For the past four 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 about how to use essential oils to support your chakras to my sisterhood and all of the existing information I could find about using essential oils for 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?
A chakra is a spinning vortex of energy that you can't necessarily see or touch, but exists in the pranamaya layer of your body.
What is the pranamaya layer?
Well we have different layers of our body called Koshas. The first Kosha is the Annamaya, the physical body. You can feed it, touch it, move it...we are all very familiar with the physical layer.
The next Kosha is the Pranamaya or Breath/Energetic body. We all know that we can influence our energy with our breath. When your energy gets too high, you breathe more deeply, bring more breath into your physical body and your energetic body calms. When we need more energy, we take quicker, more aggressive breaths, and that actually increases energy in our physical body.
The next Kosha is the Manomaya or Mental/Emotional body. This is where our emotions are felt first and then they impact our physical body. Emotions are actual charges of energy and have a chemical component. They trigger our hormone response, so fear or anger or happiness actually triggers hormones to release. The mental aspect is the "monkey mind" that constantly chatters, offering judgment, advice, opinions, what have you. These are not always helpful, but they are constant.
Then the Vijnanamaya, the Wisdom/Collective Consciousness layer. We all have access to this, but it comes when our monkey mind stops chattering. This is where we collect knowledge about the universe and find universal truths.
The final Kosha is the Anandamaya, Bliss Body. This is where all the Koshas come together and find harmony, like after a meditation, long run or yoga class, where all the bodies are happy and satisfied and we feel bliss. We are constantly searching for the bodies to mesh in harmony and find Bliss. "Follow your Bliss" is a great guiding light for your life.
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 earliest Sanskrit literary records.
The Vedas also detail the Nadis, the energetic pathways through our body (similar to the nervous system). They are similar to the meridians in Eastern medicine.
The main Nadi is the Sushumna, which runs up the center of our body, from our tailbone to the crown of our head. The Ida is the feminine/lunar energy which is feminine, cool and receptive. It originates at the left side of the crown and travels downward, crossing the sushumna seven times. The Pingala is the male/solar energy, hot and expansive, it originates on the right side of the sacrum and travels up, also crossing the Sushumna. Each time the Nadis cross, they form a spinning vortex of energy, which is a chakra. The Root chakra spins counter clockwise. The Sacral chakra spins clockwise, and so on and so forth.
Interestingly, the Caduceus, which is our modern day medical symbol is a representation of the nadis overlapping and you can see where the chakras fit in between.
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. 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. In fact, the chakras hold the information from which our core beliefs are formed. (Core beliefs are the guiding principles which we accept as truth, and all decisions that we make, extend from that truth. For example "money is the root of all evil" is a core belief that will stick with us and determine our relationship with money. Understanding the chakras and how our core beliefs were formed gives us tools to change our core beliefs if we choose. 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. The chakras heavily influence the endocrine system and vice versa because our emotions influence our hormones and our hormones influence our emotions.
1st: Root chakra (Muladhara-meaning base/root) /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. It is the foundation of who you are, determined by your first 8 years of life when your only goal was to survive. The element of Muladhara is Earth and so going barefoot and connecting into the earth is a good way to support this chakra.
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. The root chakra core beliefs center around money (as in do I have enough money to survive?), core family relationships (am I safe in my relationships or do I fear abandonment?), food (food is necessary for survival-are you overly worried about where the next meal is coming from or do you reject food/life?), shelter (do you have a home or are you constantly moving?) and job (not career, just job...do you have something to do that earns enough money so that you and your family can survive?)
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-"one's own abode")/Sex Organs: Your second chakra is the seat of your passion and pleasure and is located in the pelvic area, between your ovaries or gonads. It is the center of emotions, sensuality, sexuality, intimacy, creativity, the balance of masculine and feminine and fertility. The element of Svadisthana is Water; this chakra teaches flow.
The core beliefs associated with 2nd chakra are your beliefs about sex (is sex a necessary, nurturing pleasure or is it shameful?), sensuality (are you comfortable in your sensuality or do you hide it?), intimacy (are you good at intimacy or do you struggle with it?), creativity (do you bask in your creativity or feel that you don't have a creative side?), the balance of male and female (do you tend to be more one than the other?), money (what are you willing to trade your time for to make money...this is the chakra that is not just about having a job, but moving into a career...you can choose to do something rather than just doing something for your survival) and fertility (not just of the body, but the mind and ideas as well).
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 "lustrous gem")/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. The element of manipura is fire...this is the fire of determination and will that burns within all of us.
The 3rd chakra core beliefs center around who you believe yourself to be and how others perceive you and how that affects your relationship to yourself, so this is a center of relationships for us as well. When working with the core beliefs you can ask "do I feel worthy?" Do I feel powerful? Do I have self-confidence? Do I look to others for affirmation or can I affirm who I am? Do I have self-discipline? Do I do the things I say I will do? This is a powerful center for us to get things done, to move forward in life with our goals and dreams. This is the place to look at how much our relationships determine how we behave.
Your pancreas turns food into you, by secreting digestive enzymes and insulin. This blend contains Coriander, Marjoram, Geranium and Grapefruit.
4th : Heart Chakra (Anahata "unhurt/unbroken")/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. The element is Air, which is gentle, nurturing and integral to our survival. It can also move things with ferocity and force.
This is the joining point of the lower 3 chakras, which are more survival and physically based, and the upper 3 chakras which are more spiritually based. There must be a balance of all seven chakras and the heart is the unifier. The heart is the very first organ that the body produces in utero. The heart is our center point.
We tend to put up "heart walls" to protect our hearts, but what we really are needing is to live with hearts wide open. A heart wall means that energy will strike against the wall and can actually cause damage. If the heart is wide open, then energy can flow through it. Anything that is meant for you, will be received and anything not meant for you will flow through without harming or hurting you.
Core beliefs that we find in the heart chakra are about love (are you lovable? Can you love?), forgiveness (do you find it easy or hard to forgive? Do you know how to forgive yourself?), compassion (do you have compassion for yourself? and others?), generosity (do you share yourself with others?), kindness (do you live in a kind universe or an unkind universe?) and respect (do you respect yourself? do you treat others with respect?)
Thymus is a gland that supports your body’s immune system by producing (until after puberty) killer T-cells and then communicating with and supporting them throughout your life. Our sense of wellness is connected directly to the heart. When we are broken hearted we become sick and unwell and when we are in love, we feel that our physical bodies can do anything.
This blend contains: Tangerine, Myrrh, OnGuard protective blend, Clove, Bergamot and Rose.
5th: Throat Chakra (Vishuddha "purification")/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 element associated with this chakra is Ether, which is not physical, but still exists, just like our voice. Our voice is not a tangible, touchable part of who we are, and yet, our voice is who we are. Some are still trying to find their voice and give substance and form to who they are.
Core beliefs around this chakra are related to truth (do you speak the truth? or do you avoid it?), how well do you connect with other people? Can you hear them? Are you wiling to hear their truth? When you speak your truth, you can ask yourself three questions: is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? This kind of questioning before speaking will help others to hear your truth.
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. We have receptors for thyroid hormone on every single cell of our body.
This blend contains Frankincense, Myrrh, Marjoram, Lavender and Spearmint.
6th: Third Eye (Ajna "command/perceive")/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.
Our intuition will always tell us the truth of who we are. This is where we connect to our true self and hear "you are amazing, you can do this, you are worthy and valuable, you are loved." It is important to connect to this voice as often as possible, through exercise or meditation or journaling or prayer...whatever connects you to your inner knowing.
Core beliefs to work on in this chakra, do you believe in your own innate worthiness? Do you connect to your inner wisdom and follow its guidance?
This is also a chakra that opens us up to deeper spiritual awakenings and discoveries about how vast the universe and cosmos is and how we have access to more than we think we do.
Pineal gland produces melatonin and regulates our circadian rhythms. It is also largely responsible for the images we see in our dreams. The element associated with this chakra is light and that has a deep and profound effect on our pineal gland and its ability to secrete hormones to help us sleep and rest.
This blend contains Frankincense, Arborvitae, Cedarwood and Hawaiian Sandalwood.
7th: Crown chakra (Sahasrara "thousand petal lotus")/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. It is our guiding light and we feel lost when we don't have that connection and trust in the Divine.
Core beliefs in this chakra are "do you believe in the Divine?" Do you believe in a higher power? Can you connect with the Divine and be guided by its wisdom?
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.