A root chakra that is! There are seven main chakras that are positioned along your spine, from your tailbone to the crown of your head. The First/Root Chakra, is located at the base of your spine at your tailbone. This chakra is the center of your stability. So when you feel anxious or nervous, this chakra may be out of alignment.
When the Root Chakra is overactive you may have problems making decisions or progress on things in your life. You may feel deeply unstable and "uprooted". An unbalanced Root Chakra can have a deep effect on every area of your life, so this is a good place to start when making sure our chakras are well tended to.
The essential oils I like to use to care for my Root Chakra are oils that come from the roots of plants themselves. Just as they were once rooted deep in the Earth, they can help us to feel stable and rooted as well. Here are the three I like to use the most:
Vetiver - this oil is steam distilled from the roots of the grasses (Vetiveria zizanioides). It has a deep, rich, earthy scent with sweet undertones. It grounds and protects, sedates, and restores. It is actually a CNS (Central Nervous System) sedative, and has a calming affect on the our nervous system.
Spikenard - besides having what I think is a really cool name, this is a really great oil. It comes from the root of Nardostachys jatamansi. Spikenard has a very pungent, spicy, earthy scent. I really do think it smells like dirt, but in a good way! This oil is also a CNS sedative and is calming for the mind and emotions. (Noticing a trend here?)
Turmeric - this one you may be more familiar with as a cooking spice, but it also comes in a beautiful essential oil. In my opinion, the scent of Turmeric essential oil is like a campfire. That slightly burnt, woodsy, smoky smell. I love it! Like the other root oils listed above, Turmeric can be grounding and stabilizing and also helps to promote a positive mood.
Maybe you've felt a little untethered lately and now you know why. Plant your root chakra on the earth, grab your favorite oil out of the three above and spend a little time centering yourself. Apply a drop or two to your tailbone and feel the connection between the body and the pull of gravity. Allow yourself to reconnect and renew. Nourish to Flourish.