You have probably experienced essential oils in a spa, a massage, or used a diffuser to bring a pleasant smell to a room. Did you know essential oils have properties that can balance your chakras?
Chakra healing with essential oils uses the properties of plants to energise underactive chakras or calm overactive chakras. Once your chakras are back to balance, you can keep them that way by using essential oils for everyday balance. You can use essential oils in a diffuser or applied directly to your skin.
In this article, we will look at chakra healing with essential oils, how chakras get unbalanced, what are essential oils, how the essential oils work, what benefits you get from using essential oils and some general guidance to implement essential oils in your everyday life.
Essential oils have been used for centuries, but that doesn’t mean they are safe for everyone. Be aware that some oils may cause irritation or allergy if applied directly to your skin. If you have sensitive skin, use essential oils in a diffuser.
The word chakras come from the Sanskrit language, meaning wheel. Chakras are energy centres located along the spine, from the base of the spine to the top of the head.
There are 7 major chakras, starting from the bottom of the spine. The lower chakras are root chakra, sacral chakra and solar plexus. Then, we have the heart chakra, which brings together the lower chakras with the higher chakras: throat, third eye and crown chakra.
Talking about chakras is talking about the flow of energy in our body. Chakras form part of your energy body, this body has a vibrational frequency that acts as your life blueprint.
Chakra healing involves using several holistic techniques to bring balance to your chakras so that energy flows freely through them. To learn more about it check out this article.
Most of the chakra healing techniques are experiential. You need to try them to know if they work for you. Some people react better to sound therapy. For these people, Tibetan singing bowls could be helpful. Other people are more visual, and meditation with yantras, geometrical chakra images, can work better.
If you are an active person and need to move and sweat, yoga asanas for chakras can do wonders to bring balance to your chakras. If you are less active and want to relieve stress and bring peace to your mind, try meditation and mantra chanting.
You can use colours and sounds to balance the vibration of your chakras. Stones and crystals will help you attract the right energy to the chakra. The stones or crystals will harvest a specific energy frequency and deliver it to the chakra for healing.
Food for healing chakras works with the vibration of the colour of the food and the chakra. The theory about food for chakras is that by eating food of the same colour as the chakra, one can bring that vibration to the body.
Affirmations work by bringing the power of the thought and sound to resonate with the chakra vibration you want to achieve.
Whatever technique you choose will support you in your journey of chakra healing. In this article, we focus only on healing chakras with essential oils. First, let’s explore why chakras need healing.
Why Do Chakras Need Healing?
Chakras are thought to regulate the energy in our bodies. When the energy in the body doesn’t flow freely and in the right amount, it impacts our physical and emotional health.
When the chakras are in balance, the energy flows with ease throughout the body, and we are healthy both physically and emotionally.
When the chakras are in balance, you are in harmony, your health is good, and life, in general, flows better. When the chakras are out of balance or blocked, you experience emotional distress or disease.
An unbalanced chakra can affect the other chakras and the whole body mentally, physically and spiritually. When this happens, you feel out of sync.
Physical and psychological traumas can stop the energy throughout the body from flowing freely. You would end with some areas in your body holding too much energy, and others not enough.
It’s possible to have one or more chakras out of balance. The inner wisdom of the body tries to heal itself and compensate for this imbalance. However, it can get to a point where one area affects others.
You can support your body’s healing by using holistic techniques that will help you bring your chakras in balance again. As mentioned above, you can use different holistic techniques to free the energy flowing through the chakras. To give you a better idea of these holistic techniques, have a look at this article where we covered all of them.
You can use yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation, vegetarian diet and mantra chanting. Besides, you can also enhance all or any of these practices by using specific colours, oils, stones and crystals, sound, and affirmations. You can go to each article to explore each area in deeper detail.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are extracts from plants and flowers in their purest form and can help maintain emotional, mental and physical health. The oils can come from plant leaves, flowers, stems and roots.
The use of essential oils gave rise to a whole world known as aromatherapy. This term was first used in the 20th century when the French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse discovered the medicinal properties of essential oils. At this point, science started to show essential oils had proven benefits.
Before then, numerous cultures were already using essential oils for healing, cleansing, beautification, and emotional clearing to enhance spiritual awareness and rituals. Thousands of years ago, Egyptians were the first ones to use a distillation method to extract cedarwood oil, clove and cinnamon. These oils have been found in mummies.
In Greece, Hippocrates used to practise fumigations for aromatic and medical benefits. During the Roman empire, Romans were using distillation methods to extract aromatic flower waters.
In the 15th century Paracelsus, a Swiss physician, who used plants as medicines, started using the term essence. From here, the use of essential oils has continued to expand and more knowledge has been gathered by Chemists and Physicians who were using essential oils for medicinal purposes. Most of this knowledge was produced in France until the beginning of the 20th century.
How Do Essential Oils Work
Essential oils work by their inherent natural healing properties. The knowledge about essential oils is greatly empirical, gathered throughout centuries by different cultures. Many of these oils have been tested scientifically and proven to provide many of the benefits they say to provide.
Even though an essential oil can be 100% pure to a specific plant, and belong to a part of such a plant, it contains hundreds of chemical components, all of them acting in synergy to bring its unique healing properties.
Essential oils act holistically and affect our psyche, subtle energies and spiritual wellbeing. Essential oils work in the subtle body, regulating our energy and stimulating the corresponding chakra depending on the oil used.
When using essential oils, you should have intent. Having a clear idea of what you want to achieve and how you want the oil to help you will potentiate its healing power.
Other factors affecting the potency of essential oil are the climate, and soil composition where the plant grew, which in turn gives a specific chemical composition.
Benefits of Using Essential Oils
The specific benefits of essential oils depend greatly on the type of essential oil. For example, carrier oils, like apricot kernel oil, is fantastic for preventing premature ageing.
Another carrier oil is Avocado oil, which is best when organic and unrefined to be consumed to lower cholesterol levels. It can also help reduce dark spots, sun damage and scars on the skin when applied topically. Borage oil can be used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and to help conditions like eczema and flaky skin.
Grapefruit essential oil is great for boosting the immune system and giving a good dose of vitamin C to the skin. Jasmine, one of the finest and most expensive oils, is great for the immune system and balances dry or oily skin. Neroli oil is an amazing oil to balance emotions and topically reduces stretch marks and scars. Rose oil is also a great emotion balancing oil that helps process grief and deals with stress and anxiety.
The overall benefits of an essential oil depend on the components that form the oil. Some oils are formed by hundreds of chemical components, which work in synergy to create the healing properties of each essence.
Chakra Healing with Essential Oils
It is known that aromas affect the limbic system. They affect emotions, memories, behaviours, and physiological functions. In this sense, essential oils will have a psychological and physical effect on you.
Each essential oil has specific herbal properties, the herbal knowledge dates back centuries of traditional knowledge. Some of these oils have been used for hundreds of years as an alternative medicine to treat some ailments.
The idea of healing the chakras with essential oils is based on two properties:
- Oils having an energising effect
- Oils having a grounding and calming effect on each chakra.
Here is a table to briefly show you each of the chakras, what essential oils to use to balance them and what properties they bring to the chakra.
Choosing Essential Oils for Chakra Healing
|Root||Angelica Root, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli|
|Sacral||Bergamot, Cardamon, Clary Sage, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Vanilla|
|Solar Plexus||Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cypress, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Sandalwood, Ginger, Lemon, Pine, Vetiver|
|Heart||Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, Rosewood, Tangerine|
|Throat||Basil, Chamomille, Peppermint, Spearmint, Elemi, Frankincense, Lavender|
|Third Eye||Angelica Root, Sandalwood, Lemon, Jasmine, Bay Laurel, Elemi, Juniper, Rosemary, Vetiver|
|Crown||Cedarwood, Frankincense, Gurjum, Rosewood, Spikenard, Lime, Rose|
For extra purification, add the following oils to your chakra oil kit. You can use them anytime you feel like needing a deep purification of your physical body, whenever you feel emotionally or mentally tired or for a general reset. As well as when you are about to start a deep healing process.
Here are the oils to use for extra purification of your chakras:
- Hemlock Spruce (Tsuga canadensis)
- Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
- White Birch (Betula alba)
It is necessary to know the root energy that needs to be addressed and the energy pattern of the essential oils you use to experience results.
Using Essential Oils
When using essential oils, you should learn how an essential oil can address a condition or ailment, so that you naturally strengthen the body.
Consider what can be causing imbalances in the body such as diet, sleep, stress, or lifestyle. When using essential oils, you can treat the symptoms and the body as a whole.
Using essential oils can be done in different ways. Here are the methods used:
- Inhalation: this is the easier method to use, you would need a container where you can pour hot boiling water, then add some drops of your chosen essential oil. Then, you will inhale the vapour.
- Diffusing: this method has become very popular recently as aromatherapy diffusers can also help cleanse and purify the air. Other benefits depending on the essential oils used, are not only uplifting your mood, or being an air freshener, but essential oils can also help you kill bacteria in the area where you use them. Diffusers are also great if you want to combine oils.
- Topical: when you apply essential oils topically to the body, you must always use the essential oil diluted in a carrier oil to reduce the risk of allergy. Before applying to several areas of the body, do a patch test in a small area on your underarm and wait a few minutes to make sure there is no allergic reaction.
An extra precaution, check if your carrier oil is made with nuts, if so make sure you or whoever is to use the essential oils are not allergic to nuts.
It can be tricky to know the proportions to use the essential oils. For instance, in 50mls of carrier oil, you should use 12 drops of essential oil.
There are different proportions if you are to use essential oils on children. For them, you should use a 1% dilution, meaning 1 drop of essential oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil. Adults can use a 2% dilution, meaning that you can use 3 to 6 drops of essential oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil.
When making a blended mix the essential oils first, then add to the carrier oil. This is to make sure you like the blend first, so you don’t end up wasting carrier oil if you don’t.
Precautions When Using Essential Oils:
⦁ Never use essential oils in sensitive areas or any in broken or damaged skin
⦁ Always use essential oils that are therapeutic grading or even better food graded.
⦁ Conduct a patch test when using essential oil for the first time.
⦁ You can use only one essential oil or a combination of oils to balance your chakras. Depending on whether they are underactive or overactive.
⦁ Essential oils can be used directly on the skin, but you need to be careful because they may irritate your skin. If that’s the case you can dilute them in another oil known as a carrier oil.
⦁ Only make a small amount of your blend as oils can get rancid after time.
⦁ Store your carrier oils in dark glass bottles and keep away from the light in a cool dark place.
⦁ Essential oils, especially citrus oils, are photosensitisers when exposed to light, they could cause irritation or sensitisation in an area of the body.
⦁ After using photosensitising essential oils, avoid sun exposure and UV rays f hours.
⦁ Essential oils are highly flammable, so never use them around an open flame.
⦁ Essential oils can be added to body washes, shampoos and conditioners, body lotions, and foot soaks.
⦁ Keeping essential oils for a long time is not a great idea, as they become oxidised and could cause irritation, as well as their properties, may not be as effective.
⦁ Never ingest essential oils.
⦁ Lastly, if you have a medical condition, it may be worth consulting with your doctor about the use of essential oils.
List of Common Carrier Oils
- Sweet Almond oil
- Avocado oil
- Borage seed oil
- Coconut oil
- Evening primrose oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Jojoba oil
- Olive oil
- Rosehip seed oil
- Sesame seed oil
Ideas to Use Essential Oils:
- Add essential oils to a spray bottle to use as a freshener
- Place a drop of essential oil in the wax of a burning candle
- Add some drops to a potpourri
- Add a few drops to a pot of boiling water
- Make some cotton balls and add some drops to them, then place them in your wardrobe, or any corner
How to Buy Essential Oils
Something to note is that essential oils come from nature, the oils are extracted from plant materials through removal methods. We can look at the essential oil as the liquid version of the plant.
Depending on the plant, different methods of extraction are used. Each extraction method has an impact on the quality of the essential oil. The most common extraction method, known 5000 years ago, is steam distillation.
Just to have an idea of the extraction methods used, we are going to list them below:
- Steam distillation
- Solvent extraction
- CO2 extraction
- Cold-pressed extraction
The best extraction methods are CO2 extraction and cold-pressed, as they preserve the properties of the essential oils in their purest form without adding any extras
The solvent extraction uses hexane, the downside of this extraction is that it leaves traces of solvent behind. Hexane is easily inhaled and absorbed by the skin, it is recognised to cause neurotoxic effects by the US EPA. For this reason, it is best to stay away from essential oils that are extracted with solvents. Usually, cheap essential oils are made using this type of extraction method.
What to Consider When Buying Essential Oils
- The origin, the terrain and soil where the plant was grown, and any chemicals that may be sprayed onto the plants or added to the soil.
- The extraction method used
- Whether it has been tested and certified as genuine
Sometimes, the price can be a deterrent when buying essential oils, but keep in mind that if you are planning to use the essential oils as a therapeutic remedy, you would want the best for your body. Otherwise, you could bring other issues to yourself later on.
Usually, genuine, authentic, pure and potent quality essential oils are a bit expensive.
So, how do you find out all of this information? Start by checking if the company has a website, there you will find all information related to their business. If they don’t have comprehensive information about their products and processes, you can always message them to find out.
What you are looking for is a company is:
- It sources the plant material directly from the growers
- An oil that has been tested for quality control
- An oil that is 100% extracted from the plant, and the part of the plant it says it has been extracted from.
The essential oils you buy must never be combined with vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, etc. In general, the purer and sweeter the aroma, the greater the purity and sourcing of the essential oil. The best aromas result from quality plant sourcing and an extraction method without chemical additives and solvents.
Essential oils can be a fun way to balance your chakras and bring lovely aromas to your ambience. You can also use them instead of perfumes.
Remember that not all oils are the same and that not all oils can be mixed. If in doubt, stick to using only one oil for each chakra. Check with an expert chakra aromatherapist to get a personalised oil chakra balancing kit.
There is another way you can heal your chakras when they are blocked. Which option you choose depends on your life rhythm and the effort you want to put into it. You can use one therapy or a combination of therapies that will enhance each other and support your chakra healing.
You can implement food for chakras in your everyday life, as well as wear specific colours for the chakras. Even decorate your home with colours and chakra symbols as a reminder of your intention for healing. Whatever therapy you implement, do it with love. You will be attracting good energy to your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Essential Oils Are Good for Chakras
Essential oils that have a therapeutic grading or food grading can be used to balance the chakras. The essential oil you use for each chakra depends on which chakra you want to balance and whether you need to calm, energise, or maintain that chakra’s energy.
Where Do You Apply Essential Oils for the Root Chakra?
You can apply the essential oil to the soles of your feet to bring balance to the root chakra.
Which Essential Oil Is best for the Throat Chakra?
The essential oil that you use depends on whether you need to energise, calm or maintain the energy of the throat chakra.
• To soothe your throat chakra use Vanilla or Chamomile essential oils.
• To energise your throat chakra use Lemon or Lavender essential oils.
How Do I Know if My Root Chakra Is Blocked?
When your root chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you will feel insecure, fearful, and pessimistic about life and situations. You won’t have a sense of belonging to a place or a group, and you will have a disconnection with your body. You may experience anxiety, depression, irritability, aggression, anger and frustration. You may display obsessive and possessive behaviours like jealousy.
How Do You Unblock Your Root Chakra?
There are different techniques you can use to unblock your root chakra. You can use yoga asanas, pranayama, mantra chanting, mudras, sound healing, and meditation. You can also use specific essential oils, and affirmations, wear particular colours, use particular stones and crystals and change your diet to a chakra diet.
What Is Chakra Healing?
Chakra healing involves the use of different holistic techniques to bring balance to your chakras so that energy can flow freely through them.
What Happens When You Open Your Chakras?
When the chakras are open and balanced, you are in harmony, your health is good, and life flows effortlessly. You experience a deep sense of peace, contentment, compassion, love and acceptance for yourself and others,
What Happens When the Throat Chakra Is Blocked?
If your throat chakra is blocked, you will struggle to express your thoughts to others; your voice will have a low tone and be weak, and your throat will feel constrained. You may experience thyroid problems and low or high metabolism. You will struggle to be empathic with others and tend to lie or hide your truth.
How Do You Heal Your Throat Chakra?
Your throat chakra is all about speaking your truth and communicating. So, you can heal your throat chakra by expressing yourself as much as you can manage. You can chant the HAM mantra for the throat chakra, do yoga asanas, meditate, wear blue colours, and use stones, crystals, and essential oils.