For the past three years, I've been enthusiastically studying essential oils and their effect on the endocrine system. I have also been working with the chakras (energy centers) for the past several years. I was given the chance to teach a class to my chakra sisterhood and I chose to teach about essential oils and chakras. I did some research, but all of the existing information I could find about using the oils for the chakras, felt lacking.
I decided to combine what I know of the endocrine system with the chakra system and to create blends that are primarily supportive of the endocrine system glands and to see how they affect the chakra system. Mind Blown. Because when you start to achieve balance in the endocrine system and on a cellular level, the energy centers also balance.
I've created seven blends (one for each chakra) that align with specific endocrine system glands that correspond to each chakra. The blends are incredibly physically supportive to the glands and energetically balancing to the chakra system.
So what is a chakra?
Let’s first talk about your aura. The aura is made of a more “subtle” substance than the physical body, but this does not make it any less real or any less physical – it is simply physical in a different way.
Originating from Sanskrit, chakra literally means “wheel” (by association with its function as a vortex of spinning energy) that interacts with various physiological and neurological systems in the body. The chakra system originated in India between 1500 and 500 BC in the oldest text called the Vedas. The Vedas are the earliest Sanskrit literary records.
Chakras are energy centers within the human body that help to regulate all its processes, from organ function to the immune system to emotions and more. Subtle energies flow in and out of us through the chakras, also known as psychic centers. The spine is like a stem and the chakras are like flowers growing from this stem, through the body, and out a few inches in front of the body, in the aura. Our thinking and our health are inextricably linked with the flow of energy through the chakras, which makes an understanding of them very important.
So what is the purpose of the seven chakras?
They each correspond to specific organs as well as physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual states of being and influence all areas of your life. Within these chakras is prana, the ultimate pure healing energy, that’s all around us and within us, to keep us healthy, happy and vibrant.
And what is the endocrine system?
The endocrine system is a network of glands that secrete chemicals called hormones to help your body function properly. Hormones are chemical signals that coordinate a range of bodily functions. The purpose of the endocrine system is to bring homeostasis (balance) to all of our body systems.
1st: Root chakra (Muladhara) /Adrenal glands: Your root chakra is your first chakra and is located at the base of the spine. It is the root of your being and establishes the deepest connections with your physical body, your environment and with the Earth.
This is the most instinctual of all chakras - it is your survival center. Your fight and flight response is initiated from this chakra. This is your primal, animal nature.
Adrenal glands, are located just above your kidneys. They are physically responsible for your fight or flight response and release cortisol and adrenaline.
This blend contains Grapefruit, Basil, Lemongrass and Ylang Ylang.
2nd: Sacral Chakra (Svadisthana)/Sex Organs: Your second chakra is the seat of your passion and pleasure and is located in the pelvic area. It is the center of emotions, sensuality, sexuality, intimacy, creativity, the balance of masculine and feminine and fertility.
Your sex organs are located about 2-3 inches down from your belly button on either side. They are responsible for estrogen, progesterone and testosterone…all the things you need to create a baby.
This blend contains Fennel, Clary Sage, Neroli, Hawaiian Sandalwood & Grapefruit
3rd: Solar Plexus chakra (Manipura)/Pancreas: Third chakra is located between your navel and your solar plexus. It is the center or self-empowerment, self-awareness, self-confidence, will power and self discipline. All things related to the self.
Your pancreas turns food into you, by secreting digestive enzymes and insulin. This blend contains Coriander, Marjoram, Geranium and Grapefruit.
4th : Heart Chakra (Anahata)/Thymus: The heart chakra is located in the center of your chest at heart level. It is the center of love (for yourself and others), altruism, forgiveness, compassion, generosity, kindness and respect. It is integrating and unifying, a healing center, since love is the ultimate healing force.
Thymus is a gland that supports your body’s immune system by producing (until after puberty) killer T-cells and then communicating and supporting them throughout your life.
This blend contains: Tangerine, Myrrh, OnGuard protective blend, Clove, Bergamot and Rose.
5th: Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)/Thyroid: Located at the throat. Center of communication, not just with others, but with your own self talk. The gift of this chakra is being able to speak your own truth and clearly hear another’s. You can stand up for what you believe, and yourself, openly and honestly.
The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body's metabolic rate as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood and bone maintenance.
This blend contains Frankincense, Myrrh, Marjoram, Lavender and Spearmint.
6th: Third Eye (Ajna)/Pineal gland: It is located between your eyes. This is the center of your inner guidance and wisdom, and the seat of your intuition. This chakra’s gift is in connecting to your higher self and inner wisdom.
Pineal gland produces melatonin and regulates our circadian rhythms. It is also largely responsible for the images we see in our dreams.
This blend contains Frankincense, Arborvitae, Cedarwood and Hawaiian Sandalwood.
7th: Crown chakra (Sahasrara)/Pituitary Gland and Hypothalamus: Located at the crown of the head. This is our connection to the Divine. It is the meeting point between finite (body) and infinite (universe & soul). At this point we experience oneness with all.
The Pituitary gland and Hypothalamus function as the conductor of the beautiful symphony that is your endocrine system. They instruct all the glands (instruments) to play the right notes, to achieve homeostasis which is what keeps us vibrantly alive.
This blend contains Frankincense, Arborvitae, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Geranium, Copaiba and Siberian Fir.