Using the right essential oils (especially therapeutically in tandem with color, sound, and crystals) can be a great way to attune any particular chakras that need some extra attention. This guide will show you how to use essential oils for chakra work to uplift, stimulate, balance, or optimize energy.
What Are Chakras?
Contained within our physical body lies a more subtle energetic body, which includes a complex network of channels that allow for the energy flow that keeps us alive and functioning. In yogic philosophy, energetic channels are called nadis, and they function like micro-highways for the flow of prana, or life force energy.
Chakras are thought of as a system of localized coils of prana found throughout the body and connected by nadis—the seven major ones are loosely mapped along the spine, from tailbone to the crown of the head.
If we think about nadis like highways carrying energy throughout our body, chakras are like the pit stops along the interstate. Each of the seven chakra pit stops has a unique function and a particular energetic vibration, and the work that happens at each affects a specific area of our being.
Sometimes, we are overstimulated and have too much energy flowing through a certain point, which can leave us feeling chaotic and unsettled. At other times, we can be lacking in proper energy flow, which results in deficiencies and blockages in certain areas of life.
The goal is to seek a state of balance at each of the seven chakra points by moderating our diets, activities, interactions, thoughts, spiritual habits, and self-care rituals as a way to feel happier and healthier.
Restoring Chakra Balance
There are many ways to optimize energy balance at the chakra level. We can create shifts in the physical world by changing how we communicate, act, eat, and move. This can be done more subtly through what we learn, the thoughts we create, meditation and prayer, and the vibrations we choose to have around us.
For example, placing key crystals near you can uplift, stimulate, or balance your chakras. Particular colors, sounds, images, and scents also affect our energies. And essential oils can also be used to help restore chakra balance.
The Best Essential Oils for Chakras
This guide will help you pick the right essential oil for the chakra you're working with and how to use them.
1. Root Chakra
Name: muladhara chakra
Location: base of spine
Sound vibration: C
Symbol: 4-petalled lotus
Suggested crystal: smoky quartz
Suggested yoga pose: malasana squat
The root chakra, located around the base of the spine, affects our feelings of belonging, safety, stability, attachment, and self-worth. Imbalances at this level can take the form of anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear, and dependency. It is associated with the color red, the musical key of C, and the element of earth.
Best Essential Oils for Root Chakra
Essential oils may also help to shift our energy, offering a sense of grounding and helping us rest to keep our bodies working optimally. Root chakra work calls out for grounding earthy scents and sturdy wood essential oils that help you feel connected.
Patchouli is a resinous and earthy scent that pairs well with lighter, uplifting oils such as bergamot, neroli, or lemongrass. Vetiver and sandalwood are also grounding oils with calming, anxiety-releasing qualities.
Woodsy and rooted, tree oils are some of the best oils for stability and calm. Use cedarwood or cypress as a single note or combine them with oils like juniper berry and fir oils for the ultimate foresty feeling.
5 Grounding Diffuser Blends for Root Chakra
Try these diffuser blends whenever you feel the need to bring balance and care to this most fundamental energetic level. These blends are meant to be diluted into 200 mL of water.
1. Patchouli blend
Patchouli is a strong, resinous, earthy oil that offers the perfect foundation to lighter, more buoyant top notes. This blend is grounded and relaxing, perfect for those times when decompressing is on the menu.
2. Cypress blend
This blend combines a few key oils that have been identified in a small scientific study as being helpful in reducing anxiety and even possibly boosting immunity [source]. It doesn’t hurt that it also happens to be calming, so use this one whenever you need some added stress relief.
3. Cedarwood blend
When you need deep grounding and fast, this blend is a must. Fresh and forest-like, this combines the base note of evergreen with a fresh lift of wintergreen.
4. Vetiver blend
Vetiver oil is known to be one of the most grounding scents, which makes sense considering the oil is extracted from the roots of the grass rather than the green leaves. Its earthiness is complimented here by other oils known to help you get your zen on.
5. Sandalwood blend
Sandalwood has long been known for its grounding, calming, and mood-balancing qualities [source]. This blend combines its sweet, woodsy character with other earthy notes to create a balanced, settled scent.
2. Sacral Chakra
Name: svadhisthana chakra
Sound vibration: D
Symbol: 6-petalled lotus
Suggested crystal: orange calcite
Suggested yoga pose: low lunge or baddha konasana (bound angle pose)
Located at the sacrum or the low back/pelvic area, this chakra affects our creativity, reproduction, sexual expression, sensuality, emotions, passion, and inspiration. When imbalanced at this level, one might experience sexual shame or anxiety, low (or extremely high) libido, creative blocks, unbalanced emotions, resistance to or obsession with pleasure, or reproductive complications.
Best Essential Oils for Sacral Chakra
When the sacral chakra is in balance, there is a feeling of ease around sex and passion, and inspiration and creativity flow without resistance. Around the home, try adding accents of orange, display fun, vibrant art, play music that helps you to loosen up, and use essential oils that are sexy, sensual, or playful.
When the sacral chakra is in balance, there is a feeling of ease around sex and passion, and inspiration and creativity flow without resistance. Include carnelian or orange calcite crystals in your meditations, and try these oils:
Floral oils like jasmine, rose, and ylang ylang are said to be aphrodisiacs, and their warm, sensual aromas are perfect when looking to create a certain atmosphere. Add a few drops to your favorite carrier oil and use it for massage…self or another!
If you’re looking for more passion, play, and bold creative expression, spicy oils like cinnamon, clove, ginger and nutmeg will help you kick things up a notch.
Yes, essential oils can help bring relief to PMS mood swings and discomfort. Clary sage and lavender are go-to oils, and floral oils like geranium and rose do more than just set the mood; they are commonly used to regulate hormone levels and relieve PMS symptoms. Add a few drops to a carrier oil and massage gently into the low belly/pelvic region.
5 Sensual Diffuser Blendsfor Sacral Chakra
Try these essential oil blends to get the sensual vibes flowing. The following blends are to be diluted in 200 mL of water.
1. Ylang ylang blend
Perfect for slow sensuality, ylang ylang is often used to reduce anxiety, help balance mood, and as a natural aphrodisiac [source]. This blend is soft, powdery, and romantic.
2. Clary sage blend
Clary sage is thought to be one of the best essential oils for menstrual-related discomfort [source], and it works well diluted in a carrier oil and massaged onto the lower belly area. In this balanced diffuser blend, it takes on a mood-stabilizing effect, relaxing and soothing.
3. Cinnamon blend
This blend takes spicy cinnamon and combines it with other warm notes, making it a perfect bedroom blend…as long as you’re not planning on sleeping.
4. Citrus blend
Bright, energizing, fresh, and playful, you can’t go wrong with a balanced citrus blend. For the times when you need a mood boost or just a lighter energy in your home, your sacral chakra will thank you.
5. Jasmine blend
The water element is yin energy—flowing, flexible, and receptive. This blend embodies that soft, light complement to the yang of fire and earth, bringing serenity to the now.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra
Name: manipura chakra
Location: abdominal area above the naval
Sound vibration: E
Symbol: 10-petalled lotus
Suggested crystal: tiger’s eye
Suggested yoga pose: navasana (boat pose) or twists
Just above the naval lies the solar plexus chakra, which affects our confidence, courage, boundaries, purpose, motivation, and willpower. Imbalanced, one might become domineering or aggressive, power-hungry, or on the other hand, they might be low in confidence with poor boundaries or a lack of drive.
Best Essential Oils for Solar Plexus Chakra
Aromatherapy is another way to bring balance to this area, either by stirring the energies of fire or by quieting them to a more moderate flicker.
When the solar plexus is balanced, we know our worth, stand our ground, and meet challenges with confidence. Meditations could include work with tiger’s eye or red jasper crystals. Try these oils to boost circulation and stoke your fire:
Try cinnamon or ginger to boost circulation and stoke your inner fire. These oils make a great warming massage oil to increase circulation or add them to a diffuser to bring warmth to the space around you. Combine with a few drops of clove and cardamom oils for a blend reminiscent of a belly-warming chai spice.
The solar plexus means “sun network,” and like the sun, this chakral point is our bright and shining powerhouse. And what could be sunnier than the scent of lemon? Citrus oils like lemon, bergamot, and sweet orange can brighten the body, mind, and spirit as well as perk up your home.
This chakra is all about our get-up-and-go so turn to energizing oils like peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen or eucalyptus to kick your internal motivation and drive into gear.
5 Balancing Diffuser Blends for Solar Plexus Chakra
Try these diffuser blends inspired by the energies of the solar plexus chakra. Each of these diffuser blends is meant to be diluted into 200 mL of water.
1. Ginger blend
Embrace the golden fire of this chakra with a ginger-forward blend, a great choice to start your day with a bang.
2. Lemon blend
Use this blend anywhere you need to shift and uplift the energy and get things moving.
3. Mint blend
If you’re feeling more sluggish than superstar, this blend might be just what’s needed. Peppermint is a great oil for energy, focus, and stimulation, and here it’s paired up with some other high-kicking notes.
4. Lavender blend
Here’s a perfect blend that takes some of the more chill-inducing, relaxing oils and pairs them with a hint of citrus to keep things on a lighter note. If you’re feeling stressed, this blend may help take the edge off without putting you to sleep.
5. Clary sage blend
Green and grounding, this blend helps reduce stress and balance your mood. Use any time you’re feeling wired and tired.
4. Heart Chakra
Name: anahata chakra
Location: upper chest
Sound vibration: F
Symbol: 12-petalled lotus
Suggested crystal: rose quartz
Suggested yoga pose: cobra, camel, or other heart-openers
The heart center holds the chakra that governs our ability to love, trust, feel compassion and empathy, create meaningful bonds with others, and feel connected. When we are imbalanced here, we may feel jaded or untrusting, isolate or block ourselves off behind emotional walls, feel jealousy, defensiveness, or resentment, and have difficulty forgiving. We may also struggle to love ourselves.
Best Essential Oils for Heart Chakra
When balanced, we feel worthy of giving and receiving love, experience harmonious relationships, and are open, trusting, and ready to lean in to the connections that life offers us. Include crystals such as rhodochrosite, malachite, or rose quartz in your meditations, and try working with the following oils:
The obvious choice for heart-based work, rose oil is a balm for the soul. Dilute a few drops of this oil in a carrier oil for a loving self-care massage, or wear it on your pulse points to keep this vibration with you throughout the day.
Luxe, relaxing, enveloping… floral oils like jasmine, ylang ylang, and geranium open hearts to all the good things. Jasmine pairs well with the orange blossom scent of neroli oil in a diffuser for a full blooming bouquet. Try a few drops in a carrier oil on your pulse points (or even under your nose to keep it close).
The color and vibration of green strike the chord of the heart, so try a few herbal oils like basil, lemon balm, and peppermint to open your breath and heart.
5 Heart-Happy Diffuser Blends for Heart Chakra
Here are a few special blends that we hope will help you find some of that heart-happy balance. Each of these blends is meant to be combined with 200 mL of water.
1. Rose blend
One of the best essential oils to use for aligning the heart center is rose oil. It evokes a sensual tenderness that can feel like a balm when you need it most.
2. Ylang ylang blend
Known for its mood-regulating and relaxing qualities [source], ylang ylang is a sweet and soft floral that we’ve blended with a few other mellow notes ushering in a dose of serenity to your home and heart.
3. Basil blend
This diffuser blend combines some of the more green and grassy notes into perfect herbaceous harmony.
4. Neroli blend
One of the best oils to use for emotional wellness (and currently my favorite go-to oil of choice), neroli oil is often turned to as an aromatherapeutic aid for depression, sadness, and grief, offering a sense of peace and calm [source]. This blend is designed to be quite neroli-dominant, while chamomile and lavender provide some additional chill support.
5. Melissa blend
Melissa oil (also known as lemon balm) is used to help regulate mood, reduce stress, anxiety, tension, and depression, and improve sleep disorders [source]. This blend is meant for those heart-heavy times when you need to feel comfort, support, and a bit of self-love.
5. Throat Chakra
Name: vishuddha chakra
Sound vibration: G
Symbol: sixteen-petalled lotus
Suggested crystal: amazonite
Suggested yoga pose: seated lion’s breath or shoulder stand followed by fish pose
At the throat (but also including mouth, ears, and cervical spine), we find the chakra associated with communication, self-expression, and integrity. Out of balance, we may gossip, ramble, lie, or lack clarity in our speech. On the other hand, we could also clam up and struggle to speak our truth, express ourselves, or say what needs to be said.
Best Essential Oils for Throat Chakra
When balanced at the throat, we communicate clearly and concisely, listen with equal measure, speak the truth, express our opinions without pushiness, and know when it’s best to hold our tongues. Crystals such as amazonite and turquoise are great to use in meditation and diffusing essential oils that clean the air and soothe the throat can help establish a sense of balance at this level as well.
Try the following oils that keep the air around you clean and clear:
Eucalyptus is a top choice for keeping your sinuses, nasal passageways, and throat clear. Try adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil into a diffuser (or to your bath water), or combine it with thyme oil for a soothing double hitter.
Choose oils that combine their effective antibacterial qualities with the freshness of herbs and citrus to cleanse the air. We love the cool, bright scents of lemongrass, peppermint, sage and sweet orange.
5 Clearing Diffuser Blends for Throat Chakra
Here are a few diffuser blends that are inspired by the throat’s call for all things calm, cool, and clear. All of these blends are meant to be diluted into 200 mL of water.
1. Eucalyptus blend
Known for its air purifying properties and its ability to help clear the throat and nasal passageways [source], eucalyptus is a top choice for throat chakra healing. Add a few drops into your bath, or try this diffuser blend whenever this chakra needs some TLC.
2. Rosemary blend
Here is another purifying and throat-soothing blend; rosemary is combined with thyme, tea tree, and relaxing lavender to help you clear the air…whether that’s in your home or your communication.
3. Oregano blend
Oil of oregano is commonly used to ease cold and flu symptoms when taken internally. But diffusing oregano essential oil (not meant for ingestion) is also said to have beneficial effects such as soothing a sore throat, helping to clear the respiratory tract, and easing other irritations such as sneezing, coughing, and congestion. This herbaceous blend can be both soothing and cooling.
4. Blue tansy blend
Blue is the color vibration of the throat chakra, and this soft, sweet, camphorous blend is too. Blue tansy is derived from small yellow flowers that grow in the Mediterranean, and like chamomile, it is also said to settle nerves and help set the stage for calm communication when diffused.
5. Peppermint blend
Not only is peppermint soothing for the throat and often used to freshen the mouth (thanks to its antibacterial qualities), but it is also known to bring more focus and clarity to the mind [source], both of which facilitate balanced communication.
6. Third Eye Chakra
Name: ajna chakra
Location: central forehead
Sound vibration: A
Symbol: two-petalled lotus
Suggested crystal: amethyst
Suggested yoga pose: seated or reclined meditation, placing an indigo crystal upon the forehead
This chakra is located on the forehead between the eyebrows, is affiliated with the pineal gland, and is the energetic center of your intuition and perception. When there is an imbalance at this level, you may experience confusion, headaches, paranoia, excessive daydreaming, muddled thought, lack of clarity, and be unable to trust your own inner knowing.
Best Essential Oils for Third Eye Chakra
You can choose aromas that either foster clarity of mind and attentiveness or ease mental fatigue or brain strain. Try these essential oils that help promote clarity of thought.
Balanced energy here looks like clear thinking, intuitive knowing, a healthy imagination, the ability to accurately perceive the energy of others, and wisdom. Crystals such as lapis lazuli, celestite, and amethyst work with this vibration, as do the essential oils that promote clarity of thought:
Essential oils like rosemary and peppermint are perfect pick-me-ups to use when you need your tired or muddled mind to snap into focus. Try adding a drop (diluted into a carrier oil) onto your pulse points, or use it in a diffuser blended with lemon, another oil that’s great for clearing the mind.
Essential oils like clary sage and lavender can help when you need to a calm a racing mind or stop stress-related thoughts. Their soothing scents are perfect for times of heightened anxiety, scattered thinking, or worry. Take a few deep breaths to help you relax enough to see things clearly before you act.
5 Clarifying Diffuser Blends for Third Eye Chakra
Try these essential oil blends as a helpful complement to your third eye balancing activities. The following blends are meant to be diluted in 200 mL of water.
1. Rosemary blend
According to a 2013 study, rosemary oil “is a powerful tool in helping to clear the mind and for increasing mental awareness. It has also been shown to possess excellent brain-stimulating properties as well as an aid for memory improvement [source].”
Here it is combined with other focus-improving oils with complimentary herbaceous notes. Diffuse this blend during study sessions, while you’re reading/learning/working, or whenever your mind needs some sharpening.
2. Lemon blend
Citrus notes are really wonderful for their uplifting qualities and for their ability to pull our senses into focus. This blend puts lemon, the citrus powerhouse, on a pedestal and keeps you on task with an additional hint of fresh greens.
3. Clary sage blend
When you need a diffuser blend that helps to relax your mind without drowsiness, clary sage is a great choice. This combination would be a fabulous compliment to a meditation practice, as it combines grounded, settled notes with those that keep the mind alert.
4. Lavender blend
This calming blend is great for those who are more headache-prone or suffer from mental strain or fatigue. It’s ideal for the wind-down time before bed or whenever you need to settle the mind and ease stress.
5. Peppermint blend
This is a snap-to-it, alarm bell of a blend for those times when subtlety just won’t do. Peppermint and peppery notes come together beautifully here, offering your mind an anchor in the here and now.
7. Crown Chakra
Name: sahasrara chakra
Location: crown of the head (and the pituitary gland)
Color: violet or white/clear
Sound vibration: B
Symbol: one thousand-petalled lotus
Suggested crystal: selenite or clear quartz
Suggested yoga pose: headstand
Located at the crown of the head, this chakra is the seat of elevated consciousness and perspective. It’s associated with the color white (clear), the key of B, and the element of thought. When our crown chakra is balanced, we feel spiritually connected, have a sense of oneness and bliss, and understand and appreciate our role in the flow of life.
Imbalances here result in skewed spirituality (hyper, delusional, or deficiency), feelings of disconnection and a lack of purpose, or narrow, negative, and defeatist thinking. Clear supercharger crystals such as selenite and clear quartz are perfect partners for crown work, and oils that enhance meditation are helpful here.
Best Essential Oils for Crown Chakra
Including aromatherapy as part of your meditation ritual is another effective way to keep you grounded, relaxed, and open-minded.
Resinous frankincense, an oil that’s been used for thousands of years in spiritual rituals and meditation, is both grounding and enlightening. Try using a few drops in a carrier oil and massaging onto your skin prior to meditation or restorative yoga.
Sandalwood is another traditionally spiritual oil, sandalwood is powdery and light and promotes both relaxation and mental clarity, making it a perfect choice in meditative aromatherapy. Diffuse it alone, or pair it with a few drops of the luxuriously settling oils of lavender or rose.
Tulsi, or holy basil, is another herbaceous-scented oil used in Ayurvedic healing and spiritual work.
To get in the right headspace, you'll find that some scents are both calming and relaxing. The grounding aroma of vetiver combines exceptionally well with relaxing lavender. And clary sage is one of the most frequently used essential oils to help with relaxation and depression [source].
5 Meditation Diffuser Blends for Crown Chakra
Try these blends to optimize the fruits of your meditation practice. Each of these diffuser blends is meant to be diluted into 200 mL of water.
1. Frankincense blend
Frankincense is an earthy oil that has been used in worship and meditation rituals for thousands of years [source]. It is relaxing yet also thought to enhance a state of peaceful tranquility.
2. Sandalwood blend
Another essential oil that has long been used in spiritual settings is sandalwood, a powdery soft, woodsy scent that blends well with other oils known to induce calm states of mind [source].
3. Jasmine blend
A blend composed of white top-note blossoms aligns very well with the uplifting clarity of the crown chakra’s energy. This is ideal for a morning or daytime meditation session or around the house when you could use a reminder of the beauty of life.
4. Tulsi blend
Tulsi, or holy basil, is a slightly minty, herbaceous-scented medicinal wonder plant widely used in Ayurvedic healing. Often incorporated into spiritual work such as meditation due to its uplifting and calming properties, it seems to combat stress of any kind, physical, environmental, and even emotional [source].
5. Vetiver blend
One of the best essential oils for mental fatigue to restore alertness is vetiver [source]. Here, it is combined with grounding and relaxing notes, perfect for extended meditation sessions where relaxation still needs to be met with clarity and present-mindedness.17