The Base Chakra is located at the base of the spine, also called Muladhara, and is the color red.
The color red is a stimulating color, warming, active, energizing and awakening our physical life force.
Red stimulates deeper passions within us and too much can overstimulate and aggravate.
The essential oils of the Base Chakra include Cedar, Clove, Cypress, Myrrh and Marjoram, and is related to Agate, Bloodstone, Garnet and ruby crystals. Its symbol is the 4 petal lotus, the principle is physical entity and is associated with the element of earth. When in harmony the individual feels a profound sense of connection to nature, trusting in nature’s laws and has a deep understanding of life’s flow (Boyer 2011).
This Chakra is associated with an individual’s level of grounding, their ability to survive
including the ability to meet basic needs such as food and shelter, as well as a person’s roots and the
earth. The Base Charka impacts a person’s mental health through their ability to meet basic needs, when basic needs are hard to meet, a person will suffer ill mental health. The Base Chakra is also associated with a person’s inner security and stability, mental traits and when they are lacking, again the person will suffer ill mental health.
The Base Chakra is one which all other Chakras rest upon, it is the manifestation of consciousness in its most tangible form, the physical reality. Its primary concern is with our ability to survive through our fight or flight responses. When blocked, the Base Chakra is said to cause us mental health problems, such as feelings of depletion, hopelessness, ungrounded, anxiety and loneliness. It is our ability to feel grounded that assists us to effectively cope with stress and provides us with clarity.
Imbalances of the Base Charka may lead to addictive behaviors, volatile emotions, restlessness and loss of interest in the ‘real world’ (Leadbeater 2013).