Essential oils are naturally distilled extractions found in flowers, seeds, bark, stems, roots, and other parts of plants. Essential oils have been used throughout history for a wide variety of reasons.
- Egyptians used aromatic oils for medicinal purposes, beauty treatments, preparing food & ceremonies
-Greeks used oils for therapeutic massage and aromatherapy
-Romans- used oils to promote health and personal hygiene
- Used throughout the dark ages in Europe for their anti-bacterial and fragrant properties
Besides amazing health benefits, both physically and emotionally, essential oils create a vibration and balance in your energy centers. Like the petals of the ylang ylang flower, the chakras are depicted as having their own petals as well.
Each chakra energy center correlates to a different number of petals. The root chakra, located at the very base of the spine, has two petals versus the crown chakra which is said to have 1000. The number of petals is based on the number of subtle energies, or nadis, that travel through the chakra. When the chakras or petals are open, we are more open to new experinces and awarenesses around us.
The chakras also respond with vibration to mantra. Each petal is connected to one of the letters of the Sanskrit alphabet. When that sound is heard, it creates a vibration in that petal. Aum (Om) is the easiest mantra and is the universal sound for all sounds, therefore, it triggers balancing vibration in all chakras. The seed sounds, or bija sounds, for the seven main chakras are as follows; the first five are pronounced with an "ah" sounding "a".
Sufi poet Rumi wrote the following poem; see how it may correlate to your journey of chakra balancing and healing.
THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought,
the shame, the malice.
Meet them at the door laughing
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
~ Jelaluddin Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks)