Continuing our Blog series looking at how pure essential oils can help to balance chakras via massage or diffusion. Click to learn more.
The roots of the chakra system lie in ancient Hindu texts of knowledge. Translated into English, chakra literally means ‘wheel’ or ‘wheel of life’. Some say it is a reflection of the unified consciousness of humanity.
Our chakras consist of seven centres of life force energy, each of which play a part in the health of our mind, body and spirit.
Various methods of meditation and yoga are employed to help people open and balance chakras and it’s here where pure essential oils can be used to assist the practice.
Before you balance any other chakras it’s imperative to ensure that your 1st chakra is fully aligned. Check out my previous blog to learn more about this.
Today we take a look at the 2nd chakra:
The Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana)
Location: Lower abdomen, 2 inches below the naval.
Yoga pose: Child pose or Cobra pose.
The issues affected by our sacral chakra include intimacy, emotions, sexuality, pleasure and creativity. Problems which may occur when this chakra is out of balance include PMS, menstrual problems, prostate problems, lower back pain or lack of sexual desire.
Essential oils which are useful for stimulating this chakra include:
Clary Sage – one of the most helpful essential oils for treating menstrual issues, including pain, missed periods and premenstrual tension. Clary Sage is thought to act as an all-round support for the female reproductive system.
Women may find it particularly useful it to help energy flow smoothly throughout the monthly cycle.
Ylang Ylang – as an essential oil it’s one of the most renowned aphrodisiacs. Ylang Ylang is a feel good oil which can help bring about feelings of emotional joy and happiness.
A valuable oil to help overcome a lack of sexual desire due to its ability to release tension and calm the mind and body.
Tangerine – The bright orange fruit is not only valuable in its food form for stimulating the sacral chakra. Tangerine in its essential oil form is valued for its ability to relieve stress and tension, balance emotions and promote feelings of joy.
This can be especially useful if you are suffering from premenstrual stress. It is useful for treating fluid retention (the sacral chakra’s governing element is water so it’s vital to keep this in balance to maintain optimum health).
To use essential oils to stimulate the sacral chakra you can dilute them in a carrier oil (maximum 3% blend – 3 drops of essential oil per every 5mls of carrier oil) and apply to the sacral point (Lower abdomen, 2 inches below the naval) via massage.
Alternatively they can be diffused. Remember, less is more! So just add a few drops of each oil you’d like to use up to a suggested maximum of 8-10. You may like to try the following balancing and uplifting blend:
3 drops Tangerine, 2 drops Clary Sage & 1 drop of Jasmin.
There’ll be another blog for you tomorrow as we continue our journey through the 7 chakras.
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