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Balancing Your Chakras

 

With the rise in popularity of essential oils, as well as the increased attention to the ancient healing modality of working with our chakras, we thought it would be a great time to focus on some of our most popular products, our Chakra Essence Sprays and Perfume Rollers, and tell you more about what is in them and why.

Many traditional healing practices talk of the chakras, energy centers that are a part of our etheric/energy bodies that can influence all things in our lives, from our health to our emotions. According to tradition, when these energy centers are out of balance, either too open or too closed off, we can experience imbalances in our life.

Each chakra governs different aspects of our beings, and thus when not in alignment with each other, those aspects of our life will be off. By learning more about the associations of each individual chakra, we can discern if there are things in our own life that may point to that particular chakra being misaligned, and thus can work on correcting the imbalances by actively seeking herbs, essential oils, and other healing practices that activate that particular chakra.

Over the past several blog posts we’ve gone in-depth into each of the individual chakras:

We have found that by utilizing the chakra energy system, we are able to explore the whole body and all of it’s systems piece by piece, leaving no aspect untouched. Using the chakra system helps us to travel through all of the layers of our beings, from the most basic to the most etherial, allowing one to have a framework from which you can start from in order to work on all the different aspects of your health.

This last post in the series will be dedicated to integrating all of the chakras (and thus your whole being) into one, and helping you to bring balance to your entire system.

Typically, when working with the chakra system, it is recommended that you start from the root and work your way up the system, focusing on balancing each chakra before moving on to the next higher one. In this way you start with your foundation and build upon it.

This is most often the best way to go about things, if you have more time. However, we have found that it can be beneficial to either start with the aspect of yourself that needs the most immediate attention and then circle back to the more foundational aspects later, or to work on multiple aspects at the same time, to both build the foundation and work on any immediately pressing issues in order to begin to feel better more quickly.

No matter which route you decide to go, taking steps towards improving your health, regardless of where you start, is going to make you feel better over-all.

The remedies, tips, and recipes in this section can be used at any point in time during your healing journey, which is also true for all of the chakras we’ve already covered, so don’t be afraid to get started on doing or using whatever you feel the most called to.

THE CHAKRAS

The chakras “exist” along the central energy line of the body and correspond to a whole host of different aspects of the being, from particular body parts to emotions.

By exploring the different correspondences you can gain an understanding of the areas of yourself that may need work.

Below is a chart we created that has the basics of what the different chakras correspond to.

Chakra Sanskrit Name Place on body Color Statement Emotions Body Parts Endocrine Glands
1st – Root Muladhara
“Root, Foundation”
Perineum, base of spine Red I Am /
I Survive“All is One”
Sense of safety and security, family, friendship, loyalty, support, Bones, blood, lymph, immune system, muscles, skin, feet, legs, rectum Adrenals
2nd – Sacral Svadhishthana“One’s own dwelling place” ‘womb’ area, just below the navel Orange I Feel /
I Desire“Honor one Another”
Sexuality, personal identity, ethics, relationships, passions Sexual organs, hips, bladder, large intestine Reproductive glands, testis & ovaries
3rd – Solar Plexus Manipura
“City of Jewels”
Diaphragm area Yellow I Do / I Will

“Honor Yourself”

Self-confidence, self-esteem, ambition, self-respect, personal honor, character, hope, trust Stomach, upper intestines, sleep, pancreas, kidney, liver, gallbladder, Pancreas
4th – Heart Anahata “Unstruck” Center of the chest Green/
Pink
I Love

“I Give and Receive Love” “Love is Divine Power”

Love, hatred, grief, anger, jealousy, forgiveness Heart, lungs, breasts, arms, hands, Thymus gland
5th – Throat Vishuddha
“To Purify”
Base/hollow of the throat Bright blue I Speak

“I have the Power to Communicate”

Self expression, truth, choice, Throat, trachea, bronchial tubes, vocal chords, mouth, teeth Thyroid gland
6th – Third Eye Anja
“Command”
Center of forehead, just above and between the eyes Indigo I See

“I Am who I Am” “Seek Only Truth”

Intellect, honesty, open-mindedness, self-evaluation, self-awareness, ability to learn, emotional intelligence Eyes, ears, nose, brain, Pituitary & Pineal glands
7th – Crown Sahasrara “Thousand Petaled” Top of the head Purple/White I Know /
I Understand“Live in the Present Moment”“I surrender to Divine Will”
Trust, faith, spirituality, inspiration, values, ethics Brain stem, spinal cord, nervous system, Hypothalamus

 

This cart isn’t comprehensive, but it is a great starting place.

Did you also know that even the earth has chakras or energy centers, and the most commonly agreed-upon locations are:

  • 1st – Mt. Shasta (Cascade Mountains in California/Oregon)
  • 2nd – Lake Titicaca (South America – Bolivia/Peru)
  • 3rd – Uluru (Australia)
  • 4th – Glastonbury (England)
  • 5th – Great Pyramid (Egypt)
  • 6th – Aeon Activation – currently stationary (Western Europe)
  • 7th – Mt. Kailas (Tibet/Himalayas)
  • (Herbarium)

Going back through the other chakra blog posts will give you more in-depth information about working with the individual chakras, including herbal remedies for each one, so be sure to check those out.

 

BALANCING ALL OF THE CHAKRAS

Sometimes other people say it best, so here is a synopsis of chakra balancing from Chakras.info:

“Chakra balancing is the process of restoring a harmonious flow of energy across the chakra system. The effect of well balanced chakras often translates into a feeling of well-being, relaxation, centeredness, increased vitality and embodiment of oneself.

When we talk about chakra balancing, we may actually refer to various techniques and meanings. A commonly accepted definition of chakra balancing is the process through which the energy of the chakras is brought to a well functioning and harmonious state.

The idea of balancing a chakra is only addressing part of the picture: Each chakra part of a system that functions as a whole. If we look at how chakras work, we see that they have a dynamic connection with each other and interact energetically. Therefore, when doing chakra balancing, it’s not only important to consider each chakra, but also the neighboring centers, and the energy through the whole system.

The purpose of chakra balancing is to support a balanced flow that will sustain our overall level of energy. In our everyday life, we are subjected to a number of activities, sources of stress and demands that result in fluctuations in our energy level. Some may feel draining, others fulfilling or nourishing. Furthermore, past events and experiences often leave a long lasting influence on how we feel and are in the world, therefore influencing how we manage our energy day-to-day.

Stresses placed on us by the demands of life may result in interruptions and fluctuations in our energy flow and chakra imbalances.

Balancing consists in establishing sufficient and consistent flow where there is not enough, regulating energy where there’s too much, and aligning where there’s distortion or displacement.

Chakra balancing techniques fall into in three categories:

1. Those centered on a physical process or activity

2. A meditative or introspective practice

3. The transmission of energy from another person or on your own. 

Common practices you can use to balance your chakras:

  • Hands on healing or energy healing
  • Meditation, including chakra meditation, self-inquiry
  • Exercises focused on the connection of body and mind, including yoga
  • Breath work, including pranayama
  • Holistic or alternative medicine

There are also a number of practices aiming at restoring the balance of the chakra system as a basis for well-being. The most common ones are:

  • Reiki
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Pranic healing

The use of chakra healing stones or crystals can also support chakra balancing activities.”

 

By utilizing a variety of techniques, or simply finding the one’s that work best for you, you will become more attuned to your body’s state of being, and thus able to better bring it back in to a state of balance and health.

For the individual chakra remedies be sure to check out the other posts in this series:

In our Balance Chakra Spray and Perfume Roller, we chose specific gem essences and essential oils that have been associated with their ability to balance and harmonize the entire chakra system, so if you are looking for a great starting place, this may be the one for you.

 

The following gems are a part of the Balance chakra spray. The last one, Hematite, is the actual roller ball that is a part of the Balance Perfume Roller

  • Brazilian Quartz – the essence of cleansing white light; stimulates ­healing on all levels; cleanses, energizes and synchronizes the subtle bodies, the chakras, and the physical body to the Earth’s natural vibration; brings a grounded, present time focus to the entire energy system
  • Fluorite Combo – synchronizes the movement of incoming and ­outgoing energy­ between the subtle bodies and the physical body; fine-tunes our focus so that we can move through an issue or healing process with precision and balance
  • Herkimer Diamond – a highly developed transmitter of white light; ­stimulates and amplifies healing at all levels; promotes clarity of vision; helps us regulate and fine tune the abilities of the 6th chakra; facilitates clarity during the dream state.
  • Kunzite – opens the heart to an awareness of one’s angelic presence; anchors the reality of angelic support into the body and one’s environment; helps one experience the spiritual love of the angelic kingdom in the heart, in the moment; develops the higher octave of the heart chakra
  • Moonstone – helps us move into an authentic feeling space rather than an over-reactive one; cleanses and circulates energy in the emotional body; helps us complete emotional cycles; calming, soothing, and nurturing; balances and harmonizes psychic sensitivity during menstruation
  • Opal – recharges the chakras with a full spectrum of luminous colors; helps us rejuvenate spent emotional and mental forces; counteracts the depletion of color frequencies in the aura; replenishes our creative energies; helps us learn to use the fire element in a balanced way.
  • Smoky Quartz – grounding and calming; ­synchronizes body ­energy with Earth energy; regulates and stabilizes the detoxification of unwanted energies from the physical and subtle bodies; cleanses and re-calibrates body energies during and after travel
  • Spectrolite – renews and refreshes one’s perspective; helps one contact deeper levels of meaning in life’s events; helps one see the magnificent in the mundane and the Divine in the ordinary; bathes and nourishes the entire energy system with full-spectrum light
  • Turquoise – cleanses and deepens our connection to the Soul of the Earth; attunes our energy field to the ancient wisdom and sacredness inherent in all of life; helps us live a life of simplicity, full of gratitude and reverence for All
  • Watermelon tourmaline – balances the universal polarities of yin and yang; ­harmonizes the dynamic and magnetic (giving and receiving) ­qualities of love; helps us ground spiritual and angelic qualities of love into the heart and physical body
  • Hematite – strengthens the energetic boundary between the ­mental and ­emotional bodies; promotes emotional independence rather than co-­dependence; helps us maintain a state of ­compassionate detachment while witnessing an intense emotional experience in another; helps us contain our own emotional experiences in a clear way.

Our Chakra Sprays and Perfume rollers contain all of the above essences and essential oils and are the perfect way to work with your sacral chakra. We love using them in meditation, before or during a yoga class, or at any point during the day to help keep us feeling connected to our own heart space so we can love ourselves first and foremost, and then be able to love others.

 

 

 

Similar to the gem essences, flower essences are energetic remedies that can be used safely by anyone without fear of side effects or interactions.

The following are some of our favorites to use for balancing all of the Chakras:

  • Calla Lily – balancing one’s masculine and feminine aspects
  • Corn – spirituality which relates to both Heaven and Earth, and both the physical body and psychic awareness
  • Lady’s Slipper – integration of inner spiritual authority with real life tasks, harmonization of crown and root chakras
  • Fawn Lily – balance between inner spirituality and outer commitment
  • Lotus – balanced spirituality; to bring right relationship between crown chakra and other energy centers
  • Moring Glory – balance and regularity in daily habits and life-style
  • Nicotiana – to balance the heart forces, especially to integrate the feeling life with bodily strength; to feel earthly forces of strength in consonance with the inner life of the soul
  • Vervain – Ability to practice moderation, tolerance, and balance; “the middle way;” passionate and embodied idealism

 

Again, this list is by no means complete. Bringing balance in to your life is a a constant practice, and you may require more specific help in one aspect at any given time. We highly recommend the Flower Essence Repertory book if you would like a very comprehensive place to start finding the flower essences that could be best suited for you.

We have a copy of this book in our store available for looking at, so you can come in during regular hours to look through it and create your own personalized flower essence remedy. 

There is also a searchable online database of all the FES essences available when you purchase a membership through them. It includes all of the FES flowers and the original Bach flowers.

FES is not the only company offering flower essences, there are probably hundreds available, each with their own unique essences, so if you come across some that you enjoy, get them.

The gem essences we use come from a company called Alaskan Essences that creates not only the gem essences but also flower essences and place essences from around the world. They too have an online searchable database available through subscription as well as books available for purchase at our store, if you like hard copies.

 

 

When you combine all of the colors of the light spectrum, you get white, so white foods are the one’s we will focus on when relating to all of the chakras.

People often associate white foods with those that lack nutrients, things such as white bread, white rice, white sugar, etc. And while it is true that many of the benefits found in colorful foods are not in these foods, there are plenty on un-processed white foods that contain a host of nutrients and benefits your body.

Foods such as mushrooms, onions, garlic, bone broth, white potatoes, apples, cauliflower, coconut, jicama, legumes, pears, sauerkraut, seeds, and nuts.

 

Here are a few recipes for balancing the chakras.

Mango Coconut Smoothie

Ingredients:

~ 1/2 cup frozen mango
~ 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (boxed variety)
~ 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut water
~ 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of your choice (we like the Vega Sport protein or Shakeology, Vegan and whey options are available)
~ Water and ice as desired to blend

 

 

 

Bone Broth 

Ingredients

~ 1 lb grass-fed beef bones, or a left-over organic roasted chicken or turkey carcass
~ 2 large white onions, chopped
~ 5-8 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
~ 2 tbsp Apple Cider vinegar
~ salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Place bones, onions, and garlic in a crock pot
2. Add enough filtered water to cover the bones by 1 inch
3. Add in the apple cider vinegar (this helps to pull more minerals out of the broth), salt and pepper
4. Cook on low for 12-36 hrs (12 for poultry, 36 for beef or other larger bones)
5. Strain and refrigerate or freeze for later use.

Bone broth can be used as cooking stock for any soup or stew that calls for it. You can also use it in place of water when cooking rice and quinoa. Homemade broth will add so much more richness, depth, and taste to any dish you use it in, not to mention that it’s full of nutrients and absorbable protein.

You can also heat a cup of broth and drink it on it’s own; this is very healing to the digestive system and is akin to drinking homemade chicken noodle soup, just without the actual chicken and noodles. Check out this article by Functional Medicine Practitioner Chris Kresser on the benefits of broth.

 

ALL OF THE SUGGESTIONS ABOVE ARE PERFECT WAYS TO START WORKING ON ALIGNING YOUR CHAKRAS SO YOU FEEL MORE BALANCED AND IN ALIGNMENT WITH YOUR TRUE SELF AT ALL LEVELS.

 

Much of the information we’ve gathered about the qualities of things associated with the chakras comes from the wonderful work of Dr. Deanna Minch of the Whole Detox. Her work is rich in color and focuses very specifically on healing the self through the chakras, so if you’d like to go even deeper into this type of work on yourself, check out her self-guided detoxification programs.

 

 

If you’ve found this information helpful please let us know, we love getting feedback from you.

 

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Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Those seeking treatment for a specific disease should consult a qualified practitioner.

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Working With The Crown Chakra

With the rise in popularity of essential oils, as well as the increased attention to the ancient healing modality of working with our chakras, we thought it would be a great time to focus on some of our most popular products, our Chakra Essence Sprays and Perfume Rollers, and tell you more about what is in them and why.

Many traditional healing practices talk of the chakras, energy centers that are a part of our etheric/energy bodies that can influence all things in our life, from our health to our emotions. According to tradition, when these energy centers are out of balance, either too open or too closed off, we can experience imbalances in our life.

Each chakra governs different aspects of our beings, and thus when not in alignment with each other, those aspects of our life will be off. By learning more about the associations of each individual chakra, we can discern if there are things in our own life that may point to that particular chakra being mis-aligned, and thus can work on correcting the imbalances by actively seeking herbs, essential oils, and other healing practices that activate that particular chakra.

Last month we covered the 6th chakra, the Third Eye, so this month is all about the seventh chakra:

 

THE CROWN CHAKRA

The crown chakra, called Sahasrara in Sanskrit, means ‘‘one thousand’ and is often thought to represent the 1000 petaled lotus flower. It may also speak to the 1000 different things that are going on in one’s mind, the 1000 different thoughts you have at any given moment, and the 1000 different possibilities that exist before you.

The crown chakra is directly related with your thought processes as well as with your sense of your higher spiritual self, that which is connected to all that is beyond your physical being. It is concerned with your intuitive knowing, your connection to one’s spirituality, your integration with the whole, your Highest self, wisdom, wholeness, oneness, surrender to All That Is, cosmic energy, transmutation of energy into matter, or matter into energy, and governs the pituitary gland, pineal gland, nervous system, and the brain. (3)

Those with open crown chakras often have a deeper sense of their connection with the Divine (in any of it’s forms or manifestations) and are often those with prophetic dreams and the ability to sense divine purpose or will.

The crown chakra is the entry point into the body for the Divine and it is through an open chakra that the energy of the universe can pour in to you, and through which you can send energy back out in to the ethers.

“The thousand-petaled chakra embraces an attitude of gratitude for one’s life. When we realize that everything is interconnected and that we are a part of the larger scheme of life, we begin to live with gratitude, faith and trust, rather than filled with fear and anxiety. We are guided by the Higher Power and we feel Divinity from within and from without. The challenge of this chakra is to liberate the Spirit – open to the Divine – and at the same time stay firmly rooted deep in the ground.” (3)

Through meditation, self-reflection, and self-examination the crown chakra can be opened and activated.

The main words associated with the crown chakra are “I Know” or “I Understand”.

When the crown chakra is in balance a person will be more open to the Divine, have a deeper access to the unconscious and subconscious, have a more integrated view of life and our mortality, and also our immortality.

When the crown chakra is deficient a person may have a lack of joy and creativity, experience difficulty in making decisions, be uncommunicative, lack a sense of higher purpose in life, not feel creative, may not feel connected to others or even to themselves, be ‘lost’ spiritually, fumbling in the dark

When the crown chakra has excessive energy there are two ways in which this may manifest.
Firstly, a person may have a constant sense of frustration, be psychotic or schizophrenic,  experience manic depression, get frequent migraine headaches, be destructive, and have a sexual expression that ranges from too passionate to distant.
Secondly we may see people who are ‘overly’ spiritual, are overly concerned with spiritual matters and not with any worldly matters, which they may deem to be beneath them or somehow lesser, be demonstrating Spiritual Bypassing, may make others feel as though they are unworthy or less than them because they are not as ‘spiritual’ as they are.

In our Crown of Connection chakra spray and roller, we chose specific gems and essential oils that have been associated with their ability to balance and harmonize the incredibly important crown chakra so that you are better able to access the connection you have to your higher self.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE CROWN CHAKRA

 

These first three essential oils make up the blend we use in the Crown of Connection chakra sprays & rollers.

Cedarwood – is said to be one of the first crude essential oils to be extracted, and it was one of the oils that the Egyptians used for spiritual embalming purposes (5). It’s scent is calming, grounding, but also fresh and soft, making it a lovely addition to help balance out this compilation of scents

Lavender – well known for it’s relaxing qualities, lavender can help aid in calming the body and the mind to make it easier to sit in meditative contemplation. It’s aromatic qualities are also gently opening and upward moving, allowing one to imagine that each inhale of it’s sweet fragrance opens the mind to greater thoughts and possibilities.

Neroli – an intensely floral and sweet flower, the smell of neroli oil is so pungent and floaty that it causes one to imagine it’s thick and heady scent rising to the heavens and taking all of your thoughts, hopes, and dreams right along with it.

Some other common oils used for balancing the crown chakra are:

Frankincense –  known as a spiritual oil and resin for thousands of years alongside Myrrh oil and resin Both are burned in religious ceremonies the world over.

Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) has been used for enlightenment when inhaled or (diluted in a carrier oil) on the crown. It can be inhaled when one is feeling stressed, traumatized, or hopeless.

Palo Santo – also known as Holy Wood, the scent of palo santo is calming and collecting, it forms a protective bubble around your auric self. It can be used as an essential oil or by burning the sticks.

Rose – always a favorite of people in any part of the world, rose can be inhaled to bring peace and harmony to your heart and mind.

Sandalwood – is known to release one from negativity and negative past experiences. However, most sandalwood is on the verge of extinction due to over-harvesting, so make sure you only source sandalwood from places that are cultivating their own trees and not wild-crafting.

Sage – white ceremonial sage is burned by Native Americans to cleanse and purify people and spaces, especially before important spiritual events. It is often followed by the burning of Sweetgrass to bring a sense of sweetness back into the space so as to not leave a void created by the sage clearing.

Spikenard – a member of the same family as valerian and native to the Himalayan area of the world is an ancient plant used for religious purposes for thousands of years across many cultures. Along with a few other plants, such as Galbanum, it is referenced in the bible.

 

GEM ESSENCES FOR THE CROWN CHAKRA

The following gems with pictures are a part of the Crown of Connection chakra sprays. Additionally, the roller ball that is a part of the Crown of Connection Perfume Roller is made up of an actual Amethyst stone. (6)

 

Brazilian Amethyst – transmutes energy from lower to higher ­vibratory rates; helps us create balance between our physical reality and our spiritual potential; promotes the lifting of perception from an overly material state; helps us bring the highest aspects of our spirituality into physical form

Diamond – helps us see through illusion; harmonizes Divine and personal will; helps us activate personal will in its highest form; strengthens the ability to act in alignment with our Divine purpose

Rutilated Quartz – promotes precision alignment with higher sources of energy and information; helps us develop and physically stabilize the ability to access, focus, synthesize, and express ­information from the spiritual realms

Sapphire – helps us connect to the energetic support we need to do the work we came here to do; helps us move to a deeper level of inner work and life experience; promotes loyalty to action that serves our highest truth; ­strengthens commitment to Divine purpose

Sapphire/Ruby – helps anchor the qualities of ­devotion, responsibility, and loyalty firmly into the heart; gently ­facilitates the integration of higher purpose into day-to-day physical reality; helps us balance spiritual ­responsibility with physical ability; helps us receive nurturing through the fulfillment of Divine responsibilities

Scepter Amethyst – gives strength and support to follow one’s spiritual path; opens and prepares the 7th chakra to receive energy from the higher chakras; awakens our highest spiritual potential; helps us embody a higher level of spiritual authority and leadership qualities

Sugalite – brings depth and a physical richness to one’s spiritual life; helps one learn to receive spiritual support easily and gracefully; helps one physically manifest a warmer, more feminine quality of spirituality

Our Chakra Sprays and Perfume rollers contain all of the above essences and essential oils and are the perfect way to work with your sacral chakra. We love using them in meditation, before or during a yoga class, or at any point during the day to help keep us feeling connected to our own heart space so we can love ourselves first and foremost, and then be able to love others.

 

FLOWER ESSENCES FOR THE CROWN CHAKRA

Similar to the gem essences, flower essences are energetic remedies that can be used safely by anyone without fear of side effects or interactions.

The following are some of our favorites to use for the Crown Chakra

Angelica – perceiving and receiving help from higher worlds; sensing the soul within a larger matrix of spiritual life; attunement with spiritual beings who guide and guard

Baby Blue Eyes – to counterbalance cynicism; when the soul feels estranged from the spiritual world, thus retarding its spiritual development

California Poppy – fascination or glamour in spiritual experiences; overemphasis on psychic phenomena or techniques rather than true spiritual and moral development

Canyon Dudleya – tendency to unbalanced or hysterical states of psychism or mediumism; overemphasis on spiritual experiences in proportion to ordinary life events

Chaparral – awareness through dreams and meditation

Corn – grounding spiritual energy through the body, experiencing the body as a microcosm of the Earth

Cosmos – overly active mental state, need for greater clarity and integration with higher spiritual thought

Forget-me-not – enhancing awareness of spiritual guidance or communication with those outside the physical world

Iris – creating a chalice or inner vessel for receiving higher inspiration; active expression of the soul life through creativity

Lotus – enhancing spiritual awareness; deepening meditative experience, enhancing and opening spiritual consciousness; balancing overdeveloped spirituality which is not integrated with other aspects of Self

Milkweed – unbalanced spiritual practices which blot out or obliterate healthy ego structure; over-dependence on spiritual leaders or dogma

Mugwort – sensitivity to threshold experiences, especially dreaming; ability to integrate psychic life with ordinary consciousness

Purple Monkeyflower – profound fear of spiritual opening, often due to fear-based religious beliefs or occult ritual abuse; to develop calm and objective relationship to spiritual phenomena

Rock Water – overly strict approach to spiritual life; asceticism or other forms of rigidity which deny the joy of true spiritual experience

Rosemary – feeling foggy or forgetful, when spiritual consciousness cannot penetrate through body

Shasta Daisy – synthesizing ideas into a meaningful whole; archetypal thinking

St. John’s Wort – protection while outside the body, especially during dreams, or from overly expanded or psychic states of mind; generally indicated for all stages of spiritual opening

Star Tulip – receptive awareness; contacting higher worlds of thought

Yarrow – over-expansion of spiritual Self leading to acute sensitivity; need for protection; overly porous auric field

(All of the above descriptions come from the Flower Essence Services online repertory)

HERBS FOR THE CROWN CHAKRA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bacopa – Bacopa monerii is a well known Ayurvedic herb for brain function. It has long been used as a meditative aid and is helpful in improving cognitive function.

Calendula – known and loved for many reasons, calendula is not only a wonderful skin and wound-healing herb, for many it can also make one’s dreams more lucid and aid in the remembrance of dreams when drunk in tea close to bed time.

Ginkgo – one of the most well-known herbs for cognitive function, ginkgo biloba is said to improve one’s mind.

Gotu kola – an important Ayurvedic brain function herb, is used to nourish the brain and help with memory issues. It is believed it is one of the foods that elephants prefer, and elephants never forget! It can be used as a tea, tincture, or eaten in salads.

Holy Basil – also called Tulsi, is another excellent Ayurvedic herb for brain health. Holy basil, as the name implies, is a relative of the basil you cook with in your kitchen but is considered to be sacred in Hindu belief. Hindus regard it as an earthly manifestation of the goddess Tulsi; she is regarded as a great worshipper of the god Vishnu. The offering of its leaves is mandatory in ritualistic worship of Vishnu and his forms like Krishna and Vithoba. (Source)

Lavender – this beloved purple plant brings along with it’s scent powerful relaxation properties making it an excellent herb to aid in meditation.

Lemon Balm – a favorite herb of ours in particular, lemon balm (or melissa) is restorative to the nervous system and can help one become more at ease and peace within themselves.

Mugwort – the ultimate dream herb, mugwort is well known for enhancing one’s dreams when used in tea. It is also often placed in dream pillow along with lavender to aid in sleep and dreams. It can also be burned as an incense to help with meditation.

Peppermint – an uplifting and mentally clearing herb, peppermint can serve to brush away the cobwebs of one’s mind.

Rosemary – “Rosemary for remembrance” is a common phrase and one to always keep in mind when it comes to the mind. Smelling rosemary can help improve cognitive function, and burning rosemary is said to have similar clearing properties to that of sage.

Sage – traditionally used as a smudge for clearing energetic space, sage can also be drunk in tea to help clear and center the body internally.

Violets – these tiny unassuming purple flowers are delicate and light and ring with them a gentle cleansing action that is excellent to use when wanting to clear the body and mind for meditation.

*Not all of these herbs are safe for pregnancy and breast feeding, and others may interact with medications. Please always check reliable resources for herb safety information before consuming.

FOODS FOR THE CROWN CHAKRA

Often when people talk about foods associated with the Crown chakra they talk of its association with otherworldly thoughts, ideas, and emotions, not of it’s associations with this world. You will see it said that the crown chakra is not activated by foods as much as it is activated by meditative techniques such as fasting.

While this may be the case to a certain extent, we are inclined to think that since the chakra exists on this plane as well as any other planes of existence, that it too will be activated by foods, just as the other chakras are.

Because it is associated with the color purple, the Crown Chakra can be activated by purple foods such as acai berries, beets, black berries, eggplant, plums, purple cauliflower, purple cabbage, purple grapes, purple kale, purple rice, purple sweet potatoes, and of course, red wine.

Now you may not currently cook with any of these foods, and thus may not be getting much purple in your diet, but due to it’s high concentration of the antioxidant known as anthocyanins, purple foods “may help ward off heart disease by preventing clot formation. They may also help lower risk of cancer.” says Gloria Tsang, RD, editor-in-chief of HealthCastle.com

Additionally, according to studies conducted by the CDC and published in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and cited across a broad swathe of health publications, “Adults who eat purple and blue plants have reduced risk for high blood pressure and better levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind). They are also less likely to be overweight. The compounds the give purple foods their color mop up free radicals and soothe inflammation.”

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR PURPLE FOODS:

 

Grilled Asian Eggplant from Food & Wine

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus more for brushing
  • Salt
  • 8 Asian eggplants (2 1/2 pounds), sliced lengthwise, then cut on the diagonal into 2-inch pieces and scored
  • Purple basil, for garnish (optional)

 

Directions

  1. In a heatproof glass bowl, combine the water and sugar and microwave at high power for 10 seconds, until the sugar is dissolved. Add the grated ginger, vinegar, sesame oil and the 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and season with salt.
  2. Set a large steamer basket in a large saucepan, add 1/2 inch of water and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Steam the eggplant in batches cut side down, until just tender, about 4 minutes.
  3. Heat a grill pan. Lightly brush the eggplant all over with vegetable oil. Grill over high heat until grill marks appear, about 30 seconds per side, then transfer to a serving platter. Spoon the ginger sauce over the eggplant. Garnish with the purple basil (if using) and serve at once.

 

Purple Sweet Potato Doughnuts (Kuih Keria) from Notabilia

For doughnuts:

  • 500g sweet potatoes (peeled and steamed until fully cooked)
  • 30g tapioca flour
  • 60g all-purpose flour
  • oil for frying

For glaze:

  • 200g granulated sugar
  • 70ml water

To make doughnuts:

  1. Mash sweet potatoes until very fine. Add tapioca flour and all-purpose flour to the potatoes. Knead to form a soft dough. Shape dough into balls and make a hole in the center.
  2. Heat oil in large saucepan or wok. Deep fry the rings until they are golden.
  3. Drain well.

To make glaze:

  1. Boil sugar and water in a wok until it bubbles and thickens. Turn off heat and drop in the rings. Toss well in the syrup and remove.
  2. Once the sugar crystallizes, the kuihs are ready to be served. Kuih keria is really quite simple to make. Unlike regular doughnuts, which need to be proofed twice, these kuihs can be fried straight away as they do not contain yeast. Really quite fuss free.

 

Purple Sweet Potato Ice cream

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (450 g) Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Cup plus 2 Tbsp (280 ml) Whole Milk
  • 2/3 Cup (140 g) Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • A few drops of freshly squeeze lemon juice

Directions

  1. Place the cubed sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes, or until tender when poked with a sharp knife. Drain the sweet potatoes and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Pour the milk into a blender and add the brown sugar, sweet potato pieces, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Puree until very smooth, at least 30 seconds. Add lemon juice to taste. Press the mixture through a mesh strainer, using a flexible rubber spatula.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool thoroughly, then freeze it in an ice cream maker.

 

Beet Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound beets (about 4 medium-sized beets), scrubbed clean, cooked, peeled, and cubed*
  • 2 Tbsp tahini sesame seed paste
  • 5 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-5 small cloves garlic (depending on how garlicky you like your hummus)
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest (zest from approx. 2 lemons)
  • Generous pinch of sea salt or Kosher salt

 

Directions

  1. Cook the beets: cut off any tops, scrub the roots clean, put them in a covered dish with about 1/4-inch of water in a 375°F oven, and cook until easily penetrated with a knife or fork. Alternatively, cover with water in a saucepan and simmer until tender, about 1/2 hour. Peel once they have cooled.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings and ingredients as desired.
  3. Chill and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for longer storage.

 

All of the suggestions above are perfect ways to start working on aligning your crown chakra so you feel more open, receptive, and clear about your higher purpose and sence of meaning.

If you give any of them a try, or have a favorite option please let us know, we love hearing from you, and be sure to check back next month for a look at balancing all of the chakras.

RESOURCES

 

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Those seeking treatment for a specific disease should consult a qualified practitioner.

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Working With The Third Eye Chakra

With the rise in popularity of essential oils, as well as the increased attention to the ancient healing modality of working with our chakras, we thought it would be a great time to focus on some of our most popular products, our Chakra Essence Sprays and Perfume Rollers, and tell you more about what is in them and why.

Many traditional healing practices talk of the chakras, energy centers that are a part of our etheric/energy bodies that can influence all things in our life, from our health to our emotions. According to tradition, when these energy centers are out of balance, either too open or too closed off, we can experience imbalances in our life.

Each chakra governs different aspects of our beings, and thus when not in alignment with each other, those aspects of our life will be off. By learning more about the associations of each individual chakra, we can discern if there are things in our own life that may point to that particular chakra being mis-aligned, and thus can work on correcting the imbalances by actively seeking herbs, essential oils, and other healing practices that activate that particular chakra.

Last month we covered the fifth chakra, the Throat Chakra, so this month is all about the sixth chakra:

THE THIRD EYE

The third eye is called Ajna in Sanskrit which means to know, to obey or to follow. Literally, ajna means ‘command’ or ‘monitoring center’. It is the area of consciousness for the celestial body and relates to clear-sightedness, inspiration, insight, intuition, telepathy, access to the Higher Self, the pineal gland, pituitary gland, brain, ears, eyes, nose, and the realization of your full potential.

Being closely tied to the pineal gland, of which much has been written about throughout history some researchers claim that biologically it is made up of many of the same components as our eyes. French philosopher Rene Descartes (1596-1650) referred to this gland as the “seat of the soul” and believed it is where the soul and the body interacted. (4)

The third eye calls for self-evaluation, truth, an exploration of your intellectual abilities, an openness to the ideas of others, developing the ability to learn from experience, and emotional intelligence.

A balanced third eye is crucial for seeing yourself, others, and any situation with truth and clarity. It is also important for your own mental processes to be clear and truthful.

So often our misunderstandings about this world, the ones that bring us pain and suffering, can be traced back to a moment where you did not see all of the sides of a situation, and thus came to a conclusion or decision that may not have taken in to account all that needed to be considered.

The third eye is required to tell the difference between truth and illusion, and it forces you to be fully present in the moment.

When the third eye is in balance a person will be open to guidance, be able to clearly see themselves and their reactions to the world, be able to see others and not judge them, not be afraid of death, not attached to material things, self-fulfilled, in touch with their intuitive self, be thoughtful in their way of being and speaking. (3)

When the third eye is deficient a person may be overly passive, undisciplined, weak-willed, have an extreme sensitivity to the feelings (energy) of others, be afraid of success, not in touch with how they really think or feel. (3)

When the third eye has excessive energy a person may be manipulative, proud, closed to the ideas of others, egotistical (3)

The main words associated with the throat chakra are “I Speak My Truth”.

In our Seeing Eye chakra spray and roller, we chose specific gems and essential oils that have been associated with their ability to balance and harmonize the incredibly important throat chakra so that you are better able to know yourself and communicate your true thoughts and feelings for the betterment of yourself and the world.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE THIRD EYE

  • Clary Sage the name Clary has its roots in words meaning ‘clear’, pointing to it’s uses in clearing out of energies, as do all of the sage species. Its particular affinity for clearing out the mental body makes it an excellent choice for a blend to balance the third eye. Clary sage is also well known for helping to balance hormonal issues (which can often cause feelings of mental fog or chaos); the pituitary gland is in fact the master controller of the hormones in our body, which could point to an association between clary sage and the pituitary gland.
  • Marjoram – beloved by Aphrodite, marjoram has a sweet, earthy, and cleansing scent that helps to uplift and brighten one’s mood. It is also helpful for promoting restorative sleep, which is crucial for the third eye.
  • Sandalwood – one of the world’s most popular scents, sandalwood brings a sense of calm and clarity to most everyone, helping to ground but also elevate a person.

These three oils make up the blend we use in the Seeing Eye chakra sprays & rollers.

Some other common oils used for balancing the third eye are Angelica Root, Bay LaurelCypressFrankincenseHelichrysumJuniperPatchouliRosemary, and Vetiver

Any type of Pine oil will also be activating to the third eye, especially Pine Cone oils, of which we only know one company who makes such essential oils House of Aromatics.

 

GEM ESSENCES FOR THE THIRD EYE (6)

The following gems with pictures are a part of the Seeing Eye chakra sprays. The last one, Sodalite, is the actual roller ball that is a part of the Seeing Eye Perfume Roller

Aquamarine – increases the ability to achieve a neutral, serene state of mind; brings a calm, cooling clarity to an overactive mental body; releases blockages in the 5th and 6th chakras which create an excess of energy in the head and throat areas; helps create a mental oasis of cool, clear receptivity.

Citrine – harmonizes the mental body with higher ­spiritual laws; increases access to Divine truth and intelligence; helps us ­translate what exists on the universal mental plane into usable information on the physical plane; ­amplifies qualities of ­concentration and ­centering; balances the intuitive and rational mind

Diamond – brings clarity to the 6th chakra; helps us see through illusion; harmonizes Divine and personal will; helps us activate personal will in its highest form; strengthens the ability to act in alignment with our Divine purpose

Spectrolite – renews and refreshes one’s perspective; helps one contact deeper levels of meaning in life’s events; helps one see the magnificent in the mundane and the Divine in the ordinary; bathes and nourishes the entire energy system with full-spectrum light

Sugalite – brings depth and a physical richness to one’s spiritual life; helps one learn to receive spiritual support easily and gracefully; helps one physically manifest a warmer, more feminine quality of spirituality

 

Our Chakra Sprays and Perfume rollers contain all of the above essences and essential oils and are the perfect way to work with your sacral chakra. We love using them in meditation, before or during a yoga class, or at any point during the day to help keep us feeling connected to our own heart space so we can love ourselves first and foremost, and then be able to love others.

 

FLOWER ESSENCES FOR THE THIRD EYE (7)

Similar to the gem essences, flower essences are energetic remedies that can be used safely by anyone without fear of side effects or interactions.

The following are some of our favorites to use for the Third Eye:

Black-Eyed Susan – Awake consciousness capable of acknowledging all aspects of the Self; penetrating insight and self-aware behavior

Chestnut Bud – understanding the lessons gained from life experiences

Fuchsia – awareness and understanding of emotions which are masked by false emotionality

Hound’s Tongue – Holistic thinking; perception of physical reality united with lively thoughts, integration of imagination and intellect

Madia – Precise thinking, disciplined focus and concentration

Mountain Pennyroyal – Strength and clarity of thought, mental integrity and positivity

Mugwort – greater clarity about dream life or events outside rational consciousness

Nasturtium – Glowing vitality, radiant warmth; living thinking

Peppermint – Mindful and wakeful clarity, warm metabolism balanced with cool head forces

Queen Anne’s Lace – blockages related to seeing, both physically and metaphysically; integration of sight with expanded sensitivity and clairvoyance

Rabbit Brush – Lively and alert mental field; acute sensory perception and mobile state of mind

Rosemary – Warm physical presence and mental vitality; healthy embodiment

Sage – insight into the meaning of life; wisdom and acceptance

Shasta Daisy – synthesis of many ideas into one whole; seeing the pattern of the whole within the many parts

Star Tulip – Sensitive and receptive attunement; serene soul disposition, inner listening to others and to higher worlds, especially in dreams and meditation

Yellow Star Tulip – Empathetic receptivity to the feelings and experiences of others; compassionate response based upon social awareness

 

HERBS FOR THE THIRD EYE

Bacopa – Bacopa has an ancient tradition of use in Ayurvedic medicine. It was first described around the sixth century AD in early Ayurvedic texts such as the Charaka Samhita, Athar-Ved, and Susrutu Samhita (Aguiar & Borowski, 2013). Bacopa isoften referred to in Sanskrit or Ayurvedic medicine as brahmi, for its association with the Hindu god Brahma, mythical creator in the Hindu pantheon (Russo et al., 2005). The name brahmi means to bring “knowledge of the supreme reality” (Gohil & Patel, 2010). However, brahmi can be a slightly problematic common name, as it may be used to refer to a number of plant species which are utilized for brain health, most notably gotu kola (Centella asiatica). In Ayurveda, bacopa is classified as a medha-rasayana herb. A rasayana is a healing substance which is said to support rejuvenation and longevity, and medhya indicates a plant used to promote memory, intellect, and mental health (Mathew et al., 2010).

 

Gotu Kola – among the herbs with a long documented history of medicinal use in both Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, with the earliest known mention in the Divine Husbandman’s Classic Materia Medica, which dates back to 2698 BC (Walsh, 2014). It made its way into the western materia medica by the nineteenth century (Wood, 2008).  In the Himalayas and in Ayurvedic practice, it is considered to be one of the most sattvic and spiritual herbs, characterized as pure, clean and wholesome and for that reason has been used by yogis as a meditation aid.  Gotu kola awakens and aligns the crown chakra, helping to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

Holy Basil – The species name, sanctum, reflects the sacred nature of the plant in Indian culture. In India, holy basil is considered sacred to the Hindu god Vishnu, who considered basil the incarnation of the Goddess herself. In Sanksrit, tulsi means “that which is incomparable”, and in Hindi this word is tulsi, hence its common names. It brings a calm and reassuring sense of solidity and groundedness that helps quiet the mind, collect distracted thoughts into focus, and give one a sense of resilience for the long haul. It is uplifting and joyful, guiding open the heart to feel gratitude and a yearning for emotional connection. (8)

Lemon Balm – Lemon balm is synonymous with the word uplift in the minds of many herbalists. Truly a balm to the spirits, Melissa soothes anxiety, nervousness, and depression; it gladdens the heart and brings light where there is darkness and softness where there is tension. Lemon balm is a lovely ally for those with sleep disturbances, especially in combination with sedative herbs like valerian and passionflower. (8)

Mugwort – often used to awaken intuition and to evoke vivid dreams, by taking it either as a tea before bedtime or used as a stuffing in dream pillows, mugwort has a long history of use associated with the clearing of the mind and ‘vision’. It may also be burned as incense to aid in meditation or cleansing rituals

Rosemary – Rosemary is a superb tonic for the memory, increasing mental function and acuity by increasing blood flow to and stimulating the brain (Berger, 1998). This stimulating action also has other benefits to the brain, as well, and rosemary is known as a folk remedy for anxiety, depression, insomnia, lethargy, nervousness, fatigue, exhaustion, stress, headaches, and migraines (McIntyre, 1996).

FOODS FOR THE THIRD EYE

The third eye is associated with the color indigo, a very dark purple/blue color. Foods that are this color can be associated with the third eye, foods such as blueberries, blackberries, bilberries, eggplant, red cabbage, purple grapes, purple sweet potatoes, and also brown foods such as chocolate and coffee.

Other food options associated with the third eye are foods that are also good for your actual eyes, such as goji berries, carrots, garnet yams, vitamin K rich grass-fed butter, vitamin A rich cod liver oil, free-range, organic, pasture-raised eggs, and wild-caught Alaskan salmon. All of these foods are rich in nutrients shown to be good for your eyes. (Web MD)

 

Here are a few recipes for the third eye.

 

Goji Cacao Superfood Balls 

Made with goji and cacao these little balls of deliciousness are a great treat to pick you up, without any added sugar.

Ingredients:

~2 cups nut of choice (can also substitute sesame seeds if you are nut-free)
~1/2 cup goji berries
~3/4 cup cacao nibs
~2 tbsp hemp protein powder
~1 tbsp chia seeds
~2 tbsp coconut oil
~Cacao powder to roll balls in

Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor until it forms a dough consistency.
2. Form in to balls and roll in the cacao powder (or coconut flakes) to coat.
3. Keep refrigerated.

 

Blueberry Cacao Smoothie

This yummy smoothie makes for a perfect breakfast with healthy carbs, fats, and protein.

Ingredients:

~1 cup frozen blueberries
~2 tbsp cocoa powder
~1 cup power greens blends (spinach, chard and kale mix)
~1 cup milk of choice (almond, coconut, cow, or water)
~1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
~1/4 avocado
~1 scoop protein powder of choice (we like several different options: Vital Proteins collagen proteinShakeology Vegan ChocolateVega Vegan Sport Protein)

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients to high speed blender
2. Mix well adding more liquid as needed to get desired consistency
3. Drink and enjoy!

ALL OF THE SUGGESTIONS ABOVE ARE PERFECT WAYS TO START WORKING ON ALIGNING YOUR THROAT CHAKRA SO YOU FEEL MORE OPEN, RECEPTIVE, AND CLEAR ABOUT YOUR INTENTIONS AND YOUR TRUTHS.

If you give any of them a try or have a favorite option please let us know, we love hearing from you, and be sure to check back next month for the Crown Chakra.

RESOURCES

 

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Those seeking treatment for a specific disease should consult a qualified practitioner.

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Working With The Throat Chakra

With the rise in popularity of essential oils, as well as the increased attention to the ancient healing modality of working with our chakras, we thought it would be a great time to focus on some of our most popular products, our Chakra Essence Sprays and Perfume Rollers, and tell you more about what is in them and why.

Many traditional healing practices talk of the chakras, energy centers that are a part of our etheric/energy bodies that can influence all things in our life, from our health to our emotions. According to tradition, when these energy centers are out of balance, either too open or too closed off, we can experience imbalances in our life.

Each chakra governs different aspects of our beings, and thus when not in alignment with each other, those aspects of our life will be off. By learning more about the associations of each individual chakra, we can discern if there are things in our own life that may point to that particular chakra being mis-aligned, and thus can work on correcting the imbalances by actively seeking herbs, essential oils, and other healing practices that activate that particular chakra.

Last month we covered the third chakra, the Heart Chakra, so this month is all about the fifth chakra:

THE THROAT CHAKRA

The throat chakra, called Vishuddhi in Sanskrit which means ‘to purify’, it is also known as the ‘purification center’ of the body. With the throat chakra comes the expression of all emotions, thoughts, feelings, and the creative self.

While it is often said that actions speak louder than words, we must never dismiss the power that words have in our lives. Speaking words can easily do harm to others, just as much as they can be a balm that soothes the soul.

 

The throat chakra is all about being able to know and speak our truth in this world. It is about knowing who we are, what we believe in, and most importantly, what we stand for and how we present ourselves in the world

When we are unsure of ourselves and what we think or believe, then we are unable to speak to others about what we think or feel, and this inability to speak paralyses us and can ultimately do ourselves harm, allowing us to be open to the influences of others.

This also comes in to play when not speaking up for others who are being harmed, as this too will eventually cause harm to us as another human on this planet.

Words carry power, and that power is not to be taken lightly. Speaking untruths (lies) or saying things meant to harm another person will always come back to harm you in the end, which is why we must always be careful with our words before we speak them.

The throat chakra is the meeting place between our heart and our mind, which is representative of the fact that both must be consulted before we speak words. If you think something that does not mean it needs to be said out loud before first considering with your heart the emotional effects of the words you are about to say. Both the mind and the heart need to be in balance before the throat can be in balance.

The throat’s chakra also governs our outward self-expression. Through our art, our music, our dance, our work, our clothes, and any other forms of creative self expression, the throat chakra is the place where our internal energy and self comes out of the body for all others to see.

When the throat chakra is in balance a person will feel contentment, be centered in the present, have a good sense of timing (can be a good speaker), an awareness of time, a pleasant voice, be a good communicator, be musically or artistically inspired, be expressive and prolific, have an understanding of spiritual concepts, have an ability to meditate or experience Divine Energy

When the throat chakra is deficient a person may be timid, overly quiet, inconsistent, unreliable, loses track of time, devious, inability to express emotions well, be nervous

When the throat chakra has excessive energy a person may be self righteous, be overly talkative, be dogmatic or overly religious, have addictive tendencies, and possibly be dominating

The main words associated with the throat chakra are “I Speak My Truth”.

In our True Throat chakra spray and roller, we chose specific gems and essential oils that have been associated with their ability to balance and harmonize the incredibly important throat chakra so that you are better able to know yourself and communicate your true thoughts and feelings for the betterment of yourself and the world.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE THROAT CHAKRA

Basil essential oil is gently energizing and helps stimulate the mind to help one focus on a task. It is included in this blend because it is difficult for one to truthfully express one’s self if they do not know their own mind about a particular situation, so the inclusion of basil helps you to clear your mind so can speak your truth.

Chamomile essential oil is available from two different species of chamomile, Roman and German chamomile species. Both chamomiles are wonderfully calming and relaxing to the body, which is particularly helpful for those who suffer from anxiety, which can impair the ability to speak your truth. Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis  or Chamaemelum nobile)tends to be the less expensive oil compared to the German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla or recrutitia), however the German chamomile, also called Blue Chamomile, produces an essential oil that is a rich color blue due to it’s high Azulene content, making it have a particular affinity for the throat chakra.

Cypress essential oil is an oil of clarity and purpose. It’s refreshing scent helps to open up an clear blocked channels in the body, both physically and emotionally. It’s affinity for the lungs and breath make it particular to help the throat express the words it needs to express.

These three oils make up the blend we use in the True Throat chakra spraysrollers.

Some other common oils used for balancing the throat chakra are BergamotClary sageEucalyptusFirPeppermintPineRavensaraRavintsaraSageSpearmint, and Spruce.

 

GEM ESSENCES FOR THE THROAT CHAKRA

The following gems with pictures are a part of the True Throat chakra sprays. The last one, Sodalite, is the actual roller ball that is a part of the True Throat Perfume Roller

Azurite – strengthens a nurturing connection between the feminine Earth forces and the 5th chakra; helps us communicate without depleting our physical vitality; helps us speak with authenticity, gentleness, and balance.

Lapis Lazuli – opens and regulates channels of communication; connects the hearing ability of the 5th chakra with the innate knowing and wisdom of the 6th chakra; strengthens our ability to speak with the authority of the higher self; helps us communicate information of a higher nature in a clear and understandable way; great for speakers, teachers, intuitive practitioners and writers.

Sapphire – helps us connect to the energetic support we need to do the work we came here to do; helps us move to a deeper level of inner work and life experience; promotes loyalty to action that serves our highest truth; strengthens commitment to Divine purpose.

Star Sapphire – helps us increase our level of trust in the universe; helps focus our awareness on the next steps of our soul’s evolution; helps us make energetic and physical connections that support the realization of our destiny.

 

Here are some others you can work with:

Apophyllite – brings earthly balance to those who are too ethereal; opens and softens the heart chakra and improves the flow of emotional communication through the heart; brings balance to those who have an excess of energy focused in the head and upper chakras.

Amazonite – enables us to find emotional strength through a joyful cleansing of old emotional burdens; helps us connect to the water element and to our ancient origins in water; facilitates a clearing of our hearts and emotional bodies so that we can communicate more easily with other living beings.

Our Chakra Sprays and Perfume rollers contain all of the above essences and essential oils and are the perfect way to work with your sacral chakra. We love using them in meditation, before or during a yoga class, or at any point during the day to help keep us feeling connected to our own heart space so we can love ourselves first and foremost, and then be able to love others.

 

HERBS FOR THE THROAT CHAKRA

Sage – the ultimate cleansing herb, it can be used in multiple ways to help with the throat chakra. When burned as a smudge, it clears the energetics (and physical) space with its smoke, removing any negative energy and allowing for more clear communication. As a tea, sage is highly anti-microbial and can help with sore throats and mucus-filled lungs which impair your ability to speak. This should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Clary sage – noted as a premier hormone balancer for women, clary sage is clearing like its cousin above but with far gentler properties. Internally it helps to clear hormones and emotions that may be ‘clouding’ the body to allow one to see and feel themselves and their true emotions.
Thyme – another antimicrobial and lung clearing herb, thyme is excellent for opening up the respiratory tract to allow for better movement of the breath and speech through the body.
Chamomile – calming to the whole system, chamomile is perfect for those who experience anxiety and can be safely drunk by anyone at any age and stage of life.
Slippery Elm – a classic herb for soothing a sore and irritated throat, this herb is excellent at its job, however, there are some sustainability concerns around this plant, so be sure to always find a good reputable source for this one or use the next herb as a replacement.
Marshmallow – a moistening and soothing herb, marshmallow makes an excellent replacement for slippery elm. Use when the body is dry, tense, and in need of cooling moisture to help bring relaxation back into the tissues.
Pleurisy Root – named for the condition is was historically used to treat, pleurisy is an inflammation of the pleural membranes of the lungs that cause tightness and difficulty breathing. This herb is a favorite of ours in Colorado during the hot and dry wildfire season and it helps bring moisture back into the lungs making it easier for one to take full, deep, and cleansing breaths.
Stillingia – this herb is specifics for taught, red, and dry throat membranes (such as those felt with Strep infections) and can bring immediate relief to these symptoms when used.

FLOWER ESSENCES FOR THE THROAT CHAKRA

Similar to the gem essences, flower essences are energetic remedies that can be used safely by anyone without fear of side effects or interactions.

The following are some of our favorites to use for the Throat Chakra

Calendula – helps with sensitivity to the meaning of the other person’s words; warmth and healing in interpersonal communications

Cosmos – brings an integration of ideas and speech; helps with coherent thinking

Heather – the perfect essence for those affected by too much talking, usually due to feelings of emptiness and a need to connect with others

Larch – brings in self-confidence, creative expression, ability to be spontaneous and take risks, helps those who lack  confidence, have expectations of failure, self-censorship, and are unable to find one’s voice or speak one’s convictions

Scarlet Monkeyflower – helps with direct and clear communication of deep feelings, especially anger or disappointment, integration of the emotional “shadow”

Snapdragon – brings in lively, dynamic energy; healthy libido; verbal communication which is emotionally balanced

Trumpet Vine – helps one have articulate and colorful in verbal expression; active, dynamic projection of oneself in social situations

FOODS FOR THE THROAT CHAKRA

The throat chakra is associated with the color blue, so any blue foods are going to bring energy and awareness to this part of your body.

Additionally, because the thyroid is to closely linked to the throat chakra, feed that contains iodine, such as kelp, dulse, nori, spirulina, and any of the other sea veggies are very helpful for the throat chakra.

HERE ARE A FEW RECIPES FOR THE THROAT CHAKRA.

 

Blueberry Lemonade (from the Food Network)

  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cups cold water
  • Ice cubes
  • Place the blueberries and sugar in a blender and puree.
  • Place the lemon juice and water in a pitcher and strain the pureed blueberries through a medium-mesh sieve into the pitcher.
  • Stir well and pour into tall ice-filled glasses

 

Vegan Blueberry Latte Smoothie

Blueberries and Café Latte Vegan Protein may seem like an odd combination at first, but after one sip of this Vegan Blueberry Latte smoothie, you’ll see that you’ve been missing out on a stellar pairing this whole time!

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Place almond milk, ice, Shakeology, and blueberries in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

 

Blue Majik Smoothie 

The intense blue color of this smoothie comes from a special form of Blue Spirulina called E3Live

Ingredients:

Directions

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and combine till smooth.

 

All of the suggestions above are perfect ways to start working on aligning your throat chakra so you feel more open, receptive, and clear about your intentions and your truths.

If you give any of them a try, or have a favorite option please let us know, we love hearing from you, and be sure to check back next month for the Third Eye Chakra.

RESOURCES

 

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Those seeking treatment for a specific disease should consult a qualified practitioner.

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Working With The Heart Chakra

With the rise in popularity of essential oils, as well as the increased attention to the ancient healing modality of working with our chakras, we thought it would be a great time to focus on some of our most popular products, our Chakra Essence Sprays and Perfume Rollers, and tell you more about what is in them and why.

Many traditional healing practices talk of the chakras, energy centers that are a part of our etheric/energy bodies that can influence all things in our life, from our health to our emotions. According to tradition, when these energy centers are out of balance, either too open or too closed off, we can experience imbalances in our life.

Each chakra governs different aspects of our beings, and thus when not in alignment with each other, those aspects of our life will be off. By learning more about the associations of each individual chakra, we can discern if there are things in our own life that may point to that particular chakra being mis-aligned, and thus can work on correcting the imbalances by actively seeking herbs, essential oils, and other healing practices that activate that particular chakra.

Last month we covered the third chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, so this month is all about the third chakra:

THE HEART CHAKRA

The Heart chakra, called anahata in Sanskrit means “unstuck” or “unbeaten”

The heart chakra is the meeting place of all the other chakras, the connection between the lower more ‘primal’ or physical chakras and the three ‘higher’ more ethereal/mental chakras.

It is the connection place of the self.

According to many different energy healing systems, the heart chakra is where all of the meridians in the body converge, making it the power center of the body.

When the heart chakra is in balance a person will feel physically and emotionally balanced, embody the qualities of nurturing, compassion, empathy, friendliness, be active in the community, have a discriminating mind, be a humanitarian, be able to see good on others, be able to surrender in a love relationship, and have healthy use of will power.

When the heart chakra is deficient a person may be paranoid, indecisive, have a fear of letting go, a fear of being hurt, a fear of being free, a fear of being abandoned, have feelings of unworthiness in love, and in need of constant reassurance.

When the heart chakra has excessive energy a person may be demanding, be overly critical, possessive, moody, have a martyr complex, may love conditionally, withhold love or generosity, be melodramatic, manic depressive, and possibly experience hyper-tension (especially tension between shoulder blades).

The main words associated with the heart chakra are “I Feel” and “I Love”.

Our heart chakras are often the most complicated and difficult one’s to maintain balance in. Partially because they are so delicate, humans have a tendency to protect their hearts and keep them closed off. Alternately, most humans have a strong desire to feel love and will sometimes leave their hearts too open and risk being hurt.

Swinging between these two extremes, even on a daily basis, is not uncommon, which is why having allies to help maintain balance within our own hearts is often a crucial component of someone’s healing journey.

When the heart is unbalanced, the whole system will suffer.

In our Happy Heart chakra spray and roller, we chose specific gems and essential oils that have been associated with their ability to balance and harmonize the delicate yet prickly heart chakra.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE HEART CHAKRA

 

 

Jasmine – an exquisitely floral aroma that has long been associated with love and sensuality, jasmine reminds us to be soft and open.

 

 

 

Lavender – one of the world’s favorite essential oils, lavender is calming, relaxing, uplifting, and loved by many. It’s ability to help reduce stress and anxiety make it perfect for the heart as this is often where stress and anxiety both originate from and settle.

 

Rose – the ultimate embodiment of the heart chakra, it’s beautiful and delicate blossoms offer a world of softness and possibilities if only you can get past the thorns. If one takes a gentle approach and moves with caution and care, you can reach the blossoms and escape harm. But woe to the person who rushes into a rose bush without mindfulness for they will feel the sting.

 

These three oils make up the blend we use in the Happy Heart chakra sprays & rollers.

Some other common oils used for balancing the heart chakra are BergamotCypressGeraniumLemonMandarinNeroliOrangeSandalwoodTangerineYlang Ylang

Our Love Oil Blend is an intoxicating mix of JasmineNeroliPatchouliRose, and Vanilla

 

GEM ESSENCES FOR THE HEART CHAKRA

The following gems with pictures are a part of the Happy Heart chakra sprays. The last one, Aventurine, is the actual roller ball that is a part of the Happy Heart Perfume Roller

Chrysoprase – helps bring the heart chakra and the subtle bodies into harmonious union with the heart chakra of the Earth; develops the green, earthly dimension of the heart center; helps us accept the Earth as our home.

Chyrsocolla – connects the heart chakra to the loving energy of the Earth; softens, opens and expands the inner dimensions of the heart chakra; increases flexibility and openness in the heart, mind and body to allow the vibration of love to­­ flow; helps one experience the heart as a safe place to be.

Covelite – brings strength, clarity and definition to the auric field; acts as a protective filter that encourages us to relax energetically, especially in the heart chakra area, thereby enhancing our ability to receive love and support from the environment.

Emerald – a universal heart cleanser and balancer; gently opens the heart to the ­unconditional love and nurturing of the Divine Mother; helps the heart become receptive to the highest qualities of the Divine feminine.

Jadeite Jade – calming and centering; an enfolding vibration of peace, ­balance, and timeless simplicity; helps us live in the moment, in our center, with an awareness and acceptance of our true and essential selves

Montana Rhodochrosite – brings strength and solidity to the heart chakra; restores wholeness to the heart after an experience of great pain and suffering; clears distortion, fear, confusion and chaos from the heart; clarifies intent and promotes courageous, heart-centered action

Green Aventurine – strengthens the central vertical axis which ­stabilizes us during expansion experiences; provides an energetic support structure that helps us move into and through new ­experiences with grace, stamina and perseverance; good for spiritual trailblazers and pioneers.

 

Here are some others you can work with:

Amazonite – improving the flow of emotional communication through the heart
Blue Green Tourmaline – clears, expands, and aligns the heart chakra with the higher self
Green Tourmaline – opening the heart to a greater flow of creative giving
Kunzite – developing the pink, spiritual dimension of the heart chakra
Mango Calcite – increasing energy, balance, and stability in the heart chakra
Pink Quartz – releasing pain and sadness held deeply in the heart
Rose Quartz – increasing energy, balance, and stability in the heart chakra
Smoky Quartz – releasing pain and sadness held deeply in the heart
Watermelon Tourmaline – increasing energy, balance, and stability in the heart chakra

Our Chakra Sprays and Perfume rollers contain all of the above essences and essential oils and are the perfect way to work with your sacral chakra. We love using them in meditation, before or during a yoga class, or at any point during the day to help keep us feeling connected to our own heart space so we can love ourselves first and foremost, and then be able to love others.

 

HERBS FOR THE HEART CHAKRA

Since the heart governs the rest of the body, including herbs that work with the heart in any herbal formula can help to bring balance to the person and help them to integrate the rest of the herbs throughout their whole body.

Some of our favorite energetic heart herbs to include are

  • rose – the ultimate energetic heart herb, rose will help bring in self-love by opening and softening the heart but also reminding one to maintain the necessary thorns to keep it safe
  • lavender – softening in all ways, lavender brings peace to the heart, mind, and soul
  • white peony – also a soft opening herb, the energy of this plant helps you to be open and receptive
  • hawthorn leaf & flower and berries – similar to rose, the hawthorn plant has it’s thorns and will stick you if you aren’t careful, but once you get past, it offers a sweetness and powerful protective qualities that are unmatched. The anti-oxidant powerhouse berries are known to be beneficial for any heart condition.
  • motherwort – the latin name of this plant means Lion Hearted, which is exactly the energy this herb imparts. It’s perfect for strengthening and protecting a wounded heart.
  • lemon balm – one of our favorite herbs for the nervous system, lemon balm is uplifting and brightening and helps to dispel ‘darkness’ in the heart
  • vervain – an herbalist once said that vervain is for when you feel your blood is about to boil and you feel as though you could take the head off the next person who says a word to you, which makes it perfect for the intense, angry, and overly energetic heart space.
  • yarrow – another one of our ‘warrior’ herbs, yarrow gives strength and resolve as well as offers protective energy to anyone who uses it.

These herbs will also have a physical effect on the body so it’s always a good idea to check if they are right for you and any particular medications you may be taking or health issues you are experiencing. Most of them are also available as flower essences which do not have any physical effects and thus are safe for all people.

Some other herbs that are known to be helpful for the circulatory system will also move through the heart both physically and energetically and can also be helpful in many different situations pertaining to the heart

Herbs such as:

  • ginger – an excellent circulatory stimulant, this warming herb can help warm the heart
  • cinnamon – similar to ginger but more sweet and less spicy, cinnamon is excellent for improving circulation and adding sweetness to your life
  • Hibiscus – high in anti-oxidants and known to be good for blood pressure, hibiscus is a cooling herb and can help cool and overly ‘hot’ heart
  • garlic – well known for its cardio-protective qualities, it’s not far fetched to say everyone should be eating garlic on a daily basis
  • cayenne – very stimulating and warming, cayenne is a strong circulatory stimulant and can spice up any situation
  • rhodiola – this herb tastes like roses smell and is known to increase cardiac output and increase energy in the body
  • eleuthero – another energy herb, eleuthero is more gentle than rhodiola but still stimulating
  • rosemary – a favorite circulatory herb, rosemary’s latin name means ‘rose of the sea’, pointing to its ability to work with the heart as well as improve the memory.

Our Heart-Full tea is an excellent blend to start with for any matters of the heart.

FOODS FOR THE HEART CHAKRA

The heart chakra is often associated with two colors, the color green and the color pink, so most foods that are these colors could be beneficial for the heart.

The more food-like herbs such as ginger, garlic, turmeric, beets, rose hips, hawthorn berries, schizandra berries, and of course chocolate are all excellent to use for both the physical and energetic heart.

HERE ARE A FEW RECIPES FOR THE HEART CHAKRA.

 

Vegan Key Lime Pie Protein Smoothie

If you’re looking for a mouthwatering key lime pie recipe that isn’t full of sugar and calories – and one that is dairy-free – this Vegan Key Lime Pie Protein Smoothie is the way to go.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 scoop Power Greens (this makes it green!)
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lime peel (lime zest)

Preparation:

  • 1. Place almond milk, ice, lime juice, Shakeology, Power green, maple syrup, and lime peel in blender; cover.
  • 2. Blend until smooth.

 

Hibiscus Rosewater Tonic (from Chakra Tonics)

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. dried ginger (or 1tbsp fresh)
  • 2 tbsp hibiscus flowers
  • 2 tsp hawthorn berries
  • 1/2 tsp rosewater
  • 3 cups purified water
  • 1-3 tsp honey if desired

Directions:

1. Bring water to a boil, add herbs, cover, then turn off heat
2. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes
3. Strain out the herbs
4. Add the rosewater and honey
5. Serve warm or over ice.

 

Love Bites 

Since chocolate is a well-known heart herb and loved by many, we adore making herbal chocolate truffles, especially ones that also include heart-centered herbs.

The options for this are truly endless, you can pick and choose any herbs to use when making your own, this is just a suggestion for one’s we think would taste nice, so give it a try then experiment with what sounds good to you.

There are also endless options for making the truffles themselves, this just happens to be an easy way to do it.

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Melt the cacao butter by placing it into a heatproof bowl above a pot of boiling water (effectively making your own double boiler).
2. Once melted stir in the cacao, herbs, and honey until well combined.
3. Pop the bowl in the fridge for a couple of minutes so that mixture gets firm enough to handle.
4. Remove a heaping teaspoon of the chocolate mixture out of the bowl and roll into a ball in more cocoa powder on a smooth surface.
5. Chill for 15 minutes before serving.
6. Keep truffles stored in the fridge in an airtight container and eat one as often as you’d like.

 

Warming Herbal Truffles – from the Herbal Academy

Ingredients:
Directions:
1. Mix the nut butter and sweet syrup together in a large bowl, and in a separate bowl combine the powdered herbs.
2. By hand or with an electric mixer, slowly add powdered herbs to the nut butter and syrup mixture.
3. Form mixture into 1-inch balls and then roll in coconut shreds or sesame seeds.
4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator—refrigeration will give the truffles a firmer texture.
5. Enjoy 1-3 truffles per day.

All of the suggestions above are perfect ways to start working on aligning your heart chakra so you feel more calm, stable, balanced, grounded, and centered in the world as you go about your daily life.

If you give any of them a try, or have a favorite option please let us know, we love hearing from you, and be sure to check back next month for the Throat Chakra.

RESOURCES

 

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.Those seeking treatment for a specific disease should consult a qualified practitioner.

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Working With The Solar Plexus Chakra

With the rise in popularity of essential oils, as well as the increased attention to the ancient healing modality of working with our chakras, we thought it would be a great time to focus on some of our most popular products, our Chakra Essence Sprays and Perfume Rollers, and tell you more about what is in them and why.

Many traditional healing practices talk of the chakras, energy centers that are a part of our etheric/energy bodies that can influence all things in our lives, from our health to our emotions. According to tradition, when these energy centers are out of balance, either too open or too closed off, we can experience imbalances in our life.

Each chakra governs different aspects of our beings, and thus when not in alignment with each other, those aspects of our life will be off. By learning more about the associations of each individual chakra, we can discern if there are things in our own life that may point to that particular chakra being misaligned, and thus can work on correcting the imbalances by actively seeking herbs, essential oils, and other healing practices that activate that particular chakra.

Last month we covered the second chakra, the Sacral Chakra, so this month is all about the third chakra:

THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

The Solar Plexus chakra, also referred to as Manipura, is derived from two Sanskrit words: mani meaning ‘jewel’ and pura meaning ‘city’. Manipura literally means ‘city of jewels’.

It is connected to your sense of personal power, your individual expression in the earth, the ability to ‘digest life’, the fire within you as well as the element of fire itself, the conscious (waking) mind, and your self-image.

It is from here that you draw your personal boundaries and develop your own sense of morality.

Because of its association with the digestive organs, it is also related to your ‘gut feelings’ and can have a lot to do with the way you see and interact with the world on a visceral level

When the solar plexus chakra is in balance a person tends to be outgoing, cheerful, have self-respect, have respect for others, have a strong sense of personal power, have found your ‘gifts’ in life, be able to digest life, be able to digest food, is skillful, intelligent, relaxed, spontaneous, expressive, likes to take on new challenges, enjoys physical activity, and enjoys good food.

When the solar plexus chakra is deficient the person may be depressed, lack confidence in themselves, be overly worried about what others think, be confused about what their role in life is, feel that others control your life, have poor digestion, be afraid of being alone, have a constant need for reassurance, be jealous, and distrustful.

When the solar plexus chakra has excessive energy a person may be judgemental, a workaholic, a perfectionist, overly intellectual, demanding, resentful of authority, a need for drugs to relax, and have a superiority complex.

The main words associated with this chakra are I Will, it is the energy of personal power, it assists us further in the process of individuation, of forming a `self`, ego and personality separate from our inherited identity. This energy center also contains most issues related to the development of personal power and self-esteem

In our Solar Strength chakra spray and roller, we chose specific gems and oils that have been associated with their ability to balance and harmonize the volatile and powerful sacral chakra.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

 

Geranium – has a regulating effect on the nervous system and can help dispel depression, nervous anxiety and fear.
Its scent is positive and uplifting, which instantly calms the mind and restores emotional balance. This is why it is indicated for both acute and chronic anxiety.
Workaholic people who have lost touch with their inner self will find this oil very useful as it stabilizes the mind and enhances sensory perception and imagination.

Ginger – this warming and spicy herb and essential oil helps to move energy and invigorate the body and the senses, thus helping you to reconnect with your inner power source. According to author Peter Holmes, “Clearly just as ginger provides deep warmth and stimulation on the physiological level, its fragrance works deeply into the psyche bringing energy and strength to some of the deepest sources of our power”

In moments of pessimism and low morale, ginger essential oil serves to motivate the mind and help it find direction.
If you have strong plans for the future but lack willpower or confidence to go through with them, ginger essential will inspire you to be proactive and take consequential action.

Grapefruit – The refreshing properties of Grapefruit instill positivity, joy and cheer, it is also a wonderfully energizing essential oil making it perfect for the solar plexus chakra.

Others would be Black PepperCedarwood, Coriander, CypressLemonLemongrassMandarinPeppermintPetitgrainSandalwoodSpearmint

 

GEM ESSENCES FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

Aventurine – strengthens the cen­tral ver­tical axis which ­sta­bi­lizes us during expan­sion expe­ri­ences; pro­vides an ener­getic sup­port struc­ture that helps us move into and through new ­expe­ri­ences with grace, sta­mina and per­se­ver­ance; good for spir­i­tual trail­blazers and pioneers.

Carnelian – recal­i­brates the 3rd chakra to draw life force energy through appro­priate chan­nels already present in the phys­ical body and the aura; increases the etheric body’s ability to access pranic energy; clears and ener­gizes the nadirs–the subtle energy path­ways between the etheric body and the meridians.

Citrine – har­mo­nizes the mental body with higher ­spir­i­tual laws; increases access to Divine truth and intel­li­gence; helps us ­trans­late what exists on the uni­versal mental plane into usable infor­ma­tion on the phys­ical plane; ­ampli­fies qual­i­ties of ­con­cen­tra­tion and ­cen­tering; bal­ances the intu­itive and rational mind.

Gold – brings strength, solidity, and bal­ance to the 3rd chakra; helps us feel our inner value; enables us to access and bring forth into phys­ical reality the highest aspects of our per­sonal iden­tity; helps us tap into our inner truth, joy, and wisdom as a source of cre­ative power.

Orange Calcite – pen­e­trating, uplifting, ener­gizing, warming; ­ampli­fies one’s ability to ­assim­i­late light at the cel­lular level of the body; opens the heart to the energy of the Sun;  dis­pels dark­ness and grief; helps one feel joy and a sense of cre­ative con­nect­ed­ness to the phys­ical realm

Pyrite – strengthens self-esteem and ­self-trust, espe­cially with regard to group ­dynamics and peer pres­sure; helps one build an ener­getic foun­da­tion in life based on one’s highest per­sonal truth; solid­i­fies values, helps one be true to oneself.

Tiger’s Eye – self-empowerment; helps us main­tain a strong sense of self-identity when dealing with pow­erful emo­tions such as anger, fear, and jeal­ousy; strengthens the ener­getic boundary between our ­emo­tional expe­ri­ences and our true nature.

Topaz – clears energy block­ages in the 3rd chakra; strengthens our ability to act deci­sively from a clear sense of per­sonal iden­tity and Divine pur­pose; helps us access appro­priate sources of uni­versal energy

 

 

Our Chakra Sprays and Perfume rollers contain all of the above essences and essential oils and are the perfect way to work with your sacral chakra. We love using them in meditation, before or during a yoga class, or at any point during the day to help keep us feeling connected to our own sense of self and strength to move through the world.

 

 

HERBS FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

Herbs that work well for this chakra are those that are yellow in color or tend to be warming and energizing. A few to consider are milk thistlegingerturmericdandelionlemon balmcalendula, chamomile, and helichrysum.

Other digestive herbs could also be considered balancing to this chakra, herbs such as peppermint, spearmint, slippery elm, marshmallow, fennel, cinnamon, clove, and cardamom.

A lovely healing, digestive, and chakra balancing blend would be to combine 1 part calendula, 1/2 part dandelion flowers, 1/2 part turmeric slices, 1/4 part dried ginger, and 1/4 part dried lemon peel together and allow to steep for 15 minutes, strain, and add some honey if desired, and drunk daily.

 

 

FOODS FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

 

The color associated with the solar plexus is yellow, so when it comes to foods for balancing this chakra, yellow foods are the way to go, as well as any foods that are warming for the digestion and energizing in general.

Some yellow foods include lemons, bananas, pineapple, papaya, corn, squash, dandelions, sunflowers, lovage, and sunchokes.

 

Here are a few recipes for the Solar Plexus

Be Strong Banana Shake (from Chakra Tonics)

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Paste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 3/4-1 cup water or almond milk, as much need for your preferred consistency
  • Place all ingredients in a blender and mix till smooth.

 

Pineapple Papaya Smoothie (from Chakra Tonics)

Because the solar plexus governs the digestion, this smoothie is particularly wonderful for this chakra as both pineapple and papaya contain digestive enzymes that have been shown to help improve digestion and absorption of food and nutrients.

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen papaya
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp dried ginger
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 3/4-1 cup water or almond milk, as much need for your preferred consistency
  • Place all ingredients in a blender and mix till smooth.

 

All of the suggestions above are perfect ways to start working on aligning your root chakra so you feel more calm, stable, balanced, grounded, and centered in the world as you go about your daily life.

If you give any of them a try, or have a favorite option please let us know, we love hearing from you, and be sure to check back next month for the Heart Chakra.

RESOURCES

 

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Those seeking treatment for a specific disease should consult a qualified practitioner.

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Working With The Sacral Chakra

With the rise in popularity of essential oils, as well as the increased attention to the ancient healing modality of working with our chakras, we thought it would be a great time to focus on some of our most popular products, our Chakra Essence Sprays and Perfume Rollers, and tell you more about what is in them and why.

Many traditional healing practices talk of the chakras, energy centers that are a part of our etheric/energy bodies that can influence all things in our life, from our health to our emotions. According to tradition, when these energy centers are out of balance, either too open or too closed off, we can experience imbalances in our life.

Each chakra governs different aspects of our beings, and thus when not in alignment with each other, those aspects of our life will be off. By learning more about the associations of each individual chakra, we can discern if there are things in our own life that may point to that particular chakra being misaligned, and thus can work on correcting the imbalances by actively seeking herbs, essential oils, and other healing practices that activate that particular chakra.

Last month we covered the first chakra, the Root Chakra, so this month is all about the second chakra.

THE SACRAL CHAKRA

The Sacral chakra, called Swadhisthana in Sanskrit breaks down roughly into “One’s Own Dwelling Place. The Sanskrit word swa means ‘one’s own’ and adisthana means ‘dwelling place or residence’ and is located approximately where your womb (or bladder) area is. It could also be thought of as the pelvic bowl region of the body, which applies to people of any sexual or physical orientation and represents the seat of connectivity and creativity in a person.

It is your center of creativity, sexuality, one-on-one connection, and your seat of personal fulfillment. It is from here we develop our personal boundaries and discover what wants and desires we have for ourselves and how to make them happen in this world.

When the sacral chakra is in balance a person will feel friendly, optimistic, concerned for others, have a sense of belonging, be creative, imaginative, intuitive, attuned to one’s own feelings, and have a good sense of humor.

When the sacral chakra is deficient often the person will feel extremely shy, timid, immobilized by fear, overly sensitive, self-negating, resentful, buried emotions, burdened by guilt, distrustful, clinging, guilty about sex, difficulty conceiving, abused, frigid or impotent.

When the sacral chakra has excessive energy the person may be emotionally explosive, aggressive, overly ambitious, manipulative, caught up in illusion, overindulgent, self-serving, have obsessive thoughts of sex, and see people as sex objects.

The main words associated with this chakra are I Feel and I Desire. This chakra is all about our need for relationships with other people and our need to control the dynamics of our physical environment. There is an inherent duality in this chakra as it is the meeting place between our basic physical needs of the root chakra and the very outward personal power space of the third chakra.

It is also all about creation and procreation, both the physical and emotional aspects of this that are experienced as the desire for children and/or personal creative endeavors in the world.

It is also linked to sex, power, and money, the currencies of relationships, making it a very powerful chakra and one that we must always be mindful of.

In our Sacral chakra spray and roller, we chose specific gems and oils that have been associated with their ability to balance and harmonize the volatile and powerful sacral chakra.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE SACRAL CHAKRA

Rose – a favorite of most people across the globe, the scent of roses is particularly useful for situations of anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, and is considered an aphrodisiac and is often used for balancing hormones. It’s softening nature reminds us to be mindful in our relationships, both with others and with ourselves. Rose is also a plant of protection as is evidenced by its thorns. The thorns protect the alluring but delicate flower within, reminding us to protect our own heart space as well as be wary of hurting those who have let us past their boundaries.

Orange – is inherently uplifting and helps to brighten almost any mood and diffuse difficult situations making it perfect for helping to balance this particular chakra. It helps us to not get too bogged down and dark when this chakra is closed off.

Ylang Ylang – has an intoxicating scent making it a favorite aphrodisiac oil. It is helpful for situations of depression when one needs to focus on happiness and the blessings of life. Being an aphrodisiac herb, it’s perfect for helping people to be more open to the flow of love and passion in their lives.

 

GEM ESSENCES FOR THE SACRAL CHAKRA

Bloodstone – brings a stronger flow of nour­ishing Earth ener­gies into the 1st and 2nd chakras; stim­u­lates the rapid release of ener­gies that have been stuck in the lower chakras and in the emo­tional body; rebal­ances these energy cen­ters after trauma or ­emo­tional upset.

Blood­stone opens and har­mo­nizes the con­nec­tion between the heart chakra and the Earth by clearing and releasing strong emo­tional block­ages that are being held in the lower chakras. It does this by using the power of the heart and the sup­port of the earth to cir­cu­late a very strong cur­rent of love and appre­ci­a­tion through the pathway that links the two, which pro­vides the cat­a­lyst to move out any stag­nant energy that is present

Hematite – strengthens the ener­getic boundary between the ­mental and ­emo­tional bodies; pro­motes emo­tional inde­pen­dence rather than co-­dependence; helps us main­tain a state of ­com­pas­sionate detach­ment while wit­nessing an intense emo­tional expe­ri­ence in another; helps us con­tain our own emo­tional expe­ri­ences in a clear way.

Hematite helps us create and main­tain appro­priate emo­tional bound­aries so that we can be emo­tion­ally con­nected to others and at the same time feel com­pletely safe and self-contained.

Moonstone – helps us move into an authentic feeling space rather than an over-reactive one; cleanses and cir­cu­lates energy in the emo­tional body; helps us com­plete emo­tional cycles; calming, soothing, and nur­turing; bal­ances and har­mo­nizes psy­chic sen­si­tivity during menstruation.

The Moon­stone essence helps to bal­ance all aspects of the fem­i­nine in men and women. It helps us embody and ground fem­i­nine power and grace into our bodies, and achieve a level of emo­tional equa­nimity where we are more able to prac­tice non-reactivity and accep­tance of what is in the present moment

Orange Calcite – pen­e­trating, uplifting, ener­gizing, warming; ­ampli­fies one’s ability to ­assim­i­late light at the cel­lular level of the body; opens the heart to the energy of the Sun;  dis­pels dark­ness and grief; helps one feel joy and a sense of cre­ative con­nect­ed­ness to the phys­ical realm.

Orange Cal­cite is for those who are often sad or despon­dent, are caught up in cycles of neg­a­tivity, or feel cut off in some way from their inner sources of light. It also addresses lethargy and chronic energy defi­cien­cies that can con­tribute to emo­tional mood swings and a dark out­look on life.

Rhdochrosite – increases energy, bal­ance, and sta­bility in the heart chakra and in the phys­ical body; soothing and nur­turing to the heart during and after deep healing and trans­for­ma­tion; heals the effects of abuse in the heart so that the cor­re­sponding trauma can be released from the phys­ical body.

Rhodochrosite brings a strong flow of Earth love and sup­port to any healing process in the heart. It rebal­ances the heart chakra after emo­tional shock or trauma, and helps us strengthen the heart so it can be its own sup­port system should a loss or shock occur in the future.

Rhodolite Garnet – increases one’s ability to inhabit the phys­ical body; helps one recon­nect ener­get­i­cally with parts of the body that have been trau­ma­tized; rebuilds the etheric web in areas dis­rupted by injury or surgery so that one can draw in the forces that are needed to com­plete the healing process.

 

Our Chakra Sprays and Perfume rollers contain all of the above essences and essential oils and are the perfect way to work with your sacral chakra. We love using them in meditation, before or during a yoga class, or at any point during the day to help keep us feeling connected to our own sense of creativity as well as our own deep-seated feelings and sense of self-love.

 

 

HERBS FOR THE SACRAL CHAKRA

Many of the herbs that are associated with this chakra are ones we would typically think of as aphrodisiacs as well as those that are good for fertility.

Damiana is the most classic and well known of the aphrodisiac herbs. Its actions are so specific in fact that what it does is increase circulation to the pelvic region. It also happens to be very tasty when combined with other aphrodisiac herbs, chocolate, and wine.

For a bunch of yummy recipes all including damiana check out our Making Love blog post.

Other herbs such as gingerorange peelcinnamonclove, and cardamom are considered aphrodisiacs mostly because they also increase circulation and bring warmth to the body. They all will also help to open and soften the sacral chakra because they tend to be warming, energizing, and uplifting and these are the energetics that are needed to balance a closed down sacral chakra.

Herbs such as raspberry leaf and shatavari are considered to be fertility tonic herbs and make excellent additions for anyone who is looking to conceive. (If you are in this phase of life and would like more guidance than be sure to check out the work our owner Sarah does with her fertility programs). The Female Tonic Tea that we make is also a good place to start.

A tea that combined all of the above herbs would, in fact, make a tasty and effective blend. Or you can check out our Sacred Sacral Chakra Tea

 

FOODS FOR THE SACRAL CHAKRA

Because the color of the sacral chakra is orange, any foods with this color are said to be associated with this chakra; foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and butternut squash are perfect for the fall and winters seasons and are lovely when paired with some of the warming herbs that go with this chakra as well, herbs such as cinnamongingerclove, and cardamom.

Fruits such as oranges, peaches, and apricots are also aligned with this chakra, and their juiciness is perfectly aligned with the sexual energy that governs this chakra.

 

Here are a few recipes for the sacral chakra.

Fall Pumpkin Smoothie (from Chakra Tonics)

  • 1 can ( 8 oz) cooked pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp dried ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • water or coconut milk, as much need for your preferred consistency
  • Place all ingredients in a blender and mix till smooth.

 

Peach Power Smoothie (from the Whole Detox)

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 3/4-1 cup water or coconut milk, as much need for your preferred consistency
  • Place all ingredients in a blender and mix till smooth.

 

 

Damiana Cordial (by Kami McBride of The Herbal Kitchen

Ingredients

Directions:

  1. 1. Put all ingredients in a half-gallon mason jar and let sit for one month in a cool dark place.
  2. 2. Strain all the ingredients from the brandy, squeezing to get out all the juices
  3. 3. Add honey if desired and sip!

This cordial makes for a wonderful aphrodisiac blend that can be shared with a loved one or used when you are feeling the desire to increase your own self-love.

 

All of the suggestions above are perfect ways to start working on aligning your Sacral Chakra so you feel more calm, stable, balanced, grounded, and centered in the world as you go about your daily life.

If you give any of them a try, or have a favorite option please let us know, we love hearing from you, and be sure to check back next month for the Solar Plexus Chakra.

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Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Those seeking treatment for a specific disease should consult a qualified practitioner.

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Working With The Root Chakra

With the rise in popularity of essential oils, as well as the increased attention to the ancient healing modality of working with our chakras, we thought it would be a great time to focus on some of our most popular products, our Chakra Essence Sprays and Perfume Rollers, and tell you more about what is in them and why.

In keeping with the tradition of working with the chakras in our body from the ground up, this month we are going to focus on the Root Chakra.

Many traditional healing practices talk of the chakras, energy centers that are a part of our etheric/energy bodies that can influence all things in our lives, from our health to our emotions. According to traditions, when these energy centers are out of balance, either too open or too closed off, we can experience imbalances in our life.

Each chakra governs different aspects of our beings, and thus when not in alignment with each other, those aspects of our life will be off. By learning more about the associations of each individual chakra, we can discern if there are things in our own life that may point to that particular chakra being misaligned, and thus can work on correcting the imbalances by actively seeking herbs, essential oils, and other healing practices that activate that particular chakra.

As with all things, we will start at the bottom, with our most basic of human needs, and work our way upwards.

 

THE ROOT

The Root chakra is located at the base of the spine and associated with the color red. The Sanskrit name is the Muladhara which means, “base, root or foundation.”

It is the foundation of your emotional and mental health, your connection to traditional familial beliefs, and supports the formation of your identity and sense of belonging to a group. It is what connects us to the earth and grounds us down into our place on this planet and in this life.

When in balance a person will feel centered, grounded, healthy, fully alive, have lots of physical energy, will be adept at manifesting abundance, and is a master of oneself.

When the root chakra is deficient often the person will feel a lack of confidence, have no grounding in physical reality, may be weak, can’t achieve goals, is self-destructive, and may have feelings of being unloved or abandoned.

When the root chakra has excessive energy the person be egotistical, domineering, greedy, addicted to wealth, indiscriminate in their use of sexual energy, or have nervous sexual energy.

The main words associated with this chakra are I am and We Are All One. We are all connected to each other, but we are also ourselves, and knowing both of these things simultaneously will allow us to feel grounded and at peace on this planet and in this life.

In our Root chakra spray and roller, we chose specific gems and oils that have been associated with their grounding properties, as well as their ability to balance and harmonize the root chakra.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA

Frankincense – traditionally used as a grounding, calming, and relaxing oil, this scent perfectly aligns with the root chakra and it’s focus on grounding the body into the earth.

Myrrh – also a grounding resin, it has been known to calm and soothe the emotions, again helping to root us back into the earth and ourselves.

Cedar – grounding and calming, it is said to help combat negativity. Atlas Cedarwood can be helpful when faced with chaos or conflict and need a grounding oil for use during meditation or reflecting on the situation

GEM ESSENCES FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA

Black Tourmaline – used for envi­ron­mental tox­i­city; jet lag; over­whelmed by ener­gies in the ­envi­ron­ment; ­over­sen­si­tive to tele­vi­sions, ­com­puters, flu­o­res­cent lights, and other sources of elec­tro­mag­netic pol­lu­tion; needing to detoxify on the phys­ical, emo­tional, or mental levels but not knowing how to do it in a bal­anced way.

It is a pre­ci­sion tool for the release of toxic or stag­nant energy held in the chakras, subtle bodies, the phys­ical body, and the envi­ron­ment; absorbs inhar­mo­nious ener­gies and exchanges them for fresh, clean energy.

Garnet – emo­tion­ally and ener­get­i­cally dis­con­nected from parts of the body that are in pain or have been injured or oper­ated on; parts of the body won’t heal or return to their normal level of func­tion; poor cir­cu­la­tion in cer­tain areas of the body.

It increases one’s ability to inhabit the phys­ical body; helps one recon­nect ener­get­i­cally with parts of the body that have been trau­ma­tized; rebuilds the etheric web in areas dis­rupted by injury or surgery so that one can draw in the forces that are needed to com­plete the healing process.

Green Jasper – for when you are feeling ungrounded; lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Earth; energy blocked in the lower chakras; incon­sis­tent and uneven flow of sexual energy resulting from the shock or trauma of sexual abuse.

It syn­chro­nizes body rhythms with earthly rhythms, ­espe­cially when there has been a dis­rup­tion to the nat­ural flow; restores earthly sen­su­ality and healthy sex­u­ality; helps us recon­nect to our instinc­tual natures; opens us to the energy and grace of the wild feminine.

Rhodochrosite – helpful for deep trauma and emo­tional pain in the heart; unable to make inti­mate con­nec­tions with others; shut down emo­tion­ally or sex­u­ally as a result of being abused; feeling cut off and alien­ated from the phys­ical world.

It increases energy, bal­ance, and sta­bility in the heart chakra and in the phys­ical body; soothing and nur­turing to the heart during and after deep healing and trans­for­ma­tion; heals the effects of abuse in the heart so that the cor­re­sponding trauma can be released from the phys­ical body. Rhodochrosite brings a strong flow of Earth love and sup­port to any healing process in the heart.

Rose Quartz – for pain held in the heart from trau­matic events in one’s past; heart closed down because of not being nur­tured as a child; dif­fi­culty ini­ti­ating and main­taining inti­mate con­tact with others; inner child not receiving ­nur­turing energy from the adult; lack of com­pas­sion for others.

It develops all dimen­sions of the heart chakra; helps one anchor love into the phys­ical body through the heart center; helps one con­nect to and nur­ture one’s inner child; opens, strengthens, and sta­bi­lizes the heart forces so an indi­vidual is able to main­tain inti­macy with one­self, others, and the planet.

Ruby – for unre­solved sur­vival issues blocking energy flow between the Earth and the 1st chakra; con­sti­pa­tion of ener­gies in the lower chakras and organs of the body; ambiva­lence about being present in the phys­ical body; ten­dency to dis­con­nect from the body during times of chaos and upheaval.

It cleanses, bal­ances, and ener­gizes the 1st chakra; opens the lower chakras to a stronger flow of life force energy from the Earth; sup­ports one’s ability to ground spir­i­tual and mental energy into the phys­ical body, espe­cially during times of intense transformation.

 

OUR CHAKRA SPRAYS AND PERFUME ROLLERS CONTAIN ALL OF THE ABOVE ESSENCES AND ESSENTIAL OILS AND ARE THE PERFECT WAY TO WORK WITH YOUR ROOT CHAKRA. WE LOVE USING THEM IN MEDITATION, BEFORE OR DURING A YOGA CLASS, OR AT ANY POINT DURING THE DAY TO HELP KEEP US FEELING GROUNDED AND CONNECTED DOWN.

 

HERBS FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA

Being herbalists we also have to talk about some of the herbs that we find work well with the root chakra. Someday in the future we plan to make and sell chakra based teas (and perhaps this post will be the impetus for getting that going!) but for now we’ll just give you some suggestions and hope that you stop in to try out some of these wonderful herbs yourself.

Herbs that are associated with the root chakra can include angelicaashwagandhacinnamongingerclovedamianadong quairaspberry leafturmeric, and cayenne.

Herbs such as Hawthorn berrieshibiscusrose petalsrose hips, and rooibos can also work with the root chakra because of their color and their tendency to be healing, soothing, nurturing, and protective. Because the heart is also associated with the color red/pink, you’ll notice a lot of crossover between these two chakras, even though the heart chakra is most often associated with the color green.

If you wanted to blend up a tea using a few of these herbs, a nice mix would be to combine ashwagandha, ginger, cinnamon, clove, damiana, raspberry leaf, and hawthorn berries together for a warming, downward moving, grounding, blend.

This combo would not be good for pregnant mom’s however because of the potential to move the blood in the uterus area too much. It would also be advisable for anyone on any kind of heart medication or blood-thinning medication to talk with their doctors before using any of these herbs. *

It would also be wise to be cautious about drinking too much of this if you are a woman who tends to have a heavier menstrual flow as it may make it stronger, but those of you with scanty menses could find this helpful. The addition of cramp bark to this blend of warming herbs would be very lovely for anyone who suffers from strong menstrual cramps.

FOODS FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA

Any food that is a root or stalk and is the color red can be associated with the root chakra. The most popular ones that come to mind are beets, radishes, red cabbage, and rhubarb, but also carrots, tomatoes, red bell peppers, strawberries, raspberries, onions, red potatoes, and generally anything else red.

 

Here are a few recipes for the root chakra.

Radically Red Detox Smoothie (from the Whole Detox)

  • ~ 1 small red apple, sliced (leave peel on)
  • ~ 1 small carrot, scrubbed and diced (leave peel on)
  • ~ 4 pink grapefruit sections
  • ~ 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ~ 1-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
  • ~ 1/2 cup frozen red raspberries
  • ~ 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (boxed variety)
  • ~1 scoop Vanilla protein powder (our favorite is the Vegan Vanilla Shakeology with two scoops of the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. You could use the Vital Proteins on it’s own for an unflavored option, or give the Vega Sport Protein a try)
  • ~ Water and ice as needed

 

Root Juice (from Chakra Tonics)

  • ~6 carrots
  • ~1 red beet
  • ~1/2 lemon
  • ~1/2 bunch parsley
  • ~1 stalk celery
  • ~1/2 cucumber
  • ~1/2 red pepper
  • ~Ginger & garlic to taste
  • Juice and enjoy!

 

Red & Roasted Soup
(from the Art of Sacred Postpartum Mother Roaster Training)

Ingredients

  • ~8 large beefsteak tomatoes (cut in half + heavily seasoned with thyme / salt / pepper / garlic powder / olive oil), roasted
  • ~2 full garlic heads, roasted
  • ~Sea salt & pepper to taste
  • ~1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • ~2 containers broth (make your own or buy some online)
  • ~1 tbsp Thyme
  • ~1 Tablespoon Braggs amino acids or 1 tablespoon Coconut aminos
  • ~2 pats of butter (or olive oil of you can’t do dairy)
  • ~2 limes, quartered
  • ~4 cups of water

 

Directions:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
2. Put seasoned, halved tomatoes in the oven along with the whole garlic gloves that have been drizzled with olive oil and roast for 40 minutes
3. Meanwhile, in a big soup pot, add the butter and cook down the chopped onion, adding in salt, pepper, thyme, brags or low sodium soy sauce. When onion is nice a browned and in the stock and bouillon cubes. Put on low and let all the flavors meld together.
4. Add in roasted tomatoes and all of the roasted garlic and bring to a nice boil.
5. Using either a hand mixer or a blender puree the soup.
6. Squeeze a little lime on top before serving.

 

All of the suggestions above are perfect ways to start working on aligning your root chakra so you feel more calm, stable, balanced, grounded, and centered in the world as you go about your daily life.

If you give any of them a try, or have a favorite option please let us know, we love hearing from you, and be sure to check back next month for the Sacral Chakra.

 

RESOURCES

 

Disclaimer

This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Those seeking treatment for a specific disease should consult a qualified practitioner prior to using our products.

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