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Essential Oils and Chakras
The connection between body and Kundalini.
Literal meaning of Chakras in Sanskrit is wheels or vortexes. The ancient and deep science of spiritual and physical studies in India have defined chakras as transfer points for our thoughts and feelings and the physical functioning of specific endocrine glands. Any obstruction in the free flow of energy at the point (or chakra) can create corresponding physical problems and vice versa.
Chakras connect from the front of the body all the way to the back of the spine. When they are open you can feel the free flow of energy. Even though you may not be able to see chakras, you might be able to feel them with your hands. When there is balance between the chakras, you have maximum vitality, health, and body ecstatic. This energy flowing is what makes it possible for our physical bodies to exist and function properly.
Chakras respond to our emotions, state of mind, creativity and general well being. Blocked chakras reflect the malfunctioning in a particular area of our life.
Since aromatherapy provides for our overall well-being, and particular aroma oils have particular effects on us, hence the specific effects can also be used to balance the chakras corresponding to the same properties.
The First chakra is known as the Base root Chakra or Muldhara chakra. The literal meaning conveyed is "The foundation." It is placed between the genitals and anus in a human being. In a woman, it signifies her procreativity. When this chakra is blocked, women may experience constipation, hemorrhoids, low back pain, fear, and instability with money, powerlessness, and the need to control life. When women free themselves and open this energy, they are at harmony with the life, and are able to let go of struggle.
The corresponding color for the Chakra is Red. The Therapeutic essential oils to activate the chakra are Vetiver, Angelica, cypress, jatamansi and ginger.
The Second chakra is known as the sexual chakra or Swadhishana. Literally, It means the place of "self". It resonates in the pubic region.
This chakra represents our creative energy and sexual force. It is associated with the functions of our reproductive organs. When blocked, we may experience lack of purpose, impotence, frigidity, confusion, restlessness, fantasies, jealousy and guilt. When it is open, we can experience our creativity, approaching every challenge that shows up in a creative manner. We open to, and understand our sexuality.
Corresponding to color Orange of Chakra, the essential oils are Cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, lemon, trifola, rosewood, ylang-ylang and patchouli.
The Third chakra also known as Solar plexus, is located between Navel and rib cage. In Sanskrit it is known as Manipura, literally meaning "The city of Gems".
It controls the functioning of the adrenals and pancreas, which regulates blood sugar. When blocked, we experience digestive problems and lust for power. We become pushy, over bearing and egocentric. When it is open, we are at peace with the happenings in our life. We embrace self-discipline. We let go of beliefs that don`t serve us any longer. We are in full trust of the universe.
Corresponding to the color yellow, this chakra is activated by essential oils Dhavana, Gold Chamomile, Sandalwood, Anise, Fennel, Champa and Lavender.
The Fourth chakra of Heart is also known as Anahata or "Unrestricted." It resonates just over our heart, in the chest. The fourth chakra is associated with the heart and thymus. It reflects our connectedness and is also the center of joining between the higher and lower chakras. When this center is closed or restricted, we experience heart problems, loneliness, isolation, hatred and live in condemnation of others, feeling separated and disconnected. When open, we experience unconditional love. We know that love is fact and the basis of our being. Our challenges are lessons and we experience connectedness to all things.
The Chakra corresponds to the color Green and essential oils of Rose, Cinnamon, Champa, Orange, Neroli, Bergamot and yarrow.
The Fifth chakra is the throat chakra, known as Vishudha chakra in Sanskrit, meaning "Pure". It is located in the throat and the neck area. When obstructed or blocked, we experience verbal, hearing and communication problems, sore throats, and difficulty in expressing our feelings (telling the truth). When we open this area, we become a channel for truth and expressions.
The corresponding color for this chakra is Blue, and essential oils boosters are Blue Chamomile, Tea tree, Cajeput, sandalwood and bergamot.
The Sixth Chakra is also known as the Third eye Chakra or Ajna meaning "Unlimited Power". This chakra is located above and between Eyebrows. The sixth chakra affects our receptivity and is associated with the pituitary gland. When blocked we experience vision problems, headaches, feelings of separation, fogginess, and dizziness. When open we see our connection to all things. We know the future, the past, and we live in the now. Our clairvoyance is stimulated along with our ability to see and understand all things.
The corresponding color for the chakra is Indigo, and essential oils are Basil, Lavender, Rosemary, camphor, jasmine and eucalyptus.
The Seventh Chakra is also known as Crown chakra or Sahasrara meaning "Thousand petaled". It is located at the crown of the head and is associated with the pineal gland. It is a source of divine energy and self-realization. When it is blocked, we dwell in the ego. Our prayers lose any connectedness to God. When open, the ego falls away and we experience a burst of spiritual enlightenment.
The corresponding color for the chakra is Violet, and essential oils are Myrrh, Henna, violet absolute and Frankincense.
How to apply chakra oil:
· Mix a total of 30% of the prescribed essential oils with 70% vegetable oil. Cold pressed vegetable oil (sweet almond, grape seed, jojoba, etc.) is preferred.
· Place 10 drops of this mixture on the corresponding chakra location and rub into the skin in a counter-clockwise direction while visualizing the corresponding color.
· Place a total of 6-12 drops of the prescribed essential oils into one cup of warm water.
· Soak a small cloth with the solution, squeeze out the excess and place as a warm compress over the chakra.
· Cover with a towel and rest until cool.
Essential oils can stimulate and assist in the process of awakening, healing, opening the chakras, and strengthening the aura. It is really a boon to us to be able to use such tools to meet our "Higher Self".