Do I sound like a Himalayan mystic in saying: You are more than flesh and blood?

The statement may smell of pure spirituality. But the reality is that there’s an invisible energy system within your physical body. [1]

Chakras or spinning vortices are the specific nerve centers of this energy force inside the body. The human energy system or chakras comprise of mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your existence. [1]

The chakras are interconnecting with your physical body through endocrine and neurological systems. Hence they have a significant influence on your day to day life. Have you been experiencing out of balance lately?

It’s because there’s disharmony or block in the energy flow of the chakras. They might not be functioning at an equal frequency or vibrations because of stress, trauma, negative thoughts, illnesses, etc. [2]

Using essential oils to balance chakra can transform you into your very best self both physically and mentally. [1]

In this article you’ll learn all about chakras and how essential for chakra balancing can help you seize a life of perfect harmony and balance. [2]

Read inside:

  • What are the chakras?
  • What are the primary chakras and how they function?
  • Using essential oils for chakra balancing

What are the Chakras?

Knowledge and care of the physical and energy body or chakras have been a long-standing tradition in many Eastern cultures.

These cultures have honored the concept of material and non-physical body and use methods in which both can be maintained in a state of well-being. [3]

The word ‘chakra’ is of Sanskrit origin which means ‘wheel.’

The concept of chakras is found in the ancient Hindu tantric texts such as Padaka-Pancaka, Sat-Cakra-Nirupama, and in medical practices of Ayurveda and Qi. This date back to some 1000 year B.C. [1]

The concept discusses the seven primary chakras or energy centers inside our body. These are represented as colored wheels, each spinning at a different frequency in a clockwise direction. Thus they emanate energy and links us with the universal consciousness or life force. [3]

Chakras are believed to be absorbing, filtering, and emitting energies all the time. Your thoughts, actions, negative experiences, etc. have effects on the chakras.

These issues may alter the standard frequency of energy flow to each of the chakras or a specific one. Hence the chakras may over-act or under-act resulting in disharmony or imbalance.

All the chakras interconnect with each other through pathways or Nadi that runs along the spine. It is essential that all the chakras are open and in harmony with each other to attain a perfect mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. [4]

Another belief about the chakras is that they can activate the Kundalini. Kundalini is the universal energy force that lies dormant at the base of our spine. Some practices can gradually activate and unleash the energy from the Kundalini and attune with the divine.  [3]

Best Essential Oils You Can Use

Essential oils are time-tested tools for all sorts of physical ailments. What’s fascinating is that they can help in spiritual growth as well. Using essential oils in aromatherapy and massage can promote a balanced chakra system. These herbal oils have a simultaneous effect on your body, mind, and spirit. [5]

The essential oils can energize the underacting chakras and clam down the overactive ones. Thus they can bring in harmony in the energy flow to the chakras and maintain overall wellbeing.  [5]

Here you’ll learn the most important essential oils for each of the chakras in detail.

1.  Root Chakra (Muladhara)

The root chakra resides at the base of the spine or in the tailbone region. The base chakra represents itself with a red wheel. The root chakra is your primal survival instinct. This chakra is responsible for your sense of groundedness, security or safety, self-esteem, trust, digestive health, general physical health, bone health, etc. [6]

Signs of Root Chakra Imbalance: Lethargic, Possessive, Fearful, Materialistic, Insecure, Constipation, Obesity, Brittle nails, Problem with bones.

Sandalwood Oil for Root ChakraSandalwood-Oil

Sandalwood oil comes from the steam distillation of the heartwood of the sandalwood trees. This oil is considered sacred in many Eastern cultures. The herbal oil is rich in sedative, calming, anti-anxiety, and antidepressant properties.

Sandalwood oil can calm your nervous system, harmonize your emotional self, and give you a sense of safety and stability. [7] Thus the oil is an excellent choice for maintaining the root chakra issues. A foot massage with essential oil is the best way to harmonize your root or base chakra.

Other Essential Oils for Root Chakra: Patchouli, Myrrh, Calderwood, Back Pepper, Vetiver, Sweet Marjoram, Cypress, and Nutmeg essential oils.

2.  Sacral Chakra (Svadhistana)

Sacral Chakra is found just two inches below the navel, in the lower abdomen. Since it is positioned in the genital area, the chakra is responsible for your sexuality, sensuality, and reproductive energies.  The chakra is represented by an orange wheel. Sacral chakra aids your creativity, sexual pleasure, and intimacy. [6]

Signs of Sacral Chakra Imbalance: Impotence, infertility, unconfident, feelings of being unworthy, hypersensitivity, Kidney and bladder problems.

Ylang Ylang Oil for Sacral ChakraYlang-Ylang-Oil

Ylang Ylang essential oil originates from the fragrant flowers of the Cananga odorata tropical trees. The flowering plant is a native of Indonesia. The mild and flowery scent of the oil makes it a perfectly romantic and aphrodisiac aid. [8]

Ylang Ylang oil helps to calm the fear and agitation of an overactive sacral chakra. The sedative oil can boost your reproductive energies and heighten your sexual pleasure. A Lower back massage with Ylang Ylang oil diluted in any of the carrier oil can take care of your sacral chakra. [8]

Other Essential Oils for Sacral Chakra: Jasmine, Geranium, Rose, Neroli, Mandarin, Lavender, Clary Sage essential oils.

3.  Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

The Solar Plexus Chakra is located below the sternum in the upper abdomen or stomach area. Solar plexus chakra influences your gut instincts and is related to your self-esteem and confidence. The chakra is associated with the yellow wheel. Solar plexus chakra stands for your ego, vitality, willpower, drive, etc. [9]

Signs of Solar Plexus Chakra Imbalance: No control over emotions, short temper, judgmental, dominating instinct, workaholic, digestive disorders, etc.

Cinnamon Essential Oil for Solar Plexus Chakra

Warm and spicy fragrant cinnamon oil comes from the aromatic Indian spice cinnamon. Cinnamon oil can boost and power up your adrenal glands. Thus, you achieve positive self-confidence in everything you do.

The tranquilizing and antidepressant effects of the oil can relieve stress, confusion, doubts, and fear. A gentle massage of the oil on your stomach can activate your solar plexus chakra. [10]

Other Essential Oils for Solar Plexus Chakra: Lemon, Juniper Berry, Eucalyptus, Peppermint (to calm the overactive chakra), Thyme, Bergamot, Chamomile Roman essential oils.

4.  Heart Chakra (Anahata)

The heart chakra is found in the middle of the chest or between the breasts. A balanced heart chakra represents green colored wheel.

This vital chakra in the energy body stands for love, compassion, forgiveness, sympathy, self-acceptance, etc. Heart chakra helps to give and healthily receive love. It also aids in dealing with the loss of a loved one, betrayal and breakups.  [11]

Signs of Heart Chakra imbalance: anger, selfishness, uncaringness, jealousy, Needy, unforgiving, lungs problems, shoulder or arms disorders.

Rose Oil for Heart Chakra

Sweet and floral fragrant rose oil is distilled from the rose petals. Therapeutically rose oil can manage skin disorders, menstrual and hormonal issues in women. The essential oil is considered an aphrodisiac. Rose oil can boost your love life. [12]

It helps to reduce stress, trauma, anxiety, insomnia, depressions, etc. Since the heart is the emotional hub, rose oil is the perfect anointing oil to perfume and balance the heart chakra issues. You can gently massage 2-3 drops of the oil on the breastbone and also in the middle back area of the body.

Other Essential Oils for Heart Chakra: Sweet Marjoram, Lavender (to calm the chakra), Neroli, Grapefruit, Cypress, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Melissa essential oils.

5.  Throat Chakra (Vishudha)

The throat chakra is found in the internal and external throat or the neck area. This blue chakra is the center of your self-expression via verbal, written, and body language. You communicate your feelings, opinions, thoughts, passions, and desires with others through this chakra. [13]

The chakra also influences how well you listen and understand others. A balanced throat chakra indicates expressiveness, effective communication, ethical listening capacity, patience, honesty, and openness to criticism.

Signs of Throat Chakra imbalance: Poor communication, stuttering, over-talkative, afraid to speak up, shy, deceitful, manipulative, arrogant, unable to listen, sore throats, stiff neck, and shoulders.

Eucalyptus Oil for Throat ChakraEucalyptus-Oil

Eucalyptus oil comes from the steam distillation of twigs and leaves of the evergreen eucalyptus trees. The penetrating woody aroma and the antibacterial properties of the oil are the perfect remedies for all kinds of respiratory problems such as a sore throat, congestions, cough, cold, flu, etc. [14]

The oil has a stimulating effect in your mind and remove the heaviness and lethargy immediately. A eucalyptus oil body spray or a topical massage with 2-3 drops of the oil can clear up the airways and regulate your throat chakra.

Other Essential Oils for Heart Chakra: Roman Chamomile, Lemon, Coriander Seed, Basil, Peppermint, Spearmint, Bergamot essential oils.

6.  Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

The third eye or brow chakra is found in the middle of the forehead. Existing between our eyes, this indigo colored chakra is the gateway to your intuition. The third eye chakra balances your memory, dreams, spirituality, common sense, wisdom and knowledge. Third eye chakra is a powerful tool and is regarded as a visionary or telepathic instrument.  [15]

Signs of Third Eye Chakra Imbalance: disorders in eyes and brain, hormonal problems, lymphatic diseases, lack of memory and concentration, insomnia, headache, etc.

Lavender Oil for Third Eye Chakra

Lavender oil comes from the aromatic lavender flowers. This popular essential oil is useful in balancing all the seven chakras of the energy system.

You can massage a gentle blend of 2-3 drops of lavender oil mixed with a carrier oil on the forehead to open up your third eye. The calming properties of the oil when inhaled can relax and rejuvenate your energy system in an instant. [16]

Other Essential Oils for Third Eye Chakra: Frankincense, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Lemon, and Juniper essential oils.

Related: 11 Health Benefits of Lavender Oil That You Should Know

7.  Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

The crown chakra is found at the top of the head. Balanced crown chakra is a symbolic white or violet wheel. Crown chakra connects you to the universal truth, beauty, and joy. This chakra helps you to have a deeper understanding of yourself and the transcendence. [17]

Signs of Crown Chakra Imbalance: inordinate attachments, anxiety, egocentrism, lack of motivation, headaches, depressions, overthinking, spiritual darkness, etc.

Frankincense Oil for Crown Chakra

Frankincense oil is a sacred anointing oil in the Middle Eastern cultures. The sweet aromatic oil comes from the oleoresin of the frankincense tree. The potent antidepressant and sedative properties in the essential oil can soothe your mind and body. [18]

You can diffuse 6-8 drops of frankincense oil to your airspace and maintain a balanced crown chakra.

Other Essential Oils for Third Eye Chakra: Myrrh, Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Neroli essential oils.

Related: 11 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Depression


There are various methods to nourish, activate and maintain the human energy body and the energy flowing in them. Some of these methods include massage, qi-gong, meditation, yoga, music, dance, exercise, reiki, acupuncture, aromatherapy, etc.

The positive outcome of these practices are feeding the chakras with positive thoughts, and experiences and identifying and releasing negative emotions and beliefs.

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