The root chakra sits at the base of our spine and connects us to the physical, material reality. It is the seat of our security. Our security is rooted in our physical experience. Grounding this chakra increases feelings of security and well being. Some of my favorite foods (and their corresponding crystals) to nourish the root chakra are:
Beets - Being both a rich red color and a root vegetable, beets resonate powerfully with the root chakra. Their natural crystal counterpart is hematite. Though it may not look it on the surface, hematite has a deep red color if scratched on paper and contains high iron content.
Cocoa Nibs - These delicious bits of the cacao bean are great in smoothies or oatmeal. Dark and with a complex flavor, they are packed with minerals. Their natural crystal counterpart is stromatolite. Made of fossilized algae blooms from eons ago, stromatolite connects us with earth's earliest periods when life was just beginning to take hold.
Mushrooms - Because of their close connection to Mama Earth, I find all mushrooms to be very nourishing for my root chakra. Fungus are the basis for our richly diverse forested ecosystems, with symbiotic networks of nutrient-rich mycelium running for miles underground. The mushrooms themselves are simply the fruiting body of the fungus. Their natural crystal counterpart is mushroom rhyolite. This beauty is an obvious choice once you see it, with beautiful red and brown tones that mimic the look and texture of mushrooms.
The sacral chakra sits halfway between your navel and your groin. For women, this is where the womb is housed. It is the seat of our creativity. Some of my favorite foods (and their corresponding crystals) to nourish the sacral chakra are:
Carrots - Though a root veggie, carrots are sweet and carry the perfect color for the sacral charka. A delicious carrot juice is one great way to get some love to your sacral chakra. Their natural crystal counterpart is spessartine garnet. This orange variety of garnet is uplifting and stimulating without weighing you down.
Red Lentils - Mmmm ... I make a lovely dal with red lentils that always makes me feel so nurtured. High in protein and low in fat, lentils pack a punch of nutrition into every bite. Their natural crystal counterpart is vanadinite. If you've ever seen it up close, vanadinite often grows as tiny clusters of super glittery crystals in a vibrant red/orange color. Known to cure writer's block, it's sure to help you get past those creative humps you may be encountering.
Pumpkin - I am guilty of loving everything pumpkin once October rolls around. Pumpkins are sweet and nutritious, full of fiber and vitamins. Their natural crystal counterpart is carnelian. Carnelian is great for getting the creative juices flowing and helping to jump-start big projects.
This chakra sits right over our solar plexus at the base of the breastbone. It is the seat of our power. Some of my favorite foods (and their corresponding crystals) to nourish the solar plexus chakra are:
Lemons - Granted, you can't just bite into a lemon. But adding lemon to your water and tea is a great way to alkalize them and get this yellow lovely into your system. Their natural crystal counterpart is lemon chrysoprase. Actually a variety of magnasite, this creamy yellow/green stone is spontaneous and fun-loving.
Pineapple - I call this the "happy fruit". Pineapple in my morning smoothie always gives me a mood boost. And it just tastes incredible. Its natural crystal counterpart is sulphur quartz. A crystal that radiates joy and energy, but softly enough not to overpower.
Popcorn - Really, corn of any kind works here, but popcorn is one of my favorite vegan/gluten-free snacks when I need some crunch. The natural crystal counterpart to popcorn is magnesite. The nuggets of this creamy crystal look like little popcorn pieces.
The heart chakra sits over the center of our chest and encompasses the physical heart. This is the gateway chakra which connects our physical and spiritual halves. It is the seat of our emotional guidance system. Some of my favorite foods (and their corresponding crystals) to nourish the heart chakra are:
Watermelon - This beautiful, hydrating fruit is both a brilliant green and a lovely, pinky red. In a smoothie, it requires no extra nut milks or other liquids because it is so sweet and watery all on its own. Its natural crystal counterpart is watermelon tourmaline. A crystal perfectly designed for the heart chakra, this stone will help you understand the true nature of love and honor your emotions.
Raspberries - I devour raspberries. They are a personal favorite of mine and give so much to the heart chakra. Their natural crystal counterpart is pink tourmaline. This rare beauty is also active on the high heart chakra between the heart and throat, enabling communication and awareness of our feelings.
Greens - Kale, spinach, chard, you name it. All leafy greens do wonders for the heart chakra. I think we are pretty aware of the nutritional benefits of greens, so I won't get into it, except to say that they are a valuable source of iron for a plant-based diet. Their natural crystal counterpart is malachite. Swirls of deep and light green mark this graceful stone. Like leafy greens, malachite is full of spiritual nutrition. It doesn't play around, but gets straight to what you need most.
The throat chakra sits over the thyroid gland in the throat/neck region. It is the seat of our voice, of communication. It is a valuable chakra where we release energy. Some of my favorite foods (and their corresponding crystals) to nourish the throat chakra are:
Blueberries - Full of antioxidants, blueberries are one of our few naturally blue foods. I toss them into smoothies and salads all the time, or eat them as a snack. Their natural crystal counterpart is sapphire. Sapphire is a stone of honesty that helps you speak your truth.
Mint - Though not technically blue, this wondrous herb does wonders for the throat chakra where its cooling effects can immediately be felt. Great for colds and sore throats! Its natural crystal counterpart is peridot. Bright green and radiant, this little stone gets the flow moving between the heart and throat chakras.
Green tea - Also not blue, green tea is still a favorite of mine for the throat chakra. Its soothing, warm vibrations do wonders for those who speak a lot in their careers. Its natural crystal counterpart is jade. As a sidenote, there is such a thing as blue jade which may be even more fitting for the throat chakra.
The third eye chakra sits between and just above the eyes and incorporates the pineal gland. This is the seat of our wisdom and intuition. Some of my favorite foods (and their corresponding crystals) to nourish the third eye chakra are:
Blackberries - Deeply purple and delicious, blackberries are a go-to for me. I find that eating more berries connects me more deeply to the fairy realm. Their natural crystal counterpart is black amethyst. Black amethyst stimulates our psychic abilities while reassuring us and protecting us in the spiritual realms.
Eyebright - Not a common herb at all, eyebright can be used in a loose tea and is said to stimulate dreams and visions. Its natural crystal counterpart is blue kyanite. Blue kyanite enhances our imaginary and visionary capacities.
Cauliflower - While not blue, cauliflower is a natural brain food and is said to support the white matter in our brains and spines. Its natural crystal counterpart is howlite. Howlite ushers us into the stillness within, a powerful space for connecting with what lies beyond the range of our senses.
The crown chakra sits at the top of our head and connects us to the spiritual, etheric reality. It is the seat of our spirituality. Some of my favorite foods (and their corresponding crystals) to nourish the crown chakra are:
Red cabbage - More purple than red, this beautiful variety of cabbage is a natural medicine and does wonders for the digestive system. Its natural crystal counterpart is charoite. The swirls of white and purple seen in charoite remind me of what it looks like when you cut open a red cabbage. Charoite is a crystal of personal power.
Lavender - A perfect herb for release and relaxation. It aligns beautifully with the crown chakra. Its natural crystal counterpart is lepidolite. Lepidolite, like lavender, helps us to step back and see the big picture.
Elderberries - These tangy berries have been used in medicine and diet for centuries and provide powerful immune support. Their natural crystal counterpart is tanzanite. Tanzanite connects us to the other side and aids in transitioning between phases of life.