Seven spirals of energy known as chakras can be found in a vertical formation from our tailbone to the top of our head. Meaning ‘wheels of light’ in Sanskrit, Chakras filter energy by allowing good energy in and disposing of unwanted energy from vital areas of our bodies. As well as working with the energy around us, Chakras interact closely with our bodies’ organs and endocrine glands, which regulate hormones. When all of our chakras are balanced we feel healthy, strong and emotionally well. Yet Chakras that are out of balance can cause illness, psychological blocks and emotional problems.
Chakras were first derived from Hindu culture and are often depicted as coloured lotus flowers positioned along the spine, ascending from the base. The lotus flower represents human potential, as the lotus starts its life at the bottom of a muddy pond, yet rises and blossoms in the light above. The lotus flower’s transformation symbolises everyone’s potential to grow and prosper, something that balanced chakras can facilitate.
Sanskrit name: Muladhara
Qualities: located at the base of the spin, and being the first of the seven major Chakras to receive Earth’s energy, the base chakra is essential in grounding us in this reality.
Associated colours: deep, earthy red.
Balanced attributes: stable emotions, feelings of security and survival instincts are all neutered by a balanced base chakra.
Imbalances: an underactive base chakra can result in a feeling of no control over our lives, whereas an overactive Muladhara can lead to extreme anger and obsessions.
Organs: ovaries/testes, pelvis and our legs are associated with our base chakra’s energy.
Crystals to balance: red jasper and hematite are perfect for balancing our base chakra, as these are stones for grounding and enhancing our connection with the Earth, as well as promoting survival and willpower. Black tourmaline and garnet are also effective.
Essential oils to balance: Earthy scents like patchouli, myrrh and cedarwood essential oils work to balance the base chakra. Either use these oils as part of a chakra massage or burn them in an oil burner to achieve and maintain balance.
Foods to balance: foods rich in protein, root vegetables and spices such as horseradish and hot paprika can balance our first chakra.
Sanskrit name: Svadisthana
Qualities: the sacral chakra is located just below the naval and represents our frustrations, relationships, sexuality, creativity and sensual pleasures.
Associated colour: vibrant orange
Balanced attributes: transmuting sexual energy to higher consciousness, feelings of pain and pleasure at appropriate times and feelings of vitality and creativity are attributes of a balanced sacral chakra.
Imbalances: an underactive sacral chakra can result in a joyless existence. Imbalances can also cause addictions to alcohol or drugs, eating disorders, depression and intimacy issues including frigidity or impotence.
Organs: the adrenals which balance out our immune system, metabolism and response to stress are governed by our sacral chakra’s energy, as well our spleen and abdomen.
Crystals to balance: red and orange crystals, such as carnelian, sunstone, amber and yellow fluorite, bring joyful balance to our sacral area.
Essential oils to balance: burn some sensual jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, champaca or sandal wood or oil to get your sacral juices flowing.
Foods to balance: tropical fruits, honey and nuts and sweet spices such as cinnamon and vanilla appeal to your sacral chakra’s sweet tooth.
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
Sanskrit name: Manipura
Qualities: located between the navel and the bottom of the sternum, ‘gut feelings’ originate from here. Fear, anxiety, willpower and personal power stem from the solar plexus chakra
Associated colour: sunny yellow.
Balanced attributes: a healthy solar plexus results in a strong sense of identity, a good sense of humour, self-control, and the ability to deal with stressful situations efficiently.
Imbalances: an underactive solar plexus chakra can cause feelings of anxiety and ‘butterflies’ in your stomach whilst an overactive one can cause issues with control. Imbalances can also be seen through difficulty concentrating and an inability to make decisions. Physiologically, the solar plexus chakra can cause digestive problems if imbalanced.
Organs: our digestive system is ruled by our solar plexus chakra.
Crystals to balance: carry tigers eye, citrine and yellow calcite to fuel your inner power.
Essential oils to balance: sage, juniper and geranium essential oils all fire up your solar plexus.
Foods to balance: detoxing can help rebalance this chakra and healthy lifestyles can maintain balance. As well as eating seeds, breads and cereals, along with dairy products, cumin and ginger spices.
Sanskrit name: Anahata
Qualities: the heart chakra can be found at the centre of the chest on the sternum. Unconditional love and compassion stem from here.
Associated colour: green is the colour of the heart chakra, with pink as a secondary colour.
Balanced attributes: compassion and forgiveness are able are readily available from those with a balanced heart chakra, as well as the ability to love ourselves and those around us. The flow of unconditional love is abundant when our heart chakra is balanced.
Imbalances: blushing easily and having a racing pulse often and in inappropriate situations can signal an overactive heart chakra. Continuing difficulties in relationships may also signal and an imbalanced chakra. An inability to love ourselves and reliance constantly on others are also caused by our heart chakra.
Organs: the thymus gland, lungs and of course our heart, which keeps us alive and spiritually able to love.
Crystals to balance: rose quartz can help us love ourselves as well as those around us, meaning it’s perfect for balanced an underactive heart chakra. Green adventurine is essential for protecting the heart chakra.
Essential oils to balance: rose, neroli and melissa essential oils will get you in a loving mood.
Foods to balance: leafy greens and vegetable fuel the heart chakra, along with herbal teas and earth spices.
Sanskrit name: Vishuddha
Qualities: the Throat Chakra resides between the collar bone and the larynx in the neck. Communication and self-expression are promoted by the throat chakra.
Associated colour: sky blue
Balanced attributes: when our throat chakra is balanced we are able to communicate with those around us and express our thoughts and feelings. Internally, our thoughts are fluid and our auratic field reflects this, making interactions with others is easy and fulfilling.
Imbalances: an overactive throat chakra may cause us to speak too much, sometimes without thinking first. An underactive chakra can mean we are unable to express ourselves sufficiently and struggle with finding the right words to use. Hyperactivity can also stem from the throat chakra. An imbalance here causes trouble with self-expression and sometimes poor learning ability. Tapping our throats three times helps to clear the throat chakra and is beneficial for when we are struggling to express ourselves.
Organs: thyroid glands, our mouths and throats are influenced by the throat chakra.
Crystals to balance: carry blue quartz, turquoise, lapis lazuli and sodalite to help express your truth.
Essential oils to balance: lavender, thyme, camomile and lavender essential oils clear the throat chakra.
Foods to balance: herbal teas, fresh fruit juices, tree growing fruits and lemongrass soothe and promote a balanced throat chakra.
THIRD EYE CHAKRA
Qualities: the third eye chakra is believed to be located in the centre of the brow. Our spiritual direction comes from this Chakra and the ability to trust this inner guidance should be present. Our intuition and self-knowledge are also effected by the third eye chakra.
Associated colour: indigo
Balanced attributes: our balanced third eye chakra allows open mindedness, inner vision and trusting of our own abilities and intuitions. Psychic development is also possible from a balanced third eye chakra.
Imbalances: sleep disorders and problems with coordination stem from an imbalanced third eye chakra.
Organs: central nervous system, lower brain functioning, as well as the pineal gland which can help regulate sleeping and waking, and the pituitary gland which secretes hormones that control other glands are effected by the third eye chakra.
Crystals to balance: tanzanite, azurite and sodalite increase psychic awareness.
Essential oils to balance: frankincense and basil
Foods to balance: powering the third eye chakra can be done by drinking grape juice or red wine, and eating blackberries, blue berries and lavender.
Qualities: the crown chakra is located at the top of our heads; it is not physically connected to the spine and opens upward to receive divine guidance. the crown chakra allows connection to the higher and balances the inner and outer persons.
Associated colour: violet is the colour of the crown chakra with clear or white as a secondary colour.
Balanced attributes: a balanced crown chakra will allow positive though patterns and connection to our higher selves. The crown chakra is able to help balance all our other chakras
Imbalances: an imbalanced crown chakra can cause right/left coordination problems, headaches, feelings of lack of purpose and a loss of identity.
Organs: the upper brain as well as our pineal gland.
Crystals to balance: amethyst and clear quartz, the latter that rebalances the crown chakra as part of its role as the master healer. Clear quartz also splits the light filtering through it into the colours corresponding to other chakras, meaning it is able to help balance all seven major chakras.
Essential oils to balance: the essential oils ylang-ylang, linden and rosewood heal the crown.
Foods to balance: blackcurrants and aubergine are said to encourage a balanced crown chakra.
Keeping our seven major chakras balanced can help achieve optimum physical, emotional and spiritual health. Spiritual balance achieved through the seven major chakras allows us to tackle all of life’s lessons with grace and ease.