(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.
(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.
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.
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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.