Muladhara, meaning "root chakra" in Sanskrit, is located at the base of the spine, and is associated with the color red and the element of Earth. In reference to the body, this chakra is associated with all solid parts, such as teeth and bones, as well as the lower genitalia. Spiritually, the root chakra connects us to the physical world and how we connect with the world at large and Mother Nature. It is the foundation for all the other chakras to build on, and is the base for the storage of Kundalini energy.
The root chakra is based on our need to have our basic needs (food, water, shelter) met, as well as our need for nurture and support. It's also involved in our need to belong and survive; humans have a high connection to tribal consciousness (the need to belong and be part of the group).
When the root chakra is out of balance, it leads to insecurity, materialism, and greed. Physically, it can also lead to anemia, fatigue, depression, lower back pain, & cold hands and feet. In balance, we understand our connection to the earth, humanity, and the idea of "the greater good. Our emotions are balanced, we're healthy, and we have a sense of security and an ability to trust.
Use the following essential oils to keep the root chakra aligned, clear, and balanced:
- Sandalwood, cypress, elemi, cedarwood, and rosewood help to align you with the earth's energies.
- Frankincense, clary sage, rose, vetiver, patchouli and ylang ylang help to combat isolation.
- Thyme helps to reduce stress.
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