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Essences and Chakras

As with crystals, people react in different ways to the aromatherapy essences, so trust your intuition. As always, if in doubt, consult a qualified aromatherapist for guidance.

Essential oils

Fragrance, in the form of essential oils, has been used in healing for thousands of years, even before the ancient Egyptians.

The essential oils are extracted from plants and trees and fall in to 8 basic categories. These are:-

  • Citrus - eg. bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange.
  • Floral - eg. geranium, chamomile(Roman), rose otto, lavender, ylang ylang, neroli.
  • Herbaceous - eg. chamomile, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, clary sage.
  • Camphoraceous - eg. eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, tea tree.
  • Spicy - eg. coriander, black pepper, ginger, cardamom.
  • Resinous - eg. frankincense, myrrh, galbanum.
  • Woody - eg. cedarwood, sandalwood, juniper, cypress.Earthy - eg. patchouli.

Some essences fall in to more than one group - this a a reflection of their complex makeup. The essences have many uses and one essence can have a number of different uses. Since they have an effect on the physical and the emotional, their uses vary depending on what effect is being sought. They can also be blended, thus giving even more possibilities.

Below are a few ideas of essences in relation to the body chakras.

Crown Chakra

Crown Chakra

Frankincense - emotional problems, calming, antidepressant, antiseptic, tonic.

Myrrh - heals sores and wounds with external application, astringent, anti-spasmodic.

Viola - soporific, analgesic.

Brow Chakra

Brow Chakra

Angelica Seed - general tonic, encourages inspiration and inner focus. (Avoid during pregnancy.)

Lavender - calming, cleansing, antiseptic, anti-infectious restorative.

Hyacinth - hypnotic, sedative, used for aroma-psychology. (Very strong, so only a small amount to be used in blends).

Throat Chakra

Throat  Chakra

Chamomile (Roman) - soothing, calming, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious.

Linden Blossom - calming, anti-spasmodic.

 

Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra

Geranium - eases tired nerves, balancing endocrine system, regeneration.

Eucalyptus - expectorant, tonic, anti-infectious.

Rose - calming the nerves, headaches, shock.

Solar Plexus

Solar Plexus Chakra

Basil - good for stress (pre-exams), for nervous system, intestinal antiseptic, digestion. (Avoid during pregnancy and can cause irritation to sensitive skin).

Bergamot - good for stomach, antidepressant, calming.

 

Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra

Neroli - antidepressant, good tonic Cardamom - stimulant, antiseptic, eases abdominal pain by relieving flatulence.

Clary Sage - tonic, anti-infectious, helps menstrual problems.

Ylang Ylang - aids confidence, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, calming.

Base Chakra

Base Chakra

Black pepper - ( Can cause irritation to sensitive skin. Do not use undiluted in baths.) For circulation, aching muscles, low blood pressure, lethargy.

Rosemary - (Not to be used during pregnancy or by those with epilepsy) eases acid in the joints, analgesic, antidepressant.

Cedarwood - antiseptic, good tonic, aids regeneration.

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