Our bodies are intricate energy systems. Every day there is the flow of energy moving through our bodies to keep us going, biologically. However, according to ancient spiritual traditions we each also have seven energy centres known as chakras residing in our energetic ‘bodies’. Each chakra corresponds to specific aspects of our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
The concept of chakras originated in ancient Indian spiritual traditions, specifically within the belief systems of Hinduism and Tantra. The earliest known references to chakras can be found in ancient Indian texts called the Vedas, which are among the oldest scriptures in the world, dating back thousands of years.
Chakras are deeply rooted in the philosophical and spiritual traditions of India, particularly within Yoga, Ayurveda, and Tantra. These traditions view the human body as a complex system of energy centres or wheels (chakras) that regulate the flow of vital life force energy (prana) throughout the body.
Chakras are energy centres that exist within our subtle body. They are aligned along the spine, from the base to the crown of the head. Each chakra is associated with specific qualities and governs different aspects of our being, including physical, emotional, and spiritual realms. It is believed that when our chakras are open and energy flows smoothly between them, we experience a sense of balance, vitality, and well-being. And when the energy is blocked or stuck we can experience frustration, sickness and other challenging circumstances.
When we work with our chakras by tuning in to them, we can start to learn more about ourselves and how to get the energy moving smoothly between them, to get back into the ease of life.
Yoga and meditation are powerful tools to work with chakras as certain movements and mindfulness practices can help moving energy, lead to inner insights that unlock energy, and can bring us into flow with the energy around us.
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SCENT & CHAKRAS
Scent has a profound impact on our emotions, memories, and overall well-being. It has the unique ability to connect with our chakras, influencing their energy flow and promoting balance. When we inhale aromatic molecules, they interact with our olfactory system, which is closely linked to our limbic system, the part of our brain associated with emotions and memory.
Just like certain chakras are associated with certain colours and crystals, they can be associated with certain scents. Everything is energy and frequency, and each colour, crystal and scent has its own unique frequency, that just may be a way to assist your energy system to harmonise and get flow going.
CREATING ANCHORS AND MEMORIES
Scent has the power to create anchors and memories within us. By associating specific scents with certain emotions or experiences, we can use scent as a tool to activate and balance our chakras. Over time, these scent anchors can help us establish a deeper connection with our chakras, enhancing our overall well-being.
Think about a childhood scent memory that you have; good or not so good! How quickly when you smell that smell are you taken straight back to that moment. THat is the power of scent and anchoring to memories. We can use that same process to help anchor certain scents to different chakras, so that our body comes to know them and use it as a signal to tune in to that chakra and request balance and flow.
WHAT SCENT IS GOOD FOR EACH CHAKRA
Each chakra resonates at a specific frequency, and different scents can harmonise and activate these frequencies. We have some suggested scents for each chakra below, but it really is a personal process. As you work with each chakra, see what scent you are drawn to. It may be just one essential scent or it could be a combination of a few into a blend.
We have also suggested some beautiful perfumes for each of the chakras as another great way to balance and harmonise.
Root Chakra (Muladhara): Associated with stability and grounding, the root chakra resonates at a low frequency. Essential oils such as sandalwood, cedarwood, rosewood, frankincense and black pepper are beneficial for balancing the root chakra.
Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana): This chakra is associated with creativity and passion, resonating at a slightly higher frequency. Essential oils like Sweet Orange, Ylang-Ylang, Neroli, Vetiver & Gardenia can help activate the sacral chakra.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura): The solar plexus chakra governs personal power and confidence, resonating at a higher frequency. Essential oils such as Lemon, Ginger, Rosemary, Myrrh, Lemongrass are known to support the solar plexus chakra.
Heart Chakra (Anahata): Associated with love, compassion, and emotional well-being, the heart chakra resonates at a balanced frequency. Essential oils like Rose, Pine, Eucalyptus, Geranium, and mint are commonly used to harmonise the heart chakra.
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha): The throat chakra is related to communication and self-expression, resonating at a higher frequency. Essential oils such as Peppermint, frankincense, basil, bergamot and Chamomile can aid in balancing the throat chakra.
Third Eye Chakra (Ajna): Linked to intuition and inner wisdom, the third eye chakra resonates at a higher frequency. Essential oils like Lavender, patchouli, jasmine and star anise can support the activation of the third eye chakra.
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara): The crown chakra connects us to higher consciousness and spiritual awareness, resonating at the highest frequency. Essential oils such as lotus, angelica, Iris, clary sage and frankincense are often used to facilitate balance in the crown chakra.
Scent has a profound influence on our chakras, impacting our energy flow and overall well-being. By utilising the power of scent and its connection to our chakras, we can promote balance, healing, and harmony in our lives. Experimenting with essential oils, perfumes, candles & natural incense and incorporating them into our daily practices, such as meditation or aromatherapy, allows us to deepen our connection with our chakras and embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and holistic well-being.