1st Chakra: Root Chakra
Location: Base of the spine
Crystals/Stones: Bloodstone, Onyx, Red Garnet, Red Jasper, Smoky Quartz
Essential Oils to Balance the Root Chakra: Sandalwood Mysore, Cypress, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Rosewood, Frankincense ,Clary Sage, Geranium, ,Rose, Melissa, Patchouli, Ylang-Ylang
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Saturn represents “structures”. Your skeleton is a structure that holds your body in place; it acts as a foundation. “Bones, foundations, security and structure” are all keywords for the 1ST Chakra. It represents the structures that you deal with in life in order to survive physically.
If you are not able to deal effectively with the outer social structures of your world, then you tend to live from paycheck-to-paycheck in a dog-eat-dog world. This seems to be a very common problem in our Western Culture because we have forgotten how to ground ourselves with the energies of the Earth. People who are “grounded” have a strong sense of who they are. They know how to acquire what they need in order to comfortably survive.
Nervousness and anxiety are conditions that result from not feeling grounded. Psychologically, it indicates that you are operating too much from your head - the ego. Take a deep breath, relax, and look around you. Are you safe where you are at? (1ST Chakra awareness puts you in the primal mode of “fight or flight”.) If not, then you need to separate yourself from unsafe people and places. 1ST Chakra awareness is a serious energy that requires you to make some tough choices and decisions. Being “indecisive” and depending upon others to take care of you is a 1ST Chakra weakness. Please do not confuse security and your ability to live comfortably with “lots of money”.
HOW TO STRENGTHEN THE 1ST CHAKRA: Establish healthy routines. Drink lots of fresh water, eat healthy foods that are as natural as possible; eat, sleep, exercise, and work at regular times. For example, eating late at night and drinking alcohol or doing drugs disrupts your sleep patterns, which in turn disrupt your hormones, which interfere with your daily activities. You want to establish “stability” - not predictability, that’s too boring. Frequent changes of address are also very de-stabilizing. Allow yourself to experience being in nature: go to a park and walk barefoot through the grass; visit an arboretum, or plant a garden - even if it is just one flower! Hiking in the mountains, or just being around large rocks and stones is very grounding.