The root chakra is the first of the seven main chakras in our bodies and it helps us to feel grounded, safe, and centered. When any chakra is out of balance or has stuck energy, it can cause both physical and emotional symptoms within us.
Chakras become blocked due to common occurrences, such as stress, past traumatic experiences, and emotional upsets. Not to worry though, because not only is it easy to unblock them, but it’s also a beautiful spiritual experience which includes growth, healing, and connection.
In this article
- Definition of the root chakra, or muladhara
- How to tell if it’s out of balance
- Crystals + essential oils for healing
- Healing meditations
- Oracle/tarot spreads for connecting with the root chakra
- Healing affirmations
- Healing foods
- Physical activities to heal the root chakra
- Sacred self-care ritual to balance the root chakra
I was listening to one of my favorite spiritual podcasts the other week (I consider Deb the witchy Southern grandmother I never had) and they were talking about chakras.
I’d heard of chakras a hundred million times before, but just hadn’t read too much into them. Something sparked my interest though, especially realizing that I have symptoms of imbalanced chakras.
One of my favorite ways to delve into new information and absorb it myself is to research the topic and share it here on my blog for anyone else who is also hoping to learn the same. You might want to bookmark or pin this page since there is a lot of info to come back to.
Here is a quick, easy-to-understand definition of the chakras from a book I’m currently reading Practical Magic:
We all understand and accept that there is energy throughout the universe–dark energy, kinetic energy, solar energy, magnetic energy, gravity, and so forth. A chakra is an energy center in the body. It is generally envisioned as a wheel or swirl found in specific places along the spine (the word chakra is Sanskrit for “wheel”), spots where our nerves are bundled and our hormones secreted. They are connected by prana, which can be described as our life force or interpreted as our peripheral nervous system. It’s really the same thing–the difference is in how you think about it and whether you believe we have the power to consciously influence it. Qi gong, tai chi, acupressure, acupuncture, EFT, and Reiki all work with prana, though they may call it different things (energy meridians, nadis, qi, etc).
There are thought to be over a hundred chakras, but we tend to focus on just seven of them. In order for the body, mind, and spirit to be whole, each of these chakras needs to be open and balanced. A physical issue with a chakra can create an emotional or mental issue, an an emotional or mental issue that relates to a chakra can produce a physical response. Your body is not separate from your mind and spirit; all three are intertwined.
Each chakra has it’s own color, element and sound associated with it that can be used during meditation to open the chakra. This blog post will cover sacred self-care for healing the root chakra; how to know if it’s out of balance and how to heal it.
The Muladhara, or root chakra, is found at the base of the spine and it is our most instinctual chakra. It’s in this chakra that we hold past memories as well as those from past lives, and it’s our deepest connection to the earth.
The color associated with this chakra is red and it’s element is earth. When it’s balanced and open, you feel safe, secure and fearless, have a strong immune system and keep a stable weight. You feel grounded, energetic, trusting and have a healthy self-esteem.
Signs that it’s out of balance
Physical organs related to the root chakra are the reproductive organs, pelvis, adrenals, spine, bones, teeth, anus, bladder, blood, circulation, tailbone, legs and feet–so if you’re having trouble or health issues relating to these areas, your root chakra is likely imbalanced.
An imbalanced root chakra causes low energy, a weaker immune system, sexual dysfunction and a tendency to have cravings or addictions. Being overweight or underweight is another sign.
Emotional signs your root chakra is imbalanced: low self-esteem, anxiety, quickness to anger, restlessness, aggressiveness, feeling the need to control, arrogance, or worrying about your basic needs for survival which are food, shelter and money.
Below I’m going to share ways in which you can begin to unblock and connect with your root chakra.
Crystals and essential oils for the root chakra
Stones and crystals are a form of energy healing that you can use to help open your chakras and keep them healthy. You can read my post here about how they work and how I use them personally. You can lay the stone in the area of your body where the chakra is located, carry them in your pocket or wear them as jewelry.
For stones that absorb negative energy, make sure you are clearing them frequently. Amazon has a beautiful crystal chakra set that comes with a crystal for each of the chakras, but here are crystals specifically for healing the root chakra:
Black tourmaline: grounding, protection, helps to clear and cleanse energy blockages
Bloodstone: strength, removes energy blockages & negativity
Garnet: increases energy, vitality and regeneration, balances emotions, protects against stress
Hematite: grounding, balance, protection, transforms negative energies into positive vibrations, balances the meridians
Obsidian: highly protective stone, absorbs negative energy (make sure to cleanse often)
Red Calcite: reduces stress, soothes imbalances that cause exhaustion and fatigue, grounds & strengthens life force
Red Carnelian: courage & strength, increases self-worth, clears & dispels negative energy, grounding
Red Jasper: security & balance, grounding, strength & vitality
Smoky Quartz: grounding & stabilizing, helps to overcome feelings of fear, depression & anger, helps release old wounds
Choose a crystal based on how drawn you feel to it; that crystal is likely what your body/mind is needing the most.
I am very much a proponent of aromatherapy. I use it daily and keep roll-on’s and sprays in different parts of my home so that I can easily put them on throughout my day to keep me feeling grounded.
You can buy/make aromatherapy mixtures or you can also use essential oils alone, like a few drops in your bath’s epsom salt or mixed with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil for a massage or dabbing onto certain parts of your body.
Below are essential oils that help with balancing and opening the root chakra:
Cedarwood: helps with connection and loneliness, helps to calm and relax, natural decongestant, grounding earthy aroma
Clove: joy, prosperity, abundance, treats digestive and respiratory problems, energizing, fights bacteria and fungus
Cyprus: creates emotional balance, helps with feelings of anxiousness, aids in calm feelings while also energizing
Frankincense: helps treat depression and anxiety, provides tranquil, calming and spiritual grounding, helps deepen meditation and calm the mind, immune and respiratory support
Ginger: stimulates circulation, helps digestion, anti-nausea, used for natural pain relief
Myrrh: brings focus, harmony and aides in cleanliness, relieves stress, provides relief for upper respiratory infections, helps to relax and sooth sore muscles
Patchouli: grounding, stabilizing, inspires self-confidence and love for your body
Rosemary: aids in transitions and with adjusting, banishes negativity and brings protection, perfect to use when feeling worn out, aids in memory, improves blood circulation
Rosewood: natural antidepressant, improves alertness and blood circulation, aids in digestion
Thyme: provides natural pain relief, inspires bravery and courage, helps with respiratory irritation, boosts immune system
Vetiver: tranquil, grounding, helps to calm and stabilize, helps to bring awareness
White Fir: alleviates pain in sore muscles and joints, energizes the body and mind, helps with respiratory function, brings feelings of stability, energy and empowerment, helps to stimulate mind while relaxing the body
Ylang-ylang: soothes fearfulness, evokes optimism and cheerfulness, lessons tension and stress, helps to balance hormones
Meditations for the Root Chakra
So much of energy healing can be done through meditation and visualization. It’s extremely powerful and life changing.
Root Chakra Healing Guided Meditation – as stated, this is a guided meditation to heal the root chakra. It’s a male voice and very relaxing.
Root Chakra Activation & Balancing – this meditation includes powerful frequencies and vibrations that help awaken your Kundalini energy.
Magical Chakra Meditation Chants for Root Chakra – extremely relaxing and powerful meditation with sounds and frequencies for healing the root chakra.
Grounding Root Chakra Meditation – grounding meditation for the root chakra with a female voice, also great for stress relief.
Oracle/Tarot Spreads for the Root Chakra
One of my most favorite ways to bring clarity to anything I’m healing is to connect with the Divine and ask. I absolutely love using my oracle decks and allowing my spirit guides to shine light on areas I need help with. I found two helpful spreads for oracle and tarot to help aid in healing your root chakra:
Affirmations for the Root Chakra
Affirmations are powerful ways to reprogram your subconscious mind in order to hold new beliefs and begin manifesting a different reality. At first an affirmation might feel silly, but the more you repeat an affirmation to yourself, the more natural and true it feels. That’s when you know your subconscious has accepted it and your life will powerfully shift.
Below are affirmations to help heal your root chakra:
I am eternally safe
I love my body
I am centered
I am right where I need to be
I am worthy of all things wonderful
I am connected to all that is around me
I trust my body and it’s love for me
I have everything I need
I am open to beautiful possibilities
I trust myself and my choices
I love life and it loves me back
Healing Foods for the Root Chakra
Like crystals and essential oils, all food carries specific energy that can help to heal us energetically. The following foods help to ground you and heal the root chakra:
- Grounding proteins: lentils, tofu, black beans, quinoa, amaranth, soy milk, green peas, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, tempeh, hemp milk, edamame, spinach, black-eyed peas, broccoli, almonds, spirulina, tahini, chickpeas, and peanut butter.
- Red fruits and vegetables: red apples, strawberries, pomegranates, cherries, tomatoes, red cabbage, beets, etc.
- Root vegetables: potatoes, beets, carrots, onion, garlic, and parsnips.
(Source – Healing the Root Chakra with Food by Matt Caron)
I also love this Root Chakra Smoothie.
Physical & Emotional Healing for the Root Chakra
Since the root chakra is all about being grounded, stable and safe, doing things that get you into your body and feeling connected will help you to open it: yoga, dancing, going for walks, getting a massage, walking barefoot or putting your hands in the earth will all help to heal this chakra.
Since an imbalanced root chakra causes feelings of disconnection, it’s important to focus on your self-limiting beliefs and begin to heal those. What fearful beliefs might you be holding that aren’t serving you and continue to make you feel unsafe?
My favorite ways to stay connected is through sacred self-care and through engaging the law of attraction to manifest my outer world, because it’s a whole different mindset that allows me to remember that I am the one in control of my experiences.
I am NOT in control of the world around me, nor should I worry about it, but I am in control of my perceptions, thoughts, beliefs and feelings, and those things do control what I end up experiencing.
Self-Care Ritual for the Root Chakra
After everything I’ve learned while researching the root chakra, here is my plan for a mini self-care ritual anytime I want to balance and open my root chakra:
Go outside & ground: go sit or stand outside, preferably barefoot if the weather permits. With your feet planted firmly on the ground, visualize a red light where your root chakra is located going down through your legs, turning into roots. Visualize these roots going through your feet and down into the earth, all the way down to the core. Feel yourself connected, supported, and grounded.
Take a warm, grounding bath: pick a grounding crystal/s that you are drawn to and put it in your bath to help clear your energy field, relax and ground you. Then pick a grounding essential oil you’d like to use and put a few drops of it in either a cup of whole milk -or- a few tablespoons of olive oil; pour this into your bath water and swirl it around. I also always add epsom salt to my bath to help detox my energetic field.
Journal: get in touch with how you’re feeling. List out all of your fears, because once they’re out in the open, a lot of their power is gone. What self-limiting beliefs have been coming up for you? Use this little book if you’re having physical ailments to see what emotional issues are triggering them. Write down new healing beliefs and affirmations on index cards and tape them in places where you’ll see them frequently.
Receive Divine guidance: if you pull oracle or tarot cards, use one of the spreads above or ask your own guidance questions revolving around your root chakra. Let the Universe shine light on areas or issues you may be overlooking.
Meditate & Visualize: do a guided meditation for the root chakra, or simply focus in on your root chakra. Visualize the color red and see your root chakra spinning at the base of your spine. Again visualize roots from Mother Earth connecting up through your legs to the base of your spine, grounding and supporting you.
Move your body + add in grounding foods: begin making time to move your body with joy (yoga, walking, dancing, running, whatever it is you love to do) and add some grounding foods to your grocery list (black beans, almonds, broccoli, quinoa, strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic, etc).
I hope you enjoyed this post. What are you favorite ways to keep your root chakra balanced? Please let me know in the comments below!
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Lots of love,
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