How to Use Essential Oils to Balance The Chakras

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Are you feeling out of balance, but you’re not sure why? It could be that the energy flow in your body is blocked. Life experiences such as stress, trauma and illness can create imbalances in our body, mind and soul which lead us to dis-ease,  or lack of ease or harmony within our body. This dis-ease can be temporary, but it can also persist, perhaps even leading to chronic illness or habitual patterns of negative thinking which affect our lives.

Our bodies are made up of energy – we are all vibrational beings made up of energy centres, called ‘chakras,’ which need to be vibrating at a balanced frequency for us to be in harmony. Blocked energy in our seven chakras can often lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

 

What exactly are ‘chakras’?

Originally, Easter cultures recognised chakras  as the body’s seven vital energy centres. They are seen to be important for our physical, emotional and spiritual health and, though they cannot be physically seen using any scans, they are energy channels which spin in a clockwise direction, almost in a circular pattern like spinning vortexes in our bodies.

Balanced chakras allow energy to flow freely, creating harmony. When our bodies – or minds and souls – are stressed, these ‘wheels’ can spin in different directions and at different speeds, meaning our body’s energetic vibrational frequency is altered, leaving us susceptible to imbalance. They are commonly  re-aligned through reiki therapy, as well as yoga and meditation, and they can also be balanced with the help of essential oils!

The seven chakras are located in different parts of the body and each are linked with numerous imbalances:

 

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Base/Root chakra (‘Muladhara’ in Sanskrit) – located at the base of the body, in the tailbone area or even the feet.

Represents our foundation and is all about feeling grounded and secure.

What affects our Root Chakra: Survival issues, such as money and food

Associated Color:  RED

Balances these issues:

Safety (fear)
Survival
Groundedness
Trust
Self-esteem
General physical health
Digestive issues
Back/feet/legs
Bones

Healing Exercises:

  • Stomping your bare feet on the ground. Remember, the Root Chakra is all about feeling “grounded.”
  • Practicing Kundalini Yoga can open up your lower spine. Bridge Pose is another good yoga pose to try out.

Healing Foods:

  • Red colored foods like apples and beets
  • Hot spices like red cayenne peppers and Tabasco sauce
  • Vegetables from the ground like potatoes and carrots
  • Animal proteins like red meat and eggs

 

Sacral chakra (‘Svadisthana’) – located in the lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel and two inches in, and sacral area.

Represents our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.  Relates to our ability to feel creative, sexual, and accept change.

What affects our sacral chakra:  emotional issues such as sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure and sexuality.

Associated Color:  ORANGE

Balances these issues:

Creativity
Pleasure
Sexuality
Intimacy
Abdomen
Lower back
Kidneys
Stomach

Healing Exercises:

  • Pelvic thrusts
  • Cobra Yoga Pose

Healing Foods:

  • Orange colored foods like oranges and tangerines
  • Nuts

 

Solar Plexus chakra (‘Manipura’) – in the upper abdomen in the stomach area. The solar plexus (a junction where our nerves meet near the diaphragm).

Represents our ability to be confident and in control of our lives.

What affects our solar plexus chakra:  emotional issues such as self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem.

Associated Color:  YELLOW

Balances these issues:

Ego
Self-esteem
Vitality
Anxiety and stress
Feeling abandoned
Willpower
Drive
Stomach
Liver

Healing Exercises:

  • Kundalini Yoga: Boat Pose
  • Dancing. Shake those hips!

 

Healing Foods:

  • Yellow colored foods like corn
  • Grains and fiber like granola and whole wheat bread
  • Teas like peppermint and chamomile tea

 

Heart chakra (‘Anahata’) – Located in the center of chest just above the heart.

Represents our ability to love.

What affects our heart chakra:   emotional issues such as love, joy and inner peace.  (the quality of our love, our past loves — and our future loves.)

Associated Color:  GREEN

Balances these issues:

Love
Kindness and compassion
Self-acceptance and confidence
Sympathy
Forgiveness
Jealousy
Anger and grief
Lungs
Shoulders/arms/hands

Healing Exercises:

  • Bikram Yoga
  • Love, love, love. Simply opening up our hearts to others is the best healing exercise to open up the Heart Chakra.

Healing Foods:

  • Green colored foods like leafy vegetables and spinach
  • Green tea

 

Throat chakra (‘Visuddha’) – located in the throat.

Represents our ability to communicate.

What affects our throat chakra:  emotional issues such as communication, self-expression of feelings and the truth.

Associated Color:  BLUE

Balances these issues:

Communication
Expression
Implementation of creative ideas
Throat/neck/jaw/ears/mouth/teeth
Thyroid

Healing Exercises:

  • Shoulder stand
  • Singing, chanting

Healing Foods:

  • Juices and teas
  • All types of fruits

 

Third Eye chakra (‘Ajna’) – located in our forehead between the eyebrows (also called the Brow Chakra).

Represents our ability to focus on and see the big picture.

What affects our third eye chakra:  emotional issues such as intuition, imagination, wisdom and the ability to think and make decisions.

Associated Color:  INDIGO

Balances these issues:

Intuitive knowing
Telepathy
Eyes
Brain
Endocrine (hormonal) imbalance
Lymphatic system
Memory and concentration
Sleep issues

Healing Exercises:

  • Child’s Pose or other types of yoga poses with forward bends
  • Eye exercises
  • Herbal oil treatment

Healing Foods:

  • Purple colored fruits like grapes and blueberries
  • Chocolate
  • Lavender flavored spices or tea

 

Crown chakra (‘Sahasrara’) – located in the crown of the head.

Represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

What affects our crown chakra:  emotional issues such as inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality and pure bliss.

Associated Color:  VIOLET

Balances these issues:

Overthinking
Anxiety
Depression
Headaches/head issues
Spirituality

Healing Exercises:

  • Meditation
  • Running or cardio

Healing Foods:

Since the Crown Chakra represents our spiritual connection to our surroundings, this Chakra does not benefit from healing foods. The Crown Chakra is more likely to benefit from breathing clean and fresh air and sunshine.

 

 

The colors each of the chakras are associated with can help balance them. Wearing the colors associated with the chakras can help increase the frequency of the base chakra’s vibrations.   Likewise, visualising yourself surrounded in this color can help – or using crystals, such as red garnet for the root chakra, can all contribute to regulating the body’s energy frequency. But did you know that essential oils can be beneficial in re-balancing the body’s energy centres too?

 

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Which essential oils balance which chakras?

You can utilise your essential oils to help re-balance your body – here’s a quick graphic guide to which essential oils complement each chakra:

 

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Essential Oils for Chakra Balancing

 

Yoga Lotus Pose Padmasana With Colored Chakra Points.

 

The key is to use essential oils ‘mindfully’ so you notice the subtle changes going on in your body, mind and soul as you balance your chakras.

Try using the oils every day for a week – try a week of different techniques – see which ones you like – and then try using the same (your favorite) technique for a week and notice the difference!

Try a variety of oils in different blends; see which ones have the best effects. Mix them up!

Use the essential oils that you feel help address your chakra energy imbalances. Choose the scents you like!

 

Techniques

  • Try self-healing with a full ‘Seven Chakra Balance.’ Create a safe space for healing with a lovely candle in a dark and quiet room. Select one essential oil for each chakra and put a few drops of each oil on a separate cotton pad, lining your 7 pads up in order. Starting with the base chakra, inhale using your base chakra cotton pad whilst holding your hands on or over your base chakra (lower abdomen or feet) with the intention of healing, also focusing on regulating your breath. Work your way up your body, working each chakra with its relative oil, until you reach the crown chakra. Notice how it feels – where are the imbalances? This is my personal favourite tip for chakra balancing!

 

  • Diffuse your chosen blend into the room, day or night – add 3 drops of up to 3 different essential oils in water in your candle burner or aromatherapy diffuser. Allow yourself time and space to sit with the scents and let your mind drift. This is great whilst meditating, especially with crown chakra blends!

 

  • Mix 2 drops of up to 3 different oils in 15ml of carrier oil – such as Grapeseed or Sweet Almond – and massage your chakra blends into the area of the body you are focusing on. The essential oils will get absorbed into your blood stream and can stay in your body, working to balance your chakras, for up to a week. This is great for things like throat, heart, solar plexus and sacral chakra balancing – and can be really relaxing too!

 

  • Create a spritz of your favorite blend and use it during yoga, breathwork or meditation! Add up to 30 drops of essential oils in 100ml of a chosen hydrolat and pop it in a spray bottle. A lovely grounding blend could work wonderfully here!

 

  • Add a few drops of the essential oils you have chosen into a bath blend – mix up to 2 drops each of 3 essential oils with half a cup of full fat milk and pop it into your bath!  While you are in the bath, sit and focus your attention on sending energy to the particular chakra you want to help balance, breathing into that part of the body.

 

  • You can even try an aura cleanse! Even though your chakras are within your body, they also extend into your aura which is the energetic field surrounding your body. Select the oils you want to work with and place them on a cotton pad next to the bed so you can inhale them. Lemon, Lime and Bergamot are great cleansing oils for this! Lying on your back, take your hands about 1-2 feet away from your body, slowly start to hover your hands over your base chakra (feet) and see if you can feel a slight resistance as you enter into your aura. Once you feel it, work your way up all your chakras, inhaling and exhaling the scent of your blend, with the intention of cleansing your aura.

 

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Original Article written by Nicole Barton

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