The Heart chakra is located in the middle of the chest and is known as Anahata in Sanskrit. It is associated with the colour green and is represented by the physical element of air. The Heart chakra strongly influences the ability to give and receive love in a healthy way, and to cope with loss. When balanced, the Heart chakra can help to foster healthy relationships, have compassion for others and to encourage self-care. Imbalances may manifest as over sacrificing, selfishness, critical of self and others, feelings of loneliness and isolation, or lack of empathy. The Heart chakra acts as a special sacred bridge between the lower and higher chakras. The lower being the physical, while the higher being the intangible or spiritual.
Essential oils that support the Heart chakra:
Rose (Rosa damascena) is ideal for soothing the heart and encouraging a healthy romantic connection. This oil is soft and floral, evoking feelings of desire, honesty, and trust, which is helpful at the beginning of any new relationship or to heal an established one. Rose helps the heart to bloom again.
Neroli (Citrus aurantium) The exotic, citrusy, and floral scent of neroli essential oil comes from the blossoms of the orange tree. It is a natural relaxant that can be used to calm nervousness. It strengthens and stabilises the emotions and uplifts and inspires the hopeless, encouraging confidence, courage, joy, peace, and sensuality. Neroli may bring everything into focus at the moment. This is a potent essential oil that can support following emotional shock.
Jasmine (Jasminum officnale) With a warm, rich and floral scent, Jasmine has been a symbol of hope, happiness and love in many traditions. Also known as ‘Queen of the Night’, Jasmine helps to open the heart chakra to more love and compassion. It’s ideal for new romance, self-love and letting go of the past.
Melissa (Melissa officinalis) Delicate, with citrus tones, Melissa brings harmony to the mind and soul. Throughout history it has been used for ailments of the heart. Melissa helps to remove emotional blocks and instils a positive outlook on life.
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) Helichrysum has a sweet, rich and fruity fragrance that is uplifting. It can penetrate the hardened shell around a heart, allowing forgiveness. By loosening deeply held pain, Helichrysum can help to restore compassion towards self and others.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) With a sharp and woody fragrance, Yarrow assists to release deeply held anger due to wounding of the heart. It can help balance the ‘above’ and ‘below’ allowing a connection with spirit while remaining grounded on the Earth.
One way to bring balance to a blocked or out of balance chakra is to work directly on the chakra by apply an essential oil. This can be done by selecting essential oils that are known to help balance the chakra that you want to focus upon and clear. In a quiet and peaceful setting, add 2-3 drops of your chosen essential oil to your fingertips, and then lightly apply to the chakra in a clockwise direction.
For the Heart chakra, apply to the middle of the chest, on the back between the shoulder blades, or on the souls of the feet.
Once the essential oil has been applied, focus on positive thoughts and intentions aimed towards balancing the chakra. Affirmations can be held lightly in the mind or said out loud to strength the intention.
Some Heart chakra affirmations:
* I open myself to healthy and nurturing relationships.
* I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
* I listen to my heart and honour its connection to the hearts of others.
* I gracefully move to the rhythm of life.
* I allow love to fill me up and guide me in all of my actions.
Ideal times to use essential oils are during meditation, while practising yoga, listening to peaceful music or simply relaxing. Apply oils daily, even when there’s no time to spare. Since the Heart chakra is symbolised by the colour green, wearing green implies that the wearer is ‘down to earth’ or ‘in touch with nature’. Wearing green represents balance, harmony and stability.
Some oils listed may require dilution depending on the individual.
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