How to use essential oils to help balance your chakras

Each of the seven chakras relates to an energy centre within your body ranging from the top of the head to the bottom of the spine and they impact both emotional and physical health. In the ever increasingly fast-paced, competitive and stressful world that we live in today, it is easy for chakras to become blocked and for the energy flow to become disturbed.   A blocked chakra can negatively impact your physical health and emotional well being, so identifying blockages with your chakras and fixing this can help in every aspect of your life, from taking on new challenges to handling relationships and preventing illnesses. In order to thrive both physically and emotionally, all chakras have to be open and aligned. If just one chakra is closed or out of alignment, this can create negativity and you will struggle to achieve desired outcomes in life.

Here we provide a quick guide to balancing each of the chakras for a happier and healthier life:

Crown (Sahasrara)

Element: Thought

Colour - Violet

This chakra is associated with clarity and wisdom, and a healthy crown chakra will provide you with spiritual oneness, wisdom and perfect clarity of thought. It is the highest chakra, sitting at the top of your head and can impact feelings of self worth, peacefulness and excitement levels. Signs of a blocked crown chakra can include:

  • Lack of motivation to achieve set goals
  • Feelings of depression
  • Isolation
  • Loneliness
  • Spiritually disconnected

Physical symptoms of a blocked chakra can manifest themselves in various ways including headaches, insomnia, neurological disorders and depression.

By setting yourself a simple meditation exercise each day, you can unblock your crown chakra and repair your mental wellbeing. To prepare yourself for this, you will need:

Crystal: Selenite (for motivation), clear quartz (for spiritual attunement) or amethyst (for clarity of mind)

Essential Oil: Frankincense -  this essential oil is connected to to the crown chakra as it is spiritually charged and offers mental peace and clarity

Get into a comfortable position for a 5-10 minute meditation, hold your chosen crystal in one hand and ensure the scent of the essential oil is in the air - this could be through the use of a diffuser or oil burner. Breathe slowly, inhaling through your mouth and exhaling through your nose and imagine a lotus flower at the top of your head with the petals uncurling to release the most brilliant and dazzling violet light. Picture the light getting brighter and warming the top of the head, allow yourself to feel the warmth spreading down through your body.

Repeat the following affirmations:

  • “I am constantly connected to my highest self.”
  • “I am on this earth to make a difference.”
  • “I am attuned to the divine energy of the universe.”
  • “I know my own spiritual truth and I live in accordance with it.”
  • “I am open to divine guidance.”
  • “I see the beauty in the world and I embrace it.”
  • “I emit light that attracts others who will bring love into my life.”
  • “I am love, I am light, and I am joy.”
  • “I am at one with the world around me.”
  • “I am confident, happy and sure of my worth.”

Other oils that can be used for the crown chakra: Rosewood, Jasmine, Rose, Neroli

Carry your stones with you throughout the day and drop some essential oil on a handkerchief that you can keep with you to help stay focused on the clearing your crown chakra and retain clarity of mind even in stressful situations.

The same steps can be followed for each of the remaining chakras, using the appropriate stones, oils and affirmations:

Third Eye (Ajna)

Element: Extra sensory perception

Colour: Indigo

Crystal: Amethyst, Purple Fluorite, Black Obsidian

Essential Oil: Lavender oil - calming (calms the active mind), helps to relieve headaches (which can happen when third eye is blocked)

Other Oils: Rosemary, Juniper, Lemon, Pine, Helichrysum, Thyme, Clary Sage

The third eye chakra is associated with spiritual alignment and can affect our dreams, values, thoughts, and higher levels of consciousness and enlightenment. The third eye chakra sits where the name suggests, in between your eyes. A blocked third eye chakra can impact your ability to trust your gut instincts and intuitions. Signs of a blocked Ajna can include mental and physical symptoms including:

  • Insomnia
  • Clumsiness
  • Inability to learn new things
  • Headaches
  • Emotional instability
  • Sinus pain
  • Back or leg pain

Unblocking your third eye chakra will help regain a better sense of personal wellbeing, and gain back trust in your intuition. The best way to clear a third eye chakra is with bright sunlight so get outside if you can to perform your meditation.

Meditation techniques should centre around focusing on a purple ball of energy in the centre of your brow where the third eye is located. Visualise the purple ball getting bigger and warmer and purging your body of negative energy as it does so. Imagine yourself receiving the energy from the purple ball and allow yourself to imagine it flowing throughout your whole body.

Repeat the following affirmations:

  • “I follow the lead of my inner teacher.”
  • “I know how to make the right decisions, and I do so with ease.”
  • “I hear my intuitions and I know they will lead me to my purpose.”
  • “I am on my true path.”
  • “I live every day in accordance with my life’s purpose.”
  • “I trust the guidance that my third eye gives me.”
  • “I have unlimited possibilities available to me.”
  • “I am an intuitive person, and I know what is right for me.”
  • “It is safe and good to follow the guidance of my third eye.”
  • “My third eye is open and ready to see my purpose.”

Throat Chakra (Vishudha)

Element: Ether

Colour: Blue

Crystals: Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Aquamarine

Essential Oil: Eucalyptus - clears throat, helps with cough,clears airways to allow for self-expression

Other Oils: Blue Chamomile, Myrrh, Cypress, Basil, Hyssop, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood

The throat chakra is associated with the centre of self-expression and communication since the throat and mouth are used to communicate with others and express oneself. Sometimes feelings of guilt can block the throat chakra as can holding on to ugly thoughts or emotions. It’s important to work through the negativity held within to allow yourself to get beyond these feelings and reach a more positive state by speaking truth. The throat chakra is also associated with the etheric body and connects you to your spirit.

Symptoms of a blocked throat chakra can include:

  • Uncharacteristic levels of introversion
  • Insecurity
  • Timidity
  • Shyness when speaking with others
  • Fear of public speaking

Sometimes the energy flow reaches a bottle neck around the throat area and this can cause the throat chakra to become blocked. If you can’t quite realise your dreams or full potential, it may be because of this.

Symptoms of an overactive throat chakra can include:

  • Verbal aggression
  • Gossiping
  • Unable to keep secrets

Unblock your throat chakra to boost confidence, release creativity, unlock your purpose in life and project your ideas into reality.

Restoring balance in the throat chakra can include releasing negative emotions through talking them through, having a good cry, practicing mindful speech and meditation. Carry the colour blue with you on a daily basis (which stimulates the fifth chakra) to maintain focus and use eucalyptus oil to help clear the throat.

When meditating, prepare your space by sitting comfortably in a quiet room and burn some eucalyptus oil which helps to clear the airways, and surround yourself with blue colours. Breathe deeply, in through the mouth and out through the nose and feel yourself relaxing from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. Visualise a blue ball spinning over your throat and picture the ball glowing brighter and bigger while allowing yourself to feel the throat relaxing open (this is where the eucalyptus oil will help!). Finally, allow the energy to flow through your body and when you are ready, open your eyes.

Affirmations to use during meditation:

  • “I can vocalize my emotions, no matter what they are.”
  • “My voice is important in this world.”
  • “I honor my true voice, and I let it speak.”
  • “I am an empathetic listener and a clear communicator.”
  • “When I speak, my contributions are honest but balanced.”
  • “I can find the right words in all situations.”
  • “Others hear my voice.”
  • “I speak my true thoughts with ease.”
  • “Let go of doubt about the word I ‘should’ have said.”
  • “I am always understood by others.”

Heart (Anahata) Chakra

Element: Air

Colour: Green

Crystals: Rose Quartz, Jade, Green Calcite, Green Tourmaline

Essential oil: Rose (is related to the heart) for romance and love

Can alleviate depression & insomnia

Other oils: Geranium, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Mandarin, Jasmine, Lavender

The heart chakra is located in the chest area - in the middle of the body and is the central chakra, balancing the lower three chakras (matter), with the upper three chakras (spirit). The heart chakra is related to love and compassion and the ancient Sanskrit word “anahata” implies that unlimited love and compassion holds true underneath experiences of personal heartache - a balanced heart chakra will allow you to tap into that at all times, even in moments of anger. Physical symptoms of a blocked heart chakra can manifest themselves in the lungs, ribs and heart.

Symptoms of a blocked heart chakra can include:

  • Shyness
  • Loneliness
  • Avoiding social interactions
  • Lack of empathy
  • Feelings of isolation

Symptoms of an overactive heart chakra can include:

  • Co-dependence
  • Unhealthy need of acceptance from others
  • Being overly demanding of others
  • Jealousy
  • Judgement of others
  • Self pity
  • Putting others needs before your own

Unblock your heart chakra to relieve emotional stress and tension and overcome feelings of being drained and negative thinking patterns, and allow yourself to reconnect with others on an emotionally open and compassionate level. A balanced heart chakra is also about self-love and will help you identify toxic relationships and claim back control of your personal and emotional boundaries.

To unblock your heart chakra, carry stones or wear jewellery connected to the heart chakra, and use rose essential oil to help generate feelings of love and compassion, and alleviate feelings of depression.

In meditation, you should find a comfortable and quiet area where you will not be disturbed and prepare your area with rose infused air - this could be through the use of a diffuser or oil burner. Use breathing techniques to help relax, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. Visualise a green ball of energy around the base of your spine and imagine it moving upwards throughout the body, growing bigger and brighter and solidifying as it does so. When the green energy reaches the heart, visualise it getting bigger and brighter still. Thoughts should focus on feelings of love for the self and others.

Daily affirmations to use to unblock the heart chakra include:

  • I am loved and have boundless love for others
  • I love myself fully and completely
  • I am open to receiving boundless amounts of love each day
  • I forgive others
  • I forgive myself
  • Giving love to others brings me great joy
  • I allow myself to receive love from others
  • I give love freely to others
  • I enter and maintain supportive relationships

Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

Element: Fire

Colour: Yellow

Crystals: Malachite, Calcite, Citrine, yellow Topaz, golden tiger eye, amber

Essential oils: Orange, grapefruit, lemon

Other oils: Juniper, Cedarwood, Black Pepper, Hyssop, Marjoram, Cardamom,  Vetiver, peppermint, cinnamon

The solar plexus chakra is the third chakra and is related to self-esteem, self-worth and confidence and is connected to our sense of self.  The solar plexus chakra is located in the upper abdomen. A balanced solar plexus chakra allows us to be self-assured and set healthy boundaries for ourselves when dealing with the demands of others; being assertive, but not aggressive. Physical symptoms of a blocked solar plexus chakra can include respiratory problems, mouth ulcers, issues with digestion, nausea, liver and kidney problems, neuralgia and issues with weight loss or weight gain.

Symptoms of a blocked solar plexus chakra can include:

  • Low self-esteem - feelings of not being good enough
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction to substances or alcohol
  • Being co-dependent
  • Having no self-control
  • Insecurity and fear
  • Lack of confidence
  • Controlling behaviour

Unblocking the solar plexus chakra will help you to restore levels of confidence and self-esteem and allow you to respond better to criticism. It will help you to regain your own sense of identity and better define your life’s purpose and set you on the right path, helping you plan better and gain direction.

The Manipura chakra is aligned with sun and fire so get outside on a nice day and soak up the sunshine. Meditation can also help, and doing it outdoors on a bright day will supercharge your practice. Citrusy essential oils can help to balance the solar plexus chakra, as can peppermint, if you have an overactive solar plexus chakra, or cinnamon if you have an underactive one.

Meditation techniques include using your chakra unblocking tool kit: yellow colours, chakra stones, essential oil and quiet, relaxing environment. Use breathing techniques to help relax (in through the nose, out through the mouth) and visualise a glowing orb of yellow light hovering around the upper abdomen. Imagine the orb getting bigger and brighter and feel the area getting warmer as it does so. After 5 minutes allow the orb to spread across the whole body, sending warmth throughout the body as it does so.

Daily affirmations for the solar plexus chakra include:

  • I am worthy of good things and relationships in life
  • I know my purpose
  • I have high esteem and I love myself
  • I am not perfect and I love my flaws
  • I am motivated to achieve what I desire
  • I am capable
  • I am ambitious
  • I release myself from negative experiences that have happened in my past
  • I am ready to fulfill my purpose
  • I forgive myself for mistakes made in the past

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)

Element: Water

Colour: Orange

Crystals: Citrine, Carnelian, Moonstone, Coral

Essential oils: Ylang Ylang & Sandalwood are aphrodisiacs and create sexual and reproductive energies

Other oils: Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Ginger, Clary Sage, Fennel, Cardamom

What is the sacral chakra?

The sacral chakra is the second chakra and is also known as the Svadhishthana and is related to anything to do with reproduction and creativity. This includes sex drive, artistry, imagination and potential for personal growth, and is also associated with intuition, emotional responses and regulation. It is located in the lower abdomen just below the coccyx, near the reproductive organs. An open and balanced sacral chakra will provide a strong libido and increased satisfaction romantically, allow you to love freely, be your most authentic self, and be honest about your desires. You will also emanate warmth, be passionate, and have an ability to be open about your emotions and live a more fruitful, colourful ,life!

Symptoms of a blocked sacral chakra include:

  • Lack of spontaneity
  • Low sex drive
  • Lack of passion
  • Emotional instability
  • Fear of change
  • Lack of creativity
  • Can be overwhelmed by emotions
  • Boredom
  • Listlessness

Physical symptoms of a blocked sacral chakra can include urinary discomfort and an increase in allergic reactions.

How to open and unblock the sacral chakra:

Use essential oils around the home in a diffuser or oil burner and carry your chakra stones with you in a pocket or wear in jewellery and try get outside in the moonlight. Meditation techniques for unblocking the sacral chakra include preparing your meditation station with your stones and essential oils burning or diffusing. Sit in a comfortable position and breathe rhythmically to help relax - in through the nose and out through the mouth. Visualise a spinning orange orb hovering over your sacral chakra and imagine the light from the orb spreading out across the body, rippling like waves and feel the warmth from the waves running through your whole body. Perform the meditation for around 5 minutes and open your eyes when you are ready.

Daily affirmations to open and unblock the sacral chakra include:

  • I allow pleasure into my life
  • I allow myself to enjoy sexual pleasures
  • Being creative brings me joy and feeds my spirit
  • My life is pleasurable
  • I am a sexual being and I enjoy passion

Root (Muladhara) Chakra

Element: Earth

Colour: Red

Crystals: Bloodstone, Tiger’s Eye, Hematite, Fire Agate, Black Tourmaline

Essential oil: Patchouli oil - for grounding and stability

Other oils: Myrrh, Patchouli,Vetiver, Rosewood, Thyme,  Frankincense, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang

What is the root chakra?

Think primal energy and basic survival needs and you get an idea about what the root chakra is all about. The root chakra lies the foundations for feelings of security and calmness and anchors you to reality. The root chakra is located at the bottom of your spine and a properly aligned root chakra is imperative when taking on a new challenge or chasing after a big life goal.

Symptoms of a blocked root chakra can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Feeling threatened
  • Constant worrying
  • Hypochondria
  • Paranoia
  • Short-temper
  • Aggression
  • Poor decision making
  • Detachment

Physical symptoms of a blocked root chakra can include constipation, fatigue, back pain and issues with weight.

How to balance and unblock the root chakra:

Carry your chakra stones around with you or wear them in jewellery, like a necklace or bracelet and use patchouli essential oil to either dab on skin or handkerchief to help maintain focus on chakra balancing throughout the day. Meditation techniques for unblocking the root chakra include: ground yourself and feel connected the the earth by standing with your feet shoulder width apart and allow your arms to hang gently at your sides while relaxing the upper body with hips bent slightly forward. Breathe deeply and with each out breath visualise becoming more and more connected to the earth. Imagine a bright red orb hovering over your tailbone and visualise this growing and expanding and spreading warmth throughout your body. Maintain this for 5 minutes and open eyes when ready.

Daily affirmations for healing the root chakra include:

  • I live an abundant life
  • My safety needs will always be met
  • I have a healthy body and a healthy mind
  • I feel secure and happy
  • The universe provides for me
  • I feel connected with nature and the world around me
  • The universe loves me
  • I feel stable
  • The universe provides support for me whenever I need it

It is recommended to meditate regularly in order to maintain unblocked chakras and a good energy flow throughout the body and through all of the chakras. You can also help to maintain unblocked chakras by carrying around chakra stones and using essential oils daily and using daily positive affirmations.