CHAKRAS + ESSENTIAL OILS

Oils and Energy Alchemy

Using doTERRA essential oils to support our subtle energy body is one of my favorite ways to use these amazing gems. I will give a brief overview of each chakra, tips on how to use oils to support each chakra, and my favorite doTERRA oils for each. Because essential oils contain so many incredible constituents, most, if not all, can be used for multiple applications. 

Please do not feel limited with what I share. I am writing as it relates to my personal and professional experience with clients. Most importantly, listen to the wisdom within your own body ~ use oils you feel called to use with any chakra, and trust your inner guidance. 

Overview

The human energy system has 7 main chakras or energy centers, running along the spinal column, beginning at the base of the spine and weaving upwards to the crown of the head. These energy centers correlate to physical and subtle energetic aspects of the human, governing physical and subtle energy in particular areas of the body. For more in depth information on this subject, I suggest The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy by Cyndi Dale.

Cyndi Dale writes this about the chakra system:

“There are many definitions of chakra, but they all evolve from the Sanskrit meaning of the word: “wheel of light.” Most authorities agree that chakras are subtle energy centers that are located at the main branchings of the nervous system. They serve as collection and transmission centers for both subtle, or metaphysical, energy and concrete, or biophysical, energy.” 

Simply defined: “A chakra is a circular-shaped energy body that directs life energy for physical and spiritual well-being.”

We can use essential oils with the intention of healing, and apply that intention to any area of our body. The actual oils themselves hold powerful chemical constituents that affect the physical and energetic systems of our bodies. Coupled with the power of our intention for healing, release, acceptance, peace, joy, etc. the oils support us on both the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes of existence.

General Usage Suggestions

  • Inhale directly from bottle (aromatic)
  • Apply to palms and inhale (aromatic)
  • Diffuse in bedroom, office, bathroom or treatment room (aromatic)
  • Apply to pulse points ~ wrists, inside of elbows, behind ears, etc. (topical)
  • Apply on body at location of chakra (with the exception of root chakra) - dilute in a base of fractionated coconut oil if you have very sensitive skin. (topical)
  • Apply to soles of feet (topical)

Additional specific suggestions noted with each chakra.

First :: Root Chakra

Main Aspect: Security, Earthly Connection

Location: Base of the spine, between anus and genitals

Related Endocrine Gland: Glandular system

Related Organs: Bones, skeletal structure, coccygeal nerve plexus, adrenal glands

Element: Earth

Color associated: Deep Red

Suggested oils/uses: 

  • doTERRA Balance - excellent on bottoms of feet or back of neck for grounding
  • Any tree oil/resin (White Fir, Arborvitae, Cedarwood, Cypress, Myrrh, etc.) - all are grounding and wonderful diffused or inhaled directly from the bottle, or applied to bottoms of feet
  • Vetiver on palms/wrists and inhale, applied to bottoms of feet for immediate grounding
  • Frankincense on bottoms of feet, or one drop ingested (in water or under tongue) for immediate grounding/centering, calming of nervous system

Second :: Sacral Chakra

Main Aspects: Emotions, Creativity, Sexuality

Location: Lower abdomen between navel and genitals

Related Endocrine Gland: Ovaries/testes

Related Organs: Sexual organs, bladder, prostate, womb, sacral nerve plexus, kidneys

Element: Water

Color associated: Orange

Suggested oils/uses:

  • Wild orange is uplifting and sparks creativity and feelings of joy ~ diffuse, apply to palms and inhale, or apply over the abdomen (only when not exposed to sun, as this oil is photosensitive)
  • Sandalwood ~ one of my favorite oils for the 2nd chakra, apply 2-3 drops directly onto skin
  • Jasmine ~ a sensual, sacred blend to boost libido or enhance sexual energy; apply on abdomen or low back, or apply to wrists and pulse points (inside of elbows, behind ears, behind knees)
  • Ylang Ylang ~ this sweet flower is sensual and an aphrodisiac
  • Ginger ~ is spicy! please use a carrier oil when applying topically. Excellent in warm water with honey and lemon
  • Clary Sage ~ excellent oil for women’s sexual health, apply to abdomen
  • doTERRA Elevation ~ the joyful blend is uplifting and cheerful (oil is photosensitive, please use caution with sun exposure)
  • doTERRA Citrus Bliss ~ an invigorating blend to enhance creativity; apply, inhale or diffuse during creative endeavors (oil is photosensitive, please use caution with sun exposure)
  • doTERRA Passion ~ oil blend to inspire passion for life

Third :: Solar Plexus Chakra

Main Aspects: Self-confidence, Courage, Lustrous gem

Location: Between navel and the base of the sternum

Related Endocrine Gland: Adrenals/pancreas

Related Organs: Solar plexus-based nerve plexus, digestive organs and system, immune system, liver, pancreas, diaphragm

Element: Fire

Color associated: Yellow

Suggested oils/uses: apply these oils on the solar plexus

  • Vetiver ~ great for centering into your true self
  • Ylang Ylang ~ uplifting and inspiring
  • Bergamot ~ cheerful, citrus notes (oil is photosensitive, please use caution with sun exposure)
  • Roman Chamomile ~ calms feelings that defeat the sense of self: such as self-loathing, self-sabotage, self-judgment, etc.
  • Lemon ~ chosen because of its radiant color and fresh feeling, it is literally and energetically  luminous (oil is photosensitive, please use caution with sun exposure)
  • Grapefruit ~ supports body-acceptance (oil is photosensitive, please use caution with sun exposure)
  • Melaleuca ~ excellent for energetic boundaries, apply to 3rd chakra
  • doTERRA Citrus Bliss ~ a sunny blend to support and inspire your best self coming forth
  • Ginger ~ a warming oil that is great for igniting digestive fire, apply topically (with dilution) on stomach/digestive system; nice in warm water with honey and lemon

Fourth :: Heart Chakra

Main Aspects: Love and Relationships

Location: Center of the chest, heart

Related Endocrine Gland: Thymus

Related Organs: Cardiac nerve plexus, respiratory and cardiac systems, thymus gland

Element: Air

Color associated: Green

Suggested oils/uses:

  • Rose, rose and more rose ~ apply on the heart chakra (middle of sternum), for heart-opening or softening, self-acceptance, compassion and unconditional love
  • Frankincense ~ I love to put Frankincense on my heart chakra also, it is a spiritual oil that is both grounding and expansive
  • Bergamot ~ for self-acceptance
  • Jasmine ~ to encourage intimate trust
  • Geranium ~ apply over the heart, on pulse points and behind the ears; encourages open trust and gentle acceptance of what is
  • Patchouli ~ doTERRA Console is an excellent blend for grieving, contains Patchouli
  • Melissa ~ stimulates the opening of the heart chakra
  • Forgive ~ mainly a blend of tree oils, but as the name suggests is excellent for processing forgiveness; in a recent study, this oil showed the greatest effect on balancing mood. One of my favorites to diffuse!

Fifth :: Throat Chakra

Main Aspects: Communication and Self-Expression

Location: Throat

Related Endocrine Gland: Thyroid

Related Organs: Laryngeal nerve plexus, vocal cords, mouth, throat, ears, thyroid and parathyroid glands

Element: Ether

Color associated: Blue

Suggested oils/uses:

  • doTERRA Peace ~ apply oil at base of neck, between collar bones
  • doTERRA Passion ~ the Inspiring blend to inspire creativity
  • Basil ~ to communicate with a strong sense of self
  • Doug Fir ~ for conveying wisdom 
  • Rosemary ~ for expressing knowledge clearly
  • Spearmint ~ for clear communication and confident speech
  • Bergamot ~ for empowerment to express your highest creativity 
  • doTERRA Citrus Bliss ~ to enhance creative expression

Sixth :: Third Eye Chakra

Main Aspects: Perception and Self-Realization

Location: Above and between the eyebrows

Related Endocrine Gland: Pituitary

Related Organs: Medulla plexus, pituitary gland, eyes

Element: Light

Color associated: Purple/Indigo

Suggested oils/uses: apply to the third eye, layer Frankincense over for enhanced effect

  • Lavender ~ aids calmness and peace during meditation, allowing one to connect with divine Spirit
  • Geranium ~ stimulates circulation in the brain, pineal and pituitary glands; bridges the right and left brain hemispheres to bring a more balanced perspective and clear seeing
  • Rose ~ stimulates and elevates the mind, while creating a sense of well-being; high vibration aids in aligning the subtle and physical bodies, creating balanced harmony
  • Clary Sage ~ useful for calming and balancing brain activity; effective for headaches 
  • Sandalwood ~ like Frankincense, sandalwood is an ideal aid to meditation, spiritual contemplation, and prayer; aids in quieting the mental chatter of the mind, allowing the ego/identity/person to remain in the background and spaciousness arise in the foreground
  • Jasmine ~ enhances intuitive capabilities and our connection to the Universe; uplifting
  • Melissa ~ stimulates the pineal gland
  • Neroli ~ calming to the nervous system, has a harmonizing effect on both the mind and heart, bringing more equilibrium to both energy centers

Seventh :: Crown Chakra

Main Aspects: Spirituality

Location: Top of or just atop the head

Related Endocrine Gland: Pineal

Related Organs: Upper skull, cerebral cortex, pineal gland

Element: None associated

Color associated: White, also seen as violet or gold

Suggested oils/uses: 

  • doTERRA Immortelle ~ rub a bit on fingertips and apply directly to the top of the head. This blend is chosen for the synergistic blend of high vibration oils 
  • Lavender ~ apply to temples, or diffuse; aids calmness and peace during meditation, allowing one to connect with divine Spirit
  • Frankincense ~ as the King of Oils, this oil has been highly revered and reserved for spiritual applications throughout the ages in many traditions; a highly spiritual oil, perfect for working with the crown chakra to enhance our ability to connect with our spiritual selves and the higher realms. Rub on palms and inhale, apply to crown chakra and over heart.
  • doTERRA Serenity ~ there is serenity, joy and peace in a balanced crown chakra
  • Cedarwood ~ exceptionally high in sesquiterpenes, which research has shown to increase oxygenation around the pituitary and pineal glands; its properties are strengthening and will help one have more strength and stamina on the spiritual path
  • Helichrysum ~ has a very high spiritual frequency, and as such is known to cut through deep psychological barriers to aid in accessing higher spiritual states and dimensions
  • Vetiver ~ has been used to bridge the gap between matter and Spirit, allowing one to open up to Spirit, while remaining grounded and fully supported here on earth; grounding in the crown chakra is an important aspect for balance in the subtle body
  • Rose ~ enhances spiritual insight and transformation, bringing harmony to the body, mind, emotions and spirit
  • Sandalwood ~ like Frankincense, sandalwood is an ideal aid to meditation, spiritual contemplation, and prayer; aids in quieting the mental chatter of the mind, and allowing spaciousness to arise

Copyright 2018 Amy Green, Energy Alchemy Vibrational Healing Arts, www.energyalchemy.org

How do I prepare for sound healing?

After my last sound meditation, held at Eugene Yoga, it was suggested to me that I provide some info on how to prepare for sound healing. So, I will briefly cover this topic in today's blog post. There are two aspects to consider for your preparations: logistics and energetics. 

Logistics: Please dress comfortably, and bring an extra layer if you run a little on the cool side. For group work, bring a yoga mat (if you prefer your own), a pillow or bolster, eye pad for complete darkness and a blanket. Basically anything you need or wish to have to make lying down for an hour completely relaxing for you. Events at yoga studios have mats, bolsters, blankets and a few eye pads available. Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled prior to the start time. Cell phones should be turned off or placed in airplane mode, so the frequencies of these devices do not interfere with the healing frequencies, vibrations and tones.

Energetics: To enhance your experience, you may wish to set a personal intention prior to the session. In individual sessions, you are welcome to share your intention for our time together, but it is not necessary. If the intention is shared, then we can both focus our energy towards it. Often times, even when the intention is not shared verbally, I intuitively feel the client's intention. I suggest being mindful of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies ~ this deep and profound work often begins before the session and continues afterward. 

My intention is for healing and transformation to occur, while holding a loving, compassionate and nurturing space. I am available for additional support after our sessions to further discuss your experience ~ please do not hesitate to reach out to share about your healing journey.