This blog is part of an eight-part subtle aromatherapy blog series, Essential Oils for the Chakras. The series starts with a short blog on “What Are Chakras?” The series then progresses through the first to the seventh chakra. This blog covers Svadhisthana or sacral chakra essential oils.
Why Essential Oils and the Chakras?
This series of Essential Oils and Chakras will give just a snapshot of how essential oils and subtle aromatherapy relate to each chakra. (For more detailed information, see my eBook Essential Oils and the Chakras.
Chakra Imbalance, Essential Oils, and Healing
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 a 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 as journeying and pathfinding.
The Sacral Chakra — Svadisthana
The second or sacral chakra is also known as the Svadisthana chakra in Sanskrit. It is located above the groin, below the belly button, and horizontally in the center of the body. The location is noted on the diagram above by a glowing orange light just above the red root chakra.
Characteristics of the Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra is associated with family, sexuality, passion, and creativity. Our desires, aspirations, and imagination are expressed through this chakra. Many of our core beliefs are formed and held here.
Within the body, the sacral chakra is associated with the sexual organs, the uterus, prostate, bladder, kidneys, and the sense of taste. The tongue is this chakra’s sense organ.
Balanced Sacral Chaka:
People with balanced or vital 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.
Imbalanced Sacral Charka:
Imbalances in the sacral chakra tend to manifest in the physical body as eating disorders, menstrual issues, and problems with the sex organs of either sex and the kidneys.
Sacral Charka and Other Chakras:
Sacral Charka Influence Other Chakras:
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 are built upon and shaped by the learning and experience that preceded them. In addition, experience has a holistic nature and unrestricted to specific silos.
Sacral Charka Interactions With Other Chakras:
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 it’s the tendency to constrain and control that ultimately leads to more frequent emotional outbursts.
Sacral Chakra Essential Oils
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 the formation of bonds and friendship. Some of the more common essential oils include:
- Bay Laurel (Laurus nobile)
- Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
- Cardamon (Electtaria cardomomum)
- Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
- Orange (Citrus sinensis)
- Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
- Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora)
- Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Sacral Chakra Essential Oil Healing Properties
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 the quintessential essential oil 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.
Uplifting and Encouraging
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 the 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.
Releasing and Inhibitions
When I think of opening, embracing, liberating, and releasing inhibitions, I always think of 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 that is open, bright, and alive.
The presence of a lot of self-recrimination suggests the use of patchouli and sandalwood because they 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 breathe deeply, fill with peace and calm and feel whole. It is such a unique and beautiful note.