Ayurveda – Balance your Chakras with Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from roots, stems, bark, leaves, flowers or other parts of a plant to enhance physical or psychological well-being. It is believed that the aroma that is inhaled from these “essential” oils is stimulating the brain and some of his functions.
It is usually offered as a complementary therapy or (not for skeptics) as alternative medicine. Complementary means that aromatherapy is used along the conventional treatment, but the term alternative medicine basically means that is offered as the main and only therapy.
Aromatherapists who are using this practice utilize the blends of therapeutic essential oils. These can be applied through topical application, massage, water immersion or inhalation for achieving the desired effect.
The first form of aromatherapy – burning different types of wood and the use of smoke in form of incense has been surviving since ancient times.
Egyptians used aromatherapy for medicinal purposes. Greeks were using the olive oil to absorb the aromatic compounds from the herbs and flowers. Andalusian physicians and chemists discovered a method of distilling essential oils and brought them in Europe. By the 16th century, almost all the households had found a use for essential oils.
Ayurvedic medicine is one of the oldest “whole body”, or holistic healing systems from India, that uses aromatherapy w ith essential oils. Ayurvedic teachings believe that the use of aroma is an important tool for healing and prevention of diseases. Aromatherapy is used for protecting the vital force, prana, to regulate the metabolism and improve the immune system.
Chakras and Essential oils according to Ayurvedic Teachings
According to Ayurvedic teachings, our body has 7 main chakras which are the centers in our bodies in which energy flows through.
If the energy flow in our chakras is blocked then often the cause is illness or disease. That is why is very important that we understand what each chakra represents and what should we do to keep the energy flow in our chakras constant. Here is what we think:
- Root Chakra (Muladhara) – It represents our foundation and gives the feeling of being grounded. It is located at the base of the spine, in the tailbone area and it is said to deal with survival issues such as financial independence. Essential oils from patchouli should be used to enhance a sense of grounding and stability.
- Sacral Chakra (Svadhistana) – This chakra represents our connection and our ability to accept others as well as accept new experiences. It is located in the lower abdomen, about five centimeters below the navel. The sacral chakra deals with the sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure and sexuality. Essential oils from sandalwood and Ylang Ylang act as an aphrodisiac and help heal our sexual and reproductive energies.
- Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) – The third chakra represents our will power, our ability to be confident and take control of our lives. It is located in the upper abdomen, the area around the stomach. It deals with issues like self-esteem, self-worth and confidence. Essential oils from peppermint should be used to cool down any excess heat in the system or cinnamon oils in order to heat up this power center.
- Heart Chakra (Anahata) – It represents our ability to love. It is located in the center of our chest, above the heart. This chakra deals with inner peace, love and joy. Rose essential oils are related to the heart and aid with alleviating depression and insomnia, but also enhance the feelings of love and romance.
- Throat Chakra (Vishudha) – This chakra represents our ability to communicate and it is located at the throat. It deals with communication issues, self-expression of feelings and truth. Eucalyptus essential oils should be used to clear sinuses and cure coughing or a sore throat. With this, one clears and frees the passageway for self-expression.
- Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna) – The third-eye chakra represents our ability to focus on and see the big picture. It is located around the forehead, between the eyes, which is why it is also called the Brow Chakra. This chakra deals with our ability to think and make decisions as well as intuition, wisdom and imagination. Headaches are common when this chakra is blocked which is why lavender essential oils aid in calming and soothing these. By calming our active minds with the aroma of lavender we are able to reach higher states of consciousness.
- Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) – The last and highest chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. It is located at the top (the crown) of our head. It deals with pure bliss, inner and outer beauty and spiritual connectedness. Frankincense is one of those essential oils that have been around for thousands of years and it is considered to be the most spiritually-charged oil. Its use brings mental peace and clarity.
The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the practice of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If any serious acute or chronic health concern arises, consult a health professional who can assess your needs and address them effectively. Check with your doctor or midwife before taking herbs or using any essential oils when pregnant or nursing.