The solar plexus chakra is the 3rd chakra in a system of 7 chakras that influence the health and well-being of humans. Essential oils as an alternative holistic practice ties into the energy work related to chakra balancing.
Your solar plexus chakra activates your personal power and the light you radiate. It is where you find that connection to your intuition and sense of self. When you are confident in your roots and connected to your emotions and intuition, you find the will to act in empowering ways.
- What is the Solar Plexus Chakra?
- What does Out of Balance Look Like?
- Balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra with Essential Oils
- Top 5 Essential Oils to Balance the Solar Plexus Chakra
- Essential Oil Blends to Balance the Solar Plexus Chakra
- Other Ways to Balance your Solar Plexus Chakra
- Final Thoughts
What is the Solar Plexus Chakra?
The solar plexus chakra is represented by the color yellow, like the sun. And like the sun, it provides us with energy through a willingness to act on our goals, thoughts and ambitions. When in balance, this chakra gives us a sense of personal power and confidence. It helps us overcome fear, master thoughts, and make conscious choices towards accountability for our life ¹.
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Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness. – Shakti Gawain
In Sanskrit, the solar plexus chakra stands for “shining gem”. Think: sun, energy, and light. Energy readers may be able to see the health of your solar plexus chakra through your energetic aura. Doctors will notice it through your physical health. Mental health practitioners see it through your emotional health.
When your solar plexus chakra is in balance you will:
- Feel good about yourself and trust yourself and others
- Have an improved look on life
- Be active in making healthy changes to achieve what you want in your life
What does Out of Balance Look Like?
When this chakra is out of balance, blocked, sluggish or overactive, you’re not at your best. You don’t shine as bright, you lack a sense of personal power, you lack confidence and you lack self-esteem. When you lack these things, you become vulnerable.
If you are fearful when making decisions, you will undermine your personal power and lose a sense of self. This diminishes the light and energy available to you from your solar plexus chakra. The decision you make may end up having negative consequences.
For example: you are in the company of someone who is making racist jokes and the jokes are making you feel uncomfortable. That discomfort is your solar plexus chakra speaking to you. It is telling you, for various personal beliefs and reasons, that you are not okay with the situation. The way you handle the situation is determined on whether the rest of your chakras are in balance. If you do not respond to that feeling with some kind of action (walk away, say something, etc.), you will undermine your personal integrity. You’ll feel like you let yourself down, and feel a sense of darkness on your soul. We don’t want that.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. – Seneca
Signs of an Imbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra
Signs of an imbalanced solar plexus chakra include ²:
- Emotional problems: anxiety, low self-esteem, festering of emotions
- Feelings of powerlessness and fear
- Negative thoughts and despair about oneself, our accomplishments and others
Chakras Affect Each Other
Experts say, the solar plexus chakra is the chakra where our ego sits. But a healthy ego needs all chakras to be healthy. If you are out of balance in one of your chakras, it may affect the other charka centres. Adjoining chakras are most commonly affected with a linked imbalance. Example: your heart chakra is out of balance, which can very likely flow over into your solar plexus chakra (below), and your throat chakra (above).
Through a healthy ego we do good things for ourselves, which lead to good things in our lives. Acting from an unhealthy ego will lead us astray and cause us to make mistakes that can jeopardize our motivation and focus to achieve our goals.
Balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra with Essential Oils
There are various ways to use essential oils to bring balance to the solar plexus chakra. If the chakra is overactive, you will use an essential oil that is cooling, with yin qualities, to bring a balance to the chakra. If it is underactive, you will use an essential oil that is warming to bring a balance to the chakra.
It’s easy to recognize when your Solar Plexus Chakra is out of balance. Think of the way you feel when it is too hot or too cold outside. On a hot day, you would use a “yin” quality essential oil to bring a balance to your environment. On a cool day, you would use a “yang” quality essential oil to bring a balance to your environment. A little fire helps get the activity going but a lot can cause stress, anxiety and frustration. A calm environment helps bring focus, ease and enjoyment in the process. A cold day may make you feel lazy, distracted and unable to focus. Adding a bit of heat will help increase motivation.
Top 5 Essential Oils to Balance the Solar Plexus Chakra
Ginger Essential Oil comes from the same family as turmeric and cardamom. The colors are a warm yellow, the flavors are gentle, yet warming and soothing.
It relieves indigestion, diarrhea, spasms, stomach aches and nausea. It also has the power to relieve anxiety, depression and can act as a sleep aid to help you get rest after feeling exhausted. Ginger Essential Oil stimulates feelings of courage, ease and self-confidence. Gently stimulate your solar plexus chakra through diffusing it into the air. You may also opt to add it to a carrier oil and rubbing it just below the sternum where the solar plexus resides.
Lemon Essential Oil is a cooling essential oil and can ease an over-active solar plexus chakra by bringing it to balance.
Lemon Essential Oil is a harmonizing essential oil for the Solar Plexus Chakra. It stimulates the immune system, alleviates pain, relieves anxiety and stress. It can reduce the level of corticosterone when activated through stress response in the body. Ginger also has pain reducing qualities that can ease the body after it has been overworked. It lightens the mood, makes a great air freshener, and is genuinely a happy essential oil. To use Lemon Essential Oil, diffuse it into the air, add to a carrier oil and rub on the feet, or use on the belly just below the sternum.
3. Black Pepper
Black Pepper is an essential oil that I rarely refer to, but it came up quite a lot in my research on this subject.
Black Pepper Essential Oil is strong and should be used with caution. Unlike dried peppercorns, the scent of the oil does not make you sneeze when you inhale it. It is a mid-note and can balance the top and bottom notes of a blend. It is a warming essential oil and helps increase energy to the solar plexus chakra. It reduces bloating in the belly, relieves arthritic pain, and detoxifies the body with its diuretic properties.
Cedarwood Essential Oil helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It increases energy to the solar plexus chakra by cooling an overactive one. It is an oil known to improve focus, memory and symptoms of ADHD. It is a grounding and a helpful essential oil to use during meditation.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, diffusing Cedarwood can help you settle. It supports your desire to set priorities and accomplish goals. It helps you to respond to tasks with clarity and mindfulness, taking life moment to moment. Cedarwood Essential Oil is great in a diffuser, rubbed on the skin with a carrier oil, and/or added to a relaxing bath.
Rosemary Essential Oil is a powerful and soothing essential oil for the solar plexus chakra.
Experts say Rosemary Essential Oil can motivate and encourage focus. It has a fresh, herbaceous smell and supports cognitive support and brain health. It helps improve circulation and respiratory issues. To use Rosemary Essential Oil to improve the functions of the Solar Plexus Chakra, diffuse the essential oil into the air, or add to a carrier oil and massage into feet. An essential oil roller bottle is an easy way to apply Rosemary oil.
Essential Oil Blends to Balance the Solar Plexus Chakra
Rocky Mountain Essential Oils has a Solar Plexus Chakra blend that combines the essential oils of Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Sweet Marjoram, Black Pepper and Ginger. Here we find the use of Black Pepper Essential Oil as mentioned earlier. This blend will help balance your Solar Plexus Chakra to allow you to make “conscious choices and take responsibility for your life.”
This oil comes with a Tiger’s Eye gemstone roller ball to further enhance the energetic properties of the oil.
Other Ways to Balance your Solar Plexus Chakra
Essential Oils are one way to balance your Solar Plexus Chakra. There are multiple ways to bring a balance to this light-giving chakra and most of those ways can be used in combination with aromatherapy.
- Meditation and Sound healing is an option to bring balance to the Chakra system. It can be helpful to diffuse your favorite essential oils while listening to a music or sound healing meditation.
- Eat Certain Foods. Foods that help bring balance to the Solar Plexus Chakra include yellow foods, dairy, spices and whole grains. These are typically foods that help get the digestive juices flowing and allow for movement through your solar plexus chakra. Foods like banana, yellow lentils, sweet potato, yellow peppers bring heat to the digestive juices and energy to your system while spices like turmeric, mustard seed, nutmeg enhance flavor and have warming and balancing properties. And of course, it doesn’t hurt to add a little black pepper.
- Do Yoga. Yoga poses recommended to help bring a balance to the Solar Plexus Chakra include cow pose, camel pose, boat, and cobra poses.
- Ask a Guru for support. The purpose of a Guru as one that directs one from (gu) darkness to (ru) light 2 . “From ignorance to the experience of one’s infinite nature.” A Guru may give a prayer or mantra. Reciting mantras during your meditation may be helpful to bringing a balance to the solar plexus chakra.
- Use Mantras. Mantras that may be recited to bring balance to the Solar Plexus Chakra include 2:
- Har – a Mantra for Willpower that means Creative Infinity
- Ajai Alai – Translated it means Invincible, Indestructible
- I will
Through your solar plexus chakra you find the confidence to act in healthy and empowering ways that do not undermine your personal power, but become representations of it. With a balanced solar plexus chakra, you can find the will to act on goals that are set through your sense of purpose, sense of self, intelligence and ambition.
Whatever method you choose to use to bring a balance to your Solar Plexus Chakra, the first step to ensuring results is to tap into that source energy and ask it what it needs. You can do this by sitting down in a quiet room alone for a quick meditation. The important thing here is to take the minute or milliseconds worth of time to do so to enhance and bring joy to your day.
You got this!
¹ Exploring your Solar Plexus Chakra – on www.rockymountainoils.com
² How to Balance Your Solar Plexus Chakra – on www.gaia.com, written by Darke Conteur
³ 5 Kundalini Mantras to Strengthen Your Solar Plexus Chakra – by Sabrina Riccio