Chakra meditation can help balance out the subtle energies of the body. When meditating it helps to visualise the chakras as spinning balls of coloured light but if you really want to delve into each chakra’s energy, try working with essential oils.
Light a scented candle, add a few droplets of your chosen scent to a tissue or add to a carrier oil and massage into your pulse points.
As you visualise the chakra you wish to work with allow the scent to envelop you. You can also visualise the scent as the colour of the chakra you’re working with.
Essential oils for the root chakra
Known as Muladhara in Sanskrit, the root chakra is deep red in colour and located at the base of the spine. Root chakra energy is associated with stability, security and the feeling of safety and grounding as it provides a link between the physical world and our energy system.
Vetiver – From the same family as lemongrass and citronella, vetiver has a slightly more earthy, woody scent like uncut grass. Meditating with vetiver essential oil not only grounds and relaxes but can help with feelings of loneliness. It has a naturally sedative effect and is often used to calm an overactive root chakra, for example, if you’re feeling sluggish.
Other oils for the root chakra: frankincense, clove, rosemary, cypress, patchouli
Essential oils for the sacral chakra
The sacral chakra is associated with the emotional body, sensuality, and creativity. It teaches us about control issues, finding balance and is known to be the energy centre for pleasure and enjoyment.
Bergamot is an uplifting and sweet citrus scent which may be more familiar as the unique scent of Earl Grey tea. It has antidepressant effects with the complex task of being both lively and relaxing. Bergamot encourages you to follow your bliss and work through blocks that might be holding you back from your own creativity.
Other oils for the sacral chakra – myrrh, sandalwood, cardamon
Essential oils for the solar plexus chakra
The third chakra is the solar plexus chakra. Associated with self-esteem, energy, confidence and willpower, working with this chakra can help you radiate your power in the world and encourages self-discipline and the ability to achieve.
Juniper – This is the berry that gives gin its distinctive flavour. It has a warm, woody, earthy scent that is also crisp and fresh. Juniper is often linked to the solar plexus chakra for its ability to clear blockages and improve digestion and is said to have an emotional effect of increasing willpower (probably not said by the person who drunk gin).
Other oils for the solar plexus chakra – cedar, lemon, ginger
Essential oils for the heart chakra
The fourth chakra is located in the centre of the chest at the heart centre. A blocked heart chakra can be associated with anger, jealousy, and fear. Working with this energy centre can help you feel love, compassion and encourage emotional connection.
Rose – Rose is said to have the highest spiritual frequency of all essential oils and has been connected to matters of the heart forever. Rose essential oil opens the heart chakra by evoking feelings of trust and desire. It’s soft, floral and loving scent can help you release old wounds and awaken new desires.
Other oils for the heart chakra – ylang ylang, jasmine, tarragon
Essential oils for the throat chakra
The throat chakra is the first of the three higher, more spiritual chakras and acts as a gateway between the spiritual and physical aspects of our being. It is associated with truth, authenticity, listening and manifestation.
Eucalyptus – This essential oil works with the throat chakra by encouraging honesty. If you need help breaking through blockages or a fear of speaking your truth – or if you’re finding it hard to deal with the untruths of others, then eucalyptus essential oil can help. It also has added benefits of being both stimulating and cleansing.
Other essential oils for the throat chakra – peppermint, spearmint, camphor
Essential oils for the third eye chakra
The sixth chakra is the third eye chakra known as Ajna which means “command”. This chakra is often described as the ‘mother’ of all the chakras and located in the forehead above the meeting point between the eyebrows. Its colour is purple and its element Light. While all the other chakras provide different experiences, the third eye chakra is the one supervising them all and so often described as the “seat of the soul”. It is the chakra of perception and discrimination.
Clary Sage – Not to be confused with white sage burned to smudge a space of negative energy (try one of our smudging kits in the Ivory Gloss online shop), clary sage essential oil has an earthy, herbaceous and slightly fruity aroma that is uplifting and has been described as slightly intoxicating which is why it’s used to enhance dreams, visions or simply for extra contemplation during meditation. It can also be used for creative work.
Other oils for the third eye chakra – lemongrass, violet, bay laurel
Essential oils for the crown chakra
The seventh chakra is the crown chakra believed to be the gateway to the energy of the universe. Meditating with this chakra helps you connect with your divine self, bringing deeper knowledge, understanding and a sense of spiritual awe.
Try this Ivory Gloss Crown Chakra meditation box with lavender essential oil candle and Evolve Beauty hair elixir to work with this chakra.
Lavender – Lavender is unique in the way it draws energy up to the crown of the head as well as deeply relaxing you which makes it both spiritually uplifting and soothing. It also has a way of calming your nerves with its slight sedative effect, allowing you to relax enough to connect with spirit.
Other oils for the crown chakra – Rosewood, frankincense, myrtle, palo santo