BASE OR ROOT CHAKRA – Muladhara – Chakra Functions, Crystals, and Balance


Where is the base or root chakra?

The base or root chakra is located between the legs called the perineum, which is considered the root of our spine. When viewed through the evolutionary process, it corresponds to our coccyx. Chakra’s color is red.

What are the functions of the base or root chakra?

This chakra determines our basic survival skills, such as eating, drinking, choosing sexual intercourse, and deciding to become a parent. Our sense of smell also plays a vital role in demonstrating these skills.

Our sense of smell affects the limbic system in our brain. This information from the amygdala limbic system, where the most basic automatic responses are decided without waiting, is evaluated and enables us to make decisions such as “fighting, attacking, running away, eating or not eating, having sexual intercourse.”

In all mammals other than humans, the scents that we call pheromones regulate the most basic behaviors such as marking the habitat, finding a mate, and mating with urine, stool, or sexual secretions.

As the evolution of the frontal lobe (forehead brain) in humans breaks this simple cycle to the human brain, much more advanced decision-making mechanisms came into play. However, still, our most basic motives continue to influence our behavior. 

Imagine feeling the smell of burning while sitting in your house. Our amygdala decides whether to get up and run away in anxiety or stay to determine the source of the scent. So disrupting our sense of smell can put us at risk. Every year, in the US, the smell test is applied to the participants during the recruitment process. The army does not take those who fail the test. This is an important example that our sense of smell is of vital importance.

How do we know if our root chakra is in balance?

When our root chakra is in balance, our sense of smell works without any problems. We can create the necessary living conditions, and thus we want to continue our lives by feeling safe. Trust in the universe connects us more to life and our roots. The social environment we live in and our family members are directly linked to our root chakra. That links are what make us feel where we are safe. 


On the other hand, we experience various anxiety in a foreign place or an environment with unfamiliar people. When this situation continues, we want to get away from that environment. If we cannot get away from what we want to get away from and are exposed to something we do not wish to, our body may exhibit self-inhibiting behaviors. And our root chakra may be out of balance.

When the root chakra is out of balance

When our root chakra is out of balance, intense stress can prevail as our body feels insecure. We may be vulnerable to diseases that somehow prevent us from using our immunity, especially autoimmune diseases. This blocking sometimes occurs in the form of stiffness or unwillingness in our skeletal system, making up our muscular and nervous systems.

Sometimes too, it appears as a psychological problem that forces our personality to change or hide because we cannot reveal ourselves as it should be. Issues such as insomnia, sleep disorder, joint stiffness, muscle, and nerve pain, weakened circulation, impaired body fluid balance, anxiety, and addiction may arise due to such inhibitions.

We can use Anandalite, Hematite Quartz, Red Calcite, Red Coral, Ruby, and Shiva Lingam to balance our root chakra.


When the chakra slows down, is underactive, or blocked

We may feel blocked, inadequate, weak, sexually disturbed, impotent, and alienated from our environment. These feelings can turn into frustration. If our root chakra is slow, underactive, or blocked for immediate effect; We can use Fire Agate, Hematite, Kundalini Quartz, Red Calcite, and Serpentine.

When the chakra gets too fast, overactive, or blown

We can develop an addiction to behavior that relaxes us, such as alcohol and drug use or malevolent sexual fantasy. These feelings can turn into anger. If our root chakra is fast, overactive, or blown for immediate effect; We can use Agate, Mahogany Obsidian, Pink Tourmaline, or Smoky Quartz.

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Base or Root Chakra Crystals

We can use the other crystals in cases of discomfort caused by our root chakra in meditation.

Amber, Black Obsidian, Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Chinese Red Quartz, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Dragon Stone, Fire Agate, Garnet, Golden Topaz, Harlequin Quartz, Hematite, Kanbaba Jasper, Limonite, Moss Agate, Obsidian, Pink Tourmaline, Poppy Jasper, Red Amethyst, Red Calcite, Red Jasper, Ruby, Serpentine, Shungite, Smoky Quartz.


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