Just as color, sound and stones have a certain resonance with the Chakras, so do different plants. Essential oils are the fragrant distilled essence of plants, and can be used to help balance the chakras. Use the fragrances which are the most appealing and pleasing to you, and it is recommended to blend the pure essential oils with a carrier oil, such as almond or jojoba oil.
The simplest and most direct way is to rub a drop or two, blended with your carrier oil, onto the skin above the Chakra you wish to treat.
Another way, is to rub the oils into your palms, then wave your hands through your aura, rather than placing the oil directly on the skin. This will disperse any negative energy which has collected in your aura. Swirl your hands first in a clockwise motion, to break up and dispel unwanted energies, then go clockwise, to rebalance your aura.
You can also treat your environment, by using an oil diffuser. This is a small ceramic piece, with a shallow bowl shape at the top, and a hollow area underneath, where you place a small candle. Place a little water, plus a few drops of essential oil in the shallow bowl, and light a candle underneath; as the candle warms the bowl, the oil will begin to burn off, and diffuse into the air.
Essential oils are generally safe, but do not ingest them, and use caution on your skin. It is possible to develop allergies. Essential oil treatments are also not recommended for pregnant women or children.
Your root (first) chakra, located at the base of your tailbone, connects you to the earth. To balance muladhara, choose essential oils from a plant with earthy and red colors, such as:
A foot massage is a great way to balance the root chakra which regulates your sense of groundedness and stability. Nutmeg will activate a sluggish root chakra, while patchouli and vetiver calm an over active one. Choose a balancing essential oil such as bergamot to help maintain a smoothly functioning root chakra.
Your sacral (second) chakra is associated with fluidity, creation, sexuality, and emotions. To balance swadhisthana, choose essential oils that calm the emotions and ease fear of change. Second chakra essential oils include:
The sacral chakra, which influences your sensuality, benefits from a lower back massage. Spicy cardamom essential oil awakens a dormant sacral chakra, while ylang ylang and neroli calm an over active one. Look to sweet orange and sandalwood to maintain a well functioning sacral chakra.
Your solar plexus (third) chakra is a fiery energy center. Recommended solar plexus chakra essential oils include:
A gentle tummy massage influences the functioning of the solar plexus chakra which influences your gut instincts. Apply eucalyptus and juniper berry to acitvate the solar plexus, and vetiver or helichrysum to calm. Good balancing oils to apply to an already well expressed solar plexus chakra are grapefruit and lemon.
Your heart (fourth) chakra is a powerful transmitter for love, compassion, and maintaining authentic relationship. Essential oils recommended to balance the heart chakra include:
The emotional center that is the heart chakra readily benefits from a supportive perfumed anointing oil applied to the breast bone or massage into the middle back area. Palmarossa essential oil will open the heart chakra, while lavender and sweet marjoram will quiet it down. Try regular applications of geranium essential oil to maintain a well functioning heart chakra.
Your throat (fifth) chakra may be overactive, leading you to talk too much and monopolize a conversation, or underactive, leading to you not saying what you have to say. Suggested aromatherapy for the fifth chakra include:
A body spray applied to chest and neck areas is an efficient way to influence the functioning of the throat chakra which influences your expressiveness and communication. Turn to lemon essential oil to open a sluggish throat chakra, and vanilla or Roman chamomile to calm. Coriander seed is a balancing oil to maintain the even expression of the throat chakra.
Your third-eye (sixth) chakra is associated with intuition. Recommended third eye chakra essential oils:
The visionary, awareness supporting third eye chakra can be influenced with an anointing oil applied to the forehead or through simple diffusion and inhalation. Rosemary essential oil will open a sleeping third eye chakra, while German chamomile will stabilize and focus this visionary chakra. Frankincense or sandalwood are good choices to maintain a clear and balanced third eye chakra.
Your crown (seventh) chakra is your energetic gateway to bliss and oneness with the universe. Suggested aromatherapy for the crown chakra:
A room diffusion applied to the airspace around you is the best way to balance the transcendent crown chakra which occupies the space above the crown of your head. Spicy sweet lavandin clarifies a low functioning crown chakra, while neroli or vanilla calm. Look to frankincense to maintain a well functioning crown chakra.