The Chakra System is a complex network of energy channels connecting these wheels and is mapped throughout the whole body, much like a spiritual nervous system.

There are seven main and biggest Chakras which are found running alongside the spine (not actually in the spine). The main hurdle these days is the ambiguity of the word “energy”, with so many varying meanings. It sometimes feels like people just use the word because they do not know what they are talking about!

It is true that in some ways we are not fully sure what we are referring to. When we say “energy”, we are referring to our life force, which makes us alive and conscious, and we have not truly been able to explain the source of this life force. However, the Chakra System helps to explain the movement of this life force or “energy” and can help us understand ourselves. Working with your chakras and balancing them can help in many ways from curing ailments, to improving our emotional states, or even unblock limitations to financial success!

We work with the seven (7) main chakras which run alongside the spine. They start at the perineum (the space between the genitals and anus), and then run up in a straight line to the top of the head. The topmost chakra is in fact just outside of the body above the top of the head. Each chakra is said to vibrate at a different frequency and is associated with a particular color, very handy for chakra meditations where you can visualize the colors. They are also each associated with certain emotions and organs and their function.

There are some who believe there are 13 Chakras,

Yes, you read that right, Some believe you have far more than just seven chakras…

I will touch upon the thirteen main chakras that make up the 12 Chakra systems here. So why is it called the 12 Chakra System when there are thirteen chakras? Well, we're talking about chakras 0–12 here! But the reality is that you have thousands of minor chakra energetic centers throughout your mind, body, and spirit.

However, by viewing the energy body through the 12 Chakra System, you're able to see and experience your complete, and balanced energy body system.

#1 Root Chakra (Muladhara):

Our first chakra is the Root Chakra, which manages our survival instincts and our right to exist. The grounding, stabilizing essential oils of ylang ylang, frankincense and sandalwood instill a steadying force when feeling uprooted.

In Sanskrit, Muladhara literally translates as 'root'......if we can imagine how important the root system is to a could not live without it, we can begin to understand how important this first chakra is.

It is located right at the base of the spine, at the perineum. You have probably seen pictures of yogis sitting in the traditional cross-legged, or lotus position. This is so that the root chakra physically touches the ground as they meditate.

The root chakra is all about empowerment, stability, survival, and physical health...… loving yourself as you are, connecting to the physical world, having the courage to make the right choices, and loving life!

Associated with the root chakra are; Benzoin, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Spikenard and Vetiver

#2 Sacral Chakra (Svadisthana)

The sexual or Sacral chakra helps to govern feelings, relationships, and your sense of morality. The floral notes of rose and jasmine always excite and tantalize the emotions and help you access your magnetism.

The best essential oils to use with the sacral chakra are uplifting, calming, aphrodisiac, and those that balance the female/male energies.

Here are some good oils to help balance the svadisthana: Jasmine, patchouli, bergamot, and sandalwood - help balance your yin-yang energies.

Rosemary - good for focus, depression, fatigue, and memory. Clary sage, fennel, geranium, jasmine, neroli, and ylang-ylang -help with menstrual problems.

Jasmine, neroli, rose otto, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, black pepper, patchouli, and marjoram are aphrodisiac oils, so helpful for lack of sexual drive.

Basil, chamomile, eucalyptus, clary sage, juniper, and rosemary, these essential oils are anti-inflammatory or antispasmodic and so can help with backache and sciatica. Cardamom, Clary Sage, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang

#3 Navel Chakra (Solar Plexus) (Manipura)

The solar plexus chakra is sometimes referred to as the power centre of our body. It is located at the base of the sternum, and it relates to the digestive system, the solar plexus, the liver, pancreas, adrenals, and the mid thoracic spine. It governs integrity, the ego and the development of personal power. In Sanskrit, Manipura translates as 'full of jewels'. These oils compliment this chakra.

Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper, Mandarin, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint and Vetiver.

#4 Heart Chakra (Anahata)

Imagine feeling pure and unconditional love flowing out of you and around you. Imagine yourself compassionate and generous.....this is the third chakra, often thought of as the love centre of our body's energy system.

It is the first of the spiritual chakras and, in Sanskrit, Anahita means 'unstruck sound'.

Rose, neroli, geranium, chamomile, ylang-ylang, and jasmine - balancing oils which help with self-love and loving others.

Eucalyptus, peppermint, chamomile, frankincense, rose, sandalwood, and rosemary - help support the respiratory system when feeling breathless or tight chested.

#5 Throat Chakra ( Vishuddha)

The throat chakra is all about how we express ourselves....and our ability to communicate our needs, in a truthful way. It is linked to our success in life and to our personal intentions. It is not only about communicating through speaking and writing, but also in more creative ways, such as music, singing, and dancing!

This fifth chakra is located in the throat and relates to the thyroid, throat, trachea, mouth, teeth, gums, and ears. The thyroid is a gland which produces the hormone responsible for our physical growth......and this is paralleled by this chakra which is all about spiritual growth. In Sanskrit Vishuddha means 'pure'.

The best essential oils to use with the throat chakra are ones that support our inner strength, help with inflammation, and sore throats and help care for our teeth and gums. Here are some good oils to help balance the Vishuddha: Rose, neroli, frankincense, sandalwood, jasmine, and ylang-ylang -nurturing oils which help us feel more secure and confident. Eucalyptus, tea tree, frankincense, sandalwood, and clary sage - help soothe sore throats and reduce inflammation. Clove, lemon, myrrh, tea tree, and peppermint - good for healing mouth and gum problems.

#6 Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

Have you ever been thinking about a friend you haven't seen for ages....and then you suddenly get a phone call from them? Have you ever experienced a psychic moment? Do you sometimes follow your 'gut instincts', your intuition, and wonder why? This is what the sixth energy centre deals with. In Sanskrit Ajna means 'command' or 'management'.

The best essential oils to use with the third eye chakra are ones that are used in meditation and rituals, and ones that have the highest energetic frequency. Also, ones that help sort out head, eye, and sinus problems.

Rose, neroli, frankincense, sandalwood, jasmine, elemi, lavender and melissa - oils often used for meditation and in rituals. Tea tree, lemon, geranium, chamomile, rose and clary sage -all help with eye problems.

Tea tree, peppermint, rosemary, and sandalwood - useful for sinus problems

Lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, jasmine, peppermint, melissa, chamomile, marjoram, and rosemary -excellent essential oils for headaches and migraines when used as a cold compress laid over the forehead and eyes.

#7 Third Eye Chakra (Sahasrara)

Imagine feeling complete and at harmony with yourself and the universe. You understand your uniqueness within the big picture of life. What a fantastic place to be! Well....this is what this seventh chakra is all about.......spirituality, enlightenment, and the way to your higher consciousness.

It is located at the crown of your head, or, as some believe, just above the crown of your head........hence its name. It is linked to the pituitary gland........this connects to the central nervous system via the hypothalamus and produces hormones to communicate to the rest of the endocrine system.

In Sanskrit Sahasrana means 'thousand-fold' and is symbolised by the 1000 petalled lotus. It is often referred to as the 'mystical centre'.

The best essential oils to use with the crown chakra are, ones that are used in meditation and quietening the mind...

Rose, neroli, frankincense, sandalwood, jasmine, elemi, lavender, patchouli, vetiver, and ylang-ylang. Those that help with the release of negative thoughts and emotions....Clary sage, cypress, juniper, cedarwood, bergamot, pine, melissa, geranium and chamomile.

Cleansing and purifying oils, in preparation for meditation...Petitgrain, neroli, lavender, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, pine, rose, cedarwood and tea tree.

Here is the other 6...

Chakra 0 – Your Earth Star Chakra

As a physical being on Earth, you have a unique connection with the Ascending Earth, and to All That Is.

Your Earth Star Chakra is your personal link the Earth’s life force, to the crystalline grid, and to the Divine light contained within the Earth.

Chakra 8- Your Soul Star Chakra

Your eighth chakra is the Soul Star Chakra. When activated, Divine light is able to flow through this energetic center to access higher consciousness. Here Divine love can be truly felt and experienced, and awareness of your power as a Divine soul and spiritual being is recognized.

When open, Divine light flows up through this chakra, connecting you to the infinite power of the Divine light above before flowing back down to your entire being to replenish, empower, and enlighten, before flowing up once again.

In many senses your soul star chakra could be called your chalice of soul energy as the full essence and power of your accumulated soul experiences are available here. Want to access the Akashic records? This too is possible from within your soul star chakra as is total soul realization.

Chakra 9- Your Spirit Chakra

This chakra, when opened will allow you to link to the expanse realms of spirit. Here you will remember your direct connection with Source, and your ability to communicate with light beings, angels, guides, and star beings from around the galaxy.

When this chakra is activated, you willingly surrender to the flow of Spirit and allow the blessings of Divine will to flow into your experience.

The full extent of your souls' gifts and abilities are also available for you to access, perfect, and draw upon, along with the realization of your expansive ability to create, empowered through your direct connection to Source.

Chakra 10- Your Universal Chakra

This chakra represents the universal aspects of being. All That Is, is contained within one universal flow, and this chakra is the access point to that infinite flow of creation. When this chakra is activated, you feel in close alignment to the Universe and All That Is. The pathway is paved for you to connect with the Divine light beings in the universe and to complete the alignment of your Divine light body with your physical being.

This chakra activated allows for your Divine Merkabah light body to be fully constructed, allowing unlimited access to travel within the higher realms of spirit.

Divine healing, balance, and full access to the Divinity of your soul are possible with the activation of your Universal chakra.

Chakra 11- Your Galactic Chakra

Your galactic chakra, when activated allows for advanced spiritual skills, travel beyond the limits of time and space, teleportation, bi-location, and instant manifestation.

Here you are able to reach anywhere in the realms of Creation, communicate with the highest vibrational light beings, ascended masters, and the great brotherhood of light… Here you are able to bring healing, insight, and growth from the highest realms into your present existence. Activating this chakra within yourself brings balance to humanity, Earth, and the higher realms of spirit.

Chakra 12- Your Divine Gateway Chakra

With your Divine Gateway chakra activated, your Divine essence is intact. This chakra center is the Divine light portal allowing your complete connection to Divine Source and offering an open doorway to explore other worlds and realms.

Here, full ascension, advanced spiritual skills, complete oneness with Divinity and full connection to the cosmos, other worlds, and beyond is realized.

Here you enter the Super Galactic Realms, access the Divine Mother, and the Womb of the entire Universe. Activating this chakra allow you to access the Goddess light, become one with the Mother, and become a star gate yourself enabling peace, balance, and ascension to enter humanity through you.

All the rays of the Divine, and all the qualities of the Divine represented by the higher vibrational beings align with you here.

Activate this chakra and allow all the blessings to then flow back down. Divine light pouring down through your higher chakras, in through your soul star and down your spinal column, through your Earth Star Chakra and directly connecting to the light at the core of the Earth before flowing up in an unending loop of Divine awakening, presence, growth and advancement once again.

Picture Representation of the Main 7 chakras