If you want to get more energy, give your immune system a little boost and just FEEL BETTER, than this is the episode for you, because I’m going to take you to my favorite waterfall that was my ‘go to’ spot while in the Himalayas to recharge (and cool down from the 45 Degree C heat!) to tell you how to get all of the above by tapping into the positive health benefits of Negative Ions!

What Do Negative Ions Do And What Are They???

Negative Ions are molecules with extra electrons, which have a negative charge, and they are found in nature, highest in concentration in places like waterfalls, rivers, forests and near the ocean

Dr. Jacob, a Harvard Scientist who studied them, called Negative Ions the ‘Vitamins of the Air’
Dr. Svante August Arrhenius, a Swedish chemist who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1903, discovered that waterfalls and forests are full of negative ions and that is why the air just feels so fresh and wonderful!

The normal ion count in fresh country air is 2,000 – 4,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. At Yosemite Falls, you’ll experience over 100,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. On the other hand, on a Los Angeles freeway the negative ion count is below 100 per cubic centimeter.

Dr. Phillip Eduard Anton Lennard,  Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, confirmed that negative ions are found in very high density in the basin of waterfalls where we feel especially refreshed and re-energized.

Meditation and Negative Ions

Even besides lots of modern research, going back to ancient times, yogis and traditional healers have recognized the healing power of being near a waterfall or in the midst of a jungle or forest–in fact, meditation is best done in nature to maximize the positive effects on improving mood and calming the mind

And although waterfalls are a hotbed of negative ions, just getting out in nature Anywhere will do the trick!  If it’s midweek and you can’t escape the city, then invest in an aromatherapy diffuser, the kind that you fill up with water and add a few drops of your fave essential oil (I use pachouli and lemongrass in my living space, and lavender for the bedroom) and plug it in to get the negative ions flowing in your home.  (They’re about a 60-100$  investment but fully worth it to generate more air-cleaning negative ions indoors to turn your space into a city retreat).  Then take 10 or 15 minutes at home in a room with candles instead of fluorescent lights, some chilled music (or just silence!) and do a simple meditation, like the one I showed you last week at the Beatles Ashram:)

So, After you’ve watched, I’d love to know what questions YOU have about negative ions, how to improve your air quality in your home AND your favourite way to get Out in nature without leaving the city limits (my favourite place in central London is Kensington Park Gardens and in Vancouver it still has to be Stanley Park at 3rd Beach)!


Dr Dani Gordon MD
Dr Dani Gordon MD

Dr Dani is a double board certified medical doctor, integrative medicine physician and world leading expert in CBD, cannabis medicine and brain wellness. She is a leading advocate for evidence based natural medicine and mindbody medicine and her mission it to help you thrive in modern life.