Were you aware that your body can get out of balance? This can happen when our chakras are out of alignment. Essential oils are one of the tools that can help us with this.
The energy centers of your body can be like tires on your car that get wobbly and shaky when out of balance. If this imbalance happens in the body it makes for a rough ride - physically and emotionally. Each chakra is associated with a different part of the physical body (organs, joints, nerves, etc.). They are also connected to different emotional states. This makes them pair beautifully with essential oils and the oils help to nurture and balance the chakras.
Happy chakras make your life easier!
I like to think of the spine of the body like a tree, maybe even the Tree of Life. At your tailbone you have the roots, and then the trunk of the tree, going up to the leafy branches where there may be flowers and fruit. Finally at the top you have the crown of the tree right where your crown would be (should be?) on the top of your head.
Each chakra has a color, an element, and associated deities. You will notice the distinct color of each section of the chakra tree above. This is the color that corresponds to each chakra. If you dream in colors, meditate and you see a color, or you are drawn (or repulsed) to certain colors of clothing - it could be an indication of balance or imbalance, respectively, of the
associated chakra. For the purpose of massage and aromatherapy, here are some brief hi-lights of the chakras and types of oils I like to pair with each one.
For the Root Chakra, I pick oils that come from roots. (That's easy to remember!) The Root Chakra is about safety and security and feeling "rooted" to, or connected to the Earth and to our lives. Some examples of Root Chakra oils would be Vetiver, Spikenard, and Turmeric.
Our Sacral Chakra fuels our creativity and sexuality. We are at the trunk area of our spinal chakra "tree", and I like woody oils like Cedarwood and Sandalwood. We may also start finding some leaves and flowers here though, so I also Patchouli and Ylang Ylang. Both of these oils are known for their positive influence on creativity and sensuality.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is the heart of our personality and self-esteem. I like to use fruity oils on this chakra, especially Grapefruit. Peppermint, a "leafy" oil, is also good for this chakra.
The Heart Chakra governs what you would think it does; love, compassion, and forgiveness. We are far enough up in our chakra tree now to be with the flowers, and I love using Rose and Geranium for the heart as well as Lavender.
The Throat Chakra is where we find our voice, both literally and figuratively! I usually reach for leaf oils with this chakra, and my favorites are Eucalyptus, Laurel Leaf, and Tea Tree. It is no coincidence that most of my go-to Throat Chakra oils are also very supportive for the upper respiratory system.
The Third Eye Chakra is located between your eyes, pretty much where your pineal gland is. There are many connections between the pineal gland and the Third Eye. The pineal gland is shaped somewhat like a seed, and I find that this chakra is greatly nourished by seed oils. Also the Third Eye Chakra is the seat of thought and intellect, or the "seeds" of our consciousness. Some oils I like for the Third Eye are Cardamom and Pink Pepper.
Lastly, the Crown Chakra is the point where we connect with the divine. Spirituality and enlightenment are associated with this chakra. The types of oils that I find best paired with the Crown Chakra are the resins, such as Frankincense and Galbanum.
All of these examples are just a very brief summary of how to pair aromatherapy with chakra balancing. There is tons of information out there and all of it is interesting and enlightening. Follow along on this blog as I'm going to dive deeper into each of the seven chakras. I'll be looking at what each chakra has influence over for us both physically and emotionally, and how and why to pair specific oils with each one.