Heard of chakras but never quite understood them? Our 7 part guide aims to give you an introduction to this ancient practice and looks at how essential oils might be useful in helping to balance the chakras. Part 6 looks at the Third Eye chakra. Click to discover 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.
The Third Eye (Ajna) Chakra
Location: Middle of the forehead just above the eyebrows.
Yoga Pose: Downward facing dog, shoulder stand, child’s pose.
The third eye chakra is connected to the eyes, brain, sensory and nervous system. This chakra is linked in with our reasoning and realisations. It governs the reasoning of our mind and helps us do the things we do, it’s linked in with our awareness and openness to learning new things from others.
Those with a well-balanced third eye chakra tend to be open, intuitive and able to develop their imagination in order to achieve big goals. A well balanced third eye chakra can help you to think more clearly and develop a deeper spiritual awareness.
When the third eye chakra is off balance, we can become rigid in our beliefs and less likely to be open to new ideas and knowledge. This can restrict us in life, leading us to become fearful of the new and unknown and struggle to seek reason in their lives. Physical symptoms which can arise from an imbalanced third eye chakra include problems with the eyes such as eye infections, conjunctivitis, difficulties with hearing, eye sight and potentially headaches and migraines.
Essential oils useful for balancing the sixth chakra include those which are often used during meditation practices and religious rituals including oils such as Frankincense, Neroli, Sandalwood, Lavender and Rose.
Other oils are valuable in treating some of the physical symptoms associated with an imbalanced third eye chakra. These include Tea tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Grapefruit which are effective in relieving us from various symptoms such as headaches and migraines.
Sandalwood Australian – Promotes deep relaxation, acts as a natural anti-depressant and can be used to calm the mind and encourage a state which encourages a greater sense of awareness.
Sandalwood has long been used in religious rituals, particularly those of Buddhist and Hindu cultures. It has a long history of spiritual significance and considered by many as a sacred oil and is used all over the world during meditation practices.
Frankincense – A wonderful oil to use for meditation due to its ability to soothe tension and calm the mind. This can help release fears and anxieties, slow down the breathing and help you to achieve an advanced meditative state.
This can be incredibly valuable for balancing the third eye chakra through helping us to overcome fears and open the mind. This can then help us see our inner visions and intuitions.
Lavender – unsurprisingly due to its versatile nature, Lavender is useful in various ways for balancing all seven chakras. In terms of the sixth chakra, Lavender can be used for treating the physical symptoms such as headaches, migraines, whilst also helping to calm the mind. This can be particularly valuable for those whose third eye chakra is off balance and who suffer from anxiety, inability to make decisions and psychological stress.
You can dilute these oils and apply directly to the chakra point to feel the benefits. Dilute to 3% - 3 drops of essential oil for every 5mls of carrier oil.
Or you can place the oils on a burner or vaporiser. Here's a lovely blend you may like to diffuse to help sharpen the senses and bring the third eye into balance:
3 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Grapefruit, 1 drops of Lavender.
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