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Chakra Essential Oils:

Use the Power (and Pleasure) of Aromatherapy to Support Your Chakras

Do you like to work with aromatherapy? Then you may enjoy using chakra essential oils to support the health and vibrancy of your chakras.

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Read on for the essential oils (EOs) recommended for each of the 7 chakras, and two great methods for using them for healing.

(But first, if you need a refresher on what chakras are, you can go here for a general overview, or here for more detailed information.)

Chakra Essential Oils

Following are some recommendations for essential oils for the individual chakras. These are meant as suggestions, rather than hard-and-fast rules. As you can see, there's lots of variation and overlap. Follow your own inner guidance about which oils are right for you.
  1. Root Chakra
    sandalwood, patchouli, cypress, elemi, cedarwood or cedar, rosewood, frankincense, clary sage, vetiver, carrot, cardamon, clove, oakmoss, ginger, benzoin.
  2. Sacral Chakra
    Clary sage, geranium, jasmine, melissa, neroli, ylang ylang, tangerine, oakmoss, rose, rose geranium, vetiver, patchouli, vanilla, cinnamon
  3. Navel Chakra
    juniper, frankincense, sandalwood, fennel, vetiver, cedarwood, lavender, helichrysum, myrrh, ginger, lemon, lemongrass, black pepper, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, thyme, cinnamon, peppermint
  4. Heart Chakra
    rose, geranium, bergamot, neroli, melissa, sandalwood, chamomile, ylang ylang, jasmine, lavender, vanilla
  5. Throat Chakra
    lavender, Roman and German Chamomile, spearmint, frankincense, cypress, geranium, spruce, sandalwood, tea tree, mandarin
  6. Brow (Third Eye) Chakra
    frankincense, cedar, spruce, pine, rose, rosemary, clary sage, oregano, marjoram, thyme, lavender
  7. Crown Chakra
    frankincense, benzoin, jasmine, myrrh, sandalwood, spruce, lavender, rose, ravensara, basil, rosemary

If you're looking for a source for high-quality, organic EOs, I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs (The link will take you to the Mountain Rose Herbs website, where you can buy essential oils. If you do, I get a small commission, which helps me keep this website going. I really like this company for their high quality, good selection, and strong commitment to "green" principles.)

Energy Healing Methods for Using Chakra Essential Oils

Essential oils have long been used for healing--of mind, body and spirit. Many alternative healers today incorporate them into their work, and many homes incorporate them into their wellness care.

I'll explain two commonly used method here. Don't let that stop you from creating your own ways to use them. (See below for safety rules, though.)

Keep in mind that the way to make any subtle energy technique effective is to do it mindfully, with sacred intention to support the health of your energy system.

You can do a healing in which you treat each of the seven chakras, or you can just do a "spot treatment" for a particular energy center that's feeling "off" if you have less time.

(How do you tell if a chakra is "off"? You can learn about how blockages and imbalances manifest for each of the 7 chakras here .)

Anointing the Chakras

  1. Select the chakra essential oils that you will be using. I wouldn't choose more than one oil per chakra for a session.
  2. Create your anointing oil. Blend each EO with a carrier oil such as jojoba or grapeseed oil at a dilution of 1-10 drops of EO per ounce of carrier oil. (This is vibrational medicine, and a very, very diluted blend will do.) Label each blend.
  3. Put your anointing oil blends in a place where they'll be accessible to you you once you lie down.
  4. Lie down on a comfortable surface, wearing loose clothes that you don't mind getting oil on. Attend to your comfort with a blanket and a pillow under your knees or head if needed. Take a few minutes to breathe deeply and slowly into your belly (actually into the lower third of your lungs, but your belly will rise and fall if you're doing it correctly!).
  5. Set your intention for this healing session. If you're just going to work with one chakra, set the specific intention for that one. If you're going to work with the whole system, set a general intention for this healing.
  6. If you're only going to work with one energy center, anoint it with the chakra essential oil you've chosen. Use only a few drops, and apply it slowly in a clockwise direction with your fingertips.
  7. For the root, you can anoint the soles of your feet, or your low back.
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  8. If you're going to work with the whole system, you can proceed in either of two ways. You can start at the crown and work your way down, in order, to the first chakra (sky to earth--e.g. for helping ground and center, relieve headaches and anxiety, manifest something on a physical plane); or you can go the other way, starting at the root and working your way up to the crown (earth to sky--e.g. for raising energy to a higher vibration, enhancing spiritual development, increasing physical energy). Don't worry about the direction choice--just go with what feels right.
  9. As you anoint each one, you may want to set a specific intention for its healing, sense the energy of the oil, and visualize its harmonious energy working to open, balance, and "tune."
  10. After all have been anointed, simply rest for a while, allowing your energy to be balanced and cleared by the oils. Breathe slowly and evenly; empty your mind as much as possible, going into the "space between thoughts."
  11. When it feels right, end the healing.
  12. Gently return your awareness to the here and now, and allow yourself to transition slowly back into your daily life. Drink a glass of water, and perhaps eat a piece of fruit.
  13. You may want to write in your journal about what you've experienced.
  14. Watch for gentle, positive changes for the next week or so.

Diffusion Method For Using Chakra Essential Oils

This works best if you're working with a single chakra. Following the directions that came with your diffuser, diffuse your chosen chakra essential oil. Set your intention for healing, sense the energy of the oil, and visualize its harmonious energy opening, balancing, and "tuning" of the chakra. Meditate, rest, or practice yoga for a half an hour or so. In particular, doing yoga that opens and stretches the area of the body near the selected energy center may be helpful.

How Does Chakra Essential Oil Healing Work?

Our chakras -- like any aspect of our selves--are energetic patterns, or vibrations. These patterns can be disrupted--blocked, skewed, distorted, etc. Restoring harmony and order to the energy of the chakra will return it to a state of health--i.e., will heal it.

Anything that has a harmonious, orderly energy pattern/vibration can help to entrain our energy back to a harmonious state. (Kind of like a tuning fork.)

Pure essential oils have that inherent harmony and order in their energy pattern. Like anything with harmonious energy, they can be used to heal the chakras.

Each type of oil resonates with a slightly different energy pattern/vibrates on a different frequency, and will relate more closely to the ideal energy pattern of one of your chakras. Its pure resonance can be used to help that chakra return to its ideal vibration or energy pattern and a higher state of health.

Like any subtle energy method of healing, the user's intention is critical. A pure healing intention is the most important key to making the healing work.

Safety Rules for Working with Essential Oils

Learn how to use essential oils safely, precautions, how to store them, and the best carrier oils to use.

More Ways to Heal Your Chakras

Learn more about healing the chakras here .

Learn why and how to balance them here.

Learn fun, down-to-earth ways to open them here.

You can learn a chakra-healing meditation here .

Learn about how to open and balance them with vocal toning here .

Learn about chakra stones and gems and how to use them at this page.

Ways to Tell if A Chakra Is Open or Blocked

The easiest way to tell is to look at your body and your life. You can learn about how blockages manifest for each of the 7 chakras here.

You can learn what variations and impurities in chakra colors mean here .

Learning About Your Own Chakras

You can learn about sensing them here .

More Information

For more specific information about individual chakras, go to the Chakra Chart page and click on the link in the "Common English Name" column.

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