This article is originally posted in Healthcare in America
Pretty much everyone has heard of chakras. Although I find many people aren’t really clear on what they are or what their function is.
Let me explain: Chakras are energy centers within the human body that help to regulate all its processes, from organ function to the immune system and emotions.
There are seven main chakras that are positioned throughout your body, from the base of your spine to the crown of your head. Each chakra has its own vibrational frequency, color, and governs specific functions.
To achieve balance in all areas of your life, your chakras need to be balanced, in alignment and spinning just right. Essential oils can help you achieve that balance.
First Chakra — Root Chakra
Also stimulates the second chakra (Sacral Chakra)
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is represented by the colour red. It is also represented by the physical element of Earth. It represents grounding to the physical world and survival/self-preservation. The root chakra is associated with the spine, legs, feet, colon, the adrenal glands, the spine, legs, feet and colon.
A balanced root chakra will have the following characteristics: being grounded, stability, stillness, prosperity, physical health, a sense of safety and security, and being present in the moment.
This essential oil gives the gift of enjoying being alone with yourself in a content, relaxed state, giving rise to having a large energy store so you can get things done. It can be very supportive in helping you reach your goals, from clarification of what you desire to having the drive to do what is needed to reach your goal. This essential oil also helps you overcome fatigue and feeling down.
Second Chakra — Sacral Chakra
Also stimulates the fourth chakra (Heart Chakra)
The sacral chakra is located in the lower abdomen between the pelvis and the navel centre. It is represented by the colour orange and the physical element of water. It represents vitality, self-gratification, and passion, and is associated with the sacral vertebra and the reproductive organs and effects circulation, urinary function, and reproduction.
A balanced sacral chakra carries the following characteristics: ability to enjoy pleasure, emotional intelligence, sexual satisfaction, passion and the ability to embrace change.
This essential oil brings the energy of pure love and lightness of being, driving away sorrows and bringing a peaceful, stable calm. This oil is simply a must for healing trauma from abuse or anytime you are in an emotional crisis or suffering from sadness. It helps to foster hope and leads you from fear. Neroli also opens you to love within yourself and the freedom of allowing love to flow freely.
Third Chakra — Solar Plexus Chakra
Also stimulates the fourth chakra (Heart Chakra)
The solar plexus chakra is located above the naval centre, and is represented by the colour yellow. It is also represented by the physical element of fire. It represents willpower, motivation and vitality. It is often associated with the pancreas, liver, spleen, stomach, lower back muscles, the metabolism and digestion.
A balances solar plexus chakra should show the following characteristics: confidence, warmth, self-discipline, reliability, and a positive sense of self.
Pine essential oil is an oil for the restoration of the heart when your emotions have become hard or jaded. This oil releases you from old wounds, letting you move forward without the baggage of the past, bringing the ability to experience your emotions in real time versus playing out echoes from the past. This oil allows you to move forward. You will feel replenished and new, which allows you to bring growth and inner peace to your future relationships.
Fourth Chakra — Heart Chakra
The fourth chakra; the heart chakra is located in the low center of the chest and represents self-acceptance and love. It is associated with the colour green and the physical element of air. It is related with the lymph glands, heart, rib cage, lungs, skin, arms, hands, circulation and the immune system.
A balanced heart chakra will have the following characteristics: self-love, contentment, compassion, acceptance, peacefulness and being centred.
A wonderful oil that encourages free-flowing emotions, the ability to harmonize what you are feeling with your thoughts, and the capacity to express your emotions. This oil offers strong energetic bubble of protection and can help you maintain a clean and enclosed aura. Use this chakra scent for releasing constricted feelings stored in the chest, internalized grief, melancholy, and repressed emotions.
Fifth Chakra — Throat Chakra
The fifth chakra as its name suggests is located in the throat and is represented by the colour blue or turquoise. It is also represented by the physical element of ether. The throat chakra represents self-expression and communication, and is associated with the thyroid, esophagus, neck, shoulders, arms, hands and hearing.
A balanced throat chakra will have the following characteristics: clear communication with others and self, good listening skills, good sense of time and a full voice.
A fantastic essential oil that will help encourage you to share your gifts with the world. This chakra balancing oil heals feelings of being overly delicate, withdrawn, or fearful and brings spiritual growth by helping you integrate your experiences, which brings an expanded awareness and perspective. This oil will help you communicate more effectively.
Six Chakra — Third Eye Chakra
The third eye chakra is located in the centre of the forehead. It is represented by the colour indigo and the physical element of light. It represents self-reflection and knowledge. It is also associated with the pituitary gland, left brain hemisphere, left eye, nose, ears, sinuses, conscious mind, the endocrine system, neurological system, and small muscle control.
A balanced third eye chakra will have strong intuition, good memory, ease remembering dreams, ability to visualize and a guiding vision for life.
A grounding essential oil that is highly effective when meditating. Used by healers and spiritual leaders worldwide, this oil brings an inner awareness and a sense of ease engaging with higher consciousness, which is helpful for insights into blockages on your spiritual path, whether internal or external, and allows a gentle processing at your deepest levels. Sandalwood helps break down illusions, helping you align with your most authentic self.
Seventh Chakra — Crown Chakra
The seventh chakra; the crown chakra is located at the top of the head. It is represented by the colour of violet, and physical element of thought. It represents self-knowledge, self-will, and divine connection. It is associated with the pineal gland, pituitary gland, cerebral cortex, cerebrum, the right eye, the right brain hemisphere, central nervous system, the subconscious mind, and large muscle control.
A balance crown chakra will have wisdom, intelligence, ability to analyze, spiritual connection and open mindedness.
Lime is a great essential oil to use for energetic cord cutting and detaching. Useful in enhancing your perception of the truth inside any situation. It allows you to release any illusion that you may have confused with reality.
Here are a few more suggestions:
Root Chakra: Cypress
Sacral Chakra: Ylang-ylang
Solar Plexus Chakra: Ginger
Hearth Chakra: Jasmine
Throat Chakra: Roman Chamomile
Third Eye Chakra: Rosemary
Crown Chakra: Frankincense
Apply the oil (diluted with a carrier oil) to the respective chakra (i.e. root chakra — to the soles of the feet). Essential oils can help balance your chakras and keep them in alignment to ensure optimal health of the body, mind and soul.
Marian Grande is a Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional (CAHP) with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists, in good standing.