As we grow in our understanding about health and the connection between mind, body and spirit, we can recognize that achieving balance takes a multi-dimensional approach.
The chakra system is part of an ancient tradition of understanding the vital role that the energetic body plays in the balance of our daily lives. Energy flows through the body and the chakras – or centers/wheels of energy – correspond to the different aspects of human life and development. Each governs a unique physical, mental/emotional and spiritual state. It is believed that when these energy centers get blocked or the flow of energy is disrupted, the result is an imbalance of health. When the chakras are balanced, life flows with ease and harmony.
However, most of us experience daily imbalances in many aspects of life. We struggle to maintain health and vitality, and seek restoration. The practice of yoga is one method used to restore balance to the chakras, but there are a variety of other balancing practices including the use of essential oils.
Here an essential guide on how to use the essential oils with the seven main chakras:
The Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The Root Chakra governs foundational aspects of like, like home, career and money. When the root chakra is in balance, you feel secure, safe, connected to the world and able to provide for your family.
To assist in creating a sense of grounding, stability and security you can use essential oils like myrrh, vetiver and patchouli – all which contribute to the balance of Muladhara.
The Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana)
The sacral chakra is connected to passion, relationships, creativity and reproduction. When the sacral chakra is balanced, you can experience pleasure and are open with your feelings.
To support creativity, emotional stability and passion consider the use of aphrodisiac essential oils like sandalwood, ylang ylang, neroli and jasmine.
The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
The Solar Plexus Chakra relates to empowerment, strength and self esteem. When the solar plexus chakra is balanced, you can be spontaneous, powerful and self-confident without being overbearing.
To bring balance to Manipura, you can try empowering oils like sandalwood or cedarwood, and citrus oil which are oils of a happy spirit – joyful, positive and encouraging.
The Heart Chakra (Anahata)
When the heart chakra is balanced you feel open and secure in your emotions. You are your most creative, loving and inspired self.
To expand your capacity for love and to encourage more love in your life, you can connect with romantic floral oils like rose, jasmine and geranium.
The Throat Chakra (Visuddha)
The Throat Chakra relates to communication. If you struggle to communicate with those in your personal or work life, balancing the throat chakra will not only help you express yourself to the world, but also ensure you are listening to what the world is saying to you.
To support calm and clear communication, the chamomiles – both roman and german can be used to restore balance to Vishuddha
The Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
At the level of the Third Eye, we are relying on our deeper vision and perception. When the third eye chakra is balanced, you are your most intuitive and visionary self.
To support mental clarity and focus, rosemary and sage essential oils can benefit Ajna.
The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
If you are feeling tense, disconnected or spiritually void, you may need to balance the crown chakra. This energy center governs spiritual awakening and enlightenment.
To support the crown chakra, consider using essential oils with strong spiritual ties like neroli, lavender or frankincense.
To support each chakra with essential oils, diffuse any or several of the above oils in your home. You can also wear these oils diluted right behind the ears or around the base of the head for closer influence.
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