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Aromatherapy and the Chakras, part 2

In our last blog we talked about the effects of essential oils, in the aromatherapy setting, when used to heal the subtle energies of the body. In this blog we’ll discuss the basics of using some readily accessible essential oils to stimulate and tonify the chakras.

Good physical health and your ability to heal is enhanced by your mental and emotional state. One ancient way of doing this is by strengthening the chakras. These spinning wheels, representing our life cycles and offering an opportunity to affect all levels of health as the wheel spins.

The first, or root, chakra is located at the base of the spine in the tailbone area. This is where our sense of security lies, and this chakra is thought to be connected to the adrenal glands. It processes energy that helps your body on the physical plane.

Patchouli oil enhances your sense of grounding and stability, relieving you of certain anxieties and apprehensions. The sweet and musky scent of Patchouli oil is often used in perfumes and colognes and can emit a natural musk when applied to the skin. Also great in diffusers!

The second, or sacral, chakra is in the lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel. This wheel carries energy related to sexuality and sensuality through the different levels. When this chakra is blocked we may experience depression or a separation of our mental state from our sensual/sexual state!

Ylang ylang and sandalwood both act as tonifiers for this chakra and help relieve blocks, freeing energy to heal and balance your emotional and sexual life. Ylang ylang (literally, flower of flowers) has a sweet, floral scent, and in Bali the flowers are used to decorate the newlyweds’ wedding bed! Sandalwood, with its rich, woody aroma, helps ground your emotions and keep you from being overwhelmed by them.

The third, or solar plexus chakra is located above the belly button. This wheel carries energy and information about who we are as empowered beings and also how energy (both physical and subtle) moves through our system. If your self-esteem and self-confidence are low, you may have blockages in this chakra.

Cinnamon oil can help warm this power center. If you lack a sense of yourself as empowered, try this oil to awaken this chakra. Or, if you tend to be aggressive, pushy, or you overwhelm others, try peppermint oil to cool the excess fire in this chakra.

In the next blog, we’ll discuss the remaining chakras, their meanings, and what oils support healing in those areas.

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