We are energetic and electric beings that send signals and frequencies out on a second-to-second basis. One of the most basic and subtle energy systems is called your chakras, which are major energy points in the body. There are seven of them, starting at the base of your spine and going to the top of your head.
All of the seven chakras are important and interconnected. Usually, balancing one chakra will create change in another chakra. It is important, though, to balance the root chakra first, before we proceed to others, or we will lack the stability and rootedness necessary for true transformation and personal growth. We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure.
Here's how to balance your chakras using aromatherapy and crystals in tandem:
Essential Oil: Lavender
The crown chakra is the seventh chakra at the top of the "chakra ladder," which starts from the root (that grounds us on the Earth) and progresses upward to the Sahasrara.
The energy of this chakra allows us to experience oneness with everyone and everything in nature. Both an amethyst crystal and lavender essential oil will help you connect to your inner consciousness. By putting a small piece of amethyst under your pillow each night, and spraying a lavender mist on your sheets, you'll simultaneously balance out your crown chakra and get an amazing night's sleep!
Crystal: Lapis Lazuli
Essential Oil: Rosemary
The third-eye chakra is located just above the eyebrows in the forehead, and this is the area of the body where your "visionary abilities" emerge. It is sometimes called the Ajna chakra in Eastern traditions and is also known as the brow chakra, as it is located at the brow in the center of the forehead. The third-eye chakra meanings pertain to the concept of "seeing," especially in a spiritual and psychic sense.
Having a stronger sixth chakra allows you to access your inner guidance easily, which comes from enhanced intuitive abilities. Meditate on a lapis lazuli while burning a rosemary candle to awaken your intuition.
Crystal: Blue Lace Agate
Essential Oil: Eucalyptus
The throat chakra is the voice of the body. It is a pressure valve that allows energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If it is out of balance or blocked, it can affect the health of the other chakras. When it is in balance, we can express what we think and what we feel.
Ritual bathing is cleansing and rejuvenating. Place a blue lace agate crystal on the side of the tub, and add in 10 drops of eucalyptus oil into your bath—this aromatherapeutic addition will help you speak your truth, and activate your ability to understand the unsaid.
Crystal: Rose Quartz
Essential Oil: Rose
The heart chakra is known as Anahata in Sanskrit. The word anahata means “unhurt, un-struck, and unbeaten.” Imagine feeling like nothing can hurt you, and you are on top of all situations in your life—that is the provenance of the heart chakra.
Essential Oil: Lemon
The solar-plexus or Manipura (lustrous gem), is located just above the navel and below the rib cage. It is our energy, radiating vital life energy (prana) throughout our entire body. It is where our willpower comes from; our ability to achieve, self-esteem, raw emotions, and self-discipline are all governed by the Manipura. It is where we can have a mental understanding of our emotional self.
Use a citrine stone and lemon essential oil to accept your place in the universe, and a create great appreciation for all the people in your life. Inhaling lemon promotes healing, and helps combat insecurity.
Essential Oil: Orange
The sacral chakra is the second chakra. It is associated with the emotional body, sensuality, and creativity, while its element is water, characterized by flow and flexibility. The function of the sacral chakra is directed to the principle of pleasure. It's found about three inches below the navel, at the center of your lower belly.
Reignite your passions and create an aphrodisiac blend with 3 drops each of orange blossom, ylang-ylang, rose, and sandalwood essential oils in one cup of grapeseed oil. Leave your piece of carnelian (a crystal for life force and vitality) in the oil overnight to supercharge its properties.
Crystal: Red Jasper
Essential Oil: Patchouli
The root chakra is the first chakra located at the base of the spine. It is literally "the root" of your being and establishes the deepest connections with your physical body, your environment, and the earth. Your fight-or-flight response is initiated from this chakra, such is its primal, animal nature. The energy of this chakra allows you to harness courage and resourcefulness.