Chakras are centers of energy and it is believed that our body contains hundreds of chakras. There are seven major chakras located on the midline of the body. They are the Base or Root, Sacral or Spleen, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown. The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “wheel”. Traditionally depicted as lotus flowers, the number of petals represents the level of the chakra within the body, the lower the chakra is on the body the smaller the number of petals.
It is said that each chakra spins at a different speed with the Base being the slowest and the Crown the fastest. Each Chakra also has a color associated with it and when the chakra is in balance the color should be vibrant.
If the chakra is blocked then the energy does not move through the body like it was intended. We use crystals to help clear these blockages and to balance them, this is done with the crystal associated with the particular chakra bringing the vibrations of both into balance, as you will ind there are certain crystals that vibrate at the same vibration as a balanced chakra, so using these crystals will bring an unbalanced chakra back into balance.
The Root Chakra, sometimes called the Base chakra, is the first of the 7 main energy fields in the body. Its Sanskrit name is “Muladhra” which means root or support. It is symbolized by a four-pedaled lotus flower encompassing a square that symbolizes the element Earth. The Root/Base chakra represents our foundation and is about feeling grounded and secure. It has the lowest vibrational rate of all the chakras and is represented by the color red. It governs the skeletal system. The deities commonly associated with this chakra are Ganesh, the elephant god and Gaia, goddess of Mother Earth. When this chakra is balanced it brings a sense of being grounded and confident.
Location: Base of Spine
Main Issue: Survival, security issues, physical needs, and the ability to stand up for oneself
Imbalances: Cold hands and feet, lower back pain, knee problems, kidney stones, obesity, varicose veins, sciatica, and depression
Associated Sense: Smell
Fragrance, Incense & Oils: Sandalwood, Cedar, Myrrh & Patchouli
Crystals: All red and black crystals including but not limited to: Carnelian, Red Jasper, Brecciated Jasper, Garnet, Red, Chalcedony, Red Sardonyx, Ruby, Red Agate, Red Calcite, Red Aventurine, Red-black Obsidian, Red Serpentine, Black Tourmaline, Jet, Black Obsidian, Nebula Stone, Black Kyanite, Basanite, Onyx, Black Calcite, Hematite, Smoky Quartz
The Sanskrit name for the Sacral Chakra is Svadhisthana which means "sweetness" and its associations are what make life pleasurable such as sensuality, nurture, creativity, motivation and positive change. It is symbolized by a six-pedaled lotus encompassing a circle, symbolizing the element of water. The Sacral Chakra resonated to the color orange, positioned near the female reproductive organs, and is associated with nurture, receptivity and emotions. The deities commonly associated with this chakra are Vishnu, lord of preservation and Rakini Shakti, inspiration to worldly art and music. The Sacral Chakra when in balance makes is connected with the creative part of the Universe.
Location: 2 inches below the naval
Main Issue: Emotional balance, well-being & sexuality
Imbalances: Urinary problems, constipation, menstrual problems, mood swings, eating disorders, allergies
Fragrance, Incense & Oils: Jasmine, Rose & Sandalwood
Crystals: All orange stones including but not limited to: Citrine, Carnelian, Golden Topaz, Brecciated Jasper, Red Jade, Almandine Garnet, Tangerine Quartz, Sunstone, Fire Agate, Orange Hessonite Garnet, Fire Opal, Orange Grossular Garnet, Orange Calcite, Orange Jade, Orange Phantom Quartz, Yellow Jasper
The Sanskrit name for the Solar Plexus Chakra is “Manipura” meaning shining gem. It is symbolized by a ten-pedaled lotus flower, encompassing a downward pointing triangle symbolizing the element Fire. This is the ruling chakra in most people as its energies are the most influential. Its main purpose is transformation. The Solar Plexus chakra resonates to the color yellow. The deities commonly associated with this chakra are Rudra, God of destruction and Lakini Shakti, Goddess of independence and fire. The Solar Plexus Chakra when balanced radiates love and a power within which makes us feel empowered and confident.
Location: Between navel and base of sternum
Main Issue: Personal power, balance of intellect, Self-confidence and ego
Imbalances: Ulcers, Digestive problems, nervousness, poor memory, muscle cramps
Fragrance, Incense & Oils: Ginger, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Lavender, Ylang Ylang & Bergamot
Crystals: All yellow stones including but not limited to: Citrine, Sunstone, Amber, Yellow Topaz, Yellow Calcite, Orange Phantom Quartz, Smoky Citrine, Golden Enhydro Herkimer, Amblygonite, Citrine Spirit Quartz, Adamite, Yellow Zircon, Yellow Jade, Yellow Spinel, Yellow Zincite, Yellow Apatite, Yellow Jasper, Yellow Fluorite, Yellow Tourmaline, Golden Tiger's Eye
The Sanskrit name for the Heart Chakra is “Anahata” which means unbeaten and un-struck. This is the central chakra within the sevenfold system- the heart of our journey. It is located at the center of the chest. This chakra relates to passion, compassion and unconditional love for the self and others. This chakra is where the mind and body connect with spirit and is one of the most difficult chakras to awaken. The symbol for the Heart Chakra is twelve lotus petals around a six pointed star symbolizing the element Air. The deity commonly associated with this chakra is Ishana, detached from the world and Kakini Shakti, Goddess of spiritual Music, Poetry and art. When this chakra is balanced, one feels peace, happiness, joy, compassion, generosity, understanding, and unconditional love.
Location: Center of chest
Main Issue: Love, joy, inner peace, and relationships
Imbalances: Breast cancer, insomnia, immune system disorders, chest pain
Fragrance, Incense & Oils: Rose, Lavender, Jasmine, Bergamot & Melissa
Crystals: All pink and green stones including but not limited to: Watermelon Tourmaline, Rose Quartz, Emerald, Green Aventurine, Rose Aura Quartz, Strawberry Quartz, Pink Halite, Pink Agate, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Pink Sapphire, Grossular Garnet, Pink Tourmaline, Green Quartz, Seraphinite, Chrysoprase, Gaia Stone, Green Opalite, Epidote, Green Calcite, Green Jasper, Green Sapphire, Peridot (Olivine), Uvarovite Garnet, Green Spinel, Amazonite
The Sanskrit name for the Throat Chakra is “Vishudda” which means pure. The Throat Chakra is associated with communication, self expression, and creativity, especially through sound. It's about personal expression combined with responsibility. The symbol for this chakra is a 16 petal lotus flower containing an inverted triangle that represents speech and in turn contains a full moon. This particular chakra also relates to our chosen career or vocation. Self knowledge is also an aspect of a balanced throat chakra, as well as truthfulness and faith.
When the Throat Chakra is functioning thought and speech slow down and communication is more considered. The deity commonly associated with this chakra is Panchavaktra, The grate teacher, eternal knowledge and Shakini Shakti, Bestower of higher knowledge and powers. When this chakra is balanced one feels free to express thoughts, emotions, desire, happiness, joy, compassion, generosity, understanding, and unconditional love.
Location: Center hollow area of the throat
Main Issues: Communication, Truth & Self-Expression
Imbalances: Thyroid problems, tonsillitis, swollen glands, infections, mouth problems, hormonal disorders, mood swings bloating
Associated Sense: Hearing
Fragrance, Incense & Oils: Sage, Chamomile Eucalyptus, and Frankincense
Crystals: All blue stones including but not limited to: Lapis Lazuli, Blue Lace Agate, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Aqua Aura Quartz, , Blue Lace Agate, Blue Tourmaline, Dumortierite, Celestite, Angelite, Blue Calcite, Azurite, Blue Quartz, Blue Kyanite, Blue Chalcedony, Blue Aragonite, Blue Sapphire, Blue Topaz, Sodalite, Amazonite, Blue Aventurine, Tanzanite, Blue Halite
The Sanskrit name for the Third Eye is “Ajna” means to perception or to be aware. The symbol of this chakra is the two pedaled lotus, with wings on either side of the circle which is within a downward pointing triangle. The clarity of the third eye is blocked if we are prejudice or judgmental. The life lesson this chakra has to teach us is emotional intelligence.The deity associated with this chakra is Ardhanarishvara androgynous deity composed of Shiva and his consort Shakthi, representing the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies and Hakini Shakti, imparts awareness of non-duality. When this chakra is in balance one feels connected to their intuition and wisdom.
Location: Between and above the eyebrows
Main Issues: Intuition, insight, visions, dreams & wisdom
Imbalances: Sleep disorders, learning disabilities, hearing problems, mental illness, tension headaches, and coordination issues
Associated Sense: Sight
Fragrance, Incense & Oils: Hyacinth, mint, jasmine, vanilla, violet, rose geranium
Crystals: All indigo stones including but not limited to: Amethyst, Azurite, Fluorite, Unakite, Labradorite, Ametrine, Smoky Amethyst, Lavender Quartz, Iolite, Angelite, Sodalite, Blue Apatite, Blue Kyanite, Lapis Lazuli, Stilbite, Aqua Aura, Celestite, Blue Tourmaline, Blue Jasper, Blue Lace Agate.
The Sanskrit name for the Crown Chakra is “Sahasrara” which means thousand petal lotus flower. Its symbol is a halo of a thousand white petals, synonymous with infinity, and each one attuned to the highest state of consciousness. The element associated with this chakra is cosmic energy. This is usually the last chakra to be awakened. When this chakra is balanced you will have higher understanding, wisdom, clarity, and enlightenment. We make logical decisions easily and may have a strong sense of humanitarianism and devotion. We feel open minded and are more connected to our spiritual nature. We develop a trust in the Divine.The deity associated with this chakra is Parabrahma, God who is unparalleled and the highest entity.
Color: Violet and White
Location: Just above the top of the head
Main Issue: Intuition and wisdom
Imbalance: Mental illness, confusion, headaches, varicose veins and blood vessel problems, skin rashes.
Associated Sense: Beyond Self, Oneness
Fragrances, Incense & Oils: Lotus and Rose
Crystals: All violet and clear stones including but not limited to: Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Diamond, Sugilite, Selenite Celestite, Clear Calcite, Halite, Apophyllite, Rainbow Aura Quartz, Clear Topaz, Angel Wing Calcite