by Jessica North-O’Connell
“It has been found that aromatic molecules are one of the basic components of the interstellar space in which new stars are constantly being formed. This interstellar ‘atmosphere’ or gas is the direct source of the atoms of which we ourselves, along with the earth and the other planets, are made.” – Alain Omont
When I was first starting out as a starry-eyed aromatherapist, I had already been co-teaching classes about the Chakra system for the previous seven years. At that time, my fellow teacher and I couldn’t help but notice the correlation between locations of the Chakras and the endocrine glands within the body. It seemed natural to assume that there was a relationship between them, so we incorporated the information about glandular functions into our teachings. It was an interesting way for our students and ourselves to monitor various aspects of our lives, from the subtle to the physical, as we worked our way through the seven-month long program.
Years later, when I was training to become an aromatherapist, I decided to create a series of blends to address the hormonal needs of peri-menopausal women as one of my final exam projects.
Originally called “The Guanyin Collection,” this series featured a blend for each of the Chakras and glands of the endocrine system; each also bore the name of a Goddess from one of the worldwide pantheons, in honor of the Divine Feminine.
These next two articles feature the evolved version of the Collection, now called “The Great Goddess Collection,” moderately refined as I learned more about the art of blending. I have included a list of crystals and gemstones for each of the Chakras as well, though ultimately such a choice is always up to the individual. There is no single “prescribed” crystal for any chakra other than clear quartz, which is always appropriate and was the choice for crystal healing and other ritual purposes by many cultures around the world throughout history. If you are going to incorporate the use of crystals, please limit the number and type of crystals used on the body during each session. I have always found that one crystal on the body is sufficient. If I am moved to use more, I place them together in a bowl and put it on the massage table during the session.
These blends are meant to enhance the functioning of the endocrine system, as pertains to each of its glands, and to restore harmony to imbalances associated with the affiliated Chakra.
Please ensure that you use an appropriate, good quality vegetable carrier oil in proper proportion to the blended essential oils themselves (e.g., a 3% dilution means approximately 17-20 drops of essential oil to 30 ml/1 oz. carrier). Also please observe the caveats.
Also please observe the caveats.
Caveat: These blends are not recommended for use by women who are pregnant.
The Chakra Blends
This article presents the three upper Chakras, usually considered to be more subtle in nature. In Part 2, we will examine the Heart Centre and lower Chakras, which are usually experienced in a more physical fashion.
Chakra Seven – Sahasrara: “Thousand-petalled”
Situated at the crown of the head, the “point of entry of Spirit,” according to some traditions, this Chakra is known as the link to Divine Guidance or to the Higher Self. The endocrine gland associated with it is the pituitary/hypothalamus, although some maintain that it is the pineal gland.
Imbalances of Chakra Seven may include depression, a sense of alienation, boredom, apathy, “spaciness,” over-intellectualizing, confusion and an inability to understand or to learn.
Suggested Crystals/Gemstones: Diamond, Amethyst, Sugilite, Clear Quartz
Chakra Seven Blend: Eurynome, “Divine Breath of Being”
Greek pantheon: Eurynome “rose naked from Chaos” and, finding nowhere upon which to rest, she divided the sky from the sea, then danced upon the waves. Her dancing movements created the Wind, which she seized with her hands, thus forming the Great Serpent, Ophion. After coupling with Ophion, she took the form of a dove. In time, she laid the Universal Egg, instructing Ophion to coil himself around the egg seven times until it hatched. Eurynome’s sacred name is Iahu, which means “Exalted Dove.” Some claimed that this is the name from which the name Yahweh is descended.
This blend of Lime, Ylang ylang and Frankincense is used for meditation, relaxation of the Central Nervous System and for the attaining of heightened awareness.
Chakra Six – Ajna: “Unlimited Power”
Situated roughly between the eyebrows, this Chakra is concerned with intuition, clairvoyance, dreams, imagination, and visions. It is associated with the pineal gland, though some claim the pituitary is the affiliated endocrine gland here.
Imbalances of Chakra Six may include eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, nightmares, blocked intuition and lack of imagination.
Suggested Crystals/Gemstones: Sapphire, Lepidolite, Lapis lazuli, Azurite, Sodalite, Clear Quartz
Chakra Six Blend: Kimah – “Night Vision: Eye of the Seven Stars”
Middle Eastern pantheon: Kimah was the personification or intelligence of the Pleiades, the star cluster also known as the Seven Sisters. The yearly rising and setting of the Pleiades marked a variety of events in the ancient world, depending upon the culture observing it. The Pleiades are said to be intimately involved with the affairs of human destiny, and are observed by Kimah, the “Eye of the Seven Stars.”
This blend of Lemongrass, Lavender and Ylang ylang is used to calm the mind and to support one’s ability to visualize as an aid to self-healing.
Chakra Five – Vishuddha: “Pure”
The Fifth Chakra is affiliated with the thyroid and parathyroid glands and is situated at the throat. It represents our ability to “speak for ourselves.” The thyroid lowers the voice or raises its pitch, as well as regulating the body’s metabolic rate.
Imbalances of Chakra Five may include a sore throat, laryngitis, stiff neck, colds, hearing and thyroid issues.
Suggested Crystals/Gemstones: Agate, Aquamarine, Turquoise, Chrysocolla, Clear Quartz
Chakra Five Blend: Iris – “I Sing the Body Electric”
Greek pantheon: “Messenger of Light” and “source of the waters from on high,” Iris is the Goddess of the Rainbow, symbolizing the many-colored veils of our perception of the world, as well as the “rainbow bridge” between the heavens and the earthly realms. Iris had the power to travel to the Underworld where she retrieved water from the River Styx for sacred oaths. Hera’s messenger, she is also the guardian of women’s souls. Crystals and gems were considered sacred to her as manifestations of her essence because of their wide variety of colors, and the iris flower was named for her because of its multiplicity of hues.
This blend of Bergamot, Lemongrass, and Frankincense can be used to assist communication and self-expression.
Why these essential oils were chosen
These essential oils were selected for their acknowledged actions on the endocrine system and/or psycho-emotional body. All essential oils have many uses and this is but a small sample of their potential.
Frankincense: promotes mental stability
Lavender: soothes a headache; mental-emotional balancer
Lemongrass: supports immune function
Lime: improves circulation; relieves nervousness and depression
Ylang ylang*: relieves depression, increases ability to enjoy life
*Caveat: Ylang ylang may irritate or aggravate the emotions of some people if used too frequently. Restrict use to no more than 2-3 consecutive days, then take a break for a week or more.
Jessica North-O’Connell is founding Priestess of Faerie Mound Mystery School and Great Goddess Alive! Alchemical Arts & Services. She has been a practicing aromatherapist for 20 years, a Reiki and Soul Realignment practitioner, as well as a Tarot and Rune reader. She offers classes and programs and has aspirations of opening a Retreat center for creative recovery. Find her at www.facebook.com/jessica.northoconnell and www.greatgoddessalive.com