet or a mat, when I can simply go barefoot?

You are absolutely correct. Barefoot is the natural way to go. And also sleep on the ground. This is the way humans evolved. In so-called “developed societies,” we wear insulating shoes and we sleep on elevated beds. However, most people won’t regularly go barefoot, if at all, or consider sleeping on the ground, and certainly not in the cold winter months. So Earthing products were created to address the issue of comfort, convenience, reality, and practicality. The products are basically extension cords. They bring the Earth’s energy outside into the office and home inside — the equivalent of being barefoot outside while you are inside. They were developed to accommodate the research process and to satisfy a continually growing demand of people wanting to sleep, work, or relax grounded for all the reasons we present in the book.

I started sleeping on an Earthing sheet and noticed that I feel warmer. What’s going on?

Contact with the Earth appears to create warmth in the extremities and body as a result of better circulation and relaxation. We have seen people quickly develop a rosier color in their skin. Many people have also reported feeling some initial tingling in the extremities.

Can I wear pajamas with the Sleep Mat?

The Sleep Mat is 100% conductive and creates a perfect ground plane on your bed. Direct skin contact is always best. However, you can wear pajamas with complete grounding success.

Shortly after lying down, perspiration and environmental humidity will hydrate your nightwear more than enough for your body to absorb electrons from the Earthing Sleep Mat and equalize your body with the negative electrical charge of the earth.

Helpful Tips:

  • SHEETS: If you wear pajamas, place the Sleep Mat on top of the fitted sheet so there is only the layer of the pajamas in between you and the Mat.
  • PAJAMAS: Thin natural materials like cotton or bamboo allow the fastest and strongest grounding connection.
  • SOCKS: Your feet are one of the most readily conductive areas of your body, so sleeping without socks is best.

I like to wear socks to bed. Do my bare feet have to touch the Earthing bed sheet?

It is best to have your bare feet in contact with the grounded sheet. The Earth’s energy is conducted most optimally via bare skin contact. However, if you must wear socks, try to have some skin — bare legs or another body part — touch the Earthing sheet. You can place the Earthing product in your bed wherever it is most comfortable and effective for you. If you wear socks to bed because of cold feet, you will often find that your feet warm up naturally from improved circulation when you sleep grounded.

Can I wear socks when I'm using the Universal Mat under my feet?

Yes, you can. Feet naturally sweat and will hydrate socks, particularly thinner socks and socks made from natural fibers like cotton and bamboo, which facilitate the ability of the Earth’s energy to rise up into the body.

You can wear thicker socks and socks made from synthetic materials, but it will take longer for the sweat to penetrate through them and create the conduction needed to transfer the Earth’s energy.

Are Earthing® products safe to use with an electric blanket or electrically-heated mattress pad?

Yes, there is no conflict using Earthing® products at the same time as these electric devices.

How are Earthing® products different from therapeutic systems that stimulate the frequencies of the Earth?

Such devices utilize pulsed electromagnet fields (PEMF).

These fields, however, do not contain any electrons, and thus cannot deliver electrons to the body as grounding does.

Earthing® products conduct the electrons of the Earth (and their vibratory frequencies) into your body and serve as extension cords from the Earth to you. The electrons and their frequencies naturally include all of the subtleties inherent in Nature that our bodies have attuned to throughout history.

How are the Earthing sheets different from an electric blanket?

Earthing sheets do not run on electricity. Nor do they heat up as does an electric blanket. They only conduct the subtle energy from the ground. They do not conduct the electrical energy that flows in the electrical system of your house and powers your lights and appliances. If you want to know about safety issues related to the use of electric blankets, visit the following website:

http://www.electricblanketinstitute.com/safety.html There are no additional safety issues regarding the use of an electric blanket when sleeping grounded. Earthing product cords contain a current limiting resistor that prevent any harmful effect should an electrical event such as a short develop in an electric blanket.

Can I use an Earthing® product in bed with a magnetic mattress pad?

Yes, you can Earthing product on TOP of a magnetic mattress pad.

Magnets will not interfere with grounding and may even help the electrons involved in grounding get distributed faster in the body.

Do NOT place the Earthing® Mat under the magnetic mattress pad. You will lose the grounding effect.

Is it safe for my cat or dog to come into contact with Earthing® products?

Yes, absolutely. They are as safe for your pet as walking on the earth outside.

How do I clean my black carbon Earthing® products?

Our conductive black carbon material is inherently antimicrobial and can be wiped down with a damp cloth.

For an occasional deeper clean, we recommend a simple 3-step cleaning process:

  1. Wipe down the outside of your product using a damp cloth mixed with a small amount of mild household soap.
  2. Use a clean, damp cloth to thoroughly wipe away the soap. (This prevents buildup which blocks conductivity.)
  3. Let your product air dry.

Important: Never use a cleaning agent containing bleach, disinfectants, oils, or whitening agents as they can ruin the conductivity of your Earthing® product. Never put your product in the washing machine or dryer.

Earthing and Electrical, Connection & Conductivity Issues

How much “current” is actually being transferred from the Earth's surface via the wire to a grounding product?

There is no constant measurable current flow beyond the equalization charge that is instantly transferred to the body when a person lies on a conductive sheet or makes contact with another type of Earthing product. We are talking about numbers of electrons in the trillions and quadrillions. Once the body is grounded, the rate of influx changes, and the body will only absorb that amount of electrons needed to maintain the same electrical potential as the Earth and to restore what is lost in the body’s metabolic processes. It may take many quadrillions to get the body stable. As long as a person continues to be grounded, the body can use the Earth as a natural reservoir, or “power source,” of electrons to maintain a “topped up” homeostatic level that compensates for any attrition of internal electrons. With connection to the Earth, it would thus seem hard for the body to develop any electron deficiency, and, theoretically, any chronic inflammation. The actual amount of charge (electrons transferred) would vary significantly based upon location of the body above the Earth (voltage) and any potential electrostatic charge that has built up on the body. The continuing amount of electrons absorbed by the body to reduce metabolic and immune response free radicals would also vary significantly between people depending upon their life style and activity. This is all extremely difficult, if not impossible, to measure.

Could there be anything detrimental from the level of ground currents in an urban setting because of high use of electrical grids? Do we have to worry about the electrical fields around us and the impact of our environment on our physical body?

For a detailed answer to the question, read the Earthing Institute statement on Understanding Earthing (grounding) In brief, there is a big misconception regarding ground currents. Some people believe that the electricity that goes from the power plant to your house, lights your light bulb and appliances, and then goes out the other side of the wiring (neutral) into the Earth and returns back to the power company. That’s not true. The alternating current electricity that powers your home and office actually doesn’t go anywhere, and certainly not into the ground.

Ground currents are generated primarily by geophysical events, like lightning and when the sun shines on the Earth. These events naturally electrify the Earth with a subtle ground current called DC, for direct current.

Please keep in mind that the Earth is infinitely large. When you make direct physical contact with the Earth, such as by being barefoot outside or sleeping on a conductive sheet inside that is connected to the ground, you and your body become one—electrically speaking. You are conductive and you become an extension of the Earth.
The Earth is ground. Ground provides electrical stability worldwide for our grid systems and everything electrical in our homes, businesses, and industry.

We live in an infinite sea of electromagnetic frequencies ranging from airplane communications to garage door openers to cell phones and radio stations. They are all around us. When you are insulated from the Earth, that is, ungrounded, all these frequencies can perturb the electrons of your body and interfere with normal electron transfer activity going on in the body. When you are connected to the Earth, you are at one with the Earth and have an infinite supply of electrons. The man-made environmental frequencies can’t perturb the Earth…or, by extension, you. So you reduce the perturbation of your own cells by connecting your body to the Earth.

If you are not grounded, it is a good idea to reduce your exposure to these kinds of frequencies. Clear out unnecessary electrical devices and cords around you, especially in the bedroom. Some people go to the extreme and turn off the power in their homes. That’s well and good, but not practical. The key is to identify and reduce the exposure. If you aren’t grounded, at least de-electrify your bedroom.

Before I buy any Earthing products, should I have an electrician come to my house first and see if it is grounded properly?

(North America) If you have an older house, built before the 1960s, and all the outlets do not have a third hole (ground port) then you will either need to use a ground rod or call an electrician to do some updating on your electrical system.
In any case, Earthing products come with an outlet checker that is very simple to use. You just stick it in your wall outlet and it lights up if you have a good solid ground. Then you are good to go with the products. You just plug them right into the third hole and forget about it.

Outside of North America, you will also have to use a ground rod if your home’s electrical system is not properly grounded. If it is grounded, you will have to obtain a grounded North American adapter for your outlets that will accommodate standard three-pin North American type electrical appliances.

Do I need an electrician to install my Earthing® products at home or in my office?

No, because Earthing® products do not run on electricity. They are used in your home through the grounded port of your wall outlet. No electricity runs through the grounded port.

If your outlet ISN’T grounded, you two options:

  • Use an Earthing® Ground Rod to connect the Earthing® products to the ground outside
  •  Call an electrician to come convert your outlets to a grounded system.

(Generally older homes, built before the 1960s, will not have grounded outlets and will require the use of a ground rod or the services of an electrician to do some updating on the electrical system.)

Your Earthing® order comes with an Type F Outlet Checker to see if your outlets are grounded. If you live in a country that has a different type of outlet, you will need to purchase an Outlet Checker for that outlet type as well as an Outlet Adaptor.

Can I use my Earthing® product anywhere in the world?

Type B Outlets: Earthing® products are designed to be used with an Earthing® Ground Rod placed in the soil outside through a window or door, or via a grounded three-prong wall outlet inside the home or office. (We do have Extension Cords to extend the length of the Ground Rod cord if you need an additional 40 ft of length.)

In the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and parts of the Caribbean, the electrical systems in homes and offices that have been grounded utilize what is known as “Type B” electrical wall outlets. The third hole is the grounded port. This is the type of outlet the Earthing® products will fit into without needing an adapter.

Other Types Of Outlets: There are many different three prong outlet configurations around the world though and some are grounded and others are not. For this reason, if you want to plug into a wall outlet you will need to determine first whether your outlet is indeed grounded. An electrician can determine this for you, or you can purchase a simple outlet ground checker at an electrical supply or hardware store locally.

Once you have determined your outlet is grounded, depending on what country you are in, you will need to purchase an outlet adapter. We sell Earthing® adapters HERE.

Ungrounded Outlets: Outlets with only two holes and no earth/ground strip or earth/ground pin or hole mean there is no earth/ground present. In this case, you must use a Ground Rod. Or, if you don’t mind a cord running through your apartment or house, you can connect (clamp or tape) the prong end of the Earthing® cord to the cold water pipe under your bathroom sink as long as the cold water pipe is entirely made of metal all the way into the ground.

Please Note: Earthing products do not operate on electricity, so the electrical current in your country doesn’t matter (whether 110 volts or 240 volts, etc)

Do I need an electrician to check my outlets before I use Earthing® products?

In North America, most modern homes have a three-prong outlet system for the Earthing® products to plug into. However, it is possible that your home has been wired incorrectly and so you must check it with an outlet checker (there is one included in your order) to verify that your outlets are grounded.

If two orange lights show on your outlet checker, then your outlets are grounded and you’re ready to use your Earthing® products. If you see any other combination of light colours, you’ll need to call an electrician to fix your outlets or use a Ground Rod to connect your Earthing® products to the ground outside.

If you have a house built before the 1960s, and outlets do not have a third hole (ground port), you will either need to use a Ground Rod or call an electrician to update the wiring.

Outside of North America, you will need to follow a similar process. If you check your outlets and they are grounded, you will need to purchase an adapter in order to use the Earthing® products in them. You can find adapters HERE. You also have the choice to use a Ground Rod.

Do Earthing products run on electricity?

No. They simply pick up the Earth’s energy through the ground port of a properly grounded outlet or from a ground rod placed directly in the Earth. The energy passes through a cord to the conductive Earthing mat, sheet, or band specially designed for human grounding. When your body comes in contact with the Earthing product you absorb the Earth’s energy. Earthing products are like “barefoot substitutes,” enabling you to receive the outside energy of the Earth inside your home or office.

Will using Earthing® products raise my electric bill?

No. The Earthing® products aren’t connected to any voltage, current, or electricity flow so there absolutely no way they would raise your electricity bill. They plug into the grounded port of your wall outlet which has no electricity flow.

I feel like I just got shocked from my Earthing® products. Is that possible?

It is possible, for people who are very electrosensitive, to feel when there is a small and natural surge in the power supply through the outlet. We do have a built in resistor in the cord of the products, but for people who are very sensitive, they can feel these fluctuations anyway. If you are an electrosensitive person, we recommend switching to using a Ground Rod with your Earthing® products instead of plugging in through your outlets.

Also, depending on how long it’s been since you were grounded last and what type of flooring you have, you may have built up static electricity on your body. When you touch the Earthing® product, it disperses the static electricity which has the possibility to feel like some type of shock.

Can Earthing® products electrocute me?

No. Earthing products and the cords that connect them are designed to conduct only the Earth’s energy to you through the grounded port of your wall outlet.

Earthing® products connect to your outlet, but it’s only to the ground hole, or they can be connected to an Earthing® Ground Rod pushed into the soil outside. They do not conduct any electrical power like what operates your lights and appliances.

In addition, all Earthing® cords have a built-in 100k ohm resistor providing protection in the unlikely case of an electric current flowing into the grounding wire.

Some people claim you can harm yourself by grounding indoors in the presence of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), and that when grounded your body becomes an antenna drawing in EMFs

Such claims are utter nonsense without any evidence and reflect ignorance about Earthing. Three grounding studies have demonstrated the clear safety of grounding indoors, one of them a study done with hospitalized premature infants in a setting of high EMFs.  To read a short article about these studies and the safety of Earthing, click here.  And click here for a short reply to the notion that grounding indoors turns you into an antenna for EMFs.  We believe that people become antennas for EMFs when they are ungrounded.

Are you grounded in water – the ocean, a lake, your swimming pool, your bathtub?

Pure water (distilled, snow), with no minerals or salts dissolved in it, is a poor conductor of electricity.  When certain minerals, such as salt, are added to pure water, the water becomes conductive as a result of dissolution that breaks the salt into its components, electrically-positive sodium and negative chlorine.  Ocean water is full of dissolved salts and minerals, and represents a superb conductive medium for grounding.

Lakes and rivers contain less minerals and salts than the ocean in general but they are still good conductors.  Whether you are standing on the lake or river bottom, or floating or swimming on the surface, you will be no doubt grounded.

Mineral hot springs are famous for their healing and relaxing effects. This is believed to be due to the mineral content of the water.  However, since the water is conductive, you are grounding when you soak in hot springs.

Swimming pool?  It is hard to say unless you have a salt water pool and the water is in contact with some metal part, like a drain pipe going into the ground.  Normal tap water in a pool would be conductive, but again whether you are grounded or not depends on whether the water has contact with a metal fixture connected to the ground.

In your home, bathtubs and showers involve tap water that contains minerals and salts and so is conductive.  If you take a bath and there is a metal part in contact with the water and that metal part is also in contact with some metal pipe going down into the ground, you are grounded!  The same is true with showers. If the water you use to shower comes from metal pipes in contact with the earth, the water you shower with is grounded and will ground you.

My husband told me that if there is a short anywhere in our home electrical system, all the electricity would flow through the ground wire into the ground and that since we were using a grounded sheet connected to that wire we would be electrocuted.

Not at all. If there is a short to the ground it would immediately trip all of the breakers on that circuit. Furthermore, the ground cords on authorized Earthing products have a built-in safety feature (a 100k ohm resistor) that prevents current from flowing through.

Can I be struck by lightning through my Earthing® product?

Homes are rarely hit by lightning. When this does happen, the lightning likes to take the path of least resistance to the ground, which means traveling through large conductive systems like the plumbing pipes, electrical wiring network, or telephone and cable TV lines, all of which are directly grounded to the Earth. It’s always looking for the easiest and fastest way to the ground.

Your Earthing® products are connected to the ground via wire or grounding rod, and have a built-in current limiting 100k ohm resistor to guard against any sort of electricity coming through to you. This would not be the easiest path for lightning to get the ground and the resistor would melt before the lightning could ever get to you.

However, if you live on a mountain top where the odds are higher of your house being struck by lightning, or in Florida where there are the most lightning strikes in a year, or if you have any other concerns about lightning, please follow the standard lightning safety guidelines as directed by the U.S. National Weather Service or the weather authorities in your country.

Lightning is unpredictable and it never hurts to be overly cautious. If you are worried at all, simply disconnect your Earthing device(s) and don’t use during lightning and thunderstorms.

How do I know if I need a ground rod or a plug-in connection?

In North America, most modern homes have a functional electrical ground system that interfaces with the Earthing plug-in cord. You just insert the prong end of the cord into the ground port (third hole) of the wall outlet. If your home was built before the 1960s and has not been electrically re-wired, you may require a ground rod or professional installation of a dedicated grounding connection to the Earth. If you are unsure, have an electrician check your home for the presence of a functional ground system or use a commercially available outlet checker.

Can I use a Ground Rod to connect to one Earthing® product and and plug another Earthing® product into an outlet?

No, it’s not a good idea.

If you were to do it, you would be creating what’s called a “ground loop,” meaning a closed circuit − a closed loop with the ground closing the loop. When you place an Earthing® ground rod into the soil, usually it is not close to the house ground rod. There are differences in size, depth, and soil conditions between the two rods that create an electrical resistance between the two rod locations. This means a different “electric potential,” that is, level of electrical energy, and the difference would generate a current flow in the closed circuit of which you are a part. So the current flows through you.

In general, you wouldn’t feel anything unusual and you wouldn’t be harming yourself. But, there would be risk from a shock, for instance, when a power surge or a thunderstorm occur. In that case, the difference in electric potential can get very high, reaching even several hundred or even thousands of volts, and create a very strong current enough for you to feel as a mild shock.

All Earthing® product cords have built-in resistors that protect you. If it were not for the presence of the resistor, the shock you feel would be much larger.

The bottom line: If you use more than one Earthing® product at one time, connect them to the same grounding source, either to grounded outlets or to the Ground Rod. Not one to the outlet and the other to the Ground Rod.

If I don't have grounded outlets and can't use a Ground Rod, is there anyway for me to be grounded inside?

If you don’t mind a wire running through your apartment or house, you can connect (clamp or tape) the prong end of the Earthing® cord to the cold water pipe under your bathroom sink.

This pipe is part of the building’s water supply system, which originates underground, and is thus grounded as long as the pipe is totally made of metal all the way down to the ground. If there is any plastic section of the pipe, it will cause an insulating effect, and you will not be grounded. You may want to consult with an electrician to explore this and other possibilities to create a good electrical ground connection.

Meanwhile, try to spend some regular barefoot time out-of-doors if possible. You could also consider using an Earthing® Universal Mat Kit  in your office or place of work, if practical.

Is there a difference in grounding when you're touching the earth versus an Earthing® product?

No, Earthing® products are designed to give you the same amount of electron transfer as you would receive if you were barefoot on the earth. They are the same.

The difference is when you go outside you’re also receiving fresh air and sunshine and those will positively affect your body in other ways.

If I place a ground rod in the earth outdoors is it OK if it gets rained on?

Totally OK. The presence of moisture increases the flow of electrons from the Earth. That’s why it’s great to stand or walk barefoot in damp grass or in the surf or wet sand at the beach. If you live in a very dry climate and are using a ground rod, try to place it in a spot where there is some moisture, perhaps from sprinklers. You can even water the ground rod every week or so, if you like to keep the soil moist.

Who can I have drill holes in the wall for me so I can use a ground rod?

A handyman or an electrician can easily drill a hole through the wall, and seal it properly, near where you want to use your Earthing product. You then insert the ground rod in the Earth as near as possible to the hole, making sure the ground rod wire is not located where someone can trip over it. Then run the wire through the hole in the wall. Snap the other end onto the Earthing product. If you don’t want to go to the expense of having someone drill a hole for you, simply run the wire from the ground rod outside under an adjacent window or door yourself.

I live in an old apartment building without grounded electrical outlets and I cannot place a ground rod outside in the Earth. What can I do?

If you don’t mind a wire running through your apartment, you could connect your Earthing product to the cold water pipe under your bathroom sink. The pipe is part of the building’s water supply system, which originates underground, and is thus grounded. Meanwhile, try to spend some regular barefoot time out-of-doors if possible and consider using an Earthing mat in your office or place of work if practical.

How do I use the outlet checker that came with my Earthing system?

In North America, insert the outlet checker into a wall socket that has a third hole (ground port). Two orange lights on the outlet checker indicate the presence of a proper ground. If there is no third hole, the outlet is not grounded. If you live outside of North America, insert the outlet checker into an appropriate grounded adapter that fits into a grounded socket.

Should I unplug the Earthing® products when I'm not using them?

There is no need to unplug the Earthing® products when they aren’t being used. You aren’t connected to any voltage, current, or electricity flow so there is no concern that leaving the products plugged in will decrease their lifespan. In fact, the products will most likely last a tiny bit longer if you do leave them plugged in because there will be less oxidation on them!

How do I test Earthing® products with a voltmeter?

For simplicity’s sake, we recommend using a continuity tester instead of a voltmeter, which can be purchased HERE.

If you prefer to use a voltmeter to test your Earthing® product though, please note that the product’s grounding cords are equipped with a built-in safety resistor of 100k ohm strength. This requires specific settings to your meter in order to achieve an accurate reading.

Before testing your Earthing product with a voltmeter, please review the following instructional paper from the Earthing Institute HERE.

For additional assistance with voltmeter testing, please email the Earthing Institute at: info@earthinginstitute.net

When using a voltmeter, is there a certain number you should be under to know you are successfully grounded?

The voltmeter should reduce your body voltage by at least a factor of 20. So if you are at 1.5V when not touching the mat and your body voltage goes down to 0.075V or smaller when you are using a grounded product or touching the earth, then the device is working properly.

Is there a safety risk being in contact with an Earthing® product while using an electrical or electronic device?

Earthing® products are designed with built-in user safety.

First, an electrical Outlet Checker is supplied with each order so you can verify that your outlet is properly wired and that the outlet has a working ground.

Second, the product Coil Cords are designed to provide a safe soft ground utilizing a built-in (molded in) in-line current limiting 100k ohm resistor. In the event that a short develops in an electrical device that a person is in contact with while grounded, the built-in resistor limits the current flow to a safe level.

The accepted safe current limit of 5-8mA is defined as “sensation of shock not painful; individuals can let go at will.” The human body threshold of sensation is 1mA. The electrical calculation is current=volts/resistance (I=V/R). R = Rresistor + Rbody. Typical body resistance is 10k when wet and much higher when dry. However, to be conservative, using Rbody=0, Rres=100kohm, V=130volts; then maximum current I=130volts/100,000ohm=1.3mA; well below the accepted safety limit of 5mA and most likely barely perceptible.

If I lose power in my house, will my Earthing® products still work?

Earthing® products don’t “run” on electricity. They are connected to the energy of the Earth through the ground port of your outlet, not to the electric ports that operate your lights and appliances. So, whether your power is on or off, it doesn’t affect the function of your Earthing® products.

To further explain, when you plug your Earthing® product into the ground port of your wall outlet, you are making contact with the ground wire in that hole which connects to other outlets in your house and is attached to a large ground rod outside.

The ground rod outside receives the natural energy that flows through the Earth’s surface and stabilizes your electrical system. As long your Earthing® product is connected to the Earth, either via a grounded wall outlet or a separate ground rod outside, you are grounded.

What is the best floor in a house for grounding purposes?

Wood or vinyl are not conductive.  Floors made of these materials will not ground you. If your floor has unsealed concrete or stone built directly on the Earth, it is likely to be conductive and ground you. Unsealed/unpainted tile directly attached to a concrete slab would likely permit grounding as well.  But tiles with a glazed finish will likely not, nor tiles applied over plywood or some other kind of wood, plastic, or vinyl understructure.  Conductivity will also be negatively affected if petrochemical bonding material has been used to adhere the tile. You can check a floor’s conductivity with the use of a continuity tester available at earthingcanada.ca.

Can I plug my Earthing® product into a surge protector or extension cord?

Yes, as long as the surge protector or extension cord has an existing ground hole for the Earthing® product to plug into and you have grounded outlets that you can connect the surge protector/extension cord into.

You can use your Outlet Checker that comes in your order to ensure that your surge protector or extension cord is grounded.

Are all the outlets in my home grounded if one of them is grounded?

No. In North America, all kitchens and bathrooms must have grounded outlets but the bedrooms and other rooms in the house do not necessarily have a grounded outlet even if they have a three-prong outlet. You must test any individual outlet for a proper ground if you plan to use it for Earthing purposes.

Does the voltage of my outlets matter?

No, all that matters is that you have properly grounded outlets. Earthing® products do not operate on electricity and therefore the voltage is irrelevant.

Earthing® products fit into the grounded port of a Type “B” wall outlet found in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and parts of the Carribean.

If you live outside of these areas, you will need an adapter to convert the three-prong grounded port shape to fit the cord.

First, determine first whether your outlet is indeed grounded. An electrician can determine this for you, or you can purchase a simple outlet ground checker at an electrical supply or hardware store locally.

Second, once you have determined your outlet is grounded, depending on what country you are in, you will need to purchase an outlet adapter. We sell Earthing® adapters HERE.

Please Note: Outlets with only two holes and no earth/ground strip or earth/ground pin or hole mean there is no earth/ground present. In this case, you must use a Ground Rod. Or, if you don’t mind a cord running through your apartment or house, you can connect (clamp or tape) the prong end of the Earthing® cord to the cold water pipe under your bathroom sink as long as the cold water pipe is entirely made of metal all the way into the ground

Is it safe to stick a wire into the ground port of a wall electrical outlet and wrap it around your ankle or wrist?

We don’t recommend doing this as it has the potential to be unsafe.

All authentic Earthing® products are specifically designed for safe grounding. They have a built-in resistor that limits the flow of current in order to prevent the unlikely possibility that electricity would flow through the connecting wire and possibly hurt someone. The resistor allows the Earth’s natural energy to come through but not any potentially harmful electricity. In this respect, the resistor acts like a “kink” in a hose, curbing the flow. When you create your own grounding device at home, you don’t have any type of resistor to protect you.

In your book you mention that results were not as good with products which incorporated a 1 megohm resistor in the line.

Your comment refers to grounding systems used in the electronics industry and other industries to reduce or eliminate the risk of electrostatic discharge (ESD) in order to protect sensitive electronic components. Our testing of those systems failed to totally reproduce the same effects as a direct Earthing ground system. All ESD ground cords contain 1 megohm resistor. A 1 megohm resistor allows 60hz EMF induced body voltage to drop by 90 percent. Earthing products have a built-in 100K ohm resistor in all ground cords for safety and allows 60hz EMF induced body voltage to drop by 99 percent. The objective of Earthing the body is to replicate standing barefoot on the Earth and equalizing the potential of the body with the potential of the Earth. This occurs both with either a 1 megohm or a 100K ohm resistor, the difference being a fraction of a second slower with the bigger resistor. Bringing and holding the body at Earth’s potential restores the body’s natural electrical state. This is the key factor regarding inflammation reduction. Reducing EMF induced body voltages is more beneficial to the autonomic nervous system and to sleep.

I live in a 20-story concrete apartment. Would you think that connecting to the outside concrete wall, which I believe goes all the way down to the foundation without a break or any wood in between, would give a similar effect to standing on the concrete basement floor?

Connecting a grounding device to the outside concrete wall of your apartment would provide some degree of Earthing conductivity but it would be significantly less than standing on concrete situated directly on the Earth. The reason: concrete high in the air would be drier and less conductive. Concrete directly on the Earth maintains a much higher moisture content. The best way to access the Earth’s energy in your apartment would be with the use of the electrical ground (third hole in power outlets), assuming the building has a proper electrical grounding system throughout.

My Earthing cord is tangled with a bunch of computer, TV, and other cords. Is this a problem?

There is no problem with the ground cord being near TV, telephone or computer cables.

Can I plug my mat and sheet into one splitter cord without splitting the potential of Earthing in half for each product?

The use of a splitter does not reduce the potential of Earthing at all for either product.

Will I be grounded if I plug my Earthing® product into an outlet on a cruise ship?

Please check with the cruise company as in-cabin outlets may or may not be grounded.

Can I plug my Earthing® products into the outlet on a houseboat?

As long as the boat is connected to a shore power, an electrical outlet ground will ground you.

When a boat is not connected to shore power and is running on a generator, the outlets may not be ground. You will need to check with the manufacturer.

If your boat is in salt water, you can connect your Earthing® product to an Earthing® Ground Rod and dangle it over the side of the boat and into the water to ground you.

Why do I feel a stinging or tingling in my hands when I'm working on my laptop and grounded?

Ungrounded laptops (without a three prong power cord) can generate significant electric fields. Some people will feel sensations while they are grounded and working on the computer. If the feeling is uncomfortable, we recommend several options:

  • Don’t ground yourself while using the computer plugged in.
  • Ground yourself only when the computer is operating on battery mode.
  • Place the laptop directly on an Earthing® Universal Mat to ground the computer.