Root Chakra Healing with Essential Oils
When you grow up as a highly sensitive child who is also connected to all things spiritual, your feelings and emotions can be extremely painful, sometimes without probable cause. Of course, in the 80’s when I was growing up, we didn’t have the definitions and labels that we throw about today, so kids like me just thought we were weird. These days we know ourselves to be Empaths.
As I entered my teens, I remember things going from bad to worst. At one point I was having all sorts of spiritual experiences that at times left me quite scared, plus I was experiencing all the normal dramas of being a snotty teenager. What was really agonising was how alienated I felt from everyone around me. In parallel, I was also an open channel and felt like everyone’s darkness, pain and shadows resided in me.
As a self-defence mechanism, I learnt to close myself down. I literally put a hiatus on my heart and for years never allowed myself to feel anything. Upon reflecting back now, I now realise I also closed down my root chakra, which explains why I had such a weak immune system (this is a known side effect). Plus, I suffered with chest infections, which related to my closed heart.
If you aren’t aware, Chakra translates to “wheel”. The 7 chakras in the body are distinct energy centres that start at the top of your head and end at the bottom of your spine. They regulate all parts of your bodily system, influencing everything from emotional processing to resistance to disease.
CHAKRA ONE (ROOT)
Corresponds to the element Earth, the foundation from which all life springs. It represents everything solid, the practical aspects of our lives, and the level of consciousness known as the instincts. It is located at the base of the spine, and includes the legs as connectors between the earth and the spine.
In this chakra, you learn to ground the energy of your body into the Earth. Your legs act as roots pushing downward from the base of your spine. Think of these roots like the two prongs of a plug: when you plug your legs and feet into the ground, you generate energy for the rest of your body.
The reason why Empaths and other highly sensitive folk alike close themselves down is because it feels like the only way to protect ourselves. Consuming other people’s emotions on top of your own (when you’ve not fully processed and healed yourself) literally creates physical pain in the body.
I learnt that a large proportion of people in the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) are in fact undiagnosed Empaths. They self-medicate with alcohol and drugs to help suppress the emotional pain in their bodies.
This resonates, especially as I have experienced recreational drugs and alcohol myself in the past. And I too was “self soothing”.
As we grow older and wiser and become established and empowered Empaths, we can instead use our heightened instincts to navigate through the matrix of emotions in a much stronger and boundaried way.
But let’s focus on the Root Chakra and discover why it is fundamental in how us Empaths show up in the world.
The lower chakras are physically closer to the Earth and are related to the more practical matters of our lives, like survival, movement and action. They are ruled by physical and social law. The upper chakras represent mental rooms and work on a symbolic level through words, images and concepts.
All foundations rest upon the Earth, universal ground for all that we do. To connect with the body is to connect with the Earth, grounding in the biological reality of existence. For the home of our spirit, situated at the base of the spine, the first chakra is the foundational for the entire chakra system. Without a strong, rooted foundation, little else can be accomplished.
When the first chakra is damaged, it reflects in each other the other chakras. Sexuality is affected, as it is an experience of the body, of the senses, and eye contact and connection. Ones sense of personal power is affected because we cannot fight or defend ourselves without ground to stand on. Without roots bringing energy and nourishment up from the Earth, we are weak. Relationships are adversely affected by the lack of boundaries and a persistent that needs constant reassurance. Communication may be blocked by fear or become excessive and disconnected from feeling.
How do you know when your root chakra is out of balance?
When it is out of balance, these are some of the ‘physical’ symptoms that can appear - chronic lower back pain, varicose veins, sciatica, water retention, rectal and anal problems, constipation, diarrhoea, some fertility issues such as impotence, and immune disorders. The root chakra also affects the health of the groin, hips, pelvis, lower end of the digestive system, legs, knees, ankles and feet.
What does it look like when its balanced?
Having a balanced root chakra enables us to take the experiences and skills we have acquired and use them in our every day life. It also means that we give ourselves permission to fully immerse ourselves in the human experience. We shouldn’t be judging ourselves for enjoying the human pleasures (I know this is something I grappled with). When we feel grounded and safe, we are able move forward and take bold leaps by changing jobs, moving house or country and we are able to manifest from a strong, authentic position.
What Essential Oils can we use?
This works in a two-fold way.
For the oils, if we identify a physical ailment such as lower back pain, we might make up an oil to help soothe it. Something like doTERRA’s Deep Blue blend which contains Wintergreen. Think ‘Deep Heat’ but a non-synthetic version.
However, from what I have learnt from Joe Dispenza, Louise Hay and Evette Rose’s work is that our bodies are in fact a representation of our subconscious mind. This means they are running 95% of our unconscious beliefs, stories and programs in our body. Therefore, when we experience dis-ease, there is an emotional block somewhere and it is now manifesting physically (think red light on your car dashboard).
From my own personal experience, I notice that when I am worried about my finances, my lower back will ache or if I am heavily involved in my spiritual practices, I become light-headed and jittery because I am ungrounded.
This is when working with our spiritual allies, namely essential oils, comes into play because they are able to help support and transmute the blocked energy that we are trying to rebalance.
This oil helps with grounding while allowing communication with the higher realms. Because it is a tree oil, we are able to draw in the attributes of the tree energy, visualising the roots going deep into the Earth, but we also visualise the crystalline core Earth energy coming back up through the roots and into our legs, into our root chakra and up into our heart.
This oil blends beautifully with Vetiver and Lavender and makes for a powerful sleep blend.
The oil of Physicality. The energy of this oil is about enabling us to become fully present in our physical bodies. It balances us when we feel devitalised and when we seek to escape the body through spiritual pursuits or other forms of distraction. Patchouli tempers obsessive personalities by bringing them down to reality and teaching them moderation. This oil is grounding and stabilising.
Patchouli blends beautifully with Lavender and Marjoram, be it in a diffuser or in a bath.
The oil of Centering and Descent. This oil helps with becoming more rooted in life. When we are too scattered in our energy, Vetiver helps bring us back down to earth. It also enables us to deeply connect to what we are thinking and feeling. This oil is a useful ally when we are undertaking any self-awareness work. It helps uncover the root of the emotional issue. Vetiver challenges the need to escape pain. It centres us into our True Self and guides us downwards to our roots, including the roots of the emotional issues.
Vetiver works well with Balance and Serenity to make a Liquid Calm blend.
You can apply the oils directly to the soles of your feet
Inhale the residue from your palms, whilst closing your eyes and visualising roots coming out of your feet
You can hold your palms over your root chakra (with or without clothes on) and say affirmations such as: I AM deeply rooted; I AM connected to my body; I AM safe and secure; I AM grounded, stable and standing on my own two feet
You can make up blends in a 10ML roller bottle, mixing with a carrier oil. You can then apply to your belly in the morning and last thing at night, saying one of the affirmations
You can create diffuser blends, rub on your pillow and you can bath in the oils
To help amplify their power, focus on the root chakra whilst gently tapping in to what the emotional ‘root cause’ of the imbalance is. You might even want to pop your hand on your body and simply ask “Something within me feels blocked?”. Don’t be surprised by what your body shares with you!
If you’d like more advice or information around being an Empath, or balancing your chakras with oils, please do get in touch.
Recommended reads: Anodea Judith’s ‘Eastern Body, Western Mind’ book. The ‘Emotions + Essential Oils, referenced guide for emotional healing’ by Amanda Porter and Evette Rose ‘Metaphysical Anatomy’.