The root chakra, also known as the base chakra, is an energy center located in the base of the spine (coccyx). The body parts associated with the root chakra include the perineum, anus, large intestine, adrenal glands, back, leg, feet, and bones. While the root chakra is traditionally associated with the color red, both red and black healing crystals can help balance the energy of the root chakra. Bloodstone, which has spots of red hematite, and black hematite are root chakra stones. Labradorite, which can reflect many colors on the spectrum, is also thought to positively affect the third eye chakra and other chakras, as well.
The root chakra is said to connect our physical bodies with the earth. It is related to our basic survival instinct, our confidence, feeling grounded, and dealing with conflict.
Spiritual/emotional signs that there may be an imbalance of the root chakra include anger issues, fear, insecurities, feeling ungrounded, abandonment issues, indecisiveness, depression, anxiety, addictions, phobias, and obsessions.
Physical signs that there may be an imbalance of the root chakra include weight issues, hemorrhoids, arthritis, constipation, lower back pain, and knee troubles.