Welcome to this new and fun series!
Let's bring some energy and color into our lives and get back in touch with our energy centers, or chakras!
When Spring is around the corner, I just really want to embrace colors, come back to alignment and create vibrant energy. So I gravitate towards working with my chakras! I teamed up with a beautiful soul sister of mine, Monica, or Notyourbigsister on YouTube, to bring some chakra beauty regimes and makeup tips you can try to enhance your natural beauty and realign your chakras!
I will show you how to create bath rituals for each chakra and my dear friend (we go way back to our theater days, and would play with makeup for hours!) will show you some awesome vlogs on how to use the chakra colors in your makeup and beauty routine!
So, what are the Chakras?
We are all made of energy. Our atoms buzz together to create this energy we know as the human body. Our body then produces more energy and this is where the chakras come into play. The word chakra is Sanskrit and means ‘wheel.’ From these wheels we are taking in and releasing significant amounts of energy from our body. Western society is very new to this concept and way of understanding our body. Eastern medicine takes the energies of the chakras into serious consideration for overall health and has created and crafted the knowledge of what we know of the chakras for thousands of years. We can learn so much from these subtle energies within and without us.
There are seven main chakras (there are also a lot of other smaller chakras we will not be focusing on) that run along our spine. The spinal cord is the main channel for our nervous system to power our entire body with signals and messages from the brain. It is no surprise our main energy wheels run along this path. Each chakra governs an area of the body and the emotions, sensations, and functions that go with this area.
The Root Chakra!
- Sankrit: Muladhara, “root support”
- Symbol: 4 petal square
- Location: base of spine
- Color: reds, browns, and greens
- Tarot: The Magician, The Empress/Emperor, The World, Pentacle suit
- Association: groundedness, survival, money, family
- Symptoms: constipation, weight issues, knee and foot issues, low back and lower body issues
- Imbalances: fear, trust issues, money issues, low body image
- Achieved State: stillness, abundance, overall healthy well-being
- Crystals: agate, black tourmaline, bloodstone, garnet, hematite, obsidian, red calcite, red jasper, ruby, smoky quartz, green stones; green aventurine, green calcite, green jade, malchite, moss agate, tree agate,
- Incense: patchouli, cedar, pine, rosemary
The Root Chakra in Sanskrit is the Muladhara Chakra and is the foundation of the Chakra body. It is located at the base of the spine and it is what helps connect our body and spirit to Mother Earth. It is associated with survival, family, money/security, and the relationship we have with our own body. When our Root Chakra is balanced we feel abundant, safe, active and energetic, and feel connected to Mother Earth and all living things. We are nurturing and giving while taking care of ourselves as well. When there is an imbalance in the Root we may become depressed and lethargic, greedy, clingy, overeat or lose our appetite, have financial issues, trust issues, and/or body image issues. We could become physically ill as well. This is the our body’s way of saying, “Please, take care of me!” We owe to ourselves right?! It is so essential to heal this Chakra first before moving to higher ones. Without a strong foundation we are setting ourselves up for more obstacles ahead.
If you want to learn more about the chakras, I wrote an ecourse all about them! With Chakra Rhythms you will receive an ebook, calendars, meditations, and recipes for each energy center! You can learn more here. Let's get started!
Let us open to the energy of Root Chakra before we begin the beauty ritual. This will help you come into a space of receiving and openness to really allow the chakra to flow through you. Mala beads are wonderful tools for meditation and to help us focus our intent. This stunning Root Mala is handcrafted by Natalie ofBright Star and Buffalo
Reminder jewelry by bright star and buffalo
Our "Rooted" mala is reaching and spreading... wearing it stimulates the Muladhara Chakra (root) and the energies of vitality, strength, grounding and passion. The "rooting'' quality of the sacred rudraksha bead and lily petal opens us to our highest potential in these domains.
This mala is made from dark rose wood. Each bead is wire worked/wrapped by hand with recycled copper wire. There are 54 beads (an even division of 108). Our "lily petal" is hand forged from conflict free sheet copper (each one is unique). We include a large rudraksha to create a truly unique and powerful end/Guru bead.
*A percentage of each mala purchase goes to Trees for The Future - A non-profit devoted to reforestation and the elimination of economic hardship due to deforestation in environmentally decimated regions of the world. Thank you for your contribution.
If you would like to purchase one of her stunning malas feel free to email her: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hold your mala in your dominant hand in between your thumb and middle finger. As you pass over each bead, imagine your root chakra, base of your spine, glowing a vibrant red color and let root chakra grow roots through your floor and deep into the earth, grounding you down to Gaia. You can vocally say "Lam" (Lom) - that is the mantra for the Root chakra in Sanskrit, as you touch each bead, or you can say your own mantra.... Grounded, Centered, Safe, Protected, Connected, Supported, Love, etc. If you don't have malas feel free to hold any red or brown crystals in your palms! My favorite for the Root Chakra is Red Jasper or Smoky Quartz! Do this meditation until you feel grounded, or whatever you want to embody and begin your beauty Ritual!
Root Chakra "Mud" Bath
What you need:
1 cup Epsom salt
4 teaspoons French Red clay, or any dry clay!
Root crystals; I chose: Jasper, Smoky Quartz, Garnet
4 Clear Quartz points
Essential oils for your root; I chose Bergamont and Patchouli
Draw your bath and add the salt and clay while the water is running. Make sure to mix the clay so it is not lumpy. Add your sprigs and add as much as you like!
Start with 5 drops of Patchouli and 2-3 drop of Bergamont. The amount of oil is up to your preference, just remember they are very potent! A little goes a long way!
When you are ready, step in to your bath. Settle in. Take each crystal and hold it at heart center. Imagine a glowing red light at the base of your spine growing brighter and brighter. You can place your crystals on each corner of your bathtub or give them a little bath first! Be sure to place each crystal point on each corner with either the points pointing out to detox your body and root chakra, or pointing in to replenish and nourish. You can always switch them around too!
Remember to relax and check in with your body. What is it telling you? What do you need to nourish your root more?
I also used this luscious scrub from Gypsy Moth Sol. The name Blushing is perfect for it! I felt like I was spreading jam on my body! So luxurious and rich and just what my body needed. I also exfoliated my lips with it to prepare for the Chakra beauty video below!
When you are ready to get out, put a drop of patchouli at the bottom of your feet to keep stimulating your root chakra throughout your day or evening. Once you have cleansed and awakened your root chakra try one of Monica's stunning red lips below!