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Chakra Juices and Smoothies

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Chakra Juices and Smoothies
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The word chakra means wheel or vortex in the ancient language Sanskrit, and is used in energy medicine and energy anatomy to identify spinning vortexes that connect our bodies to the energy of the universe. Each chakra sends out great numbers of energy meridians called nadis, and has a unique energetic signature and vibration. In the East, the most commonly used chakras are the 7 chakras of the body and the 8th chakra, the energy body or electromagnetic field that surrounds us. Each of the energy centers has corresponding organs, color and element, spiritual theme, gemstones, foods and more. While there are some parallels with 5-element theory, the chakra system takes quite a different approach.
Just for fun I’ve developed juices for the colors of the 7 chakras. These are not random gatherings from the plant kingdom, but rather ingredients that can harmonize together to create a whole. They offer a rainbow spectrum of phtytonutrients. If you own a Vitamix, Blendtec or other high power blender you can make the fruit combinations into smoothies; otherwise I recommend juicing. You don’t need to use all of the ingredients at once; we like experimenting with different amounts and combinations of flavors, which is why I haven’t posted specific quantities.

The Crown Chakra
Mantra: I Am the I Am
Element: Pure consciousness
Color: Purple
Location: Top of the head
Spiritual connections: pure consciousness, bliss, and enlightenment
Organs: pineal gland, brain

Black plums
Purple Carrots
Black grapes
Blueberries
Blackberries
Lavender flower

The Third Eye Chakra
Mantra: I See
Element: Light
Color: Indigo
Location: Center of forehead
Spiritual Connections: Intuition, mindfulness, insight, mysticism
Organs: pituitary gland, eyes, nervous system, sinus

Acai
Pear
Beet
Blackberries
Elderberry
Eyebright tincture

The Throat Chakra
Mantra: I Speak
Element: Sound
Color: Blue
Location: Throat
Spiritual Connection: communication, truth-telling, self-expression
Organs: thyroid, vocal cords, mouth, lungs

Blueberries
Blackberries
Ginger
Lemon
Pear
Lemongrass

Heart Chakra
Mantra: I Love
Element: Air
Color: Green
Location: Center of breastbone
Spiritual Connection: unconditional love, devotion, compassion, empathy
Organs: thymus, heart, circulatory system

Honeydew melon
Anjou pear
Cucumber
Kale
Celery
Spinach
Parsley
Kaffir lime leaf
Hawthorne berry tincture

The Solar Plexus Chakra
Mantra: I Can
Element: Fire
Color: Yellow
Location: Just below ribcage
Spiritual Connection: will, personal power, harnessing of dreams, sense of self and of self worth
Organs: Liver, gallbladder, spleen, stomach, pancreas, small intestine

Pineapple
Mango
Jicama
Golden beets
Fennel bulb
Ginger
Turmeric
Coconut water
Marshmallow root tincture
Dandelion tincture
Bee pollen

The Sacral Chakra
Mantra: I Create
Element:Water
Color: Orange
Location: just below navel
Spiritual Connection: sexuality, pleasure, creative expression, passion
Organs: reproductive, lower bowel

Carrots
Blood orange
Kumquat
Apricot
Cinnamon
Cayenne
Calendula flower tincture
Sweet basil

The Root Chakra
Mantra: I Have
Element: Earth
Color: Red
Location: Base of spine, perineum
Spiritual Connection: Survival, birth, safety, grounding, stability
Organs: kidneys, adrenals, spine, feet

Vegetable Version:
Beets
Red carrots
Tomato
Lime
Flax seed oil
Rosemary
Sea salt

Fruit Version:
Pomegranate
Strawberry
Cherries
Watermelon
Cactus pear
Fennel
Ginger
Lime

All in all, keep in mind that intensely fruity combinations should generally be consumed as smoothies; the amount of naturally occurring sugar in fruits multiplies exponentially in juice and is not beneficial for the heart.

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