10-second tip: grass and sand as a cure for jet lag.

Have you heard about “earthing”?

It’s the practice of “grounding” your body by putting it in direct contact with the earth – mostly by being barefoot outside on the grass or dirt. People who embrace this idea swear that it restores and reinvigorates them.

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I heard about earthing from a friend who claims that it has completely negated the effects of jet lag for her. When she arrives at her new destination, she walks on the grass for twenty minutes, and according to her, it’s like magic…any jet lag she feels is similar to being a little tired from a sort-of late night.

Other people believe in grounding themselves while in flight. They believe that if you place your bare feet on the metal part of the plane seats in front of you, this will discharge a lot of negative energy in your body, thus aiding the earthing process.

While I’m very skeptical of this, I’m going to give it a try on our trip this summer (the barefoot-in-grass part, not the feet-on-seat part). I figure I’ve got nothing to lose, right?

Have you heard of earthing? Have you tried it? What do you think?



  1. Ric Garrido says

    Beach sand and grass has been my effective cure most of my life for all that ails me.

  2. Where does this woman fly to that she can fairly quickly get to grass and sand to walk on?

    My next major flight is into Vienna. By the time I located some grass and got myself there I could have taken a short nap.

    Now under normal circumstances, not trying to find a cure for jet lag, walking on sand and grass and feeling the breeze in your face and the sun on your shoulders is majorly cool. I just can’t figure how to work it into a flight into a big city.

    • Points Pixie says

      Anne – I’ve been trying to figure out the same logistical problem. Our next major flight is to Tokyo. Grass and/or sand…? I don’t think it’s going to happen. I’m going to look for a park, I guess…

    • I was in Vienna last week,. If you are on the Ringstrasse (most likely) It will take you 5 minutes to be on the grass as there are a ton of parks all around the ring and plenty of grass all over.

  3. I haven’t heard of this! Let us know if it works.

    My jetlag trick? Don’t sleep on the plane too much, hopefully land midday or afternoon, stay awake as long as you can until “normal” bedtime, get up early for an 8 or 9am mtg next day. You’ll be on schedule in 2 days 🙂

  4. Yes– energy workers and healers have always known this…it’s now coming into mainstream mass consciousness in a big way. See “The Grounded” documentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5M1YOzmgE0).

    • Points Pixie says

      Annissa – for some reason (and somehow) my kids have managed to disable the sound on my YouTube account. How? Why? I don’t know. So I can see these people sitting there, but I cannot hear what they are saying. Argh!

  5. “Negative energy” – pure hokum. Doesn’t exist. And how would it be discharged by touching metal in a plane that ISN’T TOUCHING EARTH?

    OTOH, Earthing as a psychosomatic palliative? Plausible, perhaps even beneficial…

  6. Shaquanna says

    Hi Kendra! I have a grounding mat and the half sheet, I upgraded when I sensed/felt results. I’ve have taken it with me on travels-I do NOT leave home without it. I have all the converters and everything. Lol! It is great! I don’t know if it really works, or all in my head, but I SWEAR I sleep better (deep REM), helps me relax, and helps with aches and pains. I haven’t done the patch of grass thing, or in flight type thing, but as soon as I land, if I cannot get to a beach, then I plug this baby in and just relax. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

    Tip: If you get one, be careful with the plugs on lamps, kind of had a thankfully not worse accident. You always have to check the outlet, at least I do, to make sure it is grounded.



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