Aromatherapy Chakra Guide

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Essential oils and crystals go hand-in-hand. Similarly to the way crystals can relax our bodies through vibrations, aromatherapy relaxes our mind and relieves our stress. And, similarly to how crystals correlate with different parts of our bodies, essential oils do as well! Using the seven chakras as our guide, here is my list of essential oils to balance both the mind and the body.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term “chakra”, it refers to the site of specific energy concentrations throughout our bodies. We start with the root, which is at the base of the spine, and work our way up to the crown- the top of our heads. Each chakra is responsible for different energy, just as each essential oil is formulated to help us with different things.

As I said, the root chakra is located at the base of the spine, starting at the tailbone. This chakra relates to our feelings of grounding and connection to our human experience. Signs of a healthy root chakra include financial stability, emotional wellness, and overall peace of mind in the realm of survival. When this chakra is unbalanced, perhaps due to instability and worry, you will find yourself feeling constantly anxious and jittery. You can realign this chakra by practicing calming mechanisms like meditation for grounding, and utilizing essential oils such as bergamot and patchouli.

The sacral chakra, located at the navel, is all about your identity as a human being, and how you express your creativity. It also relates directly to the euphorias of life, such as sex and food. When your sacral chakra is balanced and healthy, you will find happiness and energy in exploring the pleasures of life, without overdoing it. The key to all the chakras is maintaining a healthy balance. If you find yourself dealing with gluttony and addiction, there’s a fairly high chance your sacral chakra is out of balance. You may also be experiencing an underactive balance- i.e, spending too much time on practical things without indulging in the “fruits of life.” Obviously, very serious symptoms should be analyzed and treated by a doctor, but if you are experiencing less severe symptoms, such as a lack of passion or creativity, consider utilizing essential oils. Spicy cardamom and sweet orange will help you to feel more creative, energized, and balanced in this area of your life.

In my own experience, the solar plexus chakra seems to be the most common energy source people struggle with. This chakra relates to self-confidence, a sense of identity, and personal power. Struggling with self-image and self-esteem are common symptoms of an unbalanced solar plexus, and can lead to more serious conditions, such as depression. Grapefruit and lemon oils are believed to bring relief to this chakra, especially on the inevitable days when you simply don’t feel like yourselves. That being said, don’t feel like you always need to replace medicine with essential oils! If you truly feel like you may be struggling with severe depression or body issues, it’s time to talk to a doctor or therapist for even more help.

The heart chakra, as you may have guessed, is located at our heart and correlates with emotions such as love and compassion. The heart chakra doesn’t just refer to our love for others- it it’s also responsible for how we love (or don’t love) ourselves. An unbalanced heart chakra can cause physical symptoms as well: heartburn, palpitations, or an increased heart rate. These symptoms can be relieved by utilizing lavender, sweet marjoram, and rose oil.

The throat chakra, located at the base of the throat (shocker), is all about truth, clarity, and how we communicate with others. A happy, balanced throat chakra means you speak with clarity and confidence. You speak with love and kindness, and are open to the words and ideas of others. On the flip side, a damaged throat chakra means you may struggle with being truthful or even expressing opinions at all. If you feel like you are struggling to have your voice heard, consider filling your home with the smell of vanilla and chamomile. These smells will bring you the sense of clarity and confidence that you may have been searching for.
Moving up the body, the third eye is located between the eyebrows. You’ve probably heard the term “third eye” before. This chakra relates to our path to spiritual development, and how in-tune we feel with the physical and material world. There’s a quote by Rebecca Stead that reminds me of the goal of this chakra: not worrying about the little things in life.

“Mom says each of us has a veil between ourselves and the rest of the world, like a bride wears on her wedding day, except this kind of veil is invisible. We walk around happily with these invisible veils hanging down over our faces. The world is kind of blurry, and we like it that way.

But sometimes our veils are pushed away for a few moments, like there’s a wind blowing it from our faces. And when the veil lifts, we can see the world as it really is, just for those few seconds before it settles down again. We see all the beauty, and cruelty, and sadness, and love. But mostly we are happy not to. Some people learn to lift the veil themselves. Then they don’t have to depend on the wind anymore.”

To balance your third eye, try utilizing essential oils like rosemary and frankincense to clear your mind. You may be surprised by how much spiritual healing it brings you.

Last but certainly not least, the crown chakra regulates our connection to the universe as a whole, and the energy field that we feel rather than see. It’s a difficult force to explain, as it extends beyond personal consciousness. The crown chakra reaches a celestial level- a connection only understood by a personal relationship with the universe. This chakra is found at the top of the head, and is the final chakra of the bunch. Neroli oil, vanilla, and frankincense can be extremely useful in promoting calmness and strengthening our relationship with the universe. You might even consider using these oils to cleanse your space and ultimately promote a happier, healthier home.

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