These are the crystals I use personally for different reasons at the Root (Base) Chakra (clockwise from bottom left): Obsidian, Mahogany Obsidian, Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Tourmaline in Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Garnet, Ruby, Rhodonite, Shamanite (Black Calcite), Bloodstone, and Red Jasper. There are others you can work with too.
The Root Chakra is the place of survival in the body, the fight or flight response, and our right to physical and material security. Its colours are black and red, the associated gland is adrenal, the element is Earth.
To maintain a healthy Root Chakra it’s good to walk regularly, dance, garden, eat healthily, go barefoot, massage feet, and be passionate.
Signs of an under-active root chakra: Tiredness, lethargy, fear, obesity, insecurity, anaemia, problems with focus, feeling out of place, depression, low back pain, having no interest in anything physical.
Signs of an over-active root chakra: Being selfish, intimidating others, taking unnecessary risks, materialism.
Holding any of these stones, wearing them as jewellery, and sleeping or meditating with them can all help with grounding. They can also be laid on the body in the groin area, or next to the body at the same level.
Black Obsidian eliminates negative energies, helps in the understanding of the shadow side, to aid acceptance and to break unhealthy patterns. Useful for self abuse, eating disorders, and addictions. This stone connects to the void.
Mahogany Obsidian dispels unworthy feelings, good for personal and ancestral use, generally softer than Black Obsidian (although I have a Mahogany Obsidian wand with a very fine point which is excellent for working at a deep level, pulling out hatred or fear into the light).
Hematite supports the blood and circulation so it’s good for accidents and shock. It’s a very strong grounding stone which aids deep sleep and will always pull the body back into the present.
Black Tourmaline (Schorl) has parallel striations which help align the body and mind especially if used in a rectangular grid around the body. This stone holds strong energy, bringing feelings of safety, it reflects negative energy into the Earth. In Quartz it brings grounding to an over expansive heart.
Smoky Quartz has a warm, gentle grounding energy, but despite this it is a very powerful healer, dispelling stress and restoring focused, calm energy to the body and mind. When I meditate with this stone I find myself in a mountain cave, aware of the quartzy light outside, yet held by the mountain’s roots. Good for retreating into stillness. I also personally associate Bear energy with this stone.
Garnet is a fiery stone that can stimulate a controlled rise of Kundalini Snake energy. If you are in crisis, this stone can turn the issue into a challenge, bringing courage and hope to overcome. Use Garnet to work with sex drive, devoted love, and pleasure.
Ruby helps restore an enthusiasm for life. Allows that extra bit of energy if a lot is required of you. Excellent for stimulating sexual desire.
Rhodonite brings issues of the heart into a physical place so they can be shifted. It’s a gentle grounding stone, so good for children or those feeling vulnerable. Assists people in bringing their strengths to service in community.
Shamanite (Black Calcite) is new to me. I had a powerful dream that I held a piece of black calcite, but when I woke I thought it strange as I’d never heard of such a thing, it wasn’t in my crystal books either. On further investigation I discovered this wonderful stone, that feels as if it called to me to be used. Very apt as I go on regular Shamanic journeys. It’s a protective grounding stone that aids connection to spirit guides and power animals. It clears negativity, releases fears of dying, and can aid soul retrieval.
Bloodstone is earthy, grounding, organic and swampy. It holds Frog energy for me, and is good for fertility and circulation. It promotes endurance, and assists in making decisions that are challenging.
Red Jasper is powerful and strong. It talks of deep Earth power to me and has Turtle energy. This stone recalls the scars and rituals, the red ochre of cave paintings of our distant ancestors. It elevates our memories, especially of dreams and journeys. When you need abundant health and stamina, when you want to express your truth clearly, and walk your path strongly then choose Red Jasper.
This layout has bought some Root Chakra energy to my home. I’ve used a strong rectangular shape to promote grounding: