Continuing our 7 part 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 are thought to 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 their 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 look at the 4th Chakra:
The Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Location: Just above the heart in the centre of the chest.
Yoga Pose: Camel pose, Cobra pose
The heart chakra governs our ability to love and care for others (and yourself). It is affiliated with compassion, kindness, giving and receiving. When our heart chakra is off balance it can cause feelings of emotional trauma, bouts of depression and feelings of fear and rejection.
Various oils which help to lift the spirits, balance the emotions and soothe can be used to help balance the heart chakra.
Rose Otto – Rose is a wonderful oil to use during times when we may be suffering from emotional stress and grieving. Rose Otto can offer incredible nourishment to the heart chakra through helping clear negative energy and promote positive thoughts, love and compassion.
Chamomile Roman – The calming properties of chamomile help promote feelings of inner peace. The soothing qualities help us to feel at ease with our emotions. It can help bring about acceptance of the self, enabling you to let go of negative perceptions and helping you to deal with emotional grief.
Bergamot – one of the most commonly used oils by Aromatherapists to treat those suffering from depression and anxiety. Bergamot oil can help to open the heart chakra through releasing stress and enables us to let go and release feelings of needing to be in control.
To use simply dilute one of the above (or a combination) in a carrier oil and apply to the heart chakra point. Aim for a 2-3% dilution - 2/3 drops of essential oil to every 5ml of carrier oil. Alternatively you may like to try diffusing the following blend:
3 drops of Rose Otto, 2 drops Bergamot and 1 drop of Palmarosa.
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