Following our blog posts of August 11 and August 18, let’s dive deeper into one of the ways we can get the most out of the Fall energetic season: Exposing ourselves to earth’s gift of negative ions.
What are negative ions?
Positive ions are atoms or molecules that have lost one or more electrons and consequently have a shortage of electrons. In contrast, negative ions have gained one or more additional electrons which makes these odorless, tasteless, invisible molecules negatively charged as a whole.
There is a delicate positive-negative ion balance in nature. In a thunderstorm, the natural ratio of positive to negative ions can be disturbed very easily.
The normal concentration of positive ions in the air is very high. During and following the storm, the number of positive ions gradually declines while the concentration of negative ions increases.
It is believed that negative ions are actually biologically active and make a positive impact on the natural 24-hour cycle. Created in nature as air molecules break apart due to sunlight, radiation, ultraviolet rays, the vital energy of plants and moving air and water, they are not harmful even if their concentration is high.
Offices, factories, and shopping malls are places where we will encounter an excess of positive ions.
We should very frequently expose ourselves to places with very high concentrations (tens of thousands) of negative ions such as these:
- waterfalls/water fountains/your bathroom shower
- beaches/pounding surfs
- forests (especially pine forests)
- moving air/wind
Along with placing ourselves in nature settings teeming with negative ions, here are some other creative activities you can do to generate negative ions right in your home or office environment:
- Burn beeswax candles; they are said to clean the air, produce negative ions and assist with allergy and asthma reduction.
- Operate a Himalayan salt lamp wherever you spend a good deal of time in your home; they counteract the electronic vibrations and excessive positive ions caused by electronic devices in the home; the heated salt attracts and absorbs water in the air and then evaporates it; the salt mixes with the water molecules creating a solution: the positively charged ions of sodium and the negatively charged ions of chloride become neutral and are released into your environment; this reduces pollutants, irritants and allergens from the air.
- Run an indoor fountain; the force or energy of falling or splashing water causes the neutral particles in air to split which frees electrons to attach to other air molecules resulting in negative ions.
- Have amethyst and tourmaline crystals nearby or wear them; tourmaline is believed to convert moisture from the air to negative ions; amethyst is considered to be similar in nature.
- Surround yourself with plants; they clean the air by taking in carbon dioxide and breathing out fresh oxygen and many negative ions; some plants release higher levels of negative ions than others (best choices are chrysanthemum, coconut palm, gerbera, spider plant and weeping fig) Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-147606/How-cleanse-air-breathe.html#ixzz4Ik5VOM9b
- Use radiant heating from far infrared devices (they warm the body and not the air) and emit negative ions.
- Sit in front of bon- or hearth fires; they creative negative ions, too.
- Walk barefoot or use earthing/grounding inserts in your shoes; try earthing sandals (see earthrunners.com); coming into direct contact with Earth, your body is suffused with negative ions and aligns to the same electric energy level as the earth.
Stay tuned for Part Two of this article on the benefits negative ions lend to our health and vitality, to be posted tomorrow.
There are more ions in the WOODS than in the FIELD; more on a SUNNY day than on a CLOUDY day; and more where the ground has a high RADIOACTIVE content. PLANTS are nature's most prolific source of negative ions for they conduct the negative energy of the earth into the air by ejecting it from the tips of their leaves. We are told that "there are life-giving properties in the BALSAM of the PINE, in the FRAGRANCE of the CEDAR and the FIR, and other TREES also have properties that are HEALTH-RESTORING....
One potted plant per 100 square feet of floor space can help clean the air in the average home or office.... 15 to 20 potted plants of the right variety, such as PHILODENDRONS, SPIDER PLANTS, ALOE VERA, PEACE LILIES, CORN PLANTS, POTTED IVY, SNAKEPYANTS, and FLOWERING BANANAS would do the work of a good high-efficiciency air cleaner in purifying the air in a room.
– Paulien, Gunther B. The Divine Prescription and Science of Health and Healing. Brushton, NY: TEACH Services, 1997. Print.