Essential Oils for the Second or Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
By Guest Blogger and EWSHAS Instructor:
Patricia Bonnard, PhD., Cert. AT.
Lots of my students, clients and fellow practitioners ask me if there is a connection between essential oils and the chakra system. Few of them realize that essential oils have amazing subtle (energetic or vibrational) qualities. The use of essential oils for energetic purposes is called subtle aromatherapy (see our webpage on vibrational/subtle aromatherapy for more information).
In fact, the therapeutic (biophysical) attributes of essential oils are also relevant to energy work because energetic imbalances tend to eventfully manifest in the physical body. Because of this, essential oils and aromatherapy can be said to be inherently multi-dimensional and in essence integrated. For me, this makes them a wonderful bridge between subtle (energetic) and biophysical (clinical) modalities that promote healing, balance and wellness.
This series of Essential Oils and Chakras will give just a snap shot of how essential oils and subtle aromatherapy relate to each chakra. Of course, energetic imbalances and other health issues are complex. Typically when one chakra goes out of balance, others do too. And, chakras tend to be just one part of the energy and holistic puzzle. This blog is meant to open the door just tiny crack to give the reader a glimpse of a much bigger body of information and practice.
Be sure to check out the rest of the series and look for future blogs that will cover the application of essential oils to other aspects of energy work such journeying and path finding.
The Sacral Chakra – Svadisthana
The sacral chakra is also known as the svadisthana chakra in Sanskrit. The svadisthana chakra is located above the groin, below the belly button and in the center of the body. The location is noted on the above digram – the glowing orange light just above the red root chakra.
The svadisthana or sacral chakra is associated with family, sexuality, passion and creativity. Our desires, passions and imagination are expressed through this chakra. Many of our core beliefs are held or formed here. Within the body, the sacral chakra is associated with the sexual organs, the uterus, prostrate, bladder, kidneys and the sense of taste. The tongue is this chakra’s sense organ.
People with vital or balanced sacral chakras draw on their creativity and passion, and are comfortable with their physical and sexual identities. They tend to have a warm and constructive approach to both personal and professional relationships, and healthy family and love relations.
Imbalances in the sacral chakra tend to manifest in the physical body as eating disorders, menstrual disorders, issues effecting the sex organs of either sex and kidney problems.
In my experience, imbalances in the sacral chakra and issues or traumas tied to this chakra are typically expressed in other chakras as well. This isn’t hard to understand given that the family influences all aspects of a person’s life through the extended process of childhood development. This starts with the provision of basic needs (root chakra). Learning and experience is built upon and shaped by the learning and experience that preceded it. In addition, experience has a holistic nature and unrestricted to specific silos. Desires and passions are closely linked to the heart chakra while creativity draws upon intuition (the third eye or sixth chakra) and when its expressed it has ties to the throat or the fifth chakra. These are just a few of the interconnections.
The signs and symptoms of the sacral chakra imbalance are varied. Sexual, relationship or interpersonal limitations and issues are typically related to the sacral chakra as are feelings of inadequacy and lack of self worth, self criticism, victimization, loneliness and disassociation or obsession with the physical body (frigidity, compulsive eating disorders and anorexia). People with sacral chakra issues are typically over controlling of themselves, others and situations. Perhaps its the tendency to constrain and control that ultimately leads to more frequent emotional outbursts.
Some people associate the chakras with the life cycle. There are various theories on the correspondence between chakras and human and spiritual development. According to the one that resonates with me, the sacral chakra represents the age of three or four to age seven when a child is still dependent on its caregiver (mother), but is also attempting to step out into the world on its own.
Essential Oils and the Sacral Chakra
Based on their attributes, I can match essential oils to a chakra according to the energetic, emotional, mental and physical attributes of the chakra. But, when I select them for an individual, I select them based on how the imbalance in that particular chakra manifests within the person. Alternatively, I select the essential oils according to the specific situation or the intention of the person.
I’m not of the opinion that a specific essential oil is always good for a particular chakra, e.g., vetiver, a classic root chakra essential oil, is NOT always helpful when working with the root chakra. For me, it depends on the manifestation of the imbalance and the specific intentions.
Essential oils for the sacral chakra tend to have a stimulating scent and have the effect of loosening one up – emotionally, mentally, sexually or energetically. They tend to encourage genuine personal expression either through creativity, industry or formation of bonds and friendship. Some of the more common essential oils include:
- Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
- Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
- Cardamon (Elettaria cardamomum)
- Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
- Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
- Orange (Citrus sinensis)
- Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
- Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
- Rosewood (Aniba roseodora)
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Sandalwood (Santalum album)
All of the above essential oils stimulate and open the sacral chakra, loosen or release stuck energy and encourage sensual, sexual or creative expression. Sandalwood is in some ways quintessential for the sacral chakra. It promotes positive self esteem and contentment with the self, stimulates sensual and spiritual love and sexuality and regulates hormones and the reproductive system. Clary sage also balances hormones and is an important essential oil for women’s reproductive issues. Clary sage is inspiring. It stimulates the intuition and dream world without disconnecting from the body.
The citrus essential oils are uplifting and encouraging as well. They help one experience events in a balanced and positive way and transmute harsher experiences that may otherwise fester into debilitating memories and life-long negative patterns. Bay laurel is stimulating, and it also promotes communication of intuitive and imaginative ideas. Patchouli offers emotional support as well as arouses sexuality and sensuality, allowing for a greater sense of security in relationships.
When I think of opening, embracing, liberating and releasing inhibitions, I always think Jasmine. It makes the process of opening up joyful rather than fearful. It promotes love, sensuality and sexuality, creativity, and living in the moment. Jasmine harmonizes and promotes wholeness.
If the sacral chakra issue is mostly about just being stuck, citruses and jasmine create a blend for joyfully opening. If there is a lot of self recrimination, patchouli and sandalwood provide love and support and a safe context for more honest self assessment. Both of these essential oils as well as Neroli could be included in a blend for someone who has experienced physical or sexual abuse as a child. These are all deeper supportive scents. Neroli offers a profound sense of ease. It helps one breath deeply, fill with peace and calm and feel whole. It is such a unique and beautiful note.
For more information about Patricia and her work, please visit: http://www.starchaser-healingarts.com/