Are you feeling out of balance, but you’re not sure why? It could be that the energy flow in your body is blocked. Life experiences such as stress, trauma and illness can create imbalances in our body, mind and soul which lead us to ‘dis-ease’ (disease is just ‘dis-ease’ in the body). This ‘dis-ease’ can be temporary, but it can also persist, perhaps even leading to chronic illness or habitual patterns of negative thinking which affect our lives.
Our bodies are made up of energy – we are all vibrational beings made up of energy centres, called ‘chakras,’ which need to be vibrating at a balanced frequency for us to be in harmony. There are a few ways you can ensure you keep your chakras in equilibrium – read on for more information on how you can ‘sit with the scents’, using essential oils and mindfulness techniques to balance the chakras!
What exactly are ‘chakras’?
Originally recognised by Eastern cultures, chakras (or ‘wheels’ in Sanksrit) are the body’s seven vital energy centres. They are seen to be important for our physical, emotional and spiritual health and, though they cannot be physically seen using any scans, they are energy channels which spin in a clockwise direction, almost in a circular pattern like spinning vortexes in our bodies. Balanced chakras allow energy to flow freely, creating harmony. When our bodies - or minds and souls - are stressed, these ‘wheels’ can spin in different directions and at different speeds, meaning our body’s energetic vibrational frequency is altered, leaving us susceptible to imbalance. Commonly re-aligned through reiki therapy, as well as yoga and meditation, they can also be balanced with the help of essential oils!
The seven chakras are located in different parts of the body and each are linked with numerous imbalances:
Base/Root chakra (‘Muladhara’ in Sanskrit) – located at the base of the body, in the coccyx or even the feet, it is associated with the colour red, and helps balance basic needs like:
Sacral chakra (‘Svadisthana’) – located in the lower abdomen and sacral area, and associated with the colour orange, it helps with issues of:
Solar Plexus chakra (‘Manipura’) – in the solar plexus (a junction where our nerves meet near the diaphragm), associated with yellow, this chakra represents:
Heart chakra (‘Anahata’) – in the heart, associated with the colour green, this chakra balances issues of:
Throat chakra (‘Visuddha’) – located in the throat, this blue chakra is associated with issues of:
Third Eye chakra (‘Ajna’) – in between the eyebrows, this indigo chakra is to do with:
Crown chakra (‘Sahasrara’) – located in the crown of the head, this chakra is associated with the colour violet or white, and can balance:
The colours each of the chakras are associated with can help balance them. If you are not feeling particularly grounded, for example, then wearing the colour red can help increase the frequency of the base chakra’s vibrations. Likewise, visualising yourself surrounded in this colour can help – or using crystals, such as red garnet for the root chakra, can all contribute to regulating the body’s energy frequency. Perhaps most excitingly, though - essential oils can be beneficial in re-balancing the body’s energy centres too!
Which essential oils balance which chakras?
You can utilise your essential oils to help re-balance your body - here’s a quick graphic guide to which essential oils complement each chakra:-
Top tips for ‘chakra balance’ aromatherapy: Sitting with the scents
Now you know which essential oils you can use, you can get blending! Below are some of our top tips, followed by techniques and blend ideas. Whichever you choose, though, the key is to use essential oils ‘mindfully’ so you notice the subtle changes going on in your body, mind and soul as you balance your chakras.
Essential oil blends
If that’s not enough - here are our favourite ‘chakra balance’ blends to mix in whichever medium you like (oil, water, creams, other bases etc – follow the guidelines above):
Base: 2 drops of each of Sandalwood, Patchouli and Cedarwood – a beautiful, extremely grounding blend!
Sacral: 1 drop Ylang Ylang, 2 drops Jasmine and 3 drops of Mandarin – a gorgeous, floral and sensual blend.
Solar Plexus: 3 drops Bergamot, 2 drops Cypress and 1 drop of Ginger or Cinnamon– a warming and reassuring mix.
Heart: 2 drops of each of Rose, Neroli and Rosewood – a loving combination of comforting oils – like a hug in a bottle!
Throat: 3 drops Sweet Orange, 2 drops Lime and 1 drop Chamomile – a creative blend to aid expression!
Third Eye: 2 drops Lemon, 3 drops Lavender and 1 drop Rosemary – a stimulating mixture for concentration and intuition.
Crown: 3 drops Neroli, 2 drops Geranium and 1 drop Frankincense – a calming, mind clearing, meditative blend.
So - what are you waiting for? Try that Seven Chakra Balance today! Sit with the scents, and mindfully balance your chakras with the help of beautifully scented, therapeutic essential oils.
Guest Blogger & Consultant Aromatherapist