How To Balance Your Vital Energy & Chakras With Essential Oils 

What Are Chakras? 

“A chakra is a center of organization that receives, assimilates, and expresses life-force energy.

The word ‘chakra’ literally translates as “wheel” or “disk” and refers to a spinning sphere of bioenergetic activity emanating from the major nerve ganglia branching forward from the spinal column.” 

- Anodea Judith, Eastern Body, Western Mind

The chakra system is a seven-tiered model of an individual’s relationship to themselves, others, and the world around them. 

It stems from the Yogic tradition and is used to navigate one’s ascension through different consciousness and experience levels. 

Chakras are energy centers and vortices that run from the base of the spine to the crown of the head and beyond. 

They can be underactive, overactive, or blocked. 

A chakra’s state significantly impacts our mental/emotional state, perceptions, beliefs, choices, reactions, impulses, health, and wellness. 

What Are The 7 Main Chakras? 

“Each energy center is an individual center of information, with its own unique energy that carries a corresponding level of consciousness - its own emission of light - expressing very specific information. 

Each center also has its own individual glands, hormones, chemistry, and plexus of neurons. 

Think of these individual clusters of neurological networks as mini-brains.” 

- Dr. Joe Dispenza, neuroscientist & researcher 

The following is a summary of the seven main energy centers and what makes each of them unique. 

We’ll start with the first chakra, the root chakra, and then ascend one by one to the top, the crown chakra. 

This is how vital energy moves - in an upward direction towards ever-increasing states of awareness. 

Root Chakra (first chakra) 

Sacral Chakra (second chakra)

Solar Plexus Chakra (third chakra) 

Heart Chakra (fourth chakra) 

Throat Chakra (fifth chakra) 

Third Eye Chakra (sixth chakra) 

Crown Chakra 

How Do Essential Oils Impact Chakras? 

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts containing hundreds of active compounds known to interact with the body and influence mental/emotional states and physical healing and well-being.

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use and medicinal application of essential oils. 

Just a few drops of essential oils on your skin can release a cascade of bodily reactions in a matter of minutes. 

Think of essential oils as a plant’s essence, and each type offers a unique frequency and profile. 

Different essential oils have different chakra balancing effects. 

As you can see from the section above, chakras impact our mental and emotional states and different parts of the body. 

You can use aromatherapy as a medium to bring more balance and harmony to your energy centers. 

What Essential Oils Balance Each Chakra? 

Root Chakra 

Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Pine, Balsam Fir, and Cedarwood are all grounding essences. 

Use vetiver or patchouli to calm an overactive root chakra.

Use cinnamon, cardamom, or black pepper to awaken an underactive one.

The best places to apply for root chakra balancing are the soles of your feet and the lower back. 

Sacral Chakra 

Orange, mandarin, lemon, and bergamot are revitalizing essences that can stimulate energy flow in this center. 

Ylang Ylang, neroli, jasmine, and helichrysum are floral essences that can balance sacral energies. 

Apply them to your lower belly (below the belly button), or lower back. 

Solar Plexus Chakra 

Grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, and ginger are all excellent choices for awakening this energy center and activating personal power. 

Apply the oils to your upper belly (above the belly button) and mid-back areas. 

Heart Chakra 

Rosewood, geranium, marjoram, chamomile, and eucalyptus might help open up the heart center. 

Apply these oils to your chest area and upper back for balancing. 

Throat Chakra 

Apply peppermint, blue tansy, and cypress to your throat and neck area for a boost. 

Third Eye Chakra 

Clary sage, lavender, frankincense, sandalwood, and myrrh can help activate the third eye center. 

Apply these oils to the space in between your eyebrows. 

Crown Chakra 

Apply palo santo oil to the top of your head for awakened perception and heightened spiritual connection. 

How To Use Essential Oils For Chakras 

You can create chakra blends by mixing different essential oils with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil. 

Essential oil blends can enhance and maximize the therapeutic and medicinal effects. 

Stick to 2-3 drops of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. 

For best results, use a roll-on to apply the blends directly to the skin or mix essential oils with water in a diffuser for direct inhalation. 

Always choose 100% therapeutic grade, organic essential oils that are undiluted and unadulterated. 

Never apply essential oils directly to the skin without first diluting with a carrier oil. 

Certain essential oils may cause skin irritation, and some are not suitable for pregnant women, babies, or small children, so do your research and know the contraindications of each oil you’ll be using. 

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My Experience:

I was first exposed to Young Living Oils a few years ago when I had a massage using Raindrop therapy to remove heavy metals and toxic chemicals from my system. It was an exhilarating experience and I began to use the oils in my teaching of Strong YogaTM 4Fertility to help women during class to relax deeper, or prior to meditation to set an intention. The emotional response was immediate. The women would inhale the oils after rubbing them in their hands, breathing the scent in deeply to receive the scent blends found here on Strong YogaTM through their olfactory receptors in the nose. The aromatherapy helps to work with the limbic system in the brain to relax the fight or flight stress response and increase a sense wellbeing and relaxation.

I recommend Peace and Calming or Harmony for the 2nd Chakra. It can be inhaled, diffused, or a few drops can be placed on the skin just below the navel and rubbed in a clockwise circle nine times around the 2nd chakra as you breath and relax.

Acceptance is one of my favorites to use after a failed cycle or a difficult emotional upset- it evokes a deep calming and sense of allowing the journey to continue. Release is another excellent oil for this purpose. I find that in the letting go of what we don’t want, we make more space to receive what we do want. Forgiveness is an essential part of our healing. This oil is powerful either massaged on the skin below the navel or a few drops in the bath or shower to “breathe in” self forgiveness. For those with Endocrine and hormonal imbalance, I like to use Endoflex to help activate balance in the hormones via the nasal passages by inhaling through the nose after rubbing a few drops in the hand or by ingesting one drop per 4oz in a glass of almond or oat milk and drinking it.

Another oil I like to use if there is a lot of emotional upset or a sense of confusion or anxiety is Grounding. It helps to anchor the first Chakra creating a sense of safety and security.

Once grounding has occurred and there is relative calm in the system, I will encourage them to open their hearts by inhaling some Joy -this really helps to reintegrate the central chakras toward a positive outcome and returns the emotional set point to one of hope.

I will also use essential oils in my bath or shower. Sometimes I will put a few drops of Purification on the shower floor to let the steam activate the scent to start my day. It not only cleanses my feet, but it helps to purify the shower floor helping to reduce bacteria that tends to form there.

One of the best new products I can recommend is a new roll on called Stress Away – throw it in your purse for those times at the doctors office, when you are stuck in traffic or need a quick reminder to breathe. Just rub it on the wrists, temples, or neck for instant relief. Tranquil, another roll on, gives you the feeling that you just finished a yoga class (during those times when you don’t have time to take one) or just need a moment of peace.

About Essential Oils:

Essential oils, known as nature’s living energy, are the natural, aromatic volatile liquids found in shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. The distinctive components in essential oils defend plants against insects, environmental conditions, and disease. They are also vital for a plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings. Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plant sources via steam distillation, and are highly concentrated and far more potent than dry herbs.

While essential oils often have a pleasant aroma, their chemical makeup is complex and their benefits vast—which makes them much more than something that simply smells good.

Historically, essential oils have played a prominent role in everyday life. With more than 200 references to aromatics, incense, and ointments throughout the Bible, essential oils are said to be used for anointing and healing the sick. Today, essential oils are used for aromatherapy, massage therapy, emotional health, personal care, nutritional supplements, household solutions, and much more.

Young Living Essential Oils, the leading provider of essential oils, offers more than 300 essential oil singles and blends.

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Yoga Health and Essential Oils

Yoga is an ancient discipline that originated in India. It focuses on joining the physical and spiritual bodies through poses (asanas) and meditation. Archaeological discoveries suggest that yoga originated sometime between 3300 to 1700 B.C.E. Today, yoga is experiencing increased popularity worldwide as a form of relaxation, a way of deepening the mind/body connection, and as a method of total-body exercise. Essential oils naturally complement yoga by supporting physical and mental strength and focus through the science of aromatherapy. Essential oils are extremely versatile and have many practical applications in yoga, including techniques for complementing pranayama, meditation, relaxation, post-practice, and for cleansing and purifying. Essential oils are also used to activate and balance the energy centers—or Chakra System—of the body.

Chakra System

The following is a basic reference for how to use essential oils for activating and balancing the energy centers—chakras—of the body.

First Earth: The Root (or Base) Chakra

Essential oils: Valor® essential oil, Abundance™ essential oil

Apply topically to the bottoms of the feet and sacrum.

The root (or base) chakra is the first and most important chakra for yoga or any kind of healing work. The key words here are courage, security, safety, grounding, and boundaries.

Second Water: The Sacral Chakra

Essential oils: Peace & Calming® essential oil, Harmony™ essential oil

Apply topically below the navel.

The sacral chakra is the center of your creativity, desire, emotion, sexuality, and intuition. This is where you learn how to give and receive pleasure.

Third Fire: The Solar Plexus Chakra

Essential oils: Harmony™ essential oil , En-R-Gee™ essential oil

Apply topically below the sternum and behind the stomach.

The solar plexus chakra is the center of personal power, ambition, intellect, astral force, desire, and emotions based on intellect and touch.

Fourth Air: The Heart Chakra

Essential oil: Joy™ essential oil

Apply topically to the center of the chest at heart level.

The heart chakra is the center of compassion, love, group consciousness, and spiritually associated with "oneness" with "all that is."

Fifth Ether: The Throat Chakra

Essential oils: Believe™ essential oil, Valor® essential oil

Apply topically to the posterior neck and the base of the occiput (the back part of the head or skull).

The throat chakra is the center of communication, sound, and expression of creativity via thought, speech, and writing.

Sixth Light: Third Eye Chakra

Essential oils: Frankincense essential oil, Peppermint essential oil

Apply topically to the middle of the forehead and above the eyebrows.

The third eye chakra is the center of physic power, higher intuition, the energies of the spirit, magnetic forces, and light. This center is about Divine Thought, balanced intuition, and intellect.

Seventh Crown: The Crown Chakra

Essential oils: Frankincense essential oil, Lavender essential oil

Apply to the crown of the head.

The crown chakra is the center of spirituality, enlightenment, dynamic thought, and energy. The keyword is inspiration. This is the connecting link to your highest and finest self.

Using Essential Oils

The following how-to-use essential oils guide will show you how to experience their health-enhancing benefits:


Inhaling essential oils heightens the senses and can trigger numerous desired responses in the body. Follow these guidelines when using essential oils for inhalation:

1. Inhale directly—simply smell them.

2. Diffuse the oils using a diffuser, which disperses the oil in a micro-fine vapor into the air. The diffuser will not heat the oils, thus ensuring full benefits, as extreme heat can damage important constituents in the oil.

3. Use with a humidifier. Put a tissue or small cloth, sprinkled with a few drops of oil, in front of the escaping steam. (Do not put essential oil in your humidifier. It will float on top of the water instead of rising with the water vapor and may cause damage to your humidifier.)

4. Carefully pour hot water into a bowl and add a few drops of essential oil. Cover your head and bowl in a tent-like fashion with a towel. Breathe deeply and slowly.

Topical Application

Topical application of many essential oils is safe and can offer an enjoyable, relaxing experience. For topical application, follow these simple steps:

2. Carefully tip the oil bottle and place 2–3 drops in the palm of your hand or directly on the desired application area.

3. If dropping oil in your hand, rub palms together in a circular motion and then massage oil onto the desired point of application. If applying directly to the desired area, use your hand to massage the oil in a circular motion into the skin. Repeat if desired.

4. Caution: Essential oils are very potent and some may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, immediately apply pure vegetable oil such as V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex to the area to dilute. Please read label directions for each individual oil before using.