How to Heal Your Root Chakra (heal anxiety, depression, lack of trust)
Overwhelmed? Feel like you're not yourself? Are you always tired? Do you have pain in your lower body? Then you probably need to heal your root chakra.
This post is the first post in a series I'm starting all about healing your chakras. Before you read this post please make sure you've checked out the overview post about your 7 chakras that you can read here: The 7 Chakras: An Overview.
As I mentioned in that overview post, it is important to work on clearing, activating, and healing your chakras from the bottom up, which is why this series starts with the first chakra: the root chakra.
How to tell if you need to heal your root chakra
I go over this in detail in the overview post, but essentially you know that you have blockages in your root chakra if you have anxiety and/or depression as the root chakra controls your trust. Without trusting in yourself and others anxiety and depression manifest and once that ball starts rolling it can seem impossible to stop.
A blocked root chakra can also cause indecisiveness (not trusting your judgement), an inability to ground (learn how to properly ground yourself here), and the inability to connect with the Earth.
Ailments due to a blocked root chakra:
Lower back pain
Pain: Legs & feet
Stress - and ailments accompanying stress
A Healthy Root Chakra
Your root chakra is what connects you to the Earth. When balanced, your nails, teeth, bones, feet, legs, allergies, sciatic nerve, and blood will all be in good condition. It is also in charge of adrenaline, cortisone, noradrenaline, and hormone production. We use our root chakra for survival meaning it controls our survival instincts. A balanced root chakra means all of these elements will be healthy.
There are many ways to heal each chakra. I will go through the common ones that usually don't need a professional. Using a professional is, however, always better. It is the difference between seeing a therapist and venting to a friend. You also might not go see a doctor for a cold and can nurse yourself back to health, but you would see a doctor for a broken arm. Same logic works for energy healing. If you have serious energy blockages that are resulting in severe depression, mood disorders, and other serious illnesses you should see a professional. Healing yourself is more for upkeep and tune-ups of your energy, not complete energy shifts.
Use the following therapies in combination for the best effect.
To activate your root chakra visualize it moving. Your root chakra is the slowest moving chakra, it spins clockwise, and each chakra moves a bit faster as you move upward. Your crown chakra moves so fast you can't tell its moving whereas your root chakra is slow and steady. You can watching videos/gifs of the speed to help you visualize.
Wearing a rough or tumbled stone against your skin is the best way to ensure the energy will be absorbed. Gemstones work by shifting the energy that passes through it or around it, similar to how sunscreen blocks UV light or how crystals are used in watches and radios. Each crystal shifts the energy differently so use these with purpose.
Red gemstones are going to be used for your root chakra (since it's red...). Ruby is the best stone for your root chakra, but you can also use hematite, garnet, red jasper, smokey quartz, red carnelian, bloodstone, and black tourmaline. There are more, but these are the most effective.
For the best result, place the gemstone directly on your skin on the chakra, in this case, your root chakra is located under your groin.
The best essential oils to use for your root chakra are cedar, rosemary, cypress, frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, and cloves.
The important thing is that you smell it, the how isn't that important. You can diffuse it, put it in an oil burner, use it in a spray (mix witch hazel, water, and a few drops of essential oil), use it as an oil on your body (essential oil is very strong so you need to put it in a base of grape-seed, olive oil, etc.), put a few drops onto lava stones on a bracelet, the options are really endless.
For effectiveness, use these oils while you also use the other therapies. Combining all of the therapies will be the most effective.
Affirmations harness the power of positive thinking. You're essentially telling yourself over and over what you want to happen in a positive manner. Your unconscious mind is programmed to think how it does, and it can be reprogrammed just as a computer can. If right now your mind is programmed to promote illness, positive affirmations are how you reprogram your mind to promote healing. It's really that simple. Despite the simplicity, however, I've found positive affirmations to be the most powerful method of healing.
Affirmations to repeat right after you wake up and before you go to sleep:
I trust in the power of life
I feel at home in my body
I am sustained and nourished by nature
You can find others online, Pintrest, or just repeat what you need to hear! I write them on my mirror, use them as my phone background, whatever I can to make sure I see them everyday.
Energy massage is a delicate-touch massage that you can do to yourself or a partner. You intertwine your fingers, laying on your back, and place your hands over the chakra you're working on. Your left hand is on the chakra (energy comes in through the left) and your right hand should be on top of the left. Energy flows through your hand chakras to your chakra. While gently massaging, breathe deeply and visualize the color of the chakra as healing light. For your root chakra visualize a red, healing light illuminating your root chakra.
Rubbing your hands before you begin stimulates energy. Your root chakra is located under your groin, so this is where your hands should be placed. As you breathe... breathe in healing energy and breathe out negative energy. I visualize negative energy as smoke, but everyone's different so do what works for you.
The type of plant will determine how you use it. I usually use tea. For healing the root chakra drink a large cup of valerian, lime blossom, and/or elder tea twice per day. Valerian will make you drowsy so drink before bed. You can also use these in a powder that you can grind up or buy online. Because the root chakra connects you to the Earth actually drinking the earth in tea in this manner, ingesting what mother nature has offered you, is an excellent way to heal all of your chakras and your root in particular.
Use these healing methods together
As I stated, using all of these methods together will be the most effective. While receiving your energy massage, repeat affirmations, have your stones on your chakra, have the oil in a diffuser, visualize the healing light, and then have a cup of root chakra tea afterward.
Your root chakra in your routine
To keep your chakra balanced make sure that you:
Exercise often, preferably in a manner that brings you joy like a sport or game
Massage your feet and legs
Spend time outdoors to connect with the Earth
Turn your shower to cold water at the end
Use red color therapy (clothing, decorations, red flowers, etc).
Listen to drums (you can find chakra beats on YouTube, search root chakra drums)
Accept energy from sunsets and sunrises
Do these healing techniques during a full moon
Make sure you protect yourself before you start any healing work. I wrote a post on how to smudge that you can read here. Make sure you ask your guides/angels for protection as well.
If you have any questions about any of this please let me know!
Recommended books where I learned most of this information from: