Chakra is a sanskrit word meaning wheels of light. There are seven main chakras in the body that run along the spine. Each one is associated with different organs of the body and emotions that play an important role in the healing of our mind, body and spirit. When our chakras are blocked, prana – life force energy that makes up the spiral vortex of energy at each chakra – cannot flow. This blockage may lead to physical, emotionally and spiritually illness.
There are many ways to work with our body to balance our chakras. I use essential oils, crystals, food, and yoga to promote chakra balance. In this post, I outline suggestions of oils, crystals, food and yoga poses that can be used in combination to balance each chakra. You can use the recommended essential oil at bedtime by applying it to the soles of your feet, behind your ears or diffusing it in your room. You may also choose to use it during meditation in combination with the recommended crystals. It is not necessary to have all the crystals or even the ones I have suggested. Hold, feel, and connect to your crystals and use the one that calls to you the most during this process.
In my experience with chakra balancing, it is best to refrain from eating overly salty foods, avoid caffeine, refined sugars and processed foods. Avoid meats if possible and eat foods in the color of the chakras you are balancing. This is also a time to be in the presence of nature, whether it is walking barefoot on grass, hugging a tree, gardening, bird watching or enjoying the beauty of a flower.
When our chakras are balanced, we are able to flow with the waves that come our way. Our relationships are stronger, we are healthier, and our light shines brighter inspiring those around us.
Let’s explore simple ways to balance our chakras.
Root Chakra (Base)
The root chakra or muladhara is located at the base of the spine. It is the first of the seven chakras and governs our earth energy by rooting through our feet, legs and spine. This energy center grounds our spiritual energy, rules our survival instincts, mental stability and feelings of security. It is associated with the home, finances, family, and upbringing.
Attributes: Survival Instincts
Organs: Large and small intestine, adrenal glands, prostate gland
Foods: Root vegetables; red colored fruits and vegetables like strawberries, cherries, beets, parsnip and rutabaga
Crystal: Garnet, red jasper, bloodstone
Yoga Pose: Mountain Pose
Essential Oil for Base Chakra
Patchouli is known as the “Oil of Physicality” and works well to balance the root chakra. It is a strong earthy element that assists us in grounding and reconnecting to our bodies. It also connects us to spirit and promotes body contentment. Patchouli assists us in stability, being present, having balance, and a strong sense of confidence. I recommend placing one to two drops on the soles of your feet.
The sacral chakra manifests creativity, self expression, joy, and enthusiasm. It is a center for our emotions, pleasure and desire. The energy from the sacral chakra gives us the power to create our dreams, develop empathy for others, and have passion for what brings us joy and inspiration.
Organs: Reproductive organs, lower abdomen, kidneys, bladder
Foods: Oranges, tangerines, carrots, pumpkin, nuts, papaya, cantaloupe
Crystals: Coral, orange calcite, carnelian
Yoga Pose: Bound angle pose
Essential Oil for Sacral Chakra
Ylang Ylang is a powerful oil for emotional healing. It helps in letting go of pent up emotional trauma, bottled up feelings from romantic relationships, and it nourishes the heart to embrace our inner child which is associated with creativity. This oil promotes joy, playfulness, and sensuality.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is our center for personal power, confidence, and self-esteem. When this center is in excess, we become egotistical and when it is deficient we develop low self esteem. Think of the solar plexus as the fire at the center of our core that empowers us and fuels our strength.
Organs: Liver, spleen, gall bladder, pancreas, stomach
Foods: Bananas, yellow pepper, pears, spicy foods
Crystals: Citrine, amber, golden topaz
Yoga Pose: Bow Pose and boat pose
Essential Oil for Solar Plexus
Ginger is the oil of empowerment making it an excellent oil for the solar plexus — our center for willpower, gut instincts and self-esteem. This oil helps us overcome emotions of powerlessness, victimization and defeat. It promotes feelings of empowerment, purpose, and responsibility.
The heart chakra is the center of LOVE. This is where you share your love for others, and where you offer compassion, forgiveness and peace. From the heart center, you align with your purpose, you share unconditional love, and develop compassion, trust and humanitarian goodwill.
Organs: Circulation system, heart, lungs, thymus
Foods: Green smoothies, spinach, kale, broccoli, asparagus, green apples, kiwi
Crystals: Jade, aventurine, rose quartz
Yoga Pose: Bridge pose, wheel pose, cobra
Essential Oil for Heart Chakra
Geranium essential oil is the oil of choice for the heart chakra. This is the oil of love and trust. It also aids us through emotional issues such as grief, a broken heart, and feelings of abandonment.
When you speak your truth and are authentic with your words, you are connected and aligned with your throat chakra. This is our center for communication. It allows us to communicate with truthfulness, wisdom and integrity. You are also centered in this energy when you are able to form a clear and comfortable line of communication with the divine.
Organs: Thyroid, neck, esophagus, hearing
Foods: Lemons and limes; water, blueberries, red grapes, purple kale
Crystals: Turquoise, aquamarine, blue topaz
Yoga Pose: Fish pose
Essential Oil for Throat Chakra
Lavender oil has many medicinal properties, but when it comes to your throat chakras it assists you in communication. It allows there to be comfort and honesty in the expression of feelings. Use this oil if you are unable to communicate effectively and feel that your communication channels are constricted.
The third eye is the center for all knowing. This is your innate wisdom of consciousness and awareness that you come into the world with. It is also known as your sixth sense and intuition center. When this energy center is balanced, you will be able to develop your extra sensory perception, clairvoyance, and have the ability to manifest that which you desire in life.
Attribute: Inner Knowing “Sixth Sense”
Organs: Endocrine system, eyes, pineal gland, left brain
Foods: Omega 3 fatty acids foods
Crystals: Azurite, moonstone, blue sapphire
Yoga Pose: Lotus pose
Essential Oil for Third Eye
Clary sage is the oil of vision and clarity making it a great fit for the third eye chakra. It dispels illusions and allows you to see the truth. It can also help with changing your perception and promoting clarity in situations of confusion. You can also use it open up your energetic field to creativity and imagination.
The crown chakra is the center of divine connection and spiritual enlightenment. This is where you become fully awakened and see yourself as one with the divine. When you are balanced in this energy center, you are able to fulfill your highest purpose and see things as they really are.
Attribute: Universal Consciousness
Organs: Divine Connection
Foods: Intermittent fasting; blue and purple vegetables and fruits
Crystals: Amethyst, tourmaline
Yoga Pose: Savasana
Essential Oil Crown Chakra
Frankincense oil bridges the physical and the divine. It is known as the oil of truth and when used to balance the crown chakra, it helps promote enlightenment, love and protection. Use during meditation to form a deeper relationship with your universal source.