As far back as 2500 BC, people knew that plants held medicinal values. Their healing properties have been documented throughout history, as well as their abilities to connect us with nature. Several ancient texts, or Vedas, from India document how plants can also the 7 chakras of the human body.
Plants have a vibrational frequency that is in tune with our body and psyche. These vibrational qualities of plants can assist in balancing, healing and energizing the seven major chakras by interacting with our energy system and removing toxic elements from our blood, enhancing blood circulation, and regulating the flow of oxygen.
First Chakra – Root
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is the chakra that connects us to the earth. This chakra is where we receive all of our vital nutrients, and therefore is where the body’s toxins are released. The root chakra isn’t just a physical bond, it is also the bond that keeps us in the present moment.
An imbalance in the root chakra can lead to problems in the legs, feet, rectum, tailbone, immune system, depression, and even autoimmune deficiencies. Dandelion root tea is highly effective in the treatment of depression, gallbladder or high blood pressure. Adding in foods that are roots like: carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, onions, and garlic can have a soothing effect for our root chakra.
Second Chakra – Sacral
The sacral chakra is located below the navel; between the ovaries for women, and near the prostate gland for men. The primary quality of this chakra is creativity, attention, and sensual expression. When this Chakra is blocked it can lead to eating disorders, urinary tract problems, reproductive disorders, occasional headache, fever, and other emotional imbalances.
Calendula, which is an extremely easy herb to grow, enhances your creativity in all areas of life. Another highly beneficial herb for the sacral chakra is Gardenia, or “the happiness herb” as it has been called. Gardenia roots added to essential oils can be put to multiple uses, and its flowers are found to be very soothing for the senses.
Sandalwood is also know to help in curing many kinds of infections, becasue it instigates new cell growth. You can apply sandalwood oil on your body before taking a shower or you can use it to create a good aroma in your house. Other herbs & spices that are beneficial are Coriander, fennel, licorice, cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, and caraway seeds.
Third Chakra – Solar Plexus
The solar plexus chakra is the power centre of emotions and positive self control. If this chakra is blocked we tend to feel unworthy and have a low self-esteem. Aside from the emotional strain of anxiety and depression, this can lead to a plethora of physical problems like poor digestion, ulcers, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, anorexia, bulimia, and even intestinal tumors.
Lavender, bergamot or rosemary oil are recommended for unblocking the energy flow of the solar plexus chakra. Bergamot is great for the digestive system because it quickens the process of digestion. The quickening of digestion causes less strain to the intestinal tract.
In the Mediterranean region, people consider rosemary as an essential herb for the stomach and intestines. Rosemary leaves are easy additions in several dishes, or you can use rosemary oil to cook. Marshmallow too relaxes the third chakra, and softens our efforts to control life. Other useful herbs & spices to balance the solar plexus chakra are Anise, celery, cinnamon, lily of the valley, ginger, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), melissa, turmeric, cumin, and fennel.
Fourth Chakra – Heart
The heart chakra is the centre of love, compassion, and forgiveness in our body’s energy system. When this chakra is blocked, we tend to feel disconnected and have trouble loving ourselves and others. On a physical level poor circulation is common, we lack empathy on the emotional level, and lack devotion on the spiritual level. The issues of love, grief, hatred, anger, jealousy, fears of betrayal, loneliness, as well as the ability to heal ourselves and others are centered in the fourth chakra.
Hawthorne berries in a tea or tincture increases our trust in the process of life and encourages us to feel safe following your heart. It also helps to physically strengthen the heart and blood vessels. You can also use cayenne, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, rose, basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley for a healthy heart.
Fifth Chakra – Throat
The throat chakra is largely responsible for self-expression and communication. An unbalanced throat chakra can lead to thyroid problems and laryngitis on the physical level, codependency on the emotional level, unclear thoughts on the mental level, and insecurity on the spiritual level. It can also be responsible for nervousness, fear, and anxiety.
Red clover blossoms assist in allowing a free flow of communication and self-expression. A research conducted by the University of Maryland, Medical Centre shows that lemon balm is capable of healing several ailments including thyroid conditions. Eucalyptus oil is another beneficial oil for decongestion. Other herbs & spices that can help with the throat chakra are coltsfoot, peppermint, sage, salt and lemon grass.
Sixth Chakra – Third Eye
The sixth Chakra or “the third eye” is associated with intuition and the pineal gland. When this chakra is blocked we tend to lack in imagination and intuition resulting in poor decision making and self-deception. Physically, third eye blocks may manifest as eye/ear problems, headaches, migraines, insomnia, or even nightmares.
Mint, jasmine and eyebright are herbs used to open the sixth chakra. Eyebright helps to see both the light and dark sides as part of the whole, and is also used to cure eye problems. Mint has been found useful in curing depression, migraines and memory loss. It also increases connectedness between mind and body. Other herbs & spices that can energize and heal any imbalances in the third eye chakra are juniper, mugwort, poppy, rosemary, lavender, and poppy seed.
Seventh Chakra – Crown
The crown chakra connects us to the universal divine energy. This chakra is associated with wisdom, enlightenment and transcendence. When our crown chakra is blocked or closed we feel disconnected spiritually. On a physical level, it can lead to depression, nervous system disorders, migraines, amnesia, ADD, dyslexia, and in the most extreme cases; cognitive delusions and mental illness.
Lavender flowers and lotus are known to open your seventh chakra. Lavender brings you into alignment with divine wisdom on a daily basis and is a popular herb for enhancing meditation. Lotus leaves and stems are widely used in Japanese and Chinese cuisine, and each part of the lotus has its own set of benefits.
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