There are essential oils that are associated with each of the major chakras. These oils can be used for balancing and healing the chakras. Essential oils have an ancient history of use in religious rituals as well as for medicinal purposes.
What I personally appreciate about essential oils is that they operate on many levels: physical, emotional and spiritual. They are volatile, meaning they evaporate easily. They also tie into the sense of smell, which is part of the limbic system. This is where memories and emotions are often stored in the brain.
Although recommendations vary, the following essential oils are generally associated with the indicated chakras:
Base or Root Chakra: Rosemary, Cloves, Black Pepper
Sacral Chakra: Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Patchouli
Solar Plexus: Cinnamon, Peppermint, Chamomile, Lemon
Heart Chakra: Rose, Neroli, Angelica
Throat Chakra: Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Geranium
Third Eye Chakra: Cedarwood, Helichrysum, Juniper
Crown Chakra: Frankincense, Spikenard, Sandalwood, Lavender
Looking at the list above, you can see that many of the herbs and the essential oils derived from them are connected in popular culture with the physical activities or emotions often correlated to these chakras.
For example, the sacral chakra is related to the reproductive organs and the power to attract romantic relationships. Jasmine and Patchouli are beautifully seductive scents.
Likewise, the solar plexus is associated with digestion. Peppermint and lemon are often used for digestive upsets. Cinnamon is good for the pancreas, and chamomile has a generalized calming effect. The heart chakra is connected to love, as is the rose and the smell of roses.
The throat chakra, often affected by seasonal colds and sore throats, can be soothed with eucalyptus. The third eye is closely connected to both the brain and intuition. Cedarwood can be used for meditation and the development of clear intuition.
Finally, frankincense and sandalwood have been associated with religious rites and royalty. Frankincense, of course, has been highly prized for millennia and was one of the gifts brought by the magi to Jesus.
Resources: I have been using Young Living essential oils for over a decade. They have simply become part of my daily life for maintaining healthy skin, alleviating muscle soreness from exercise and to lift my spirits! See my Young Living website to learn more or become a member to purchase oils.