We have been asked how to use essential oils with Chakras so here is a very basic overview of what Chakra therapy is and how to use essential oils with the therapy. I invite any of you who are already trained in Chakra therapy to please share your experiences and knowledge!
What Are Chakras
The human body contains hundreds of locations of focussed and concentrated energy centers. The seven major energy centers are commonly known as “Chakras,” meaning “wheels”. Each Chakra is a spinning vortex of energy, located within our body, which is where we receive, transmit and process energy.
Energy centers are doorways for our consciousness. They allow our emotional, mental and spiritual force to flow into physical expression. These are located on the spinal column, aligning with the nervous system, from the base of the column up to the throat. The first five are often called the “human Chakras.” The last two are the “divine Chakras” with the sixth located in the forehead and the seventh on the crown of the head. (For a more extensive explanation of Chakras, please go here)
Each Chakra is located at major branchings of the nervous system. The purpose in Chakra treatment is to treat the “whole.” To have the mind, body and spirit working together equally (Here is the wikipedia page on Chakras). When the energies of each are aligned and working together smoothly, your energy output will be at its optimum level. This means, your brain will think clearly and your body will function properly. Your relationships with others will work better as will your relationship with your own personal God.Each Chakra has certain properties to it. (For a more extensive chart of the chakra centers listing their properties, connections, elements, etc, follow this link.)
There are also said to be minor and lower Chakras located in other areas of the body, like down the leg.The treatment of Chakras involves treating “Auras,” the electro-magnetic field surrounding all of us.
Essential oils work very well with the Chakra’s because they can be used to restore balance and harmony. Essential oils can be applied directly to some of the Chakras. Other ways are to diffuse the oils while the Chakras are being treated. Inhaling the scent of the oils will take the scent to every necessary area of the body very quickly.
Best oils for each Chakra:
#7 Crown Chakra: This Chakra is concerned with the spiritual quest for enlightenment. The cerbral cortex and nervous system are associated with this Chakra. You want oils that embody divine wisdom. Myrrh, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Red Mandarin, Neroli, Rosewood and Sandalwood
#6 Brow or third eye Chakra: This one focuses on intuition, wisdom, and spiritual development. So it also involves the pituitary and pineal glands, spinal cord, eyes, ears, nose and sinuses. Helichrysum, Basil, Holy Basil, Thyme, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Orange, and Rosemary.
#5 Throat Chakra: This Chakra involves meaningful communication and self-expression, the center of your will. It’s also associated with the thyroid, mouth, vocal cords, and trachea. Any oils that help your self-expression will be good. Angelica Root, Rosewood, Thyme, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, and Sandalwood.
#4 Heart Chakra: This Chakra represents unconditional love, forgiveness, and compassion. Helps with emotions as well as heart disease and breast cancer. Neroli, Melissa, Bergamot, Geranium, Red Mandarin, Peppermint, Rose, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang.
#3 Solar Plexus Chakra: This involves personal power, how you make connections with others. It also involves the reproductive organs, bladder, intestines, appendix, sacrum and lumbar vertebrae. It’s about your uniqueness in the world. You need oils that help with that. Geranium, Vetiver, Frankincense, Fennel Seed, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Peppermint, Neroli, Rosemary, and Rosewood.
#2 Belly Chakra: This Chakra represents creative energy, sensual emotions and sexuality. So choose oils that help you enjoy life, creation and pleasure. Ginger Root, Cardamom, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Fennel Seed, Marjoram, Orange, Peppermint, Rose, and Sandalwood.
#1 Base Chakra: And finally, this Chakra is concerned with keeping you grounded, keeping you firmly rooted. So you want oils that help you function in the world. Vetiver, Myrrh, Patchouli, Frankincense, Black Pepper, and Clary Sage.
How to use them:
One way is to apply the relevant oils directly to the area of the Chakra. Put a small amount of carrier oil and a drop or two of the essential oil in your hands and rub together. Allow the individual to inhale the scent of the oils for a few deep breaths. Then work in wide circles and rub into area of the Chakra.
When treating auras, put the blended oils in your hands, rub them in and then stroke your hands over the aura in long, rhythmic strokes towards the feet, working down over the body then over the limbs. Do this three times. Start on the spiritual plane, then move down to the emotional plane and then finally the physical plane.
Some also recommend that the individual focus on the Chakra receiving the aromatherapy and think of the color associated with the Chakra while the oils are massaged in.
Some people meditate. While they meditate, they will diffuse whichever oil they are choosing to use.
Others use Yoga. Once again, they will diffuse the oil while practicing Yoga.
How have you used them? What do you like to do? Please comment below to let us know more. Also let us know if there are other more detailed articles related to Chakras you would be interested in seeing. There is a lot of information out there that we really could expand with more detailed articles about specific Chakras and specific uses.