Do You Feel Grounded?

 

Connecting you bare skin to the ground is known as Earthing and Grounding, and any connection you have to the ground with your bare skin counts.

Regularly connecting to the earth’s natural, powerful energy is now known to be healing and vital. With busy lifestyles, jobs, families, errands and chores to do, we find ourselves spending very little time outside and even less time focusing on ourselves.

There are many ways to create a groundling link between yourself and the earth, but my favourite being the healing combination of plants and dirt.

If you’re already gardening, good for you! If you’re not then maybe you will be inspired. There are plenty of sensible ways you can improve your health by connecting to a more natural way of life.

Gardening Benefits:

  • You’ll find that in gardening, you’ll feel calmer, more relaxed and put together.

  • Able to release the electrical charge and free radicals we carry around with us all day just by digging around in the dirt.

  • Looking and being with nature reduces stress and promotes calmness.

  • Interaction with nature, familiar sights, sounds, different textures and smells provide a multi-sesnory experience that heals the mind.

  • Grow your own food and herbs and your likely to make better food choices and eat more fresh produce.

  • Gardening may just be one way to achieve your daily exercise and help keep those hand muscles vigorous and agile.

  • Achieve a healthy dose of vitamin D, there’s no place like the garden in the early morning.

  • Houseplants and indoor gardens help clean the air we breath indoors by removing household toxins found in furniture and building materials.

  • You’ll be able to admire and enjoy the fruits of your labour and beautiful gardens so they can be enjoyed with family and friends.

Everyone can benefit from taking a moment to focus on themselves and their connection with the Earth – and you don’t even have to be outside to do it.

 

Appreciate Your Environment

Climate change has become increasingly identified as a challenge to mother earth and human kind.

Changes in seasonal patterns, weather events, temperature ranges, and other related phenomena have been reported and attributed to noticeable changes in our environment. Numerous experts in a wide range of scientific disciplines have warned that the negative impacts of climate change will become much more intense and frequent in the future particularly if environmentally destructive human activities continue.

Like all living members of the Earth’s surface, atmosphere and sea, medicinal and aromatic plants are not immune to the effects. Climate change is causing noticeable effects on the life cycles and distributions of the world’s vegetation, including wild plants. Some are even confined to geographic regions or ecosystems particularly vulnerable to change, which could put them at risk.

The life cycles of plants correspond to seasonal cues, so shifts in the timing of cycles provide evidence that climate change is affecting species and ecosystems. In some areas of the world, plants are experiencing not only earlier seasons but also warmer temperatures that are more typical of summer.

Changes in climate are also causing plants to migrate into new ranges, shifting towards the poles and/or to higher elevations in an effort to “reclaim” appropriate growing areas. Some slow-moving species may not be able to migrate quickly enough to keep pace with range shifts generated by climate change. Natural and human-made barriers to migration could also affect the survival of some species undergoing climate-induced range shifts.

And so it’s also expected that movement of cultivated plants would occur for the same reason, it is not entirely clear what type or degree of movement might take place. There is some indication that agricultural crops will be more adaptable to climate change than natural ecosystems, but some regions may become significantly less productive.

Extreme weather events such as storms, droughts, and floods have become more prevalent and intense across our planet in recent years. The frequency and severity of these events are expected to increase in the future as a result of continued warming, having negative effects on human health, infrastructure, and ecosystems. (It is important to note, however, that although trends in extreme weather events have been observed and projected, it is still difficult to attribute individual weather events directly to global warming.) Extreme weather events have been known to affect harvesters’ and cultivators’ abilities to grow and/or collect medicinal plant species, and such difficulties have certainly been reported in recent years.

Climate change may not currently represent the biggest threat to native plants, but it has the potential to become a much greater threat in future decades. Many of the world’s poorest people rely on medicinal plants not only as their primary healthcare option, but also as a significant source of income. The potential loss of medical and aromatic plant species from effects of climate change is likely to have major ramifications on the livelihoods of large numbers of vulnerable populations across the world. Further, the problems associated with climate change are likely to be much more difficult to combat than other threats to our botanical world.

The changing climate and its effects will certainly increase in the near future, although the extent to which they do so cannot presently be determined. The effects of climate change on medicinal plants, in particular, has not been well-studied and is not fully understood. As the situation unfolds, climate change may become a more pressing issue for the herbal community, potentially affecting users, harvesters, and manufacturers of medical and aromatic species.

We need to appreciate our environment for what it gives us, and we can’t take for granted what we currently have available to us, as one day we might just be without the wild medical herbs and plants that we obtain so many benefits from as well as the chemical understanding we gain from experimenting with mother earth and nature.