Regularly clearing and balancing your chakras is a good practice to get into. The chakras are the energy centres of the body. Keeping them in balance has physical, emotional and spiritual benefits, not to mention that the process of doing so can be enjoyable and relaxing.
There are many ways to go about balancing the chakras but two of the most accessible, effective and relaxing practices are aromatherapy and crystal therapy. When paired correctly, crystals and essential oils can create potent combinations that help to release blocked energy and restore the body to full charge.
How Do Crystals and Oils Work?
For this piece I’m keeping the ‘hows’ quite brief. You’ll find plenty of information about chakras, oils and crystals elsewhere on this site and on the internet. In a nut shell, our chakras pick up frequencies and most crystals resonate with at least one of these centres. Each chakra also has a corresponding colour associated with it, so crystals of the relevant colour can assist in chakra balancing work. Simply keep stones with you – in your pocket or as jewellery – or place them over your chakra points during meditation. If you would like to understand how crystal therapy works, I recommend you watch this short interesting video from Spirit Science (link bold text to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoUOn4Vbrz0).
Essential oils support the body in many ways. The particles in oils are so small they can penetrate the wall of every cell in the body, when applied topically or inhaled. Every essential oil has its own unique qualities that balance you physically, emotionally and spiritually. To benefit from their associated properties simply breathe in the scent deeply or place a couple of drops of pure, high quality oil on the pulse points or soles of the feet.
Below are a few combinations that you might like to try during chakra balancing work.
Location: Base of the spine
The root chakra represents our connection to Mother Earth and our survival instinct. If you have issues that centre on the things that ground you, such as your home and family, or if you feel uprooted and insecure about your position in the world then you might benefit from working on your root chakra.
Crystals: hematite, bloodstone, carnelian, garnet
Essential oils: cedarwood, patchouli, black pepper, ginger, clove
Location: Just below the naval
The sacral chakra is the centre of our sexuality, pleasure, creativity and abundance. Sexual health issues, fertility issues, lack of confidence and emotional imbalances could all be symptomatic of a blocked sacral chakra. You’ll notice that some of the crystals listed here also work with the root chakra, so carrying them could help with both of the lower chakras. The oils listed are all ones that can lift your mood.
Crystals: carnelian, garnet, red jasper, tangerine quartz
Essential oils: orange, jasmine, grapefruit, bergamot
Solar Plexus Chakra
Location: Solar plexus/upper abdomen
The solar plexus chakra is our power centre. It relates to personal power, will, drive and ego. When it is blocked you may feel that you lack in personal power or, quite the opposite, your ego could go into overdrive as you become power hungry! When the solar plexus energies are in balance you will feel comfortable in your interactions with others and with your influence on the world.
Crystals: Citrine, amber, tiger’s eye, sunstone
Essential Oils: lemon, frankincense, myrrh, fennel
Perhaps an obvious one, the heart chakra is the centre that connects us to the energy of love and compassion. If you feel jealous, lonely or bitter it is time to work on your heart chakra. Similarly if you give love in abundance but find it difficult to accept it in return or to value yourself then your heart energies could be out of balance.
Crystals: rose quartz, malachite, jade, emerald
Essential Oils: jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, pine
Our throat chakra is the seat of our ability to communicate our needs and desires. A lack of confidence when speaking our truth, or a feeling of not being heard could mean a blocked throat chakra. Writer’s block and nervousness of speaking in public are also symptomatic.
Crystals: blue topaz, lapis lazuli, turquoise
Essential oils: eucalyptus, rosemary, lime
Third Eye Chakra
Our intuition, ability to think, dream and make decisions are anchored to our third eye chakra. If you feel unable to plan or think straight your may be blocked in this area. Equally so if you feel moody, prone to daydreaming or unfocused. A blocked third eye chakra can also cause headaches.
Crystals: blue aventurine, amethyst, azurite, lapis lazuli
Essential oils: lavender, rosemary, jasmine, geranium
Location: Crown of the Head
Through our crowns we are connected to our higher consciousness and to the divine. When our crowns are blocked we can feel isolated, disconnected from source and in a state of alienation from the world around us.
Crystals: amethyst, selenite, opal, clear quartz
Essential oils: jasmine, sandalwood, frankincense
Author: Gillian Torres
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gillian Torres is a writer and intuitive, who advocates acts of ‘radical everyday creativity’. She supports people to reconnect with their intuition, unbridle their imagination and liberate themselves creatively. She is also the creator of the Soul Scripting meditative writing process. Find more about Gillian’s work at www.gilliantorres.com.