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Earthing Mat or Grounding Mat

Many people choose an earthing mat or grounding mat as their first indoor earthing product. It can be used at home or in the office and is a convenient way to make earthing a regular part of your life.

Earthing is being in conductive contact with the earth. It can be done by walking barefoot, on green grass or wet sand, or indoors with an indoor earthing product. Indoor earthing offers a convenient way to earth while you work, rest or sleep. It allows you to earth on a regular basis, whatever the weather.

grounding mat

What are Earthing Mats?

Earthing mats or grounding mats are made from conductive material which allows you to connect with the earth, even when indoors.

Earthing by connecting to free electrons in the earth’s surface. These are negatively charged particles are formed via the lightning strikes and atmospheric pressure on the earth’s surface.

When the earth’s free electrons enter the human body, they act as powerful antioxidants, neutralising harmful free radicals. Free radicals are positively charged molecules produced by the immune system which cause inflammation and can lead to a variety of chronic illnesses.

Indoor earthing products, such as earthing mats, transport free electrons from the earth to your body via a lead that connects to a metal rod, placed into the ground or through the earth port of your power outlet.

grounding mat made from conductive rubber

What are Earthing Mats Made Of?

Earthing mats are made of conductive material which allows the earth’s free electrons to be transferred to your body, even when you are indoors.

Our Better Earthing Mat is made of the best quality solid carbonised rubber. It is tough, durable and the entire product is 100% conductive.

Most other earthing mats are made from Polyurethane (PU). They are only covered with a thin coating of conductive material on the top surface and backed with foam. This is a problem because over time, this thin layer will lose conductivity and become ineffective. Most suppliers of earthing products sell these lower quality earthing mats without any written warranty on their conductive life.

We are so confident about the quality of the Better Earthing Mat that it comes with a full 5-year warranty on its effective life.

Are Earthing Mats Safe?

Earthing mats work by conducting free electrons, not electricity. This means that they are safe to use whether connected to a grounding rod or through your power outlet.

Our Better Earthing Mat comes with a specially designed adapter to fit your powerpoint. It has two plastic pins. Only the earth pin is metal, allowing free electrons to pass through. You can use your earthing mat with the power switched off, but it is also safe to use with the power on if you wish to share the socket with another appliance. As a precaution, our lead and adapter is fitted with safety resistor totaling 60,000 Ohms, that prevent any electricity from passing through your product.

Earthing is completely natural and very safe. However, if you are suffering from any health conditions or taking prescribed medication you should talk to your healthcare provider first. Due to some of the health benefits of earthing, the dosage of your medication may need to be monitored and reduced. See our earthing and health FAQs for more.

earthing mat no bare feet necessary

Earthing Mat or Grounding Mat at your Feet

One of the most effective ways to use an earthing or grounding mat is placed under your feet while you rest or work.

The soles of your feet are rich in nerve endings, the gateways to your body’s electrical communications system.

The soles of the feet are also the location of an important acupuncture point, K1. This is the first point of the kidney meridian, one of the 12 main meridians of acupuncture. It is known as a potent point with many benefits for health including relieving insomnia, agitation, headaches, back and leg pain. The kidney meridian also connects with many other organs and meridians including the urinary bladder, liver, lung, heart and pericardium.

The research study ‘The Effect of Earthing on Human Physiology Part 2: Electrodermal Measurements‘ (Chevalier, G. Mori, K.) used electrodes attached to K1 to replicate standing on the ground, barefoot. The results showed that subjects earthed in this way underwent significant physiological changes compared to the control group. These changes were indicative of reduced inflammation and increased activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, associated with rest and relaxation.

Earthing Mat on your Desk

Another way to use your earthing mat is placed on your desk while you work. You can then rest your forearms on the mat as you write or use a computer.

Some people find that using an earthing during the working day:

  • Increases energy
  • Improves concentration
  • Reduces stress
  • Protects from low-frequency EMFs from surrounding electrical equipment

Placing the earthing mat on your desk or at your feet is an easy way to experience these benefits while you work or study. A pilot study on 30 university-aged students, found that students were more relaxed and less stressed after as little 3minutes of earthing based on their brainwaves. The study suggested that earthing could be a good way to combat exam stress.

Is Bare Skin Contact Necessary?

Earthing works well with bare skin, but you can also earth through natural fabrics such as cotton, wool, linen and bamboo providing that the conductive materials in the product are strong enough to work through clothing.

Earthing through natural fabrics works because moisture from your skin, combined with pressure from your body weight, forms conductive channels in the material. These create a pathway for free electrons to travel from the ground, or your earthing product to your body.

Man-made fabrics such as polyester are less conductive, so if you are wearing clothing made from these, the effects of earthing may be reduced. You can test how well your clothing is conducting free electrons using a multimeter.

How Soon Will I Notice a Benefit?

The benefits of earthing begin almost immediately. You may not be able to feel it, but within just a few seconds your nervous system will be calmed and your muscles will begin to relax.

With 30-120 minutes of daily earthing, you can experience further benefits including:

  • Reduced emotional stress and improved mood
  • Relief from inflammation and pain
  • Improved heart rate variability
  • Improved circulation
  • A healthier cardiovascular system with improvements in blood pressure

Earthing overnight using an earthing sleep system provides all of the above benefits, plus:

  • Better quality and duration of sleep
  • Waking fewer times during the night
  • Less pain interfering with sleep
  • Reduced pain including musculoskeletal aches and pains, headaches, gastrointestinal issues, menstrual pain, jaw pain
  • Increased daytime energy
  • Faster recovery from muscular overexertion

How to Get Started

Getting started with earthing is easy. Just step outside, kick off your shoes and enjoy walking barefoot on a conductive surface such as grass, sand or unpainted concrete.

To enjoy the benefits of earthing on a more regular basis, invest in one of our high quality, indoor earthing products like the Better Earthing Mat. Give it a try and see how earthing could improve your health and well-being.