Root Chakra – Muladhara
The Root Chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of the spine. It is the root of your being and establishes the deepest connections with your physical body, your environment and with the Earth. Muladhara is the most instinctual of all chakras – it is your survival center. Your fight and flight response is initiated from this chakra. This is your primal, animal nature.
The energy of Muladhara allows us to harness courage, resourcefulness and the will to live during trying times. It connects us with spiritual energies of our ancestors, their challenges and their triumphs. Since Base Chakra carries our ancestral memories, basically everyone experiences challenges or blockages within muladhara. War, famine, natural disasters, and any events that threaten our basic survival, are all recorded within energies of the first chakra. These memories are imprinted in the subtle body and are passed down from generation to generation creating unconscious generational patterns.
It is our work to take responsibility for our own lives and bring to light that which is unconscious. All of the seven chakras are important and interconnected with each other. Usually, balancing one chakra will create change in another chakra. It is important though to balance the Root Chakra first, before we proceed to others, or we will lack the stability and rootedness necessary for true transformation and personal growth. We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure.
Root Chakra Affirmations
I choose to feel deeply rooted.
I choose to be connected to my body.
I choose to feel safe and secure.
Just like a tree or a star, I choose to have a right to be here.
I choose to stand for the values and truth of my Soul.
I choose to have what I need.
I choose to be grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet.
I choose to nurture my body with healthy food, clean water, exercise, relaxation, and connection with nature.
I choose to be open to all possibilities, endlessly flowing in and through my life.
I choose to be grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform.
I choose to trust in the goodness of life.
I choose to make healthy positive choices for my mental, physical, spiritual, emotional & social bodies.
I choose to trust myself.
I choose to love life.
First Chakra at a glance:
Sanskrit name: Muladhara – root support
Petals of the lotus: Four
Seed sound: LANG
Vowel sound: O
Rights: To have
Endocrine gland: Adrenal cortex
Physical association:The skeletal structure, teeth, large intestine, kidneys, blood
Psychological function: Survival and self preservation
Identity: Physical identity
Developmental stage: Womb to 12 months
Plane: Physical plane
Planets: Saturn, Earth
Deity: Brahma, Dakini, Ganesha
Mythological Animal White elephant with seven trunks
Sense organ: Nose
Predominant sense: Smell
Root Chakra Essential Oils
Root chakra essential oils can be used for balancing and grounding. Located at the base of the spine, the root chakra is associated with survival issues, self preservation instinct, and the fight or flight response.
On the physical level, the root chakra is associated with adrenal glands, the skeletal structure, teeth, large intestine, kidneys, and the blood.
On the emotional level, root chakra imbalance may manifest as anger or rage, fearfulness, frustration, anxiety, and depression.
On the mental level, someone with a root chakra imbalance may experience black and white thinking, pessimism or negative thinking about life.
On the spiritual level, root chakra issues may show up as stubbornness and not willing to expand one’s view point.
Essential oils embody the frequencies and healing properties of plants. Not only they deliver certain properties to the physical body, they also work on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
The following are the most commonly used root chakra essential oils:
Sandalwood is considered a sacred oil. Its properties are calming, sedative and antidepressant. Used during meditation it can help to awaken life force energy. Sandalwood is gentle on the nervous system, it calms and harmonizes the emotional body and helps with grounding of excessive root chakra issues.
Myrrh is also considered a sacred oil. This is an uplifting oil that promotes spiritual awareness. This oil helps to build a bridge between the crown and the root chakras. It has a gentle, calming effect on the nervous system, allowing for feelings of safety to arise.
Myrrh brings us closer to our true nature, our essence, grounding us in this truth, and allowing transcendence of the material aspect of the root chakra.
Frankincense, like Sandalwood and Myrrh is a sacred oil, or holly oil in Middle Eastern countries. This is one of my favorite oils. It has a lovely deep, warm, and sweet aroma.
Frankincense has antidepressant and sedative qualities. It is a soothing oil, calming, and like Myrrh, it helps to connect the crown and the root chakras.
This oil helps to cool down excessive root chakra issues, such as agitation and fear. It has a calming effect on the nervous system, eases nervous tension, and is known to be a relaxing and sedative essential oil.
Cedar Atlas, or Cedarwood, has a wonderful calming, woody aroma. It is used to calm anger and ease nervous tension This oil is also used during the practice of meditation and yoga.
Cedarwood helps with grounding while allowing communication with the higher realms.
Juniper is a purifying oil and increases circulation through the kidneys. On an emotional level, Juniper helps to break up psychological stagnation and free up constricted energy.
Vetiver bridges the gap between the root chakra and the crown chakra. It is a natural sedative, with grounding and calming properties. Vetiver is my favorite root chakra essential oil for calming down overactive root chakra due to shock or trauma. It may also help promote restful sleep.
Cinnamon aids the functioning of the adrenal glands, is a tranquilizer and has antidepressant qualities.
Ginger is a circulatory stimulant and is useful when someone frequently experiences cold hands and feet. The fight or flight response constricts blood vessels and ginger can be helpful to move blood through the body.
Cypress oil is known for its ability to harmonize the blood. This only moves blood and therefore helps to move the vital force, the vital energy, or Qi, through the body. Cypress is also used for strengthening of the blood capilaries.
Carrot seed is one of the lesser known or lesser used root chakra essential oils. When used for root chakra balancing, this oil is used as a blood cleanser and a general tonic for the nervous system.
The aroma of clove helps to create feelings of protection and safety and promote good sleep.
Clove is also used for dissolving blood clots, removing stagnation in the blood.