Chakras are energy centers along your spine. There are seven main chakras, known as the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras. They are tied to physical and emotional problems in the body. Analyzing what is happening with your chakras is a powerful way to tune into your mind, body and spirit.
In order to do this, you should pay close attention to which chakras react when you are in stressful situations. Look closely at things to see if you find any patterns of recurring problems or illness, which could clue you into which of your 7 chakras is out of balance. Read a brief description of each of the seven chakras below. Once you discover which chakras you want to focus your attention on, take a look at our chakra stones chart below for the best chakra healing stones to use to rebalance and open each chakra.
What are the 7 Chakras in Your Body?
Based on Ayurvedic teachings and other Eastern traditions such as yoga and Buddhism, the energy body exists alongside the physical body, both requiring a balanced flow of life energy. These energy centers are the 7 chakras, which are swirling wheels of spiritual power that run parallel with the body’s main energy channel. In energy healing, keeping these energetic pathways cleansed and activated is very important for enhancing your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. When these energy centers are aligned, balanced, and cleansed, it helps you feel energized and centered.
What are Chakras?
Each of the 7 chakras has a vibrational frequency that is associated with a different color. In energy healing, including crystal therapy, the chakras meaning is linked with a particular set of emotional, physical, and spiritual issues. When you pair certain crystals with chakras in the body, the crystalline structure of gemstones work to amplify your healing intentions and restore and rebalance the energy body by removing blockages. Cleansing of the 7 chakras also brings balance to overactive energy while strengthening any weaknesses.
Say goodbye to unnecessary drama and hello to everyday wellbeing when the chakras in the body are spinning at a strong and steady pace. Reflecting of the natural rhythm of the earth, the spinning wheels of color can easily get knocked off balance when you’re faced with the challenges of modern life. Forget microdermabrasion at the spa. If you need a refreshing pick-me-up, get ready for a goddess glow with an all-over chakra cleanse. Step away from cell phones and laptops, step into your healing sanctuary, and lay down flat in a comfortable position. Place a chakra stone on each associated energy center and simply breathe in positivity and exhale negativity. In with the good, out with the bad –that’s the medicine of chakra healing.
If your root chakra is weak, you may feel like you are unhappy with your body size or shape. You may feel as if you are out of control of your life and you can’t gain control. If your root chakra is overactive, you might find that you often explode angrily at the smallest things. For root chakra healing, we recommend using red and black crystals, such as Red Garnet, Red Jasper, Smoky Quartz, Black Onyx and Hematite, to rebalance your root chakra. Once your root chakra is balanced, you will feel more grounded, solid and confident in yourself.
A low energy flow through your sacral chakra will cause a lack of energy and motivation. You may feel extremely lethargic and even depressed, lacking any joyful moments in your life. If your sacral chakra is overactive, you may be feeling a constant frustration, leading to you breaking down in tears too often. To align this chakra center, practice sacral chakra healing. We recommend Carnelian, Orange Calcite, Tiger’s Eye and Sunstone. Once your sacral chakra is back in balance, you will begin to feel excitement, inspiration and motivation again.
Solar Plexus Chakra
Inactivity of the solar plexus chakra will cause you to feel powerless, especially when you are under pressure. You may often feel butterflies in your stomach, or feel as if you can’t gain control over your life. If your solar plexus chakra is overactive, you will feel the uncontrollable need to control everything about your life; a “control freak.” For solar plexus chakra healing, try using yellow gemstones, such as Citrine, Yellow Jasper, Rutilated Quartz and Pyrite. Once your solar plexus chakra is balanced, you will begin to feel motivated, focused and confident in your decisions.
If you find yourself having problems in your relationships or feeling unattached to the people you love, it may indicate that your heart chakra is weak. If your heart chakra is overactive, you may find yourself becoming too attached to things, resulting in you being overly emotional all the time. To practice heart chakra healing, try meditating with green and pink heart chakra stones, such as Chrysoprase, Aventurine, Rose Quartz or Rhodonite, over your heart to open it up to all types of love. Once your heart chakra becomes realigned, you radiate love of all kinds. Your relationships will begin to strengthen again and you will feel hopeful.
A weak throat chakra will make you unable to speak your truth and express yourself. When your throat chakra is overactive, you often speak before you think, resulting in unnecessary arguments and hurtful words. When your throat chakra becomes unbalanced, you will find that you cannot articulate your thoughts clearly, leading to miscommunications and frustration. For throat chakra healing, try meditating with throat chakra stones, like Angelite, Sodalite, Blue Apatite and Aquamarine, on your throat.
Third Eye Chakra
Located just below the crown chakra in between the eyebrows, the third eye or brow energy center is linked with enhanced intuition and creative inspiration. If you feel a lack of clarity in your life or have trouble seeing the truth in yourself or situations, it’s a sign that you need a third eye chakra cleanse. In crystal therapy, indigo colored gemstones such as Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, and Fluorite reawaken inner wisdom, which opens the door to self-knowledge. After all, to know yourself is the beginning of wisdom.
If you feel you cannot visualize and organize your life very well, then your third eye chakra may be under active. If your third chakra is overactive, you may experience nightmares each night. You may begin to feel stuck and in an emotional rut, becoming closed off to new ideas. You may also feel as if your intuition is off, and you cannot trust your “gut feelings.” For third eye chakra healing, lay on your back and place your favorite third eye chakra crystals, like Angelite, Amethyst, Fluorite and Iolite, over your third eye and just relax.
An inability to think clearly when you are under stress means that your crown chakra is unbalanced. You may feel like you are going about life without having a specific purpose or path, leaving you feeling lost. For crown chakra healing, try using crown chakra crystals, such as Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Selenite and Moonstone, to balance and align this chakra center.
Situated at the top of the head, the Crown chakra is the pathway to all other chakras, which is why energy healers typically start with a crown chakra cleanse before any therapeutic session. When the crown chakra is balanced and harmonious, it opens the doorway to spiritual enlightenment. Associated with the color violet, Amethyst crystals are excellent crown chakra activators. In healing layouts, these stones are placed on the forehead to encourage a feeling of transcendence from negative, self-defeating thoughts.