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Chakras and Essential Oils: Heal Memories, Emotions Chakras & Karma

Chakras and essential oils pair well to help to calm and balance emotions and the mind. Essential oils have an ancient history of use in religious rituals as well as for medicinal purposes. Essential oils operate on many levels: physical, emotional and spiritual.

Essential oils are volatile, meaning they evaporate easily. They also affect into the sense of smell, which is part of the limbic system. This is where memories and emotions are often stored in the brain.

Chakras and Essential Oils

Smells can evoke memories and past experiences in the same way that hearing a familiar piece of music can bring back a time, place or experience. Depending on whether those memories are positive or negative, you may choose to enjoy or avoid particular smells.

Essential oils may assist in healing karma in the sense that increased calm and centering can help in the areas of forgiveness and resolution of conflicts.

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Essential Oils for the Root Chakra

Imbalances in the root chakra can appear as anxiety disorders, nightmares, and fears about safety and security. A strong root chakra is also important for the health of the colon, bladder, lower back, legs and feet. A mantra or belief for the root chakra is “I am safe.”

Although recommendations may vary, the following essential oils are generally associated with helping to balance and heal the root chakra. These oils can be diffused or used in conjunction with chanting, meditation, affirmations or prayer. Learn more in a full article on the Root Chakra.

Angelica Essential Oil for the Heart Chakra

Angelica Essential Oil 

Angelica essential oil is steam distilled from the root of a plant in the parsley family. Europeans have named this essential oil the “oil of the angels” because its strong healing powers. Although Angelica oil is not mentioned specifically in the Bible, the oil was used during that historic time period. In later years, angelica was believed to protect individuals from the plague. Learn more about angelica oil in Root Chakra Essential Oils.

Chakras and Essential Oils Clove

Clove Essential Oil

Clove essential oil has an earthy and grounding fragrance. This connects clove essential oil to the root chakra. Dried cloves are often used for flavoring hot winter beverages (apple cider, chai tea, and mulled wine). Cloves also flavor winter dishes like stewed fruit, pumpkin pie and gingerbread. Learn more about angelica oil in Root Chakra Essential Oils.

Rosemary Essential Oil for the Root Chakra

Rosemary Essential Oils

Historically, rosemary essential oil was burned to protect against infection. This oil is a powerful disinfectant and energizes the environment. Additionally, rosemary essential oil can assist with mental and emotional clarity helping to clear limiting beliefs and to reaffirm truth and purpose. Learn more about angelica oil in Root Chakra Essential Oils.

Chakras and Essential Oils: Sacral Chakra 

Imbalances in the sacral chakra can appear as lower back pain, infertility/PMS, digestive problems, lack of energy and kidney/gallbladder issues. Depression from suppressing emotions or uncontrolled erratic outbursts of emotion can be a sign as well. There are essential oils that can help to balance and heal the sacral chakra.

The sacral chakra is the center of emotions and feelings, including the body’s beliefs regarding pleasure and desire. A balanced sacral chakra experiences full expression of sensuality and creativity. A positive affirmation for the sacral chakra is “I allow myself to feel.” Essential oils to support this chakra include Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Patchouli. The use of these oils might be to support conception but might also be for healing your relationship with your deepest self or other types of close relationships with others. Learn more: Sacral Chakra.

Sacral Chakra and Essential Oils Patchouli Plant

Sacral Chakra Essential Oils: Patchouli 

My favorite of these is Patchouli, which I often wear as a perfume. Patchouli assists in developing feelings of belonging and stability. Patchouli comes from the mint family and bears small, pale pink and white flowers.

Patchouli is sometimes seen as a mild aphrodisiac. It is an attractive oil with benefits for hair and skin. This is an oil of peace that helps to clear negative emotions and improve mood—both of which can smooth and enhance our relationships with others!

Chakras and Essential Oils Ylang Ylang

Sacral Chakra Essential Oils: Ylang Ylang 

This essential oil is distilled from the flowers of the custard-apple tree. Ylang Ylang means “flower of flowers.” The flowers have been used to cover the beds of newlywed couples on their wedding night. Ylang Ylang can balance male-female energies and enhance spiritual attunement.

cral Chakra Jasmine Essential Oil

Sacral Chakra Essential Oils: Jasmine

Jasmine essential oil is more accurately characterized as an “essence” not an essential oil. Jasmine flowers are picked before sunrise because its fragrance evaporates in the sun.

Jasmine nicknames include “queen of the night” and “moonlight of the grove.” Jasmine is also used as a popular girl’s name.

Historically, women have been drawn to jasmine for its beautiful, seductive fragrance. Jasmine’s effects are uplifting, stimulating and can counteract hopelessness.


Chakras and Essential Oils: Solar Plexus Chakra

Imbalances in the solar plexus chakra can appear as indigestion, panic attacks, liver problems, chronic illness, and high blood pressure. There are essential oils to help heal and balance the solar plexus chakra. The corresponding belief for a balanced solar plexus chakra is “I stand in my power.” The solar plexus chakra can be assisted by applying 2-4 drops directly on the chakra point. Learn more: Solar Plexus Chakra.

Chakras and Essential Oils Including Cinnamon
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Solar Plexus Essential Oils: Cinnamon

Cinnamon essential oil is centered around energy and abundance. Historically, used in a blend for protection against the 15th century plague.

Cinnamon is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is thought to attract wealth. Cinnamon essential oil is steam distilled from the bark of the cinnamon tree.

Chakras and Essential Oils Including Peppermint
Peppermint Illustration by Rose Karlsen

Solar Plexus Essential Oils: Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is stimulating and purifying to the mind awakening the consciousness. Known for its antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial properties and has been found to block headache pain. Peppermint can increase mental accuracy and clarity. Peppermint is also well-known as a digestive aid.

Chamomile Essential Oil for the Solar Plexus Chakra Meaning

Solar Plexus Essential Oils: Chamomile

Chamomile can stabilize heightened emotions like anger and fear. This essential oil is distilled from the daisy flower. Chamomile essential oil can also help release emotions from past trauma and can soothe and clear the mind. In addition, chamomile essential oil can facilitate acceptance and surrender.


Chakras and Essential Oils: Heart Chakra

An imbalance in the heart chakra may appear as chronic fatigue, upper back pain, heart related issues and anxiety/depression. Traumatic experiences may leave you feeling lost and confused. After a traumatic experience one can feel disconnected with everyone around them, but most importantly themselves. These oils are used to connect with your heart and create a sense of grounding. An affirmation for the heart chakra is “I am love and I am loved.”

Rose Essential Oil and the Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra Essential Oils: Rose

Rose essential oil is balancing and calming. Traditionally, rose oil has been used for healthy skin and its oil was extracted by pressing the petals. The beautiful fragrance of rose oil helps bring balance and harmony. It also has an aphrodisiac like effect. This oil helps restore confidence and a sense of overall wellbeing.

Essential Oil for the Heart Chakra Neroli

Heart Chakra Essential Oils: Neroli

This essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the orange tree. The ancient Egyptians used neroli for its ability to heal the mind, body and spirit. This oil is a natural relaxant and can be used in high-stress experiences to restore calm. It also stabilizes emotions and can bring a feeling of hopefulness and confidence. Great to use when you need uplifting.

Joy Essential Oil Blend

Joy essential oil blend is a wonderful way to get the benefits of rose essential oil with other fragrant oils at a reasonable cost. This is my personal favorite to wear as an uplifting perfume. Purchase pure essential oils from youngliving.com at a discount! Use #1043288 for your sponsor and enroller.


Chakras and Essential Oils: Throat Chakra

Imbalances in the throat chakra can appear as throat issues, neck stiffness, trouble breathing, and thyroid problems.  A positive affirmation for the throat chakra is “I express myself and my truth.”

Throat Chakra Essential Oils Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus Illustration by Rose Karlsen

Throat Chakra Essential Oils: Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus helps to reduce stress and mental exhaustion. Eucalyptus has traditionally been recommended for colds and sore throats. This is a soothing oil for the respiratory system. The scent of eucalyptus is uplifting. Other benefits of eucalyptus include clearing congestion and clarity for the mind.

Myrrh Essential Oil

Throat Chakra Essential Oils: Myrrh

Myrrh is fantastic for the throat chakra and thyroid. Myrrh is actually a resin and not an herb. Myrrh is a thick, viscous essential oil that dries in a light film when applied to the throat.

I used this oil constantly when working to reinvigorate my thyroid after twenty years of medication. I also tried applying myrrh to my feet, especially around the neck of the big toe. Reflexologists say that spot is connected to the thyroid.

Throat Chakra Essential Oils Geranium
Geranium Illustration by Rose Karlsen

Throat Chakra Essential Oils: Geranium

Geranium essential oil serves to increase spiritual protection. Geranium is also a calming oil for the mind and meditation. The oil of geranium has been used to treat anxiety, depression and neurological conditions. Geranium essential oil is thought to relax physical tension in the throat and elsewhere in the body.

The throat chakra is particularly connected to making sounds through singing, chanting, talking, shouting and speaking. In fact, there are particular sounds that are associated with each chakra. The sound of the throat chakra is HAM (pronounced “hum”). There are also vowels for each chakra. See article on Chakra Sounds including mantras and seed syllables for each chakra. More information about the Throat Chakra.


Chakras and Essential Oils: Third Eye Chakra

An imbalance in the third eye chakra may appear as ear and eye issues, learning disabilities, inability to make decisions, and feeling stuck. A mantra for the third eye chakra is “I trust my intuition.”

Helichrysum Essential Oil

Helichrysum for the Brain and Mind

This essential oil is steam distilled from the daisy flower. Known as the “Everlasting” or “The Immortal Flower” the oil has been used in skincare anti-aging products for years.  The floral scent is uplifting to the subconscious mind. Can have a grounding and calming effect.

Lavender Essential Oil for the Chakras
Lavender Illustration by Rose Karlsen

Lavender: The Universal Healer

Possibly one of most used essential oils for its calming effect. This essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering top of the lavender bush. Rene Gattefosse, A French scientist, discovered that lavender promoted tissue regeneration and speed wound healing.

Today lavender is known for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antitumoral abilities. This oil supports relaxation in the body and especially the mind. Perfect to use for a racing, anxious mind. Learn more about lavender on the Essential Drops of Joy website in the article Lavender: The Universal Healer.

Cedarwood for the Pineal Gland

This essential oil is steam distilled from the bark of the pine tree. Traditionally, cedarwood was used in medicines and the ancient Egyptians used it for embalming the dead.

Researchers discovered that cedarwood “stimulates the limbic region of the brain (the center of emotions) stimulates the pineal which releases melatonin” (Essential Oils Desk Reference). Cedarwood is known for its calming and purifying properties and can help support deeper sleep. Learn more about the Third Eye Chakra.


Chakras and Essential Oils: Crown Chakra

Imbalances in the crown chakra can appear as dizziness, vision issues, memory problems, and nervous system problems. This chakra is the spiritual center of the body. An affirmation for the crown chakra is “I am connected to a divine understanding.”

Frankincense Tree for Essential Oils
Frankincense Tree

Frankincense: The Holy Anointing Oil

 This essential oil is steam distilled form the gum/resin of the Frankincense tree. Frankincense has a rich history. Named “holy anointing oil” in the Middle East it has been used in religious ceremonies for years. Its healing properties include antidepressant, antitumoral, and immune system stimulant. Also, can help support the brain after brain injuries like concussion. This oil supports spiritual awareness and is wonderful to use during meditation. It also has an uplifting effect on mood and mind.

Spikenard Essential Oil for Priests and Kings

This essential oil is steam distilled from the roots of the Valerianaceae, a beautiful flowering plant. In ancient times it was only used by priest and kings because it was seen as precious. Spikenard was used to anoint Jesus’ feet in the Bible. This oil can improve circulation and may help strengthen the heart. The effect of this oil is soothing and can soothe nervous tension, which makes it great for meditation to quiet the mind.

Crown Chakra Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandlewood Flower Illustration by Rose Karlsen

Sandalwood Essential Oil Benefits

This essential oil is steam distilled from the wood of the Sandalwood tree. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for skin revitalization, yoga, and meditation. Traditionally used for the skin and healing scars, this oil can also enhance deep sleep and ground the body. Its strong, uplifting aroma creates a sense of stability. Learn more about the Crown Chakra.


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Author Kathleen Karlsen

Kathleen Karlsen is a musician, artist, writer and speaker. She is the author of two books (Flower Symbols and Vocal Medicine) and over 200 articles. Kathleen, her husband Andrew and their five children live in Bozeman, Montana. More about Kathleen Karlsen.

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Essential oils have an ancient history of use for spiritual purposes. Learn about the essential oils that are believed to affect particular chakras. This article includes a description of three to five essential oils for each of the seven major chakras. Discover how to pair chakras and essential oils to support your health, balance your chakras and accelerate your spiritual practice.

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