The Solar Plexus Chakra; 3rd Chakra (Manipura): The Solar Plexus Chakra, navel chakra, or third chakra, is also known in Sanskrit as Manipura. The third chakra is located at the Solar plexus, or center of the belly, and is the seat of our power which focuses on confidence, will-power, metabolism and mental focus, as well as being associated with our internal ancient knowing, linear thinking and our mental body. The element associated with the Solar plexus chakra is Fire- regulating the digestive organs, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, spleen, stomach, duodenum and small intestine, and is located at the 8th thoracic vertebrae, and also regulates digestive system, adrenals, stomach, liver, and our gall bladder. Our self-confidence and self-esteem reside in the solar plexus chakra empowering and protecting us from negative energy. When the naval chakra is open we are decisive, motivated and in control of our actions and energies. If the naval chakra is closed we are passive and indecisive, often confused and we have low energy and are apathetic. We don’t get what we want and have a hard time making decisions about how to change. We may even be jealous or have an inflated ego when the solar plexus chakra is out of balance causing indigestion, constipation and liver problems. Many times disfunction of the solar plexus chakra will materialize as; stomach ulcers, intestinal tumors, diabetes, pancreatitis, indigestion, anorexia/bulimia, hepatitis, cirrhosis, adrenal imbalances, arthritis, and colon diseases. Associations of the solar plexus chakra also include the corresponding color; yellow which symbolizes warm sunshine, happiness and joy, but also relates to cowardice and confidence.
Balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra with Essential Oils: Peppermint, Juniper, Rosemary, Frankincense, Rose, Myrrh, Neroli, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Chamomile,Geranium and Bergamot. These oils help deal with depression, mental fatigue, confusion, fragile nerves, emotional stress, cleansing for body-mind-spirit, as they clear and stimulate and are great for people in the service professions. Peppermint and rosemary especially help with memory while purifying the space, cleansing the aura, supporting the spirit in challenging situations, as well as dealing with protection, clairvoyance, meditation, and warding off negative energy and danger.
Balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra with Crystals & Gemstones :The best crystals to use for balancing the Solar plexus are mostly golden and yellow colored gemstones and crystals such as; Jasper , Golden Topaz, Yellow Tourmaline, citrine, golden calcite, tiger’s eye, aragonite and amber, as well as Moonstone as they help attune us to the mental understanding of our emotional body, synchronize our feminine cycles, help us adapt to parenting, nurturing, and changing structures in our life. Also help deal with new beginnings, hope, and cleansing negativity from the chakras. These crystals also help with degenerative conditions, tenderness, and good fortune.
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 solar plexus chakra, as the method described there is useful for all the chakras. Visualize the sun’s warm, golden radiance coming through the crystal and cleansing any negative thoughts and feelings while inhaling the essential oil blend. Replace the negative thoughts and feelings with a sense of strength and warmth. Ask this warmth to help overcome any problem concerning one’s personal life or difficulties at work.