By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist
Have you heard about Plant Therapy’s new Chakra Synergies Set?
Wondering what it is all about?
Wondering if it is for you?
Wondering how to get started?
The intention of the Chakra Synergy line is to create simplicity and accessibility for those who wish to bring self-balancing practices into our self-care routines for a greater sense of wellbeing.
As with the mind and body, aromatherapy can provide powerful support for our spirit to support a greater sense of balance from the inside out.
So, let’s get started on learning more about Chakras!
How Chakras Impact Our Wellbeing
Chakras are subtle energy centers that intersect with our mind, body, and spirit. The major chakras are located along our spine in ascending order from base to crown. These chakras take in and transmit energy throughout our entire being.
When our chakras are in balance our natural energy flows smoothly, creating a sense of overall well-being. Stress, negative thinking, and wounds or traumas to any part of our being can disrupt this vital balance.
If you are new to the concept of chakras, how they impact our well-being, and how aromatherapy can help, I recommend you start by reading “So What Exactly is Subtle Aromatherapy” for an introduction to the basics.
This is just the beginning, of course. Like aromatherapy, energy work provides a vast path to develop and deepen your learning. And, like other areas of aromatherapy, there are reputable thought leaders, teachers, and authors specific to subtle aromatherapy should you wish to study this synergy for the spirit.
How to Choose a Chakra Synergy for Your Needs
These synergies were created with the intention of gently supporting balance in each of the unique chakras.
Location: Base of Spine
Concerns: Sense safety, security, and trust in the world, while feeling present and grounded and present in our body.
Location: Lower Abdomen
Concerns: Ability to experience emotional security, passion, and pleasure in creative expression and connection to others.
Location: Solar Plexus
Concern: Sense of self-esteem, self-worth, self-respect, and self-confidence while retaining warmth and graciousness toward others.
Location: Center of Breastbone
Concerns: Open to love, acceptance, forgiveness, and compassion for self and others
Location: Center of Throat
Concerns: Ability to identify and speak your true needs while in integrity with yourself and others.
Location: Center of Forehead/ Between Brows
Concerns: Ability to clearly “see” conceptually and symbolically through intuition, perception, visualization, and imagination.
Location: Top of Head
Concerns: Sense of connection to a higher consciousness, higher purpose, and higher self.
How to Use the Chakra Synergies
Because we are working with our subtle body — which houses our spirit, our core essence and our natural energy flow — we recommend you use these synergies at a much less intensity than used for the mind and body in order to resonate, rather than overwhelm, the subtle nature of our energy.
- Dilution: Use at 1 drop per teaspoon, or 6 drops per ounce for a 1% dilution. Use a more subtle scent in direct inhalation, or room diffusion. A drop will do for passive diffusion.
- Inhalation: Inhalation from the bottle is too overwhelming to the senses and subtle body. Simply add 1 drop to a tissue or cotton ball, or aromatherapy jewelry. You can also add 5 drops per 100 ml to your diffuser and run for a short period, or add 15 drops to your personal inhaler and breathe in gently. You may also choose to use these at half-strength if the scent is more strong than subtle depending on your proximity. The key is to get a gentle hint of the scent and not to overwhelm the senses.
- Topical Application: Dilute to 1% in Jojoba or other carrier oil of your choice. You may wish to anoint your chakras. Anointing is an ancient practice across spiritual traditions in which an oil is applied with intention. It is often used for protection, to connect with the sacred, to empower, and to support wellness. You may wish to anoint your chakra, pulse points, or nearby areas of the body. For the first chakra, you may use the soles of the feet and/or touch behind the knees.
- Combination: Add drops diluted to 1% to the hands and then anoint the chakra, pulse point, or body area desired. Then, bring the hands up to inhale and relax into a mindful balancing practice.
How to Combine Chakra Synergies with Mindfulness Techniques
When working with aromatherapy for the spirit, we can create an even more expansive experience when combined with mindfulness techniques such as these outlined below. This synergy for the senses can help bring balance, harmony, and well-being within our whole being.
To help you on your way, I have outlined some traditionally accepted and accessible suggestions as a starting point. The most important thing is to find what works for your unique needs at any given time.
Intention – Setting a clear purpose and using your synergy with that purpose in mind. This is likely the most important aspect when using aromatherapy to bring balance to the subtle body.
Suggested Usage: direct inhalation
Affirmation– Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts. These are always stated in the present tense. And, you might want to consider aligning them with the concerns of the chakra with which you are working. For example, if you are working to bring balance to your 1st Chakra, you might like to affirm “I am safe.”
Suggested Usage: direct inhalation, anointing
Visualization: Using your mind’s eye to create a healing image on which to focus. You might choose to focus on a generally soothing and calming image, or you may wish to create a healing image specific to the chakra with which you are working.
Suggested Usage: diffusion, direct inhalation, anointing
Meditation: Calming the conscious mind to allow for inward introspection and higher information. This is when you can hear your spirit speak while you are soothing the mind and the body.
Suggested Usage: diffusion, direct inhalation, anointing
As you can see subtle aromatherapy is another approach to enhancing our wellbeing by bringing gentle support to the spirit. The synergies are meant to help make the practice of subtle aromatherapy accessible whether it is new to you, or you are an experienced practitioner.
The synergies themselves are created with the intention of resonating with each chakra in combination with the power of your conscious intention. They are not meant to simply apply to “fix a symptom,” but rather to support you in bringing self-balancing techniques into your self-care routines to enhance your overall well-being.
I hope this helps you on your way. Should you wish to explore the chakras and subtle aromatherapy more, you will find some reputable resources listed below. I wish you well on your wellness journey!
Davis, Patricia. Subtle Aromatherapy. Saffron Walden: C.W. Daniel, 1992. Print
Judith, Anodea, and Selene Vega. The Sevenfold Journey: Reclaiming Mind, Body & Spirit through the Chakras. Freedom, CA: Crossing, 1993. Print.
Judith, Anodea. Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self. Berkeley: Celestial Arts, 2004. Print.
Keim, Joni, and Ruah Bull. Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils. N.p.: CreateSpace, 2015. Print.