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 alignmenet 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 first chakra, the Root Chakra, so this month is all about the second 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 thoguht 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 fullfillment. 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 humour.
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, difficult 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 bewteen 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.
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 it’s 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 aphrodesiac herb, it’s perfect for helping people to be more open to the flow of love and passion in their lives.
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 energyin 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.
Many of the herbs that are associated with this chakra are one’s we would typically think of as aphrodesiacs as well as those that are good for fertility.
Damiana is the most classic and well known of the aphrodesiac herbs. It’s 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 ginger, orange peel, cinnamon, clove, 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 concieve. (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.
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 cinnamon, ginger, clove, 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)
Peach Power Smoothie (from the Whole Detox)
Damiana Cordial (by Kami McBride of The Herbal Kitchen)
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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