The Chakras


Sahasrara (crown) color=white
Ajna (third eye) color=violet
Vishuddhi (throat) color=blue
Anahata (heart) color=green and pink
Manipura (solar plexus) color=yellow
Svadhisthana (sacrum) color=orange
Muladhara (base) color=red and black

Aromatherapy and your body


Some essential oils work better on certain areas of your body than others. Use our quick checklist to find out where each oil is best applied.

The active ingredients of essential oils can ease muscle tension, improve your mood, boost your circulation and clear respiratory problems such as hay fever, stuffy noses and sore throats. By rubbing your oils over or onto the affected area, you will begin to feel their healing effects almost immediately.

To ease hay fever
Chamomile
Eucalyptus

To relax sore and aching muscles
Frankincense
Ginger
Sweet Marjoram
Rosemary

To ease stomach/period pains
Aniseed
Clary Sage
Juniper Berry
Lavender
Marjoram

To ease stomach upsets
Ginger
Mandarin
Peppermint

To help oily skin
Cypress
Lemon
Mandarin
Tea tree (also good for acne)

For hair
Cedar wood
Cypress (for oily hair)
Rosemary (for dry hair)
Tea tree (for dandruff)

To ease headaches
Eucalyptus
Lavender
Peppermint
Rosemary

To clear a blocked nose
Bergamot
Eucalyptus
Ginger
Rosemary

To ease a sore throat
Frankincense
Jasmine
Sandalwood
Tea tree

To ease eczema
Chamomile
Geranium
Juniper berry
Lavender

To moisturize dry skin
Bergamot
Chamomile
Jasmine
Rose
Sandalwood
Ylang ylang

To improve cellulite
Juniper berry
Geranium
Rosemary

A quick and easy way to get the benefits of essential oils is to add a few drops to your usual body lotion or moisturizer and then rub it into the affected area.

Vaporizing essential oils

You can leave a few drops of your favorite essential oils out on a saucer or add it to potpourri. Any of the following methods will help it to evaporate more quickly.

How to use vaporizer oil

You can use undiluted essential oils in a vaporizer, or buy special vaporizer blends. In both cases, you need to add up to five drops to the vaporizer bowl.

Please note: oils that are really-blended for use in massage are usually not suitable for use in vaporizers.

Using candle vaporizers

Candle vaporizers consist of a small bowl of oil that water suspended over a candle. The heat from the candle causes the oil to vaporize and evaporate into the air.

Fill the vaporizer bowl with water, and add in three to five drops of oil. As the candle heats the bowl, the oil evaporates more quickly.

Use a scented candle to blend your favorite aroma with the oil vapors.

As candle vaporizers donít need electricity, they can be used anywhere.

Electronic vaporizers

In electronic vaporizers, electricity heats the oil.

One kind of electronic vaporizer consists of a ceramic dish that plugs into a socket. Put water and a few drops of oil into the dish, and as it heats up, the oil will evaporate.

Another type is a small ceramic loop that fits over the bowl in a table lamp or ceiling light. The bulbís heat evaporates the oil.

Homemade heaters

If you donít want to buy a vaporizer, a good way to make your own is to simply put out a small saucer or ceramic bottle on top of your radiator.

You can also put a few drops onto a wet hankie, and drape this over a radiator or heater.

You donít need to buy expensive equipment to get the most out of your oils.

The best essential oils to use in your vaporizer

Energizing
To help you wake up in the morning
Bergamot
Black pepper
Lemon
Peppermint
Rosemary

Relaxing

To help you unwind in the evening
Lavender
Mandarin
Sweet marjoram
Melissa
Neroli

Antiseptic

To help keep the air free of germs Benzoin
Eucalyptus
Juniper berry
Tea tree
Thyme


Sensual

To help create a romantic mod

Cedar wood
Lavender
Patchouli
Rose
Ylang ylang


Ease tension

To help overcome anxiety and nerves

Geranium
Juniper berry
Marjoram
Rose
Sandalwood

Headaches

To help soothe away the pain

Chamomile
Lavender
Marjoram
Neroli
Rosemary

Your guide to essential oil groups


Each essential oil has unique qualities, but most fall into one of eight broad categories. If you cannot find the oil you want, another from the same group may do just as well.

Antiseptic

These oils have a camphorous smell, and have strong antiviral, antiseptic and cleansing properties. They can be used to disinfect the atmosphere, as well as cuts and scrapes.

Cajuput Eucalyptus
Tea tree

Herby

These oils have a refreshing, uplifting effect on the emotions and the body. They can stimulate your circulation helping to warm tired and also good natural antiseptics.

Aniseed Basil
Bay
Clary sage
Fennel
Marjoram
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Thyme

Spicy

These oils have warming properties that are good for treating respiratory infections, tired muscles, arthritis and rheumatic aches. Their relaxing aromas lift the mood and banish stress.

Black pepper
Cardamom
Cinnamon
Clove
Ginger
Nutmeg

Fresh

These oils have a stimulating effect on the mind and body. They are natural disinfectants and are good for easing digestive and urinary complaints.

Cypress Niaouli
Peppermint
Pine
Spearmint

Floral

These oils have a relaxing, calming effect on the mind and body, helping to release stress and tension in the muscles and balancing the emotions. Their uplifting aromas relieve mood swings, depression and headaches.

Chamomile
Geranium
Juniper
Lavender
Niaouli
Palmarosa

Heady scents

The following oils have a heavier floral scent, and also share characteristics with the woody/earthy oils. They tend to be more expensive than other oils, but as their aromas are intense, they need be applied only in small quantities to be beneficial. Their aromas can last for hours or even days.

Jasmine
Neroli
Petitgrain
Rose
Rose Otto
Rosewood

Citrus

These oils all have a stimulating effect on the mind and body, especially the immune system. They can perk up tired minds and muscles, and are also good natural skin toners.

Bergamot
Citronella
Grapefruit
Lemon
Lemongrass
Melissa

Warm citrus

Some citrus oils have a warmer, more floral scent. These often share properties with the floral oils as well as with sharper citrus scents.

Mandarin
Neroli
Orange

Woody/earthy

The heady scents of these oils has an extremely calming effect on the mind and emotions, promoting feelings of peace and well-being. These soothing and relaxing qualities are useful for when you feel stressed or anxious, and some of these oils even help to reduce high blood pressure and alleviate palpitations. In addition, many are to calm nervous tension and heighten sensual pleasure. They are also good for treating skin conditions- especially mature or dry skin- due to their nourishing and moisturizing properties.

Benzoin Cedar wood
Frankincense
Myrrh
Patchouli
Sandalwood
Vertivert
Ylang ylang

Carrier oils for blending

Carrier oils can be used alone, but are more often used to dilute essential oils to a safe consistency.

Grapeseed

This very light, non-greasy oil is ideal for skin that does not absorb other oils very quickly. As itís odorless, itís a good general carrier oil. It is also slightly astringent, tightening and toning skin, and is suitable for all skin types.

Sweet almond

Good for all skin types. Can help relieve itching, soreness, and drying. Very lubricating, but not penetrating, making it a good massage oil. Lasts 3 months. Not suitable for those with nut allergies.

Aloe Vera

Penetrates the skin deeply, providing valuable nutrients and promoting cell repair. Its natural anesthetizing, cleansing and anti-inflammatory actions help reduce swelling, providing instant antiseptic pain relief to small wounds.

Jojoba

A liquid wax rather than an oil, used as a 10 % addition to other oils. Penetrates skin rapidly, therefore not good for massage, but excellent for nourishing skin, healing inflamed areas, psoriasis and eczema.

Calendula

Anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic, this oil is also antiseptic and regenerating. In addition, it aids the healing of wounds and burns and eases acne, impetigo and eczema. It can help to alleviate rashes, dry, chapped or cracked skin.

Rose hip

High in unsaturated fat, rose hip is excellent for moisturizing and rejuvenating skin. It contains healing compounds, making it valuable in treating scars, minor wounds, burns and eczema. Rose hip can also help reduce wrinkles.

Wheat germ

Used as a 10 % addition to other oils, wheat germ can ease eczema, psoriasis and prematurely aged skin. It also slows down the deterioration of mixed blends of other oils.

Not suitable for those with wheat or gluten allergies.

Avocado

Avocado oil is a very thick heavy oil, best blended with lighter oils for use in body massage. A valuable facial carrier oil, avocado nourishes and moisturizes dry and mature skin. It is especially good for eczema and dehydrated skin. Suitable for all skin types.

Avocado produces rich and nourishing oil, packed with vitamins that are vital for healthy skin. It is excellent for use in facial massage, benefiting all skin types, especially dry and mature skin.

Your quick aromatherapy checklist


Name of oil scent how to use best for

Aniseed sharp, aniseed massage indigestion, flatulence, muscle spasm

Mood warnings Relaxing may irritate sensitive skin

Name of oil scent how to use best for Basil sweet, licorice-like inhalation, bath, massage respiratory infection,

Indigestion, fever Mood warnings Refreshing, invigorating avoid in pregnancy

Oil scent use for Bay sweet, spicy inhalation, bath, massage respiration, indigestion, rheumatism

Mood warning Warming may irritate sensitive skin

Oil scent use for Benzoin smoky, woody massage, inhalation inflamed/irritated skin, throat infections

Mood warnings Uplifting, warming may irritate sensitive skin

Oil scent use for Bergamot spicy citrus inhalation, bath giving you a quick boost of energy

Mood warnings Uplifting avoid applying to skin before sun exposure

Oil scent use for mood warnings Black pepper spicy massage muscle spasm warming may irritate sensitive skin

Oil scent use for Cajuput camphor-like inhalation, bath, massage respiratory and digestive problems

Mood warning Relaxing may irritate sensitive skin

Oil scent use for Cedarwood woody massage, skin care, inhalation dry skin, eczema, and acne

Mood warnings Soothing avoid in pregnancy

Oil scent use for Chamomile sweet, fruity smell inhalation, compress, bath, massage calming and easing

Inflammation Mood warnings Soothing avoid in pregnancy

Oil scent use for mood Cinnamon warm, spicy massage nausea, digestive problems warming

Warnings Inhaling can cause irritation

Oil scent use for Citronella sharp citrus vaporization, skin care insect repellent, softens skin

Mood warnings Refreshing, uplifting none

Oil scent use for Clary sage nutty, earthy inhalation, compress, bath, creams stress, hormonal problems, muscle

Aches

Mood warnings Relaxing, euphoric avoid in pregnancy and with alcohol

Oil scent use for mood Clove spicy, warm massage, skin care skin and respiratory infections stimulating

Warnings Best used in small doses

Oil scent use for mood Cypress pine massage, skin care helps combat fluid loss, oily skin stimulating

Warnings Avoid if you have high blood pressure

Oil scent use for Eucalyptus sharp, camphor-like inhalation, compress, bath, creams decongestant, antiseptic

Mood warning Refreshing, invigorating avoid in pregnancy

Oil scent use for Fennel aniseed inhalation, massage, skin care constipation, menstrual symptoms

Mood warnings Energizing avoid in pregnancy

Oil scent use for mood Frankincense rich, musty inhalation, bath calming, anti-inflammatory comforting

Warnings Avoid in pregnancy

Oil scent use for Geranium sweet, floral inhalation, bath, cream balancing, skin care, diuretic

Mood warnings Stimulating none

Oil scent use for Ginger spicy, warm inhalation, compress, bath, creams warming, muscle aches, stomach upset

Mood warning Warming, comfort may irritate sensitive skin

Oil scent use for mood warnings Grapefruit zesty, sweet inhalation, bath anxiety, depression uplifting none

Oil scent use for Jasmine intense floral inhalation, compress, bath mood enhancing, eases period pain

Mood warnings Energizing, uplifting avoid in pregnancy and breast feeding

Oil scent use for Juniper berry fresh, spicy inhalation, compress, bath, creams detoxifying, cellulite, diuretic

Mood warnings Purifying, cleansing avoid in pregnancy and kidney disease

Oil scent use for Lavender floral inhalation, compress, bath, creams dry skin, acne, balancing, relaxing

Mood warnings Soothing none

Oil scent use for Lemon sharp, citrus inhalation, skin care, massage respiration, circulation, toning

Mood warnings Invigorating, cleansing avoid applying to skin before sun exposure

Oil scent use for mood Lemongrass citrus massage, bath muscle aches, infections, stress relaxing

Warnings May irritate sensitive skin

Oil scent use for Mandarin sweet, citrus inhalation, bath, creams, massage digestive problems, insomnia, stress

Mood warnings Stimulating none

Oil scent use for Marjoram woody, peppery inhalation, compress, bath stress, insomnia, muscle spasms

Mood warnings Warming avoid in pregnancy

Oil scent use for mood Melissa sharp, lemon/floral bath respiration, stress, hormonal disorders revitalizing

Warnings May irritate sensitive skin

Oil scent use for mood Myrrh smoky inhalation, skin care respiratory, and menstrual disorders stimulating

Warnings Avoid in pregnancy

Oil scent use for Neroli rich, floral inhalation, bath, massage, compress stress, digestive upsets, dry skin

Mood warnings Uplifting, euphoric none

Oil scent use for Orange sweet massage, bath, skin care respiratory, and oily skin moisturizer

Mood warnings Calming avoid applying to skin before sun exposure

Oil scent use for mood Patchouli earthy skin care, massage aphrodisiac, damaged skin soothing, sensual

Warnings None

Oil scent use for Peppermint mint inhalation, bath, creams, compress digestive disorders, cooling sore feet

Mood warnings Refreshing avoid in pregnancy

Oil scent use for Petitigrain citrus inhalation, skin and hair care anxiety, insomnia, skin care

Mood warnings Uplifting, cleansing none

Oil scent use for Pine fresh skin care, massage, inhalation damaged skin, muscle aches, anxiety

Mood warnings Stimulating may irritate sensitive skin

Oil scent use for Rose floral, sweet inhalation, cream, bath menstrual disorders, dry, mature skin

Mood warnings Uplifting avoid in pregnancy

Oil scent use for mood Rose Otto floral inhalation, massage, cream, bath, skin care dry, sensitive skin uplifting

Warnings None

Oil scent use for Rosemary floral inhalation, bath, creams, compress pain relief, digestion, dandruff

Mood warnings Uplifting avoid in pregnancy or if epileptic

Oil scent use for Sandalwood woody inhalation, bath, creams, compress respiratory infections, insomnia

Mood warnings Relaxing, soothing, sensual none

Oil scent use for Sage camphor-like inhalation, massage fever, appetite stimulant, joint pain

Mood warnings Astringent, cooling avoid in pregnancy

Oil scent use for Tea tree antiseptic, woody inhalation, creams, compress, bath respiratory, fungal and skin

Infections Mood warnings Cleansing may irritate sensitive skin

Oil scent use for mood Thyme spicy bath, inhalation appetite stimulant, infections antiseptic

Warnings Avoid in pregnancy, use in small doses

Oil scent use for mood warnings Vertivert smoky inhalation, bath, massage stress relaxing none

Oil scent use for Ylang ylang heady, exotic inhalation, creams, bath, massage stress, depression, long,

Luscious hair Mood warning Calming, sensual may irritate sensitive skin

The healing powers of color


The colors of the rainbow are related to energy centers or ďCharkasĒ in the body. When certain colors are depleted, the mind and body may be adversely affected.

Red

The color of life, love, anger and sexual passion. Red color therapy can help to build up our self-confidence, vitality and courage.

Orange

Symbolizes joy and happiness, as it is the color of the sun. Orange is the color to use if youíre feeling down.

Yellow

A purifying color that improves communication.

Green

The color of fertility and longevity.

Violet

The color of the spirit and creativity. It can also heal emotional pain.

The romance of color


Whether youíre in the first rose-hued flush of love or singing the blues because love hasnít arrived, thereís plenty that the magic of color can do to ensure a blissful romantic future.

Helping love to flourish

Pink is the universal color of love. This romantic aura comes from its status as the color of the heart charka, which governs love and kindness.

Surround yourself with pink- it is the perfect color to make you more loving, both to yourself and to others. Love creates and attracts love, and the romantic personality that emerges will ensure that you soon find the love you are looking for.

They say that pink makes the boy wink, so wearing this color clearly signals your romantic nature.

Attracting the perfect partner

If youíve found the perfect man but he doesnít yet recognize you, use yellow to draw him closure to you. Yellow is the color of confidence, charm and banish any shyness thatís keeping him from noticing you. Itís a color that radiates pure energy, leaving your beloved powerless to resist. And once youíve got him, yellow is a great color for bringing cash to a relationship- youíll need it to pay for the wedding!

Yellowís link with communication will help you to get your romantic message across loud and clear.

Keeping passion alive

If pink is the color of love itself, purple is undeniably the shade for passion. Feed the love of your life on succulent purple grapes, burn purple candles in the bedroom, cover the bed with deep vibrant purple cushions and youíll keep the flames of passion burning bright.

Red can have the same effect, arousing passions and keeping them high, but itís a powerful color, often associated with anger, and itís the loving you want to be passionate!

The association of purple grapes with passion and romance dates back at least as far as Roman times.

Mending a broken heart

Orange, the color of joy and happiness, releases tension wherever it is found in the body. It can have a powerful effect when youíre suffering from a broken heart, and it will help to remove any residual ill feelings that might prevent you from finding a new love.

Orange is a color to fire you up with enthusiasm it wonít let your finger in the past, unable to spot new opportunities for romantic happiness.

If you need to overcome a broken heart, orange is the perfect color.

Securing commitment

You know he loves you, but wonít make a commitment? Then use the magical power of green to grab his interest. Green is the color of unconditional love, compassion and generosity. Green can heal the heart and teach a lover to give of themselves unconditionally, so its influence in your life will encourage the giving, as well as the taking, of love.

Green is also the color of the contented heart, peaceful and hopeful. If, however, you long for permanent commitment from your partner, use either blue or indigo instead.

Green is the color of unconditional love and commitment.

Charka Stimulation


The color of a crystal is the key to its healing qualities. Each color of stone works best on a specific Charka to clear energy blockages and increase your vitality and well-beings.

White stones

White stones stimulate the crown Charka to increase your general sense of well-being. They also improve your self-esteem and communication and dispel mental anguish or depression.

The crown charka should not have too much direct stimulus, so place your crystal under your pillow while you sleep at night.

Ideal crystals include:
Rock quartz
Zircon
Diamond

Blue stones

Blue crystals stimulate your throat charka to ease ear, nose and throat conditions. They also help with glandular problems, teeth and gum diseases and conditions effecting the alimentary canal.

Lie with a blue crystal at your throat or wear a blue stone in a pendant to impart its stimulating energies.

Ideal crystals include:
Sodalite
Azurite
Lapis lazuli

Yellow stones

Yellow crystals (which include turquoise, due to its yellow veins) stimulate your stomach, or solar plexus. This helps with digestion and eases food allergies, liver problems and muscle cramps.

Place the crystal on your solar plexus, then lie still and calm your mind as the energy soothes and heals.

Ideal crystals include:
Light citrine
Turquoise
Agate
Light amber

Red and black stones

Stimulate your base charka with crystals of earthy colors such as brick reds, blacks and browns. These can improve fertility and sex drive, ease menstrual problems, blood disorders, frigidity and inhibition and increase courage.

Ideal crystals include:
Garnet
Ruby
Red jasper
Jet
Obsidian
Hematite

Violet stones

Purple and violet stones stimulate the brow charka, easing pain, agitation and stress. This also boosts our concentration and mental awareness.

Lie still for a few minutes while gently rubbing a polished crystal in small, slow clockwise spirals on the center of your forehead.

Ideal crystals include:
Amethyst
Florite
Kunzite
Sugilite
Labradorite

Green and pink stones

Pink and green crystals balance the heart charka, easing heart and chest conditions. They also treat more emotional problems, such as stress, anger and depression.

Lie down and place your crystal over your heart; feel your heartbeat mirrored as the stone stimulated your charka.

Ideal crystals include:
Jade
Aventurine
Rose quartz
Malachite
Watermelon tourmaline

Orange stones

Orange crystals stimulate the sex organs charkas, which governs the womb and sacrum (base of the spine). They can help to increase energy, improve lactation, dispel inhibitions and repression and ease kidney trouble.

Orange stones are perfect for wearing in a navel piecing, if you have one.

Ideal crystals include:
Tigerís eye
Carnelian
Yellow jasper
Citrine

Wearing charka jewelry


Keep all seven of your charkas balanced by wearing a crystal to stimulate each one on a bracelet or necklace. The crystals should be arranged in a rainbow of color from the red of the base charka to the while of the crown charka.

Crystal jewelry keeps your charka stimulated.

How to balance your charkas


Surround yourself with stimulating colors and music, or place the appropriate crystal or scent on your charka point to balance your bodyís natural energy.

Crown

Color scent stone musical note element sense White lavender and frankincense clear B Spirit ESP

Brow

Color scent stone musical note element sense Violet juniper and rosemary violet A Electrical sight

Throat

Color scent stone MN element sense Blue chamomile and eucalyptus blue G sharp spirit and air sound Heart

Color scent stone MN element sense Green rose and ylang ylang green and pink F sharp air smell

Stomach

Color scent stone MN element sense Yellow chamomile and eucalyptus yellow (inc. turquoise) E fire taste

Sacral

Color scent stone MN element sense Orange jasmine and sandalwood orange D water taste

Base

Color scent stone MN element sense Red patchouli and geranium red and black C earth touch

Understanding how Reiki works


Reiki is a system of natural healing that involves channeling energy through the hands to promote balance and good health.

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning ďuniversal life energyĒ. It is also a system of natural healing for the body, mind and spirit.

Energy that surrounds us all flows through the hands of the Reiki practitioner to the person receiving treatment, promoting health and natural healing.

Learn the art of Reiki

Anyone can learn Reiki- it does not require any special skill or attribute, just a genuine desire to learn and to use Reiki. Once learned, the gift of Reiki is yours forever. In times of pain or crisis, it can feel wonderfully empowering to know that you can lay your hands on yourself or anyone else to bring relief and relaxation.

Treatment is totally safe and noninvasive and can be used alongside other therapies. There is no physical manipulation involved.

Getting started with Reiki

Before you begin a Reiki healing session, make some simple preparations. Take time to sense where energy is needed and to even out the patientís aura.

Establishing the problem

When a patient is feeling out of sorts, the problem may not lie in the most obvious part of the body. For instance, an ache in one area may be caused by trapped nerve or energy blocking in another.

Sensing energy changes

Reiki practitioners can sense where the problem lies by feeling subtle changes in Reiki energy. By running their hands along the patientís body from head to toe, they or the patient may feel one or more of the following sensations:

1. Attraction

Healers may feel their hands being drawn down toward a specific area, suggesting where healing is needed.

2. Repulsion

Healers may feel their hands are being pushed away from the body. This feeling usually indicates a longstanding problem needing attention.

3. Flow

The healers can often sense the flow of Reiki energy and can let themselves ďgo with the flowĒ, easing it along.

4. Heat

Your hands will tend to feel warmer over sections where Reiki energy is most needed.

5. Cold

Areas where energy is blocked may feel colder, drawing attention to where healing is required.

6. Tingling

The healer may feel a tingling over affected areas. The strength of the tingling can indicate the severity of the problem.

7. Pain

Pain can indicate a buildup of energy sharp pain indicates energy starting to dissipate.

Beginning treatment: evening out the aura

When a patient needs Reiki therapy, his or her natural energy flow is usually disrupted. Evening out the aura is a gentle way to start therapy, to gauge where a problem may lie and to put the patient at ease.

1. Start at the head

Start with your hands at the top of the patientís head and slowly sweep them down the body.

2. Pause for a moment

You may want to pause for a few moments at areas where you sense a disruption in the energy flow of the kind described above.

3. Move down the body

Carry on down the body to the feet. The major charkas end at the base of the spine, but there is a minor charka in the arch of each foot.