Since our energy originates from the Earth and works its way up in our bodies we begin at the Root Chakra (Muladhara in native Sanskrit). Located at the base of the spine just beyond the tip of the coccyx, the Root Chakra correlates to the element Earth and the color red. This chakra centers upon our core needs for survival. This is where we feel physical pain and pleasure and where we connect to the Earth which sustains us. Here we deal with the elimination of physical and emotional waste, aspiring to let go of that which no longer serves us or the greater good.
The organs and body parts correlating to the Root Chakra are the spine, legs, feet, large intestine, elimination system, the sciatic nerve and the lower genitalia. Knowing the organ and body part correlations to chakras can help guide us in choosing a proper essential oil to promote balance for its particular ailment. When the Root Chakra is out of balance we may experience feeling ungrounded, confused, insecure, selfish and greedy. We may exhibit signs of depression and lethargy or have low back pain and spinal issues, general illness and dis-ease. Eating disorders may arise if our Root Chakra is imbalanced, perhaps obesity or on the flip side anorexia and bulimia.
To assist the Root Chakra in balancing and proper function we can turn to using essential oils from plants which are rooted deep in the Earths soil. These oils are pulsing with the Earths vital energy. Because they tend to have deep roots, they are grounding and strengthening such as Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum), Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), Elemi (Canarium luzonicum), Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin), Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides), Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), and Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora). You may notice that most of these oils have base notes which appropriately align our “base” or Root Chakra with the Earth. They also help this chakra spin correctly thus creating the proper energetic foundation for the rest of our chakras. Uplifting oils which may help us in moments of depression or isolation would be Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuina), Rose (Rose damascena), Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum), Melissa (Melissa officinalis) or Clary Sage (Salvia sclerea). For low back pain we can look to anti-inflammatory oils such as Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia), Frankincense (Boswellia carterii), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) and Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) and Laurel Leaf (Laurus nobilis).