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Color Coded Essential Oil Chakra Guide

The Crown Chakra is the energy related to that which is beyond the physical world. It often has to do with end of life issues or fear or death. It is purple and is at the crown (top) of the head. Many of the more spiritual oils are used to balance this chakra; some of which are:

Cedarwood: Warm, woody oil with honey overtones. Cedarwood’s meditative qualities help the mind to focus and can help bring balance to the body. It has been used historically for its soothing & purifying qualities as well as bringing strength. It is used to counteract worry, fear, irritability, and gloomy thoughts. Cedarwood oil also helps with a variety of skin issues including dermatitis; acne; oily skin & hair; eczema and psoriasis.* Do not use this oil if you are pregnant.

Elemi: See above below under Third Eye 

Frankincense: See below under Root Chakra 

Jasmine: This precious essential oil is a rich, exotic floral. Jasmine is known to generate euphoria. It is well known for its sensual qualities and it often used to enhance libido. Jasmine has been reported to help with a wide range of emotional issues including: dealing with past violence and abuse; repression, guilt, relationship problems and more. It is emotionally warming and may help with self confidence. Although it is expensive, it often takes just a few drops to add a dramatic effect to blends. It can last for years. 

Lavender: See above below Heart Chakra 

Myrrh: This is an old fashioned remedy for making a wash for infections. It was used by the Egyptians and Hebrews for incense, cosmetics, as perfume fixatives, and medicines. It was also used at that time for embalming. It was considered, as was Frankincense, a rare treasure and was thought to be a great gift for baby Jesus. It is a gummy resin derived from the shrub Commiphora, which is found in Arabia and Abyssinia. Now-a-days, it is used in treating sore throats, infected gums, thrush, and athlete’s foot. It is good for healing dry, cracked skin. It contains cleansing agents and has been used to counter poisons in the body. It also has worked to stimulate the circulatory system and as an expectorant. It also a good oil to use in meditation. 

Rosewood: Sweet woody oil with an underlying deep rose scent. Rosewood oil is steadying, balancing and can aid concentration. It may help bring about safe, positive feelings. In skin care it’s been used to help heal: acne, dermatitis, scars, wounds, and dry and/or sensitive skin. It’s scent is used to heal many kinds of stress related troubles. It is also used as an aphrodisiac.

Sandalwood:  See below under the Solar Plexus 

Vetiver: See above below Root Chakra 

The Third Eye focuses on intuition, common sense, wisdom, dreaming; spirituality, and memory.  It is said to be Indigo Blue and located between our eyebrows. Many essential oils that are used for memory, wisdom, and spirituality are used to balance this chakra including:

Angelica Root: Angelica Root oil has a deep, musky, spicy scent. The root oil is stronger and more medicinally scented than the seed oil. Their scent is used to relieve fatigue and nervous stress. In skin care, these oils are used to decongest pores and to heal and sooth irritated skin. They are also used to help eliminate toxins from muscles and to relieve water retention. Their scent is helpful to relieve coughs and can aid digestion.

Bay Laurel: This Essential oil has a camphorous, medicinal scent. It is used to treat digestive complaints and cold & flu. It is also used to promote menstruation.

Clary Sage: See above below the Sacral Chakra


Cypress: See below under Throat Chakra

Elemi: This fresh scented oil has a hint of spice. It is a resin extracted from a tropical tree gum. It’s used in skin care to heal cuts, wounds, inflammation and more. It is known to relieve nervous exhaustion and stress.

Frankincense: See below under Root Chakra

Juniper Berry: See below under the Solar Plexus 

Marjoram: Marjoram is an anaphrodisiac meaning it reduces sex drive. It is said to be comforting, warming and strengthening. It is used to help ease mental strain, anger, frustration, hostility and more. It has a warm, woody and somewhat spicy/camphoreous scent. 

Patchouli: See below under Root Chakra 

Sandalwood:  See below under the Solar Plexus 

Rosemary: See above below the Solar Plexus

Vetiver: See below under Root Chakra

 

The Throat Chakra has do to with communication: speaking, writing and body language. It focuses on getting our thoughts and ideas across as well as listening to and understanding other people's thoughts and ideas. It is said to be Blue and is located near the throat. Interestingly, many of the essential oils that balance this chakra are also recommended to help heal sore throats. Here are a few:

Basil: Basil’s fresh herbaceous scent can heighten focus, reduce nausea, stimulate blood circulation and bring comfort to body and spirit. It can be used to help lift bad moods. This oil is great to use when studying, in an important meeting or interview, or anytime you want to remain sharp and alert. When properly diluted, it can help relieve muscle pain. It is also considered an aphrodisiac. In folklore, the herb Basil is thought to bring money.

Bergamot: See above below the Sacral Chakra

Roman Chamomile: With a bright apple-like undertone, this gentle, relaxing oil is recommended to heal skin inflammation and for cell regeneration. It is also used to treat acne, burns, cuts, and rashes. It is one of the few essential oils gentle enough for infants. Its scent may help calm worries, grief, fear, anger, and other emotional imbalances. This peaceful oil is great to ease nerves, stress, and tension.

Cypress: See below under Solar Plexus

Peppermint: Cool, clean peppermint essential oil boosts energy and has been known to ease headaches, nervous stress, nausea and the common cold. It definitely wakes us up. Emotionally, it is recommended to ease mental fatigue and feelings of helplessness while increasing self-acceptance and vitality. When used in soaps, shampoos, and misters it can also really help cool us down in the summertime. When used in massage oils it can ease muscle pain and improve circulation. As and added bonus it repels: mosquitoes, ants, moths, flies, head lice, spider mites, ticks, fleas, mice and chipmunks.

Spearmint: Cool and minty, this essential oil is the most gentle of all the mints. Diffused with water, it may be used to treat children's coughs. It works as an antiseptic, decongestant, and expectorant. Its scent is said to be comforting to the head, thus it is often employed for tension and migraine headaches.

 

The Heart Chakra is about Love, both giving and receiving. It also deals with losing love, handling betrayal and loss of loved ones due to death or other causes. It is said to be Green and is near the heart. Many beautiful essential oils are said to help balance the heart chakra; here are descriptions of some:

Bergamot: See below under the Sacral Chakra

Geranium: See below under the Solar Plexus

Lavender: Highly floral and mildly herbaceous, lavender is considered the most versatile essential oil. It is said to balance one’s energies: stimulating if tired, and relaxing if stressed. It is excellent for treating scarring, acne, burns, eczema, psoriasis, wounds and more. It is great to use to in soaps, baths, or skin ointments to maintain healthy skin. It is known to help with a variety of problems including: anxiety; depression; feelings of fear, anger, aggression, & irritability, insomnia and headaches.

Lemon: Lemon has a light, clean citrus scent which can enliven us. It’s an excellent oil to add to cleaning products as it can cut grease while deodorizing. It is often employed to help fight infections during the cold and flu season. It can act as restorative and general tonic. Its scent is recommended to help ease mental blocks, lethargy, and stress. Its scent may enhance memory, clarity, and concentration. In skin care it is used to treat acne, cuts, oily skin, warts and more.

Mandarin: This light, sweet, citrus oil is often employed to fade stretch marks & scars, as well as to help relieve fluid retention. It is used to treat acne, congested pores and oily skin It’s scent is very relaxing. This very gentle oil is one of the few recommended for young children (toddlers and up). It’s scent is used to aid depression, anxiety, and feelings of emptiness.

Neroli: This rapturous floral oil comes from the orange blossom. In addition to its sensual qualities, it boosts the spirit and may help one sustain confidence. It is also used to increase feeling of love, spirituality, peace, stability, and connectedness. It is often recommended when treating abuse, hopelessness, fear, and other emotional crises In skin care, it may be used for help fade scars, for stretch marks, to tone the complexion and to relax muscles.

Sweet Orange: See below under the Sacral Chakra

Sandalwood:  See below under the Solar Plexus

Tangerine: Like orange oil, this delicious citrus oil has a very cheerful scent. It’s excellent for skin tone and is very purifying. It’s a nice scent to use in inexpensive perfumery.

Rose: See below under the Sacral Chakra

Ylang Ylang:  See below under the Sacral Chakra

The Solar Plexus is said to be our core, or our personal power. It is the energy that deals with our self worth and our sense of identity. This chakra is said to be Yellow and is near the navel. A large range of essential oils are said to balance this chakra, including:  

Black Pepper: Hot and spicy, black pepper is a powerful essential oil which should only be used in small amounts. It’s regarded as an aphrodisiac. It is said to help with stamina, endurance, and motivation. It can affect the circulatory system to improve muscle tone. It can warm and relax muscles when used in massage oils, lotions or liniments.

Cedarwood: See below under Root Chakra

Cinnamon: Hot and sweet; cinnamon oil warms, stimulates and revives tired nerves. It is often used to strengthen the immune system against colds and flu. It can warm the muscles; especially when used in a massage oil. The scent of cinnamon is powerful. It can influence confidence. It has been noted to improve libido in both men and women.

Clove: Spicy, sweet oil that inspires the mind and memory; clove bud oil often eases mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion. Its scent is warming, cheering, and welcoming. It is said to help with creativity, focus, and self-awareness. It is especially comforting during the cold season, perhaps due to its reported expectorant, antiviral, and antibiotic qualities. Like most spice oils, it has aphrodisiac qualities.

Cypress: This strengthening oil has a clean, evergreen scent. It is cleansing, comforting, and may be used as an antiseptic. It is used to ease sore throats, asthma, bronchitis, and spasmodic coughing. It is used emotionally to increase confidence, balance, patience and direction. It is used to reduce fear, sorrow, frustration and muddled thoughts.

Geranium: Dry with a rosy undertone, geranium oil is wonderful for helping to balance female hormones. It has deodorizing properties and can be very relaxing. It is recommended to help treat many emotional issues including anxiety and depression. It can help increase feelings of self-worth. Its astringent action makes it ideal for controlling oily skin & acne and great for helping to heal cuts & wounds.

Ginger: Spicy, hot and earthy, this oil energizes and warms. It has been used historically to increase strength and courage. In massage oils, it is helpful for easing sprains and lower back pain. It’s scent can lessen nausea and nervous exhaustion. Ginger is recognized as an aphrodisiac. It’s best to use ginger sparingly.

Grapefruit: Grapefruit is a clean, light, and refreshing citrus oil. Its scent is known to help ease headaches, performance stress, and depression. It is can help with clarity, alertness, confidence, and a positive attitude. It is said to help with emotional violence, self-doubt, mental pressure and more.When used in massages and baths it can help tone skin and many reduce cellulites. It is also good to use when the body is retaining too much water (bloating). It may also encourage hair growth and shine when used in hair care produces. And if you add a bit to your dish soap it can cut grease and grime.

Juniper Berry:  Juniper Berry has a fresh, nutty, berry scent. In folklore this oil is said to augment psychic purity. It's aroma is used to calm emotions. It is said to help improve confidence, peace and help with many forms of inner conflict. It’s sometimes used to detoxify the body as well as tone & stimulate flesh. It is also known to strengthen the immune system.

Lemongrass: The scent of lemongrass oil is used to relieve headaches, stress, and nervous exhaustion. It is sometimes employed in massage to improve muscle tone and poor circulation. It’s a great insect repellent (Repels: Head Lice, Ticks, Spider Mites & Fleas). It’s also great to use in hair care products to make hair shiny, aid in detangling and add subtle highlights.

Mandarin: This light, sweet, citrus oil is often employed to fade stretch marks & scars, as well as to help relieve fluid retention. It is used to treat acne, congested pores and oily skin It’s scent is very relaxing. This very gentle oil is one of the few recommended for young children (toddlers and up). It’s scent is used to aid depression, anxiety, and feelings of emptiness.

Peppermint: Cool, clean peppermint essential oil boosts energy and has been known to ease headaches, nervous stress, nausea and the common cold. It definitely wakes us up. Emotionally, it is recommended to ease mental fatigue and feelings of helplessness while increasing self-acceptance and vitality. When used in soaps, shampoos, and misters it can also really help cool us down in the summertime. When used in massage oils it can ease muscle pain and improve circulation. As and added bonus it repels: mosquitoes, ants, moths, flies, head lice, spider mites, ticks, fleas, mice and chipmunks.

Pettigrain: From the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree, this mesmerizing scent was created. Pettigrain oil has a bright floral-citrus aroma, similar to the very costly Neroli oil, which is made from the blossoms of the same tree. It is very relaxing and can help create a positive, mood. It is used to reduce anger, pessimism and exhaustion.

Rosemary:  Rosemary is the herb of love and remembrance. The essential oil is recognized as an aphrodisiac. It may also help with memory and concentration as it has been said to strengthen both the brain and the nervous system. Emotionally it is used to increase confidence, energy, clarity, structure, and awareness. In skin care, it has been used to fade varicose veins. It has also been used to: help relieve fluid retention, aid the immune system in fighting infections, relieve headaches, fight nervous exhaustion, and bring relief to respiratory ailments. It may also stimulate hair growth when used in hair care products.

Sandalwood: This rich, musky, wood was traditionally burnt as an aid to meditation. The essential oil is known for its calming and grounding effects. This oil is recognized throughout history as having aphrodisiac qualities. It's rich, woody scent helps to anchor blends. In aromatherapy it is used to help heal dry chapped skin, razor burn, and acne. Emotionally it is good to help with trust issues, self-esteem, loneliness, irritability, feelings of uneasiness and dwelling on the past.  

Spearmint: Cool and minty, this essential oil is the most gentle of all the mints. Diffused with water, it may be used to treat children for coughs. It works as an antiseptic, decongestant, and expectorant. Its scent is said to be comforting to the head, thus it is often employed for tension and migraine headaches.

Vetiver: This smoky, leathery oil is said to strengthen the central nervous system, restoring balance and focus. It is employed to stabilize energy. It is recognized to be grounding, and to help enhance feelings of protection, self-esteem and calmness. In skin care it is used to treat acne, oily skin, and abrasions. It is helpful to treat muscular aches and pains when used in massage oils.  

Ylang Ylang:  This intense floral has had some rapturous results. It can help balance emotions; either energizing or relaxing depending on one’s needs. It often helps ease nervous conditions such as depression and stress. It's aroma is used as an aphrodisiac. Additionally, it’s a wonderful general skin tonic. It may also stimulate hair growth when used in hair care products. Emotionally, it is recommended to help increase confidence and happiness; while reducing feelings of fear, dejection, anger, and guilt.

The Sacral Chakra is the chakra which sways our creativity, procreation and sexuality. It is centered in our Pelvis region. It is said to be Orange. Most of essential oils to help balance the Sacral Chakra are oils that enhance creativity and/or sexuality. Some of these are:

Bergamot:  Bergamot is that familiar citrus scent found in Earl Grey tea. It has a spicy undertone and adds a fresh note to blends. Bergamot oil is employed to reduce anger, frustration, irritability, anxiety and depression. It is said to help with confidence, concentration, and cheer. It is known to lessen many emotional imbalances. In skin care, it is used to treat acne, eczema, wounds, oily skin and more.

Clary Sage:  Clary Sage oil is sweet, rich, and highly relaxing. It has been known to induce colorful dreams, as well as aid in a deep, peaceful rest. In Aromatherapy, it is used to counteract: nervousness, stress, anxiety, nightmares, panic, fear, and guilt. In skin care it helps with acne, oily skin, and wrinkle prevention. It is also used to treat dandruff and to stimulate hair growth.

Sweet Orange: Sweet, fresh and fruity, this oil warms the heart. The popular scent of orange oil is lively, yet calming. Emotionally, this oil is used to increase happiness, creativity, connectedness, peace and understanding. It is said to be good when healing from emotional crisis, panic, depression or fear. When used in baths and massage oils it can be very cleansing; it may help eliminate toxins from the body and reduce water retention.

Rose: Deep, rich, and floral - the fragrance of true rose oil is unmistakable. Prized since biblical times, the scent of the rose is a famous aphrodisiac. It is very comforting and can be of great aid during blue moments. In skin care, it is used to help repair broken capillaries, and to maintain a youthful complexion. Being very expensive, this oil is most often used in perfumery. Its scent is used to ease fear and grief; as well as aid forgiveness, motivation, and confidence.

Patchouli: See below under Root Chakra

Ylang Ylang:  This intense floral has had some rapturous results. It can help balance emotions; either energizing or relaxing depending on one’s needs. It often helps ease nervous conditions such as depression and stress. It's scent is used as an aphrodisiac. Additionally, it’s a wonderful general skin tonic. It may also stimulate hair growth when used in hair care products. Emotionally, it is recommended to help increase confidence and happiness; while reducing feelings of fear, dejection, anger, and guilt.

The Root Chakra manages our base needs for survival such as food, shelter, and money. It is at the bottom of the spine. This area is thought of as the color Red. The essential oils that are used to balance the root chakra are grounding and lend feelings of safety and security. A few of these

Angelica Root: Angelica Root oil has a deep, musky, spicy scent. The root oil is stronger and more medicinally scented than the seed oil. Their scent is used to relieve fatigue and nervous stress. In skin care, these oils are used to decongest pores and to heal and sooth irritated skin. They are also used to help eliminate toxins from muscles and to relieve water retention. Their scent is helpful to relieve coughs and can aid digestion.

Benzoin: This rich, euphoric resin is thick as honey. It has a sweet balsamic scent. Benzoin oil has been used ceremonially to drive away evil and negative forces. It is very relaxing and can create a sense of padding from daily stresses. In skin care for it is used for healing: cuts, chapped skin, and inflamed or irritated skin.

Cedarwood: Warm, woody oil with honey overtones. Cedarwood’s meditative qualities help the mind to focus and can help bring balance to the body. It has been used historically for its soothing & purifying qualities as well as bringing strength. It is used to counteract worry, fear, irritability, and gloomy thoughts. Cedarwood oil also helps with a variety of skin issues including dermatitis; acne; oily skin & hair; eczema and psoriasis.

* Do not use this oil if you are pregnant.

Frankincense: Calming and focusing frankincense has a warm, sweet, and rich scent that has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries. It often acts to slow and deepen breathing making it perfect for meditation. It’s scent is said to stimulate creativity and enlightenment. It is used to ease feelings of anxiety, grief, fear, and disconnection. In skin care it can be used to heal chapped skin. Folklore tells us that frankincense is used to welcome in positive forces.

Patchouli: This sweet amber oil is rich and earthy; its scent can be very meditative. It can help with physical and emotional energy. In skin care it is used to treat cracked dry skin; acne; eczema; dermatitis and for wrinkle control. In hair care it’s great for dandruff control and to help encourage hair growth. Emotionally, it is used to treat lethargic depression, nervous exhaustion, and stress. This is a particularly stimulating oil, so best not to use before bedtime. It's scent is also used as an aphrodisiac.

OakmossOakmoss oil is an excellent fixative oil with a rich, woody, meditative scent. It has been used in perfumery as early as the 16th century. When it has been found in the ancient royal tombs of Egypt, it has still been fragrant even after centuries buried.

Vetiver: This smoky, leathery oil is said to strengthen the central nervous system, restoring balance and focus. It is employed to stabilize energy. It is recognized to be grounding, and to help enhance feelings of protection, self-esteem and calmness. In skin care it is used to treat acne, oily skin, and abrasions. It is helpful to treat muscular aches and pains when used in massage oils. 

Oils in Alphabetical Order

Angelica Root

Basil

Bay Laurel

Benzoin 

Bergamot

Black Pepper

Roman Chamomile

Cedarwood
Cinnamon

Clary Sage

Clove Bud

Cypress

Elemi

Frankincense

Geranium

Ginger

Grapefruit

Jasmine

Juniper Berry

Lavender

Lemon

Lemongrass

Mandarin

Marjoram

Myrrh

Neroli

Oakmoss

Patchouli

Peppermint
Pettigrain

Rose

Rosemary

Rosewood

Sandalwood

Spearmint

Sweet Orange

Tangerine

Vetiver

Ylang Ylang

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