Today I have a special treat for you- an interview with aromatherapy expert, Lisa Hecke. Lisa is going to share with us the connection between aromatherapy and the chakras.
In addition to being an amazing yoga teacher, powerful hypnotherapist and expert aromatherapist, Lisa is also my Reiki teacher and Chakra Yoga Workshop Co-Leader.
Yeah… I love this lady and I know you will, too!
How does aromatherapy work on the chakras?
Aromatherapy has a variety of uses including the healing and balancing of ones Chakras. The reason why essential oils work so well with the chakras is because each oil has it’s own unique quality that not only works wonders on physical ailments in the body but does an amazing job at invoking a certain energy or quality to them. Some oils will have a deep earthy scent perfect for grounding someone who is working with their root chakra. Some oils are light and tend to take you up, perfect for people who are working with the upper chakras. But it is not only the scent of the oil that distinguishes which chakra it relates too; it is also the energetic qualities of oil.
For example, rosemary promotes clarity, insight, joy, inspiration, it helps boost self-confidence, and promotes action. This makes it a perfect oil to work with several chakras such as Solar plexus (self-confidence booster, helps one take action), Heart chakra (inspires faith and joyful love), Third Eye chakra (enhances inspiration), Crown chakra (helps one tune into the spiritual path and dedication).
This one oil has many emotional and even spiritual qualities to it making it a great choice for those working with any of the above named chakras.
What is the one oil that is most balancing or beneficial for each chakra?
Hmmm, that’s a hard one to answer. We all have our preferences on aromas so even if one oil is really good at grounding someone, if they dislike the scent it could cause an adverse effect on them. Creating a sort of disdain for the scent, which in turn could draw the wrong kind of energy into the chakra that they are working with. When I am working with someone I like to give him or her several options to choose from. If it were with a specific chakra I would have them sit and smell a number of oils that would work energetically through that chakra. I would ask them to close their eyes and tell me where they feel the scent of the oil moving to and what emotions it is invoking in them. Here are some oils that pertain to each chakra that I might have a client sit and smell.
Root- Cedarwood, Lavender, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver
Sacral- Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Rose, Sandalwood
Solar Plexus- Juniper, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Bergamot
Heart- Bergamot, Jasmine, Lavender, Melissa, Rose, Rosemary
Throat- German or Roman chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Sage
Third Eye- Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Neroli, Rosemary, Sandalwood
Crown- Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood
If you had to pick just one most beneficial oil to use, which would it be?
If I had to choose one oil that works on all of the chakras it would be Lavender. Lavender essential oil is the only oil that can work with all seven of the major chakras. It is the wonder oil in many respects.
How do you use the oils? (Spray, roll on, etc…)
This will vary with each individual’s preference. On a personal level, however, I love roll ons. They last longer and can be applied directly to the skin with a carrier oil. You can also use them as an inhalant if you don’t want to place the oil on your body at that time. Just simply whiffing the oil under the nose a few times will still spark the energy needed for that chakra.
Do you have a good story from a client where aromatherapy has helped them?
Oh great question, I have many stories on this topic. One of my favorites is from a client that was having anxiety taking tests. They asked for an aromatherapy blend that would help calm the nerves and yet inspire and motivate as well. I made them a roll on that they could put on their pulse point before going in for the exams and also use while taking the exams. The oils I chose were ones that are uplifting and yet calming to the central nervous system. I also added a few drops of an oil known for helping bring out courage and concentration. The client came back to me 2 weeks later and said that the blend worked perfectly and they now keep it close by in case any anxiety pops in.
For yoga teachers, how would you use aromatherapy in a class setting?
Yoga teacher can use aromatherapy in so many ways. However I would recommend keeping the scents light, as you never know what allergies students may have.
Here are some ways that I use aromatherapy before and during a class:
· I love to clear and cleanse the space before a class. Often times I will show up a little earlier than the students and use a space clearing spray. I love Eucalyptus and lemon together; it not only cleanses and purifies the air it also dissipates negative energy from the room. If I am working with a specific theme for the class, such as empowerment, I might choose an oil that has those attributes and use that in a spray. I recommend no more then 10 drops in a 2 oz spray bottle, add water and ta-da! you have your room freshening spray.
· Savasana is another great opportunity to bring in aromatherapy. I will often times rub a pre-made oil blend in my hands and then walk around the room hovering my palms a few inches above the face for a few breaths. *Note* before I take them into savasana I announce to everyone what I am doing and if they prefer for me to skip over them to let me know.
· You can also offer a pre-made roll on to apply to the students pulse points along the wrist. I like to do this when I am working with a specific chakra. This gives them added energy to send to that chakra.
For parents, how would you use aromatherapy for children?
Most kids do well with a room spray. It is light and refreshing to them and it’s fun for them to spray their room. Most children I find enjoy a spray that they feel will help protect them at night before bed. It becomes a nightly ritual for the parent and child. I do recommend always having adult supervision when having the child handle anything with essential oils and for parents to keep in mind some oils can be harsh if it comes in contact with the skin. Always use a much lighter does for children. As a rule of thumb no more then 2-3 drops in a 2 oz spray bottle for children under the age of 5 and no more then 5 drops for children 6-12 years of age. Also keep in mind some essential oils are more potent than others. Peppermint for example is extremely strong smelling and any more then 3 drops even for an adult variation could be too overwhelming. I can’t stress enough; always, always, always use caution when using essential oils.
How can readers of Everyday Chakras learn more about your work with aromatherapy?
I am always willing to answer questions for people about aromatherapy. I know there is a lot of information on essential oils and it can get confusing on safety practices. I have been trained and certified to only use essential oils as their intended use in a safe and effective manner.
Your readers are welcome to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Hecke offers a long list of sacred journeys including yoga retreats and outdoor adventures in the U.S and abroad through out the year. Her retreats are nourishing, empowering, and sacred to each individual.
When Lisa is not taking people out on retreats and adventures you are likely to find her teaching yoga, or leading private healing sessions to include reiki, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, and yoga.
Lisa has a gift for empowering others to see their true light and the gift that they bring to this world. Join her soon in an adventure or in a private session. You can find out more about Lisa and her offerings at www.sacredharts.com