My series of blog posts about chakras has been enormously well received so far – and while my tips on harnessing the creative energy of the Sacral chakra have worked for many people, a lot of people in the Healing Center community have been in touch to ask when I’ll be focusing specifically on activating and balancing the Sacral chakra.
It’s no surprise. The Sacral chakra is an energy center with enormous power – and one of the most effective ways I’ve found to activate and balance that power is with chakra stones and aromatherapy essential oils.
To offer some context, it’s useful to get an overview of the Sacral chakra. We’ll explore some of the symptoms you might experience when this second chakra is blocked – and touch on some of the well-being benefits you’ll find when it’s activated and balanced.
Getting to Know the Sacral Chakra
Located between the Root chakra and the Solar Plexus chakra, our Sacral chakra is found just below the navel in the lower abdomen. To the rear, this second chakra is considered to be just above the base of the spine, in the lumbar region of the lower back.
The Sacral chakra has the Sanskrit name “Svadhisthana.” Although translations vary a little, it’s generally considered to mean “your own place” or “where the being is established.” Since the Sacral chakra’s energy flows around the reproductive organs, it’s not uncommon to find translations that talk about being the place of pleasure or bliss too.
An Active and Balanced Second Chakra
When the Sacral chakra is both active and balanced, there’s a very real feeling of openness, connection, and sheer exuberance with life.
The Svadhisthana is tied closely to our creativity – and that gives us a sense of being able to express ourselves freely. This feeling of freedom isn’t just reserved for art, music, writing, and traditional creative pursuits though – it also helps us connect with sensual feelings, desires, and fantasies.
What Happens When the Sacral Chakra’s Blocked?
Since your Sacral chakra’s energy connects with your ability to express yourself openly, blockages can have a big impact on your closest relationships.
Have you found yourself feeling clingy and hypersensitive? Does sex feel like an unhealthy outlet of energy? Perhaps the idea of sex doesn’t appeal at all right now?
I find it useful to think of a blocked second chakra as being somewhat like a creative block. Like other creative pursuits, relationships are the most fruitful when we give ourselves openly, with our energies flowing freely and entwining with our partner’s. Conversation is understanding and easy, intimacy is exciting and fulfilling, and we can be ourselves. If this feels like something that’s missing for you, you should give some time to your Sacral chakra.
Of course, it’s not just emotional and spiritual symptoms that come as a result of a blocked second chakra; there are a host of physical health problems that can be traced back to the Svadhisthana too, including:
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Lower back pain
- Joint pain and mobility problems
- Spleen and kidney issues
- Low energy and fatigue
If any of these issues sound familiar, exploring ways of activating and balancing your Sacral chakra should be a priority.
Gemstones and Essential Oils for Sacral Chakra Healing
There are many ways to activate the Sacral chakra – but since I’ve had great success with chakra healing stones and essential oils, I want to focus on those in this blog post.
Let’s start with sacral chakra crystals and gems:
With strong links to fertility, orange carnelian does a remarkable job of bringing energy to the Sacral chakra. Once worn by warriors heading for battle, Carnelian harnesses the courage within you, giving you the self-belief needed to boost your passionate intuition.
A go-to crystal for enhancing creativity, Orange Calcite’s warm, nurturing energy helps you feel supported as your Sacral chakra opens. Orange Calcite can also help with willpower too – helping you shrug off distractions and bad influences.
Amber’s warm energy resonates perfectly with the energy of the Sacral chakra – and this unquestionably helps to connect you with your true drives and desires. Amber’s great at absorbing negative energies too – so carry it with you when you’re feeling out of your comfort zone.
The orange-peach color of Citrine brings an energy that inspires independence – and a positive, self-assured feeling that helps you focus on what’s right for you.
An active Sacral chakra brings a joyous energy to life – and it’s this very same energy you’ll find in sunstone. When joy flows freely, your personal power and intuition aren’t going to be far behind.
By harnessing the energy of both light and earth, Tiger’s Eye inspires sure-footedness and confidence. This confidence can give you the power you need to move forward with your own wishes and desires at the forefront of what you do.
Orange moonstone is most commonly associated with the Sacral chakra – but actually, moonstone is general has powerful ties to the lunar cycle and the feminine energy that brings. It’s a great stress and anxiety reliever – and will help you find emotional stability, even when the going gets tough.
How to use Sacral chakra gems and crystals
When you’ve decided which gemstone (or combination of gemstones) is the right fit for you, it’s good to use them as a meditation aid. You might want to meditate laying down – placing the crystal 2 to 3 inches beneath your navel. Chances are, you’ll feel the chakra awaken almost instantly – and you’ll simply need to practice a gentle meditation while the gemstone’s energy is absorbed.
Alternatively, you might decide that wearing your chosen crystal or crystals close to your body through the day brings you the energy you need. Bracelets and rings are an especially good choice for this – as they keep the gems close to your Sacral chakra through the day.
Essential Oils for the Sacral Chakra
If you feel drawn to aromatherapy oils, there is a world of possibilities when it comes to the Sacral chakra. Explore the following scents – and don’t be afraid to experiment to find blends that work for you.
Gently woody and earthy, sandalwood is tranquil and sensual – and often used to ease menstrual problems.
Beautifully floral, jasmine has aphrodisiac qualities that stem from its ability to connect you with your deepest level of truth, desire, and being.
By cleansing any self-doubt and negative energy, patchouli oil can offer incredible sexual energy – even if you feel your sex drive is generally quite modest.
Another oil with aphrodisiac qualities – rosewood brings a wonderful feeling of peace and calmness, while stimulating feelings of confidence and truth.
Bursting with sweet, tropical energy, ylang-ylang oil can enormously stimulate sexual energy – as well as inspiring confidence and feelings of self-worth.
Bergamot is a great stress-buster – and it’s bright, citrus tones will help you cleanse any stagnant energy you’ve collected previously.
As a slightly spicy oil, cardamom awakes your senses, giving you a sense of clarity between your own feelings and the negative influence of others that might have crept in and clouded your thoughts.
An uplifting scent that never fails to inspire happy thoughts. The balancing nature of geranium offers great clarity and helps uncover your true feelings and desires.
Often associated with the Throat chakra, coriander seed inspires feelings of truth, helping you pursue relationships and desires from your very core.
Orange and Neroli
Both orange and orange blossom (neroli) have incredible relaxing effects – helping you cast aside expectations and let your own creativity and passion flow.
How to use Sacral oils
Whichever oil you decide is right, you can choose to use it in a diffuser, put a few drops in the bath, or even apply it topically.
Remember, if oil’s going to come into contact with your skin, it’s important to use a carrier oil – as essential oils can be a little harsh if undiluted.
Mix 4-5 drops with your chosen carrier (apricot is a great choice) and mix with your bathwater. Alternatively, you can pick your favorite body oil, combine with your pick of the oils mentioned here, apply as you would your normal moisturizer. Either way, you’ll radiate a passionate, truthful, creative energy all day.
Working with Your Sacral Chakra
It’s not uncommon for people to find that their Sacral chakras have been blocked for quite some time – or that they’re well out of balance with the rest of our chakra system.
Why might this be the case?
For many of us, the stress involved with an unhealthy pace of life shuts down our creativity – and when that happens, we lose that creative, naturally adventurous spark in our relationships too.
Of course, it’s not only stress that has an impact. There’s no getting away from the fact that the world is becoming more and more sexualized – and many of the messages we get about sexuality are quite toxic. Even unconscious pressure to look a certain way, act in certain ways, and play out our sexual desires based on what other people are telling us to do is incredibly oppressive. When this happens, we move away from what satisfies us, and towards unhealthy, unrealistic expectations.
Work with stones and oils to get your Sacral energy flowing in a way that works for you. When you start to feel that spark of energy again, explore my book, The Modern Chakra Guide, and I’ll share 7 clear steps that will help you channel this positive energy through every part of your life. Shop my essential oils and gemstones.