Essential oils for the Root Chakra (Top 10)

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Many studies have found essential oils beneficial in unblocking the chakras and keeping them clear allowing energy to run freely. In this article, we will discuss the top 10 best essential oils for unblocking and balancing the Root Chakra.

The Benefits of Root Chakra Aromatherapy

Root Chakra aromatherapy is an effective way to support and heal your Root Chakra (also known as the Muladhara or Base Chakra). Essential oils have both mental and physical benefits, from antibacterial properties which fight off infection to mood boosting benefits which can alleviate melancholy and depression. 

The Root Chakra is the foundation of our subtle body (in other words our combined physical and spiritual experience) and the "roots" from which all the other chakras gain their vital energy. It is concerned with our connection to the earth and our basic survival.

chakra body map

It is the first of the seven primary chakras and supports energy flow to the other energy centers which include:

When our Root Chakra is blocked or unbalanced we can experience various mental and physical issues including fatigue, anxiety, insomnia and aches.

By using grounding oils and relaxing aromas you can reconnect with your Root Chakra and help to relieve dysfunction or blockages in this vital energy center. 

Root Chakra aromatherapy can help in:

  1. Reducing frustration and anger
  2. Reducing feelings of fear and anxiety
  3. Increasing feelings of security
  4. Increasing feelings of safety
  5. Improving sleep
  6. Reducing aches and pains in the physical body

Top 10 essential oils for the Root Chakra

Many of the essential oils recommended in this list are earthy and grounding. This is because the Base Chakra is concerned with our grounding and centring to the earth which supports all our basic needs. 

Although there are many essential oils for chakras available in the market, we particularly love these because of their powerful healing properties which support a balanced Root Chakra

Our top 10 essential oils for the Root Chakra include:

Cedarwood oil

Cedarwood oil has a powerful woody scent that is perfect for the Root Chakra. It's protective and grounding, helping to support and calm the mind. This earthy oil will stabilize and enable you to focus on rebalancing your Root Chakra. 

Clove oil

Clove oil has traditionally been used for pain relief and digestive issues. It has a spicy, warming scent which can be very soothing and energizing for the Base Chakra. 

Clove oil is toxic in large amounts so make sure to use the correct dosage. 

Patchouli oil

Patchouli is a grounding essential oil which is said to help anxiety and inspire positivity. It is often recommended for the Root Chakra because of its ability to draw energy from the Crown Chakra through to the Base Chakra. 

Myrrh oil

Myrrh has been used for thousands of years in spiritual practices. It is believed to inspire clarity and help us to connect to our divine selves allowing for spiritual growth. It has a warm, smokey scent and comes with many medicinal benefits due to its antioxidant and antiseptic properties. 

Ylang-ylang oil

Ylang-ylang is a light floral oil which is used to reduce feelings of stress. It has been found to lower blood pressure in some people and clear the mind, making it a useful oil for chakra meditation practices. 

Ylang-ylang is also included in our list of the top essential oils for the Sacral Chakra.

Vetiver oil

Vetiver oil is popular as a stabilizing and grounding oil and is perfect for healing an overactive Root Chakra. It has an earthy and woody aroma which is why it is often used in perfumes and colognes. 

Lavender oil

Lavender oil helps in calming you down and improving sleep. It also helps in releasing negative emotions such as anger, frustration, jealousy, stress, and fear. It opens up the Root Chakra, allowing energy to flow freely through the body

You can inhale the aroma by adding a few drops in a humidifier or dab it onto your skin after doing a patch test to promote a sense of calm.

Lavender is also recommended in our list of the best essential oils for the Heart Chakra.

 

Geranium oil

Geranium oil is a versatile essential oil that helps with all seven chakras. It has been used for centuries to treat all kinds of conditions including anxiety and depression. Its floral, sweet aroma is the perfect uplifting scent for the Root Chakra.

Black pepper oil

Black pepper oil has an anti-inflammatory and warming effect which supports the central nervous system and adrenal glands - systems in the human body which are closely connected to the Root Chakra. 

It is also believed to have aphrodisiac effects. As well as its pain relieving properties, it diminishes stress and anxiety, helping us to overcome our worries and reconnect with our Root Chakra. 

Frankincense oil

Frankincense is often used in meditation practices for the Crown Chakra thanks to its ability to focus the mind and support spirituality. But it's also very useful for the Root Chakra as it is grounding and uplifting. 

How to use essential oils safely

Essential oils can indeed help in removing blockages and balancing the Root Chakra, but it's vital that they are used correctly in order to avoid harmful effects. Follow the steps below to use essential oils safely:

  1. Make sure to use high-quality therapeutic grade essential oils.
  2. It is important to administer the right dose of oil. Most essential oils have to be diluted first before using them directly on the skin. To be sure, you can always use a dilution calculator.
  3. We recommend doing a small patch test on your skin to ensure you are not allergic to an oil before using it.
  4. Be extra careful when using essential oils if you have any respiratory problems.
  5. If you have medical conditions or you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before using any kind of aromatherapy.
  6. Avoid applying essential oils to broken or unhealed skin or on rashes.

How to apply essential oils for the Root Chakra

Muladhara essential oils can be used in a couple of different ways to heal and unblock the Root Chakra. Some ways to use them are:

  1. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a diffuser and place it in the bedroom.
  2. Use the oils in a body massage, just make sure to check the recommended dilution
  3. You can also add a few drops of oil to body lotions and creams.
  4. Root essential oils can also be used in an oil burner or vaporizer.  The relaxing aromas from an oil burner can be helpful in focusing the mind during chakra meditation or yoga practice. 
  5. Use chakra candles infused with essential oils. Place them around your home or on your desk to regulate the unbalanced Root Chakra.
  6. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to a hot bath. Stronger oils can be diluted with milk if needs be.
  7. Another option is to dab a diluted essential oil on your pulse points or on the location of your Root Chakra.
  8. If you're feeling creative, why not make your own organic soap, using a couple of drops of your favorite Root Chakra essential oil. 

While meditating you can say these positive Root Chakra affirmations to amplify the healing process:

  • I am safe
  • I live in the moment
  • I am stable and secure
  • I am connected to the Earth and its grounding energy

Root Chakra affirmations

A Root Chakra essential oil blend recipe

Although you can find various Root Chakra essential oil blends in the market, it can be really fun to experiment with making your own blend.

Here is a simple recipe which you can adapt to your taste:

  • Lavender (2 drops)
  • Cedarwood (3 drops)
  • Frankincense (3 drops)
  • Geranium (2 drop)

If the scent is too much for you, remove or decrease the quantity of lavender. Each essential oil has a different shelf life, so it's best to use the blend within 2-3 months to ensure all the oils retain their potency.

Takeaway

Aromatherapy is a natural way to unblock the chakras and heal your energy flow. The Root Chakra is the basis for all the other chakras and the foundation of the energetic body, so taking time to work on this chakra can be very beneficial.

Whether you add a couple of drops of essential oil to your bath or to a diffuser, Root Chakra aromatherapy can be a relaxing and enjoyable way to boost your wellbeing and support wider chakra healing. 

Interested in learning more? Check out what essential oils are good for the Sacral Chakra? (top 10)