The Chakras & Essential Oils
By Tracy Griffiths, BCPP and Julie Sinclair, BCPP
In Polarity Therapy Volume 1, Book 2, Chart No. 2, Dr. Stone shows how subtle prana currents take the form of chakras that exist as five whirling functional energy centers in the body. These centers relate to the elements of Ether (voice/throat; respiration); Air (circulation/lungs, heart); Fire (digestion/stomach); Water (generative force, emotional drive/pelvic organs, glandular secretions); and Earth (elimination of solids and liquids/rectum, bladder).
When you’re working with clients via an elemental protocol session, essential oils can be an additional tool you can use — or that a client can take home with them after the session — to support the work. Below is a summary, culled from Tracy’s Aroma Yoga® book, of each chakra, what each chakra governs, and which essential oils can be used to support the chakras.
1st/Root (Muladhara) Chakra
The sense of smell is associated with the First Chakra, and its corresponding element is Earth. Faster acting than our senses of hearing and sight, smell is associated with the “fight or flight” response to challenges and correlates to our powerful and instinctive emotional guidance system.
2nd/Sacral (Swadhisthana) Chakra
The Second Chakra is the center of creativity, desire, emotion, sexuality, fluidity, and intuition. It relates to giving and receiving pleasure. Taste is the sense associated with this chakra. It’s element is Water.
3rd/Solar Plexus (Manipura) Chakra
The Third Chakra is the center of personal power, ambition, change, will, and passion. Sight is the sense associated with this chakra. It’s element is Fire.
4th/Heart (Anahata) Chakra
The Fourth Chakra is the center of compassion, love, and group consciousness. It’s element is Air. It is spiritually associated with “oneness.” The sense of touch is associated with this chakra.
5th/Throat (Vishuddha) Chakra
The Fifth Chakra is the center of communication, sound, and expression of creativity through thought, speech, music, writing, and art. We can repress our feelings of grief and hold back our authentic expression because we feel vulnerable. When we fail to speak up or speak our truth, we may experience a sore throat, sore neck, or even lose our voice. The thyroid gland, which regulates our body’s metabolism, is related to this chakra. The chakra is associated with the sense of hearing and element of Ether.
6th/Third Eye (Ajna) Chakra
The Sixth Chakra is the center of psychic power, higher intuition, magnetic forces, and light. It encompasses Divine thought, balanced intuition, and intellect. It’s “sense” is intuition, and it’s element is Light.
7th/Crown (Sahasrara) Chakra
The Seventh Chakra is the center of spirituality, universal consciousness, Divine alignment, enlightenment, dynamic thought, and energy. It is the connecting link to you highest and finest Self. It’s “element” is Spirit, and it’s “sense” is Enlightenment.
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The Aroma YogaⓇ guide book—which offers an introduction to essential oils and the many benefits of aromatherapy, and features specific oils to use with Dr. Stone’s Polarity Yoga and additional asanas paired with each chakra—is available to order here.