For this week’s installment on balancing the chakras with essential oils, Aura Cacia aromatherapist Charlynn Avery talks about the solar plexus and the best essential oils to support balance for this chakra.

The chakra for the solar plexus (manipura) is the energy center in the body connected with empowerment. It has a strong association with the color yellow. I like to think of the sun burning at full strength with a vitality that gives life to all exposed to it. In essence, it’s all about our ability to feel empowered and strengthened. When balanced, you are reliant upon your core strength and display a balance of power that is neither overbearing, nor is it weak or lacking. You can be yourself, sometimes spontaneous. But always displaying a level of confidence and self-esteem that is respectful and full of grace.

In aromatherapy,

we look to aromas with strong scent/color associations, like citrus oils – lemon, orange and grapefruit. These oils are oils of a happy spirit – joyful, positive and encouraging. The oils remind us of the importance of self-care. We cannot encourage or empower others to fully live their authentic selves, if we cannot do so for our own self.  

Solar Plexus Chakra chart

We also look to oils that are warming and connecting – helichrysum and myrrh make excellent choices

to support balance in this area and are used for tension, connection and balance. For help with inspiring energy, eucalyptus and juniper berry make excellent choices to support this area.

While essential oils aren’t necessary in creating balance in the solar plexus, they are certainly a very tangible practice to use to support balanced energy.

To support the solar plexus chakra with essential oils, diffuse any or several of the above oils in your home. You can also wear these oils diluted in your favorite carrier as a perfume or body spray. For more information on balancing manipura and essential oil tips, visit Aura Cacia.


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