The Best Foods and Herbs for Nurturing and Balancing Your Chakra System

Albert Einstein once said, “Everything is vibration.”

On the most fundamental levels, humans and everything else in this world  (and universe, for that matter) are made of pure energetic vibrations. In fact, about 99.999% of an atom is empty space and the other .0001 % (Electrons, protons, and neutrons) are probably also made up of empty space. That means that everything we see, this computer, the table, and your body are made up of mostly empty space and the only thing that makes them material is their energetic frequency.

This is basic high school science: gas molecules vibrate at a higher frequency than liquids, and liquids vibrate faster than solids. Everything in the universe is vibrating.

Think about colors: those are simply different frequencies of visible light moving at different speeds. From slowest to fastest, these are the speeds of color vibration: Red resonates at 405-480 THz, orange at 480- 510 THz, yellow at 510-530 THz, green at 530-580 THz, blue at 600-620THz, Indigo at 620- 680 THz, and Violet at 680-790 THz.  Everything has a unique vibratory code and energy, and we should be aware of this, especially when it comes to the food that we put into our bodies! For our health, it’s important that, whenever possible, we should be eating organic food—pesticides have a low-frequency vibration as they are meant to kill sentient life. Pesticides, on vibration and physical level, lead to more disease creating free radicals in the body and having numerous harmful effects.

The ancient Vedic scriptures—the Yoga Sutras—and Buddhist theologies speak to these quantum concepts. In fact, all of Hindu and Buddhist philosophy seeks to destroy the self and the ego, to move from a place of separation/duality or an “us and them” mentality to a place of oneness with the collective, essentially in a quantum sense, turning the self into nothing in order to be one with everything. Many cutting edge theories—including string theory and the idea of a big bang—revolve around nothingness being the source of creation for everything. Not only did these theological practices have a grand understanding of the universe, but they also had an innate understanding of light, energy, and frequency. As such, they discovered that the body has 7 seven main energy centers or chakras that correspond to our emotional and physical states of well-being. The term Chakra comes from the Sanskrit word for wheel.

These Chakras—or spinning wheels of light—resonate with specific frequencies of light.  There are seven colors of the rainbow (ROYGBIV) and each one correlates with a chakra. Red is the lowest frequency of visible light and thus relates to the root chakra, orange for the sacral, yellow for the solar plexus, green for the heart, blue for the throat, and indigo for the third eye, and purple for the crown chakra.  As we move up the body, the vibratory frequency of each color increases as well. As far as foods are concerned, each chakra is related to the others, but you can focus on one specific chakra that needs attention if you notice it is out of balance. However, it’s never a bad idea to make a big organic chakra balancing smoothie intended to harmonize the whole body.  It’s an awesome way to start the day.

The Root Chakra

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is a red spinning wheel of light. Red is the lowest frequency of the visible light spectrum and thus foods that are red help balance this chakra (also any root vegetables or herbs). This chakra relates to our survival, basic instincts, and needs. The root chakra is associated with money because money is our medium of achieving our needs. If someone has a small root chakra, they might have trouble meeting their basic needs, and if someone has an enlarged root chakra they might be greedy. It’s interesting to note that many of these root chakra related foods are recommended by doctors to heal the prostate, as this organ is correlated with this energy center.

Foods and herbs to balance this chakra include: Beets, Shilajit, Organic and Grass fed red meat, Tomatoes, and Pomegranates.

The Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra is right around your sacrum or under you belly button. Orange corresponds with this chakra and it is the second slowest frequency of visible light. The sacral chakra relates to eliminating toxins from the body—after all it is in the area of the spleen, bladder, and kidneys.  This chakra relates to our creative force, sexuality, and emotions. It relates to addictions of all kinds, whether they are addictions to drugs, co-dependent relationships, or sex within an unloving relationship.

Foods and herbs to balance the sacral chakra include: Carrots, Mangoes, Oranges, Turmeric, Wild Caught Salmon, and Water.


The Solar Plexus

The solar plexus is our yellow chakra, it is the third slowest frequency of light, and houses our ego and our self-esteem. This is where we store our power, strength, warrior energy, and overall sense of self. This chakra is called Manipura, which means lustrous gem; it shines brightly like the yellow sun. If you feel like people walk all over you or you find yourself having constant power struggles then you might have a shrunken solar plexus. On the other hand, if you are narcissistic or tend towards bullying or ostracizing people, then your solar plexus might be enlarged.  Yellow foods help balance this chakra.

Foods and herbs to balance the solar plexus chakra include: Pineapple, Yellow Peppers, Bananas, and Yellow Squash


The Heart Chakra

This is the chakra that bridges the gap between matter and spirit. This means that the lower chakras mostly deal with the physical and material realms of basic survival, while the highest three relate to spirit. This chakra is green and vibrates at a comparatively medium speed. The heart bridges this gap and is concerned with love and human connection.  Are you suffering from a broken heart or grieving the loss of a loved one? You might want to add some greens to your diet (as well as energy healing and wearing green crystals like jade). Its very important to be aware of the heart chakra as its guidance is critical to living your life’s purpose.

Foods and herbs to balance the heart chakra include: Organic Greens, Broccoli, Hydrilla Verticillata, Moringa


The Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra relates to speaking our truth, communication, and self-expression. If you feel you have a hard time saying no to others, standing up for yourself, and speaking your truth or expressing your emotions you may have a blocked throat chakra. Blue foods will help with self-expression. In addition to eating certain blue foods, to balance this chakra simply speak up and say what your heart is urging you to say! You’ll find that any throat issue will miraculously start to go away as you align yourself with your truths.

Foods and herbs to balance the throat chakra include: Blueberries, Blue algae, and fruits from trees.


The Third Eye Chakra

This chakra involves our ability to use our intuition to make clear decisions about our future. This is the mind’s eye and is connected with spirit and truth. It is responsible for our dreams and sleep/wake cycles. When we connect with our intuition we can comprehend the present and create a path for actualizing our purpose. This is where we can receive clear guidance. The third eye is the seat of the pineal gland.

Foods and herbs for the third eye chakra include: Grapes, Blackberries, and Red onion.


The Crown Chakra

The crown is our gateway to spirit. It maintains our faith in a higher power. This is where we connect with our higher selves and the divine. Powerful messages can enter our crown chakra during meditation, they serve as clear, intuitive messages for our life’s purpose and overall growth and spiritual evolution.

The crown is more spirit than earth and is balanced by the sun, air, friendship, positivity, yoga, and meditation.


Note: Overtime and through various traumas, chakras can rip or tear and sometimes an extra dose of energy healing, acupuncture, or Reiki, in addition to all the foods and herbs listed above can help clear out the dark energy/prana.


About the Author

Ryan Mandell is a writer, musician, surfer, yogi, and artist. He developed an early interest in spirituality as a child, finding himself strongly drawn to the Eastern religions of Buddhism and Hinduism. After spending many years practicing yoga and studying the sutras, he began to find a deeper sense of his place in the collective consciousness.

His writing and art focus on the beauty of humanity but do not hesitate to acknowledge its shadows and the places that need healing. He is currently a staff writer for the SB Independent, Conscious Lifestyle Magazine and a number of other publications. Learn more about his work at: