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The Seven Chakras

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First of all, what is a chakra? The word chakra originates from the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “disk”, and as part of ancient Vedi healing practices and techniques, yogis have worked with the chakra system for thousands of years. In Ayurveda, chakra refers to wheels of energy throughout the entire body. Ayurvedic medicine refers to illness as an energy blockage caused by one or more of the chakras. Acupuncture also acknowledges the energy blockage as the root cause of disease and pain. I became aware of chakras and the power of Reiki several years ago, when being affected by gastrointestinal issues and migraines. I had a few sessions of Reiki and acupuncture, and have not suffered from a migraine since. 

The Seven Chakras

 

FIRST CHAKRA

 

The first chakra is the root or Muladhara. It sits at the base of your tailbone and is the center of your stability. When it is out of balance, you will feel nervous, dizzy, and anxious. An unbalanced root chakra can affect all aspects of your life. In Sanskrit, Muladhara means “support” or “root”. This is where the male sexual energy sits in the physical body. The masculine energy isn’t specifically male, it is a protective force field that brings a deep sense of comfort to anyone. When you learn to connect to this male energy stream, you will find a steady companion for your journey, one who can ground and stabilize you towards the best outcome for your work and life.

Essential oils for balancing the root chakra are:

  • Allspice
  • Angelica
  • Burdock
  • Cayenne
  • Cedarwood
  • Clove
  • Dandelion
  • Nutmeg
  • Paprika
  • Rosemary
 
 
 

Crystals for root chakra are black tourmaline, jet, onyx, red adventure, and red jasper.

 

sECOND cHAKRA

 

The second chakra is the sacral chakra or Svadisthana. It is located between the reproductive organs, in the center of the lower abdomen. When this chakra isn’t balanced, the sense of creative potential is blocked.
This might manifest an apparent lack of inspiration for a creative project, a loss of interest in your art, or physical infertility.

Essential oils for balancing the sacral chakra are:

  • Blood Orange
  • Cinnamon Cassia
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Tangerine
  • Vanilla
  • Ylang Ylang
 
 
 
 
tangerine quartz
 
 
 Crystals are carnelian, goldstone, imperial, topaz, orange calcite, peach, moonstone, shiva lingham, sunstone, tangerine quartz.
 

tHIRD CHAKRA

 

Third chakra is solar plexus or Manipura sits two finger widths above your belly button. When this chakra is well balanced and aligned with the rest of your chakras, you feel empowered, confident and capable.

Essential oils to align the solar plexus are:

  • Anise
  • Celery
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Lily of the valley
  • Marshmallow
  • Melissa
  • Mint
  • Neroli
  • Tea Tree
  • Turmeric
 
 
 
citrine
 

Crystals are amber, citrine, copal, golden calcite, golden healer quartz, orpiment, pyrite, tiger’s eye, yellow aventurine, yellow fluorite, yellow jade.

 

fOURTH CHAKRA


The fourth chakra is heart or Anahata, it is located in the heart area. The heart chakra is the center of your body’s energy universe. It regulates your energy flow, just as the physical heart regulates your blood flow. When it is well aligned you are able to easily able to love others as you love yourself. If it is blocked you feel despair, and/or lack of hope or optimism. In this chakra sits the ability to hold, heal and help the entire planet, the enter universe, and here sits compassion for all people in all places across time.

Essential oils:

  • Bergamont
  • Black spruce
  • Cacao
  • Cardamom
  • Cilantro
  • Hawthorn berries
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Palmarosa
  • Parsley
  • Rose
  • Thyme
 
 
 

Crysals are chrysoprase, girasol, idocrase, mangano calcite, pink tourmaline, rhodochrosite, rose quart, ruby.

 

FIFTH CHAKRA

Fifth chakra is throat or Vishudda, located in the throat area. It holds the sum total of your lived experiences with voice, expression, and truth. This chakra is difficult to explore by many because they were silenced or repressed in childhood. The most important aspect of this chakra is not how you communicate, but what you communicate. Your truth, your deepest wisdom, the how” is your channel for sharing your truth.

Essential oils are:

  • Bay laurel
  • Blackberry
  • Blue Chamomile
  • Blue Yarrow
  • Coltsfoot
  • Common Sage
  • Elderberry
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fir Balsam
  • Geranium
  • Lemongrass
  • Petitgrain
  • Peru Balsam
 
 
 
 
amazonite
 
  

Crystals are amazonite, angelite, aqua aura quartz, celestite, turquoise.

 

SIXTH CHAKRA

Six chakra is the third eye or Ajna is located in the forehead between your brow area. It is the seat of intuition and the clarities intuition brings. When it is open and activated you become energized. When your third eye is blocked, you will feel the opposite; unclear, unfocused and unable to sense what is happening around you. You may struggle to have faith in your broader purpose. You may be struck with the inability to make decisions.

Essential oils are:

  • Betel leaf
  • Blue lotus
  • Cypress
  • Eyebright
  • Juniper
  • Mandrake Root
  • Mugwort
  • Opoponax
  • Poppy

azurite

Crystals are azurite, blue aventurine, labradorite, lapis lazuli, sodalite, tanzanite.

SEVENTH CHAKRA

 

7th chakra is the crown or Sahasrara located above the head, is your crown of holy connection to the divine. When it is open and functioning well, you feel intimately aware of your connection to your creator/source of energy. When it is blocked, you feel disconnected from the divine and unsure of your relationship to your creator. The crown chakra is your crown of divine wisdom and contact with the divine.

Essential oils:

  • Frangipani
  • Gotu kola
  • Lavender
  • Palo santo
  • Pink lotus
  • Spikenard
  • St-John’s wort
 
 
amethyst
 

Crystals are amethyst, auralite 23, charoite, lepidolite, purple fluorite, scapolite, selenite, stitchtite, sugilite, 

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Powerful Superfoods Your Brain Will Actually Love

Powerful Superfoods Your Brain Will Actually Love

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Powerful Superfoods Your Brain Will Actually Love

Dementia is now a global epidemic. Currently, there are over 45 million living with this disease worldwide, and that number is predicted to grow to over 70 million by 2030.[1] [2] As per an international survey completed by the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the most feared disease after cancer.[3] Researchers have found the pathways for the disease often starts 30 years before the onset of the symptoms, and that half of seniors over the age of 85 die with dementia. [4] [5]

Now for the good news, you can do something about all of this. There are scientifically proven steps you can take that will increase your chance of adding life to your years. It all starts with food and nutrition. According to Drs. Dean & Dherzai,  co-directors of the Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Prevention Program and speakers in the Food Revolution Summit, over 90% of Alzheimer’s cases can be prevented with simple changes to diet and lifestyle.[6]

There has been a lot of money spent on pharmaceutical drugs and exotic superfoods, but the real superfoods are actually very affordable and accessible. These superfoods not only fight Alzheimer’s long term, they also support memory and mental function right away. Superfoods contain vitamins, antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids, and other important phytonutrients that are good for your brain.

The following list contains seven superfoods that have been found to contain brain-boosting benefits. Recent studies have shown these superfoods can be critical to the prevention and in some cases the reversal of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of mental illnesses.

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Eating fish is remarkably beneficial to your mind and body.

Eating fish is remarkably beneficial to your mind and body.

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Eating fish is remarkably beneficial to your mind and body.


It is good for your heart

Eating fish that is rich in Omega-3 appears to reduce the risk of heart disease.


It is good for the mind

Omega-3 found in fish is essential for good brain health. Your brain and nervous system is are made up of fat and they have a preference for DHA which is an Omega-3.


It improves overall well being

Fish is loaded with important nutrients. This includes not only omega but protein, iodine, and vitamin D, which are all essential for your well being.

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