The Sacral Chakra: 2nd Chakra – Also known in Sanskrit as Swadhisthana, the second chakra sits two inches below the belly button, and is the center of creation which focuses on creativity, fertility, sexuality, and emotions. Associations of the sacral chakra include the corresponding color; orange which symbolizes a sense of playfulness and energy along with procreation, family and fantasy. The related parts of the body include the reproductive organs, the bladder (and kidneys), the colon, the sacrum and the ilea. And because it is the element of water, all fluids of the body are also assigned to this chakra. Fantasy enters as the person begins interrelating with family and friends, and adolescence is the time when our sexuality is blooming. How we perceive sex and relationships is vital, so this can directly affect how we live our creative and sexual lives. The inspiration to create begins in the second chakra and is related to our emotions and all emotional aspects of our feelings, personal boundaries, intimacy, relationships with ourselves, and trust. Also, a woman’s power resides in the sacral chakra (versus the seat of men’s power which lies in the solar plexus chakra). Almost all illnesses stem from an imbalance at the emotional level. If you hold anger, fear, jealousy, or hate inside of you, this can cause major disturbances in your overall health, and even lead to serious illnesses. When the sacral chakra is out of balance, closed, or not spinning properly, we may notice that we have a low sex drive, or have sexual addictions, or are fearful of relationships, such as acting suspicious, insecure and manipulating members of the opposite sex, causing us to become withdrawn and lose our sense of creativity. When the sacral chakra is in balance we have inspiration for creativity, patience, self-confidence and endurance or can persevere in our endeavors. In this area we also hold control issues. If we are weak or lacking energy in this chakra, we can give over our control to others and become dis-empowered, impotent and fearful. Physical complaints such as prostate problems, PMS, fibroids, menstrual problems and lack of sexual drive can occur when the second chakra is imbalanced. Lower backache, sacroiliac problems, sciatica, and bowel dysfunction can also be attributed to a challenged sacral chakra. We need the creative life energy pulsing through this area to maintain homeostasis in the lower organs and stabilize health. Balancing the Sacral Chakra with Essential Oils : Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Ginger, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Pine, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang. The essential oils that can help women with menstrual, PMS, or menopause problems are Clary Sage, Fennel, Geranium, Jasmine, Neroli, Rose, Rosewood, and Ylang Ylang, as well as; French Lavender, Frankincense, Lemon, Roman Chamomile, and Patchouli. When discussing the sacral chakra, many issues may need to be dealt with, and the essential oils considered aphrodisiacs that may assist with impotence or lack of sexual drive are: Clary Sage, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang. The best essential oils supportive of dealing with backache and sciatica (two major problems when the sacral chakra is out of balance) are the antispasmodic or anti-inflammatory oils, which are: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and Valerian. Balance the Sacral or Second Chakra with Crystals and Gemstone: Jasper, Carnelian ,Garnet, Moonstone, Orange Tourmaline, Tiger’s Eye, and Smokey Quartz: which helps transform negative energy patterns, dissolve energy fields generating from negative thought forms, refines vibratory energies during meditation, balances yin~yang, alignment of meridians, grounding, attentiveness to the moment, protective barrier around user. The Carnelian helps strengthen blood and stamina, analytical precision, perceptiveness, banishes sorrow, helps inquisitiveness, decreases apathy, increases personal power. How to Use Essential Oils to Balance the Sacral Chakra: First, choose a blend that speaks only to you. Try the oils listed for the chakra and notice which oils you are drawn to. Please, refer to Root Chakra for instructions on how to use essential oils to balance the sacral chakra, as the method described there is useful for all the chakras.