Cheryl enjoys writing articles related to natural remedies and alternatives to traditional medication.
The dew in the morning
If you are unable to go to the beach or have a spa day, there is something you can do that is just as beneficial, and without cost. Take a walk, barefoot in the wet grass to reduce stress and improve your overall health. This is important now more than ever because of COVID-19.. I am a witness that the early morning dew is cool and refreshing to the feet. This morning I walked in my backyard for 10 minutes, enjoying the damp dewy grass underneath my feet.. It brought to mind the Christian song with the lyrics: "Like the dew in the morning, gently rest upon my heart."
According to Desert Moon Rising's website, walking in the wet grass can stimulate intestinal functions, strengthen the immune system and works like a counterirritant that relieves headaches, as well as throat and chest issues. Your bare feet touching the earth is considered as earthing or grounding and reconnects you to the earth. The negative ions in the grass and water work to clear meridian channels This brings to mind the scripture Genesis 3:19; "From dust thou art and to dust though thou shalt return." It is only natural that if we are made from the dirt, that it would have health benefits for us.
After the rain
Studies indicate that the practice of strolling barefoot lifts your mood and regenerates your entire being. The beauty of it is that you can partake every day if you so desire. Try to walk for 10, 20, or even 30 minutes prior to beginning each day. If you are not an early riser please note that obtaining these benefits is not only relegated to the morning dew.
Consider taking a stroll in your bare feet after it has rained and enjoy the fresh relaxing smell that comes after the clouds have showered the earth. You can also water the grass yourself any time you choose, with a hose or sprinkler. Be sure to take your time and walk slowly and purposefully. Breath deep and relax as you allow the earth to rejuvenate your body and soul.If you are out when the sun is hot, be sure to utilize sunscreen. I just ran through my back yard barefoot and the temperature is 34. It felt great.
Walking outside on the grass has additional benefits you will be partaking of. The fact that you are moving your feet is exercise and you are also getting fresh air which is always in order. Taking a stroll in the early morning sun,(between 9:30-11:00 AM) increases vitamin D levels and also boosts production of the feel-good hormone serotonin, which improves your mood. If you are walking near trees you will be increasing your oxygen intake. If you reach out and touch a tree you will enjoy additional earthing and grounding benefit
There Is another belief related to the grass, although not proven by medical science. Staring at the green grass is supposed to improve eyesight. There have been no magical properties found in the grass, (as of yet). The reasoning behind this theory is that looking at the ground is from a distance strengthens the eyes, unlike staring at a computer screen which is close up and causes strain.
One major motivational factor
There is one final reason that everyone needs to walk barefoot in the wet grass, and that is modern technology. Because of cell phones, tablets, laptops, and video games, society as a whole spends less time outdoors than in past generations. When I was a child in the 1960's my friend and I went outside to play most every afternoon once school was over. We played tag, hide and seek, ran barefoot with our dogs, jumped in mud puddles and had a lot of fun. We also walked to the store, the local elementary school, and the baseball field. We climbed trees and played on jungle gym equipment.
Today, the only time ever see a crowd of children is when they are waiting at the school bus stop. After that, they basically are indoors on their electronic gadgets. Not only are they missing the fresh air, exercise, and sunshine, but the positive ions from the electronics are not being canceled out by the negative ones from the earth. Most everyone today, no matter what age spends a lot of time utilizing modern technology. This is why it is important to receive the benefits that the Creator placed within the earth for us. If you do not have a grassy yard then find the nearest park, kick off your shoes and enjoy yourself. Be sure to walk barefoot in the sand and shallow water at the beach because you will obtain minerals from the sea salt.
Taking charge of your health
Taking charge of your health is important because it may keep the doctor away. I know a woman who is currently 101 and lives by herself and was driving to church every Sunday until one year ago. Being a county female she spent a lot of time out of doors and caring for her farm animals. I believe may have seen her barefooted a few times. Also, keep in mind that no you can walk barefoot outdoors any time of year so get to stepping.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Cheryl E Preston
Gupi on June 09, 2019:
Great post, definitely will also be helpful as it helps you become mindful. :)
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on May 03, 2019:
To be honest, I've never walked in wet grass before, but it sounds very beneficial. I do love the smell of grass after it's been raining though.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 03, 2019:
I could almost feel the wet from the grass on my feet as I read your refreshing article. Great ideas and helpful information. Thank you.
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 02, 2019:
Hello Cheryl, It is my pleasure in reading this article on walking with bar foot on the morning grass wetted by heavenly dew. This is a health remedy. You go above and beyond by telling us to walk even on the ground, and into spring or pond waters.
I remember all a boy. But now due to much environmental degradation, it is hard to find wet grass fields in some places in the city except villages.
Nevertheless, I used to walk at times barefoot before the rains and after. They are many health benefits from these actions. I will from now on the lookout for grass lawn for the exercise as part of my regular keep fit routine. Thanks for sharing.
Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on May 02, 2019:
Cheryl, thanks for sharing this. It is good information that I never thought about before.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 02, 2019:
I use to walk in wet grass bare footed, but it never occurred to me that it was a healthy thing to do. This is such a lovely article, and one that encourages good health. I like the way you connected it some some Biblical quotes. Thank you.
Lorna Lamon on May 02, 2019:
I thoroughly enjoyed this article about something I have always enjoyed doing. I go camping quite a lot and there is nothing like walking down to a stream in your bare feet. Good to know it has so many benefits apart from the simple joy of doing it. Thank you for sharing.