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Essential Oils and the Chakras
#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 tree......it literally 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, 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 to 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 -
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 literally 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, Anahata 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 ( Vishudda)
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 intention. It is not only about communicating through speaking and writing, but also in more creative ways such as music, singing and dance!
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 Vishudda 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 vishudda:
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'.
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.
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 'thousandfold' 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.
Picture representation of the Chakras