It’s week two in my chakra healing exploration.
Last week we dove head first into the root chakra and discovered all of the foods that nourish and balance Muladhara so that it can provide us with a sense of stability and help build a strong foundation.
I also shared my recipe for Get Rooted Soup, which sounds offensive, but was specifically developed using ingredients known for their root chakra healing powers.
This week is all about the sacral chakra, and you will find that many of the foods that were mentioned last week in connection with the root chakra will be mentioned again this week. The first two chakras are very interconnected and so it’s natural that the foods that heal them will overlap.
I find the sacral chakra fascinating when it comes to the concept of healing with food.
You see, the sacral chakra is associated with our emotional body. It rules creativity, fertility, relationships and that ‘gut feeling’. It also happens to be connected with our sense of taste and to food, which makes the whole concept of emotional eating a lot more digestible (excuse the pun) knowing that both food and our emotions are governed by the same energetic centre.
The Sacral Chakra (Second Chakra)
Sanskrit name: Svadisthana
Location: Situated on the spine just below the navel.
Meaning: Represents our physical manifestation and is the seed of our creativity. It governs our self worth and our relationship with others. It is the centre for feeling emotion, pleasure, intimacy and connection to others. It represents physical reproduction and the birth of creativity and ideas.
Health: An imbalanced sacral chakra can leave you over or under emotional with an inability to express yourself clearly. It can often manifest as a lack of self confidence or self worth and can lead to sexual addiction or on the flip side a very low libido. If your sacral chakra is unbalanced you may also find it difficult to manifest what you desire or feel truly passionate about a subject. Physically it may show up as aches or pain in the lower back, irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, PCOS, testicular or prostate complications or bladder, urinary and kidney infections.
Heal: Water is the element of Svadisthana, so sitting by or swimming in a body of water can be very healing. Perhaps be a little more indulgent and pour yourself a beautiful bath full of essential oils. Yoga poses that open your hips are particularly good for the sacral chakra. Try pigeon pose, frog pose and wide legged child pose. Trikonasana (triangle pose), one of my personal faves, is particularly good at introducing movement to the lower back and stimulating the second chakra. Because this chakra is all about creativity expressing yourself through dance, art or poetry can also be very nourishing.
Sacral Chakra Affirmation: I feel
Foods that balance your sacral chakra
Rich sources of healthy fats are very nourishing for the sacral chakra.
Fish: fish rich in omega 3’s such as wild caught salmon and ocean trout.
Nuts: Good for both the root and sacral chakras, nuts have qualities that strengthen (think protein) and flow (think oils).
Seeds: Flax, poppy, sesame, hemp, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are all therapeutic for the sacral chakra.
Coconuts: A sturdy fruit filled with a soft flesh and nourishing milk, the coconut embodies the feminine qualities of the sacral chakra. The fact that it is also full of good fats and oils make it appropriate for this energetic vibration.
Orange foods: Oranges, carrots, sweet potatoes, peaches, apricots, mangoes, papayas, pumpkin and mandarins are all sacral foods. Eaten with fats to help absorb they’re vitamins and minerals they are excellent at restoring an unbalanced sacral chakra.
Recipes to nourish you sacral chakra
Nut-Free Bliss Balls – This recipe is jam packed with sacral nourishing seeds, dates and coconut. If you wanted to kick it up a notch you could replace half of the dates with dried apricot.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin and Pecan Bread – Full of orange foods like pumpkin and carrot, and fat-rich nuts, coconut oil and a bunch of seeds I’m thinking I should rename this loaf Gluten-Free Sacral Chakra Bread.
Homemade Almond and Cashew Milk – Need to balance your second chakra? Consider swapping your regular milk for some homemade nut milk!
Papaya with Coconut Yoghurt and Seed Sprinkle –This is so easy and delicious. Simply scrape out the seeds of half a papaya. Fill cavity with coconut yoghurt and sprinkle with seeds and toasted coconut.
Tomorrow: How to make homemade organic coconut milk for less than $2 a bottle.