By Herbalist Linda Kingsbury Ph.D.
The vibrational qualities of plants can assist in balancing, relaxing, and energizing the aura and chakras. Each member of the plant kingdom has a unique gift to offer and can align you with your divine mission on earth. Allowing herbal energies to assist your personal growth can help you connect to the beauty of nature within and around you. Drinking herbal teas, using herbal-based body care products, and acknowledging the plants growing around you as you move through the day are some simple ways of including gifts from the plant kingdom in your life. As you explore your personal connection to all creation, you enhance your ability to live comfortably and safely in a physical body on earth. In this article, I will share common herbs associated with the main seven chakras and a few combinations that can assist in recovering your divine child within.
Your chakras are like filters that naturally spin and allow energy from the universe in and your energy out. We pick up beliefs from our family and social groups that can get stored in our chakras. Other people’s thoughts, feelings, and projections can get in the way of our own truth shining through. The information in your chakras helps you learn and grow. Working with your aura and chakras is a form of preventative medicine that works with your emotions and thoughts amplifying life-affirming ones and preventing negative ones from affecting your health. Each chakra has different experiences to offer us.
The first chakra is located at the base of the spine and deals with issues about surviving on the planet in a physical body. In our face paced materialistic society it is easy to get caught in a workaholic mode, leaving little time for recreation. Red Raspberry leaves fosters a recognition of the importance of playtime in maintaining a balanced healthy adult life. We are shifting from a time of accumulating external items as a measure of prestige or power, into a time when true power or authentic empowerment is recognized as coming from within. Lighten up and remember that the game of life can be Fun.
The second chakra relates to issues of sexuality and empathy for others. It is located below the navel in the abdominal area between the ovaries for women and in the prostate gland region for men. Burdock is an herb that grows in the wild fields around most of the United States and Europe. Taking the root balances the second chakra. Resentments and feelings about loss in relationships, sexual abuse or sexual disease are held in the abdominal area. This can interfere with digestion and sexual expression. Burdock helps to process feelings and move forward. One of the benefits of balancing the second chakra is that a greater sense of intimacy and companionship can develop with your partner. It also helps to create healthy boundaries so that you are not empathing other peoples feelings to a point of hurting or confusing yourself and your choices.
Marshmallow relaxes the third chakra and softens personal efforts to control life. A tea or tincture of the root allows you to flow with the process of manifesting your goals. It helps align your actions with divine order. The third chakra is also known as your solar plexus and is the seat for personal power and positive self control. When there is a situation that contributes to a feeling of powerlessness you may often feel tension or a "knot in your stomach". People who live year after year letting someone or something outside of themselves be in charge of their life may develop ulcers in the physical body. Many diseases have their origins in unprocessed emotional issues that repress life flow energy and interfere with cellular transformation. Thank God that many of our medicines are growing naturally around us and are easy to grow in our own backyards.
Unconditional love for yourself and others can be enhanced when working with Hawthorne berries. A tea or tincture of the berries increases trust in the process of life and encourages you to feel safe following your heart. The fourth chakra is located in your heart center and is the place for integration of upper and lower chakra energies. As you open your heart chakra cosmic energies from above and earthly energies from below flow into your heart and out your arms to facilitate loving service. Balance in giving and receiving is a gift of an open heart chakra. Even an herb bundle made with Hawthorn berries when place over the hear region, helps you to focus on the soul qualities in relationships rather than personality differences.
We’ve all felt oppressed at one time or another when we did not speak our truth. That feeling is related to the fifth or throat chakra shutting down. Red Clover blossoms assist in allowing a free flow of communication and self-expression. Drinking a tea during counseling sessions improves communication between counselors and their clients. Deep emotions locked in the body that are waiting for words can be set in motion with this wild herb. Yes, this is the common purple-colored clover that you see growing in the grass in your lawn or nearby fields. The blossoms may be eaten or gathered and prepared as tea or tincture.
When gathering herbs, be sure to do so in an area away from the roadside, preferably in a non-sprayed country setting. Sit near the plant long enough to feel the pulsations of Mother Earth moving through you. You may want to ask the plant deva or spirit to assist you in successfully manifesting the next step in your life process. Know that at the perfect time for you, inspiration will unfold, directing you to your goal. Express gratitude to the plant for being part of your community. You may want to offer a small token of appreciation such as a crystal, seeds, or a song. As you allow the plant kingdom to work in your life more, be sure to express gratitude to Mother Earth through conscious acts to heal the planet.
The sixth chakra is also known as the third eye and is our center for intuition and clairvoyant perception. When opening your psychic abilities there is a tendency to see everything! Eyebright helps to honor the lessons that all aspects of life bring and to see both the light and dark sides as part of the whole. Resurrecting hidden feelings and learning to trust memories are keys to validating your natural intuitive gifts. Reframing the once formidable darkness and silence to be a place where peace resides enhances clear perceptions.
The crown chakra is located near the top of your head. Lavender flowers assist in opening your seventh chakra to bring you into alignment with divine wisdom on a daily basis. This is a popular herb for enhancing meditation. It helps to trust that the guidance you are receiving is from the highest source!
There are many natural ways to work with the spiritual energies of these herbs for the chakras on a daily basis. The most conventional is through a liquid herbal concentrated tincture. They are usually sold in a one ounce bottle that is easy to put into your purse or briefcase and ready to use at a moment’s notice. Simply take directly into your mouth or add to juice or water for tea. For more information about making your own tinctures or experiencing the Chakra Tea Elixirs that I make, check out my website at www.spiritherbs.com. Herb bundles are simple and can be made with dried herbs and fabric to match each of the chakra colors.
Whether including plants in your life through taking herbs internally as a tea, or externally as a bath or in a bundle pouch, the benefits can be enhanced by creating a ceremony to more consciously connect with vibrational qualities. Take a few minutes to relax, light a candle, and get centered by focusing on your breath. Create a picture in your mind of what the plant looks like, recall its fragrance, and listen for its wisdom. Express gratitude as the gifts perfectly unfold in your life over the next few days. Honor the herbal energies that work in your life to enhance your ability to live a balanced life in harmony with all creation.
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