We are energetic and electric beings that send signals and frequencies out on a second-to-second basis. One of our most basic and subtle systems involves the chakras, which are points of energy concentration in the body. There are seven of them, starting at the base of the spine and progressing to the top of the head.
All of the seven chakras are important and interconnected. Usually, balancing one chakra will create change in another chakra. It is important that we balance the root chakra first—before proceeding to others—or we will lack the stability and rootedness necessary for true transformation and personal growth. We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure.
Chakras can be imbalanced by becoming blocked (underactive) or extremely tense (overactive). When this happens, our whole being is compromised, often leading to illness and/or emotional blocks. This creates an unhealthy personal environment.
Here’s how to balance chakras using aromatherapy and crystals in tandem:
Crystal: Red jasper
Essential Oil: Patchouli
The root chakra is the first chakra, located at the base of the spine. It is literally “the root” of being, and it establishes the deepest connections with among the physical body, the immediate environment, and the earth. The fight-or-flight response initiates from this chakra, which is primal and animal in nature. The energy of the root chakra allows us to harness courage and resourcefulness.
To ground yourself, rub the earthy scent of patchouli on your feet. Put a small piece of red jasper in the edge of your shoe to give you the stability and rootedness necessary for personal growth.
Essential Oil: Orange
The sacral chakra is the second chakra. It is associated with emotions, sensuality, and creativity. Its element is water, and it is characterized by flow and flexibility. The function of the sacral chakra is directed to the principle of pleasure. It is located about three inches below the navel at the center of the lower belly.
Reignite your passions and create an aphrodisiac blend with 3 drops each of orange blossom, ylang-ylang, rose, and sandalwood essential oils in one cup of grape seed oil. Leave your piece of carnelian (a crystal for life force and vitality) in the oil overnight to supercharge its properties.
Solar Plexus Chakra
Essential Oil: Lemon
The solar plexus chakra is located directly above the navel and below the rib cage. It radiates vital life energy throughout the entire body. It generates our willpower, ability to achieve, self-esteem, raw emotions, and self-discipline. The solar plexus chakra gives us mental understanding of our emotional self.
Use a citrine stone and lemon essential oil to accept your place in the universe and create appreciation for all of the people in your life. Inhaling lemon promotes healing and combats insecurity.
Crystal: Rose quartz
Essential Oil: Rose
The heart chakra is located in the heart region. When it is balanced, we have healthy self-esteem, spontaneity, a sense of humor, and the ability to make decisions and meet challenges. Imagine feeling as if nothing can hurt you—you are on top of the situations in your life. That sense is the province of the heart chakra.
Wear a malachite bracelet while you diffuse rose essential oil to promote compassion, love, and self-acceptance.
Crystal: Blue lace agate
Essential Oil: Eucalyptus
The throat chakra is the voice of the body. It is a pressure valve that allows energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If the throat chakra is out of balance or blocked, it can affect the health of the other chakras. When it is balanced, we can express what we think and feel.
Ritual bathing is cleansing and rejuvenating. Place a blue lace agate crystal on the side of the tub. Then add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil to your bath. This combination will help you speak your truth and activate your ability to understand the unsaid.
Third Eye Chakra
Crystal: Lapis lazuli
Essential Oil: Rosemary
The third eye chakra, or brow chakra, is located just above the eyebrows in the center of the forehead. It pertains to the concept of “seeing,” especially in a spiritual and psychic sense. This is where “visionary abilities” emerge.
Having a strong sixth chakra allows you to access your inner guidance and intuition easily. Meditate on a lapis lazuli stone while burning a rosemary candle to awaken your intuitive abilities.
Essential Oil: Lavender
The crown chakra is the seventh chakra at the top of the “chakra ladder.” This progression starts at the root chakra (grounding us on the earth) and progresses upward to the crown. The energy of the crown chakra allows us to experience oneness with everyone and everything in nature.
Both an amethyst crystal and lavender essential oil will help you connect to your inner consciousness. By putting a small piece of amethyst under your pillow each night, and then spraying a lavender mist on your sheets, you will simultaneously balance your crown chakra and get an amazing night’s sleep!
Root chakra draws energy from the earth’s magnetic core. It anchors our spirit in our worldly existence.
Sacral chakra promotes our ability to enjoy life in physical ways. It governs our well-being, our sense of deserving a good life, and our capacity to develop a feeling of abundance.
Solar plexus chakra relates to self-value, confidence, self-esteem, and freedom of choice. It reflects how we see ourselves and exercise our innate power.
Heart chakra keeps the life force invigorated. It moves love through our lives and shields our hearts from emotional pain.
Throat chakra directs the life force toward creativity, self-expression, truth, and integrity. It controls our ability to communicate clearly.
Third eye chakra is the center of our innate intelligence. It drives on the distilled wisdom of our losses and pain. It sees meaning, truth, and freedom.
Crown chakra is the center of bliss, beauty, and spirituality. It allows us to deepen our connection with the source of our being.
About the Author
Shaline Miller is an integrative nutrition health coach, holistic nutrition consultant, essential oils educator, healthy cooking instructor, and author. Her goal is to help mothers create a healthy, safe, environmentally-friendly home for their families. Shaline teaches essential oils classes, wellness seminars, and cooking classes in the San Diego and Orange County areas.