The Chakra System of Healing




The subtle body is connected to the physical body by energy vortexes called chakras. Essential oils can stimulate and assist in the process of awakening, healing, opening and strengthening the chakras. Essential oils are the spirit (pranic force) of plants. The oils can be used on acupuncture or shiatsu points and to massage and anoint the chakras when doing meditation and using visualization. They can be applied directly on the physical body or above the body in the auric field.

Oils and crystals are synergistic, meaning the life force of both elements work together. By using crystals and essential oils, meditation and visualization, we can expand our consciousness. It is a result of this expansion that allows change to occur in ourselves and then in the world around us.

Essential oils can be used to renew the energy of crystals or energize them. To do this, place 3-4 drops of essential oil in an oil burner then hold the crystal in the vapor for a few minutes. You can use lemongrass, cedar, juniper, sage or lavender. You can also put a drop of oil directly on the crystal and then wipe it with a cotton cloth. You can put a drop of oil on a crystal before wearing it to strengthen or blend the energies of the oil and crystal. Crystals amplify the aroma of the oil so it can be overpowering if you use too much. Experiment to see what works best.

Crystals can be used to draw off or increase energy. To draw off energy, place the crystal near the body so it is pointed away from the body. To increase energy, place the crystal so it is pointed in toward the body. When drawing off energy, replace what has been drawn off by visualizing golden-white light or positive energy. Examples: Crystals can be put at the corners of a massage table or under it. Smoky quartz is used to absorb or draw off negative energies. Amethyst is used for transforming energy. Hematite placed at the feet or between the feet is used to ground energy, especially if a person is feeling light-headed or detached. 

You can make an ointment with oils and crystals by mixing 1oz. of a carrier oil, such as almond, to 50 drops of essential oils. Add a small gem of your choice (depending on the desired effect) and let it sit for 1-2 weeks in a dark glass bottle. Once you have your ointment you can rub it on the desired chakra in a circular motion, bringing attention to the area. Rubbing clockwise increases the energy and rubbing counter-clockwise decreases it. A focused meditation and/or visualization related to the chakra you are working with can also compliment the treatment.

You can use oils on clear quartz crystals to program the stone with the energy of the oil you are using. For a tonifying or stimulating effect use thyme or rosemary, for sedating or soothing use lavender or bergamot. For detoxifying, try juniper.

As we already mentioned, when we use essential oils for spiritual and energetic healing it is not necessary to put them directly on the body. They can be used solely above the body, in the energy field /aura, with positive results. We will discuss the chakras individually in the following pages.

Generally speaking, use oils and crystals associated with the particular chakra you are working with to support or energize a deficiency that may be present at that chakra. You can also work with an over-active chakra by choosing an oil or crystal from the complimentary chakra associated with it.

The compliments are as follows:

1st (BASE) Chakra and 4th (HEART) Chakra

2nd (SACRAL) Chakra and 5th (THROAT) Chakra

3rd (SOLAR PLEXUS) Chakra and 6th (BROW) Chakra

7th (CROWN) Chakra is complimentary with any chakra

Base or 1st Chakra oils oils are hot, spicy and grounding in nature. Sacral or 2nd Chakra oils are balancing to hormones and emotions. Solar Plexus or 3rd Chakra oils are cleansing oils. The first three chakras relate to the physical body. The Heart or 4th Chakra oils heighten emotions and spiritual balance and this is the blending place between the lower three physical chakras and the higher three spiritual chakras. The Throat or 5th Chakra oils help us to surrender to divine will. The Brow or 6th Chakra oils are spicy and minty and help to clear our minds. The Crown or 7th Chakra oils are uplifting and fragrant, taking us to higher realms.

Harmony is a state of balance, neither too hyper or over-active nor too under-active or depleted. This can apply to the physical, emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of our being.

To release physical focus and increase courage to face our fears the oils of Spruce, Frankincense, Rosewood and Wild Tansy can be used. You can balance the body's energy current by placing oils on the feet and holding them for up to 10 minutes. Place the right hand to the right foot and the left hand to the left foot. If there are two people, one person can go to the shoulders and do the same, placing the right hand to the right shoulder and the left hand to the left shoulder. If there is physical illness, oils that support the immune system can be used, these include; Clove, Frankincense, Mountain Savory, Cistus, Ravensara, Oregano and Wild Tansy.

When mental capacities are under-active and there is a lack of mental clarity you can use the oils of Cardamom, Peppermint, Rosemary and Thyme. If the mind is over active oils of Wild Tansy, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Ylang Ylang can help the brain and nervous system to come into balance.

To shift emotional depression and clear grief and anxiety use essential oils over the heart and solar plexus. Lemon, Mandarin, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Melissa and Cypress may be used for this purpose. When emotions are over-active you can apply oils to the big toe or the spine, using Sandalwood, Lavender, Geranium and Rose oils for this purpose.

Spirtiually, Frankincense is stimulating and elevating to the mind. It deepens and quiets the breath. Rose, Jasmine, Neroli, Helichrysum, Melissa, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Angelica and Spruce can all be used to deepen our inner knowing.

You can use essential oils in the aura, at the chakras, on foot reflexology points, on specific organs or on the alarm points that correspond to certain organs. These alarm points and other areas located on our hands, feet and ears are all points where the energy of the internal body has come to the surface. Acupuncture and other energy medicine books and references can provide charts that will help you locate these points.

It is a good idea when working with the chakras to know the relationship of the veterbrae and their associated organs and parasympathetic or sympathetic nervous system connections. We will discuss these on the individual chakra pages. It is also important to take note that emotions stored in the muscles can alter the energetic field. If there is extreme muscular tension in the body, this tension may need to be taken into account and released. You may have to do this before any other work can be effective.

Refer to the Emotional Muscular Sites body chart on Aromatherapy pages under SCIENCE OF OLFACTION section.

Since essential oils are adaptogens they estabilish balance by going where and doing what is needed. ALWAYS work with your intention for the highest good of everyone involved.


(earth element) Color: red

Situated at the back of the rectum below the coccyx, the base chakra is associated with the kidneys, elimination and the spine. It affects nerves from the 9th thoracic vertebrae to the coccyx, thus affecting the rectum and anus. The adrenal glands are the associated gland; the associated emotions are those of fear, obsessive/compulsive behaviors and protective instincts. Nervous instability and non-attachment are related weaknesses attributed to this chakra. The base chakra is associated with black, brown and reddish crystals. The following grounding, energizing and balancing oils are associated with the base chakra. Included are the crystals that are traditionally used at this chakra along with these oils.

Vetivert is used with black tourmaline and yellow jasper. It has an earthy scent and is distilled from the root of an aromatic grass. It has a deep brown color. It is generally balancing to the entire system, and helps align group energy. Vetivert can help to ground after deep meditation and is used to bring a person closer to the earth. Other applications include: using it at the solar plexus to protect against over-sensitivity (by applying in a counter-clockwise anointing fashion); at the sacral plexus it is used as an aphrodisiac.

Patchouli is associated with black obsidian and the sun. It integrates energy, is strengthening and grounding, and helpful to those who tend to live in their heads. I have personally seen the benefits of Patchouli with a client who had trouble getting to sleep at night because of an over-anxious mind. Rubbing the oil at her feet did the trick.

Frankincense is an ancient incense resin (3000 yrs.old) used in cutting emotional ties. Known to deepen and slow the breath, Frankincense is used for meditation. It is associated with Tiger's Eye which is a golden and brown color. It connects us to our higher self (eternal and divine) and works at the base and crown chakras. As it is high in sesquiterpenes, Frankincense increases oxygen, stimulating the pituitary and the production of human growth hormone (HGH). We often use frankincense oil at our meditation gatherings and it really does seem to get everyone in a meditative space more quickly.

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(water element) Color: Orange

Situated near the sacral bone, above the fifth lumbar at the back and above the pubic bone in the front, this chakra is associated with the gonads, both ovaries and testicles. Its physical associations are related to sexual reproduction and hormonal balance. It corresponds to all liquids within the body; blood, urine, lymph, mucous and semen. Nerves to the lower legs, ankles, hips, toes and buttocks are affected by it. Emotionally it is associated with desire and jealousy; weaknesses of this chakra correlate with lust, anger, addictions, pride and aggression. This chakra has to do with creativity. It is associated with orange and orange-red crystals. The denser, more opaque stones have direct physical effects and the transparent stones have more of a subtle effect. The following oils are associated with the Sacral Chakra.

The first, orange oil, is associated with the sun. Made from the rind by cold pressing, it is not really an essential oil. It can be relaxing and/or energizing. It can open the heart, bringing joy and cheer. Personally, I put this oil into my dishwashing soap (6 or so drops per bottle). It helps to cut the grease and I enjoy washing dishes more because of its happy scent.

Myrrh is also associated with the sun. Records show its use to be at least 4000 yrs. old and it is a resin. Having a deep reddish brown color, it is associated with garnet and hematite stones and is very antiseptic. At the sacral and base chakras it is warming and stimulating to physical body. At the solar plexus or at the knees, it helps one to move forward when stuck emotionally or spiritually. Myrrh used at the crown chakra can strengthen spirituality.

Jasmine is associated with the planet Jupiter. It has a deep aroma and is considered a base note. It has both yin and yang qualities, with a male and female deva associated with it. It is a sturdy, green, vigorous plant with delicate creamy flowers, yielding a dark oil. It is known as the "king of aromatics." It is associated with red jasper. Jasmine is known to be an aphrodisiac and aids in developing an artistic sense. It can strengthen uterine contractions, and is often used at birthings. It helps us understand that physical and divine love are one. I often use Jasmine in tantric sex oil blends. Also, for clients who are experiencing difficulties around sexual performance Jasmine can work well. Though a very expensive oil, a little Jasmine can go a long way. Just smelling it right from the bottle can often work wonders. At the heart chakra it is warming and stimulating. Here it is associated with the ruby. Used at the crown chakra it aids spiritual development and is associated with the gemstone sapphire.

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(fire element) Color: Yellow

Situated at the umbilicus, the physical associations of this chakra relate to the digestive system, metabolism and assimilation. The gland associated with the third chakra is the pancreas and the emotions relating to it are warmth, nurturing and that of having a fiery nature. When we have weakness of the third chakra skin eruptions, liver conditions, digestive problems, diabletes and/or emotional instability may be present.

The stones associated with the third chakra are the yellow stones, such as citrine. Turquoise is also a stone used here at the third chakra. Some of the oils related to this chakra are listed below.

Lemon is cold pressed from the rind of the fruit and therefore not technically an essential oil. Lemon has a fresh and fruity aroma. It can increase photosensitivity of the skin so use it with caution. It is a cleanser, stimulant and antidepressant. It is high in vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 and C and increases white blood cells and lymphocytes, thus stimulating to the lymph system.

Lemon oil is being used in many European clinic for its antiseptic qualities. I have used it as part of a blend with lavender to clear the air in sick rooms. It is particularly helpful when there are extremely repulsive odors. A dear friend, who was dying from cancer, had a terribly smelling open and oozing tumor at his shoulder. It was difficult for people to be around him. Using the oils in this way made a big difference. It helped the people who were visiting him feel more comfortable and able to be there in the room with him. It also helped him to feel less anxious about how people were reacting to him. It was important to his closure and process of transformation to have his friends visiting him in his last days. We also anointed his body with oils, as we cleansed and dressed him after his passing. It was a loving ritual and a beautiful way to send him on to his next journey.

Peppermint is associated with the planet Mercury. It helps the digestive system and strengthens and stimulates the nervous system. It acts on ego to overcome feelings of inferiority masquerading as undue pride.

Vetivert  can be applied in a counter-clockwise direction to protect against over sensitivity.(See base chakra above for other applications)

Juniper is associated with the planet Jupiter. Do not use in early pregnancy. It is cleansing to the aura and physical spaces, such as sick rooms because it is detoxifying. Juniper has also been used in rituals for thousands of years by many civilizations, including Tibetans, American Indians, Egyptians and Babylonians. Use it to sweep negative energy away from a person, by swiping the oil down the legs and into the ground. It also can be used on the solar plexus when you are in a crowd and want to keep other peoples' energy from intruding on your personal space.

Personally I have seen a combination of Juniper and Vetivert work for a client who had to work with the public and felt very sensitive to the energies of large groups. Using the oil at her solar plexus and energetically swishing it down both her legs, she found she was more grounded and did not feel affected by others as much. She was amazed and very happy with this discovery.

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(air element) Color: Green and Pink

Located between the breasts at the 2nd thoracic vertebrae this chakra is related to love, compassion and protectiveness. It is the balancing point between the upper and lower chakras and the center of love. Associated with the Thymus gland, its physical associations are with the heart, lungs, immune system, respiration, sensations of touch and circulation. When this chakra is weak we may experience heart problems, attachment, over-protectiveness, greed, anger and many hyper-immune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Stones that resonate at the heart chakra are the pink stones, such as rose quartz and kunzite and also with green stones, such as watermelon tourmaline and malachite. The following oils are assacoiated with the heart chakra. Rose is associated with the planet Venus. It has the highest vibration of all the oils. With a frequency of 320hz, it's known as the "queen of aromatic oils." It is associated with Aphrodite and the Virgin Mary. Rose oil has a softer quality than Jasmine oil. Bulgarian Rose comes in two forms: absolute and otto. Absolutes are petroleum extracted so it is best to choose the steam distilled otto when using Rose for healing and medicinal purposes. It is known to decrease anger and strengthen the liver. It helps to open the heart if it is shut and encourages the heart to radiate its love when it is open. At the crown chakra Rose opens us to the spiritual dimension of love. At the sacral chakra it strengthens sexual and reproductive energies.

Rose is a very expensive oil, making it impractical to use in a liberal way. I find that just having a small bottle around that I can take a smell from now and again, is all that is needed. In workshops, I find having the participants smell the oil for just a second can do the trick, when it is needed. It seems to transport people into a open and loving space with ease and grace. When I do put it into blends, just a small amount goes a long way.

Bergamot is associated with the sun. The associated stone is watermelon tourmaline, which is pink and green. Bergamot is a green colored oil which is sprayed on to Earl Grey tea. It is a citrus oil which is cold pressed. It can increase the photosensitivity of the skin so use it carefully. Known as an anti-depressant, Bergamot is also used for urinary tract problems and liver congestion. It helps with grief, as it seems to bring a feeling of joy. It calms symptoms of heat disturbance and aggravation at all chakras. Bergamot opens the heart and helps love to radiate out.

Working with clients who are doing emotional release, I have seen the effects of Bergamot. As one client was talking, emotions just under the surface were bubbling up and creating a lot of discomfort. She was not able to get to the bottom of it. She was starting to feel tense and shaky. Just after a few seconds of smelling the Bergamot oil she had an instant release and calming, there was a feeling of opening at her heart and she had a great sense of relief and understanding. I have seen watermelon tourmaline do the same thing.

Ylang Ylang is associated with the planet Venus.  It is steam distilled and the "extra" which is distilled for a longer perod of time, is better in quality. Used as a fixative in aroma blends, since its aroma lasts a long time, it has an intensely sweet floral, woody undertone. Ylang Ylang creates a feeling of peace and dispels anger, bringing a feeling of warmth and self confidence. It is a female balancer and has been used for high blood pressure, tachycardia (a too rapid heart rate), depression, skin conditions and low self-confidence. I know a few women who use Ylang Ylang for tachycardia and/or irregular heart beat and they find it very effective and relaxing.

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(ether element) Color: Blue

Situated at the cervical plexus or third cervical vertebrae. Our throat chakra is connected to communication at all levels, the vocal cords, our nervous system and bronchial systems. It is associated with the nerves affecting the vocal cords, neck and shoulder muscles, esophagus, trachea, fingers, hands, wrists and arms up to the elbows. It is associated with the Thyroid and Para-thyroid glands and the emotions of honesty, dishonesty and criticism. With weakness, there can be many different forms of imbalance such as: allergies, asthma, coughing, shortness of breath, anemia, vertigo, menstrual problems, pains of the lower arms and hands, sore throats and laryngitis.

Some of the essential oils and crystals associated with this chakra are:

German Chamomile which is associated with blue tourmaline. It allows us to speak our truth without bitterness or anger. The blue color of this oil is from its high azulene content, which is not in fresh flowers but only appears after the flowers are distilled and dried. This oil has a calming and soothing effect. It counteracts heat, redness and anger in any chakra, the "itis" conditions of inflammation.

I have seen this essential oil helper, Blue Chamomile, work at the throat chakra many times. It often allows the emotions of rage and anger (associated with not being able to speak up for oneself) erupt with speed and sometimes force. In one group, a mild mannered person was doing emotional release work and was experiencing sadness and grief. She could not figure out from where it was coming. I had a sense to put some Blue Chamomile at her throat. Within a second or two, she let out a blood curdling scream of agony and pent up rage that astonished the whole room. She was able to bring up a memory that had been repressed since her childhood. From that point she was able to begin resolving her issues around not speaking up for herself.

Pale Blue English Chamomile is associated with aqua marine, amazonite and aqua aura. Aqua aura is created when white quartz is put into a closed chamber with gold metal and fired at a high temperature. Similarly, chamomile's white and gold flowers yield a blue oil with the heat of distillation. English Chamomile's higher octave expresses higher spiritual truth and assists with channeling.

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Also known as the third eye.
Color: Indigo
(No element is associated with this chakra).

This chakra is situated between the eyes in the middle of the forehead and at the level of the atlas, which is the first cervical veterbrae, It is associated with the sense of smell, the eyes, sinuses, tongue, teeth, cheeks, lips, mouth, nose and ears. It relates to the Pituaitary and Pineal glands. Emotional associations are imagination, idealism and love. When weak we may notice pessimism, self-pity, migraine headaches, allergies, neuritis and neuralgia, eczema and other skin complaints, earaches, eye conditons, earaches, feeling faint, insomnia, sinus problems, hay fever and catarrh.

The following stones, crystals and essential oils have an association with the sixth chakra:

Rosemary is associated with the gemstone sugilite. It should not be used during pregnancy nor for those who have epileptic conditions. It is used to access clear vision and clairvoyance. Rosemary can be used in the morning as a psychic protector and tonic. It stimulates mental activity at a higher level of mind, increases memory and brings clarity of spiritual truth. Rosemary has many uses. It is used for the hair, liver, lungs, heart and muscle. arthritic conditions and to purify sick rooms.

Thyme is associated with the stone sodalite. There are many genotypes of thyme which can be irritating to the skin. Thymus Vulgaris is the most gentle. Thyme should not be used when one has high blood pressure or hyperthyroidism. Thyme works on the left side of the brain and the conscious intellectual mind. It helps people to get back to work after a long retreat. It is very stimulating and a tonic. It is helpful to the respiratory and immune systems, increases the white blood cell count and is highly disinfectant.

I have used both of these oils listed above, in blends or alone, for increasing mental clarity. Often we pass some Rosemary around the group during a workshop to refresh everyones' mind and bring back the focus. It works.

Helichrysum (sometimes called immortelle) is associated with the gemstone kyanite and lapis lazuli. This plant has white daisy-like flowers and is also called Everlasting. It is bitter with a sweet honey-like undertone. It stimulates the right side of the brain and the intuition. Helichrysum blends well with rose (1 drop of Rose to 2 drops of Helichrysum) to unite the heart and mind. Increasing lucid dreaming and compassion, it has powerful effects on the lympathic and endocrine systems. It is good for the skin and is helpful in re-absorbing scar tissue. It also has an anesthetic-like quality.

I use this oil with people who are not easily able to talk about feelings and want to discuss everything intellectually from their head. It is really amazing to see how well it works. In a recent workshop, one man kept talking from his head about what he was going through. After a whiff of Helichrysum, his conversation shifted and he began talking about feelings. He was really impressed.

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(No element is associated with this chakra)
Color: White or gold-white.
In some systems Violet is the color attributed to this chakra.

Situated at the top of the head, in an area called the fontanelle, this chakra is associated with the pineal and pituitary glands. The nerves in this area affect the blood supply to the head, scalp and face. The inner and middle ear are also affected and the sympathetic nervous system. Emotionally this chakra relates to emotional balance. In weak states, headache, anxiety, insomnia, amnesia, tiredness, vertigo, high blood pressure and migraines may be present. In severe weak states coma or epilepsy can be associated with this chakra.

Rose, Jasmine, Frankincense and Myrrh are all associated with the Crown Chakra. See information listed in chakras above for notes on their effects on the Crown Chakra.

Other essential oils and related stones and crystals are:

Lavender, associated with the planet Mercury and the gemstone amethyst, is one of the most versatile and balancing oils. It is sedative, calming, anesthetic and increases oxygen to the cells as it is high in sesquiterpenes. The smoke and and vapors of this oil cleanse negative energies. It benefits all the chakras, is expansive and has a very healing action. At the crown chakra it helps us to reach deep states of meditation and to intergrate spirituality into our everyday life.

Rosewood, associated with smoky quartz, is a plant from the amazon rain forest. It has a warm woody quality and is often used as a middle note in fragrances. A good blend enhancer, it brings the top and bottom notes together. Skin, nerves, circulation can benefit from Rosewood and it is regenerative to the cells. It is opening if a person is ready and it is their intent to experience this opening. It calms without drowsiness so it is good for meditation. It also helps to protect your aura from others' energies. It is a good oil for caregivers and other service-oriented people. They can wear it or have some diffusing in their offices. You can also put some in a mister bottle to spray around the room. At the sacral chakra Rosewood acts as a subtle aphrodisiac.

Sandalwood is associated with the planet Uranus and the gemstone citrine. Sandalwood is a very complex oil, linking the base, sacral, heart, throat and crown chakras. It is a strong smelling resin high in substances similar to male hormones called androgens. The antibacterial properties make it useful in urinary tract infections. It stimulates the pineal and pituitary glands and helps to increase levels of the human growth hormone. By quieting mental chatter it helps our meditation processes. It helps to ground energies and assists in our surrendering to divine will, bringing us closer to divine essence. Sandalwood helps reprogram our brain so we can use sexual energy for spiritual purposes, therefore it is beneficial to use with Tantric sexual practices.

I have used this in a blend for computer and media overload. I find it really works. There is a grounded and settling feeling that takes place, bringing the person out of that spaced, reeling and spinning feeling. If you use computers, I am sure you know that feeling and have experienced it from being on the computer for too long. You can put a little on before you start working, then ocassionally open the bottle while workng and take a few deep breaths in and out. Be sure to breathe deeply from the abdomen. Of course, it also helps to get up and stretch, now and then. Bringing your eyes away from close-up focusing to some distant image is also a good thing to do.

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Neroli is associated with the sun. An expensive oil with a bitter sweet aroma, this oil is distilled from the pure white flowers of the orange tree. It was worn by brides to symbolize their virginity and allay their fears on their wedding night. It is associated with selenite, diamond and rutilated quartz. Helpful to the skin, nerves, reproductive and circulatory systems, it is used during child birth at the time of transition. Neroli spiritualizes sexuality by putting us in touch with our higher self, facilitating the body-soul union. It is a calming oil which gives confidence and strength. Neroli is also an expensive oil and works well when diluted. One part Neroli to four parts base or carrier oil is a good formula to start with. From experience, I can say this oil does seem to help calm those who are feeling jittery and nervous about performing.

Angelica has strong, deeply penetrating roots and stems that soar upward which are topped with ethereal greenish white flowers. It is associated with green tourmaline and apophylite. Avoid when high blood pressure, cysts and/or tumors exist. Related to Dong Quai, it is good for womens' problems, balances hormones and has a tonic nature. It can be used to improve immune deficiency. The name stems from Angelica's ability to opens us to angelic energies. It is also used as a base chakra oil. I used a combination of Angelica and Lavender oil during an emotional release workshop. I was assisting by integrating essential oils into the work. During one sesssion, an unexpected spirit entity seemed to be coming through one of the clients in the group. Everyone was feeling a bit uncomfortable with this. I decided to spray this oil combination around the room. I felt an immediate change and was later told by the group that they had felt an immediate shift in the energy of the room too. They felt more comfortable and at ease.

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Rose and Lavender are used to activate the palm chakras by rubbing a few drops on the centers of the palms. These are good oils to use if you are a Reiki practitioner or do other work with your hands, such as massage therapy. Clients find it soothing and enjoyable. I find it deepens the work.

Refer to PIP photos on Aromatherapy pages to see the increased energy striations around the hands and arms, when lavender oil is placed on the palms of the hand.

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