Not far ago you have learnt how to balance chakras by yoga. In the past, I have also described other methods of chakra balancing. The method I present today requires some patience and commitment. You will read about essential oils beneficial for each chakra.
About Essential Oils
In order to use essential oils for balancing chakras, you need some basic knowledge about these substances.
What Are Essential Oils?
In the shortest, they are compounds extracted from plants. The oils capture the plant’s scent and flavour also called its “essence.” Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence.
Essential oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that is ready for use. Some people think that the products obtained through chemical processes are not true essential oils.
How To Use Them
Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy. You can either inhale or diluted rub on your skin, but never swallow them. When applied to your skin, you absorb some plant chemicals.
How To Improve Absorption
Some methods can improve absorption, such as applying with heat or to different areas of the body. Inhaling the aromas from this kind of oils can stimulate your limbic system which is heavily involved in forming memories. It can partly explain why familiar smells can trigger memories or emotions. The limbic system also plays a role in controlling some unconscious physiological functions, e.g. breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. Some people claim that essential oils can exert a physical effect on your body in this way. However, scientists have not confirmed it yet.
How to Choose The Right Essential Oils
Before you choose the oil appropriate to a given chakra, also bear in mind:
Find an oil that contains only aromatic plant compounds, without additives or synthetic oils. For example, pure oils usually list the plant’s botanical name (such as Lavandula officinalis), rather than terms like “essential oil of lavender.”
True essential oils are the ones that have been changed the least by the extraction process. Choose a chemical-free product, extracted through distillation or mechanical cold pressing.
Purchase a brand with a reputation for producing high-quality products.
High-quality oils only use pure plant compounds extracted by distillation or cold pressing. Avoid oils that have been diluted with synthetic fragrances, chemicals or oils.
Essential oils are very useful, not only for balancing your chakras. However, they also have side effects. It happens because plants contain many bioactive compounds. Some of them can be harmful to your health. However, combined in a proper way, essential oils are beneficial to your health and chakras.
Here are some most common side effects:
- Asthma attacks,
- Allergic reactions.
The oils that have most commonly been associated with adverse reactions are lavender, peppermint, tea tree and ylang-ylang. Moreover, the oils that are high in phenols, such as cinnamon, can cause skin irritation and should not be used on the skin without first being combined with a base oil. These products are not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Essential Oils And Chakra Balancing
Now I will give you some examples of essential oils that can be used in the case of each chakra.
St. Johnís Wort, Angelica, Patchouli, Nutmeg Frankincense, Vetiver are the best. A foot massage is a great way to balance the root chakra which regulates your sense of groundedness and stability.
Orange, Clove, Rosemary, Juniper, Sandal Wood, Cardamon (for deficient chakra), Ylang Ylang and Neroli (for overactive chakra). The sacral chakra, which influences your sensuality, benefits from a lower back massage.
Solar Plexus Chakra
Lemon, Rosemary, Peppermint, Yarrow and Marjoram, Eucalyptus and Berry (dormant chakra), Vetiver or Helichrysum (for overactive chakra), Grapefruit, Lemon. A gentle tummy massage influences the functioning of the solar plexus chakra which influences your gut instincts.
Melissa, Palmarosa (opens the chakra), Lavender and Sweet Majoram (calms down the chakra) Rosewood, Basil, Geranium and Rose. The emotional centre 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.
Lemongrass, Coriander, Lemon (to open the chakra), Sage and Blue chamomile (to calm down the chakra). 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.
Clary sage, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Elemi, Rosemary (opens the chakra), German chamomile (stabilises and focuses the chakra)Spruce and Lavender. The visionary, awareness supporting third eye chakra can be influenced by an anointing oil applied to the forehead or through simple diffusion and inhalation.
Geranium, Lavandin (clarifies the chakra), Neroli or Vanilla (calming effect on the chakra) Myrrh, Gotu Kola and Sandalwood. Look to frankincense to maintain a well-functioning 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.
Read about other methods used for balancing your chakras:
- How To Balance Chakras By Affirmations
- How To Balance Chakras By Music
- How To Balance Chakras By Crystals part One
- How To Balance Chakras By Crystals part Two
In a Nutshell
Today you have learnt how to balance your chakras by essential oils. Each chakra has specific oils which are tuned the fest for it, e.g. St. Johnís Wort for the root chakra. The therapy with essential oils is more effective when you add massage and also combine it with music, affirmations and crystals. Good luck and have healthy, balanced chakras.