Terpenes + Chakras + You. Every #terpenetuesday From May 11- July 13, 2021 right here @hipbees on Instagram :)
Skin is the largest organ of the human body, while it acts as a barrier and protection, it can also act as an indicator of internal health.
Our philosophy is that the systems are all connected, and if you want to have truly glowing and dewy skin we need to be aligned on the inside as well as with what we put on the outside.
There are ways terpenes can enhance simple practices and awaken mindfulness in a new and playful way.
This is going to be fun and informative.
Without going into full history and a long dissertation, the chakras are the energy centers that we have in our bodies. We have 7 major ones, corresponding to certain nerve bundles and major organs. Sometimes they are referred to as spinning disks or wheels of energy. There are many people that dedicate their lives to understanding how these energy centers work, and how to keep them unblocked. When chakras are open and energy is flowing freely then we feel more at home in our human experience. Working with the chakras is a way to bring awareness to our bodies, our thoughts, and our feelings.
Every week we will explore one chakra. Delving deeper into understanding the benefits of getting to know each one better. There are sounds, colours, frequencies, yoga poses, crystals, and yes, terpenes associated with each chakra. We will look at all of this in relation to the 7 major chakras, which are: ❤️ Root Chakra also called Muladhara
🧡 Sacral Chakra also called Svadisthana
💛 Solar Plexus Chakra also called Manipura
💚 Heart Chakra also called Anahata
💙 Throat Chakra also called Vishuddi
💜 Third Eye Chakra also called Ajna
Root Chakra, Muladhara
Considered to be the first of the major chakras, the root chakra represents our foundation and is responsible for our sense of safety and security on this earthly journey.
Location: Base of the spine (first three vertebrae), pelvic floor
When it develops: 1-7 years old (*note we can always revisit the balancing of this chakra throughout our lives)
Terpenes for balancing Muladhara: Valerenol, Linalool, Myrcene, Beta-Caryophyllene
Stones: Hematite, garnet, red jasper, black tourmaline, and bloodstone.
Seed sound: LAM
Yoga poses for balancing Muladhara:
Pavanamuktasana, knee to chest pose
Janu Sirsansana, head to knee Pose
Malasana, squatting pose
Virabhadrasana I, Warrior 1
Balasana, child's pose
Balancing the root chakra creates a solid foundation for opening the chakras above. When the root chakra is open and energy is flowing we feel confident in our ability to handle challenges, and we feel grounded and safe, and able to be free to enjoy life.
The root chakra is directly related to our basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and safety, as well as our more emotional needs such as letting go of fear.
A blocked root chakra can manifest in areas related to survival such as money, home, and food. If there is an imbalance in the root chakra you may experience uncertainty, instability, anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares.
Physical imbalances may manifest as problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues. All of this will most certainly influence the appearance of your skin. Sometimes when the skin is dull, flakey, spotty, etc it is surely a sign that we are out of balance on the inside.
Can you heal an unbalanced chakra overnight? No. It will take more than one time of trying a yoga pose, holding a crystal in your bra, chanting LAM all while diffusing lavender oil (but all of this is awesome and good and you should definitely do it).
Although we cannot balance a chakra overnight, we can begin to bring awareness to this area of our lives. A check-in can begin as a simple whisper (like reading this post for example).
We can be curious about our own foundation and where we are at with things. Then if we want to explore bringing balance to this energy center we can try some tools and techniques. Gently exploring, and watching to see the results in our body.
There are certain tools that can help us on our journey, for example, sounds, teas, terpenes, stones, and yoga poses, however, without awareness of the response in our body, we will never know if these tools are having an effect.
Working with terpenes while exploring the root chakra can soothe any memories and tensions that may arise while we are opening up to understanding our foundation.
For example: set aside 15 minutes to think about YOUR feelings associated with foundational themes. Seriously sit and just think, while doing so diffuse some vetiver essential oil (FULL of terpenes that soothe the root chakra). Don't have any? warm up some Groovy Glow in your palms and apply to face, neck and pulse points. DO NOT try to solve or fix anything, just watch and ask your body to relax and work the thoughts out for you. Before getting up from where you were sitting, thank yourself for making the time to sit consciously with your thoughts and then make sure to leave them there, you can always write them down or come back to them later. Set time aside for formal "thinking" and checking it. Then the rest of the time just watch how being aware of your root chakra energy can come up during the days. You don't have to DO anything, your body does it all without you forcing it.
Excess energy in this chakra can lead to greed and arrogance.
🍃To calm your root energy diffuse the terpenes valerenol, linalool, myrcene, or beta-caryophyllene while getting rid of items you no longer need and practicing forgiveness.
Low energy in this chakra can leave you feeling unhinged or disconnected from your job, family, and true self.
🍃To increase your root energy access the terpene pinene by walking barefoot in nature, or gardening.
Sacral chakra or Svadhisthana
Considered to be the second of the major chakras, the sacral chakra is responsible for our creativity, our sexuality, and our ability to feel fully alive.
Location: Between the navel and the pubic
Terpenes for balancing Svadhisthana : Limonene, Linalool
When Svadhisthana first develops: 8-14 years old (*note we can always revisit the balancing of this chakra throughout our lives)
Colour: Vibrant orange
Stones: Tiger's Eye, Carnelian
Seed sound: VAM
Yoga poses for balancing Svadhisthana:
Baddha Konasana, Bound Angle pose
Bhujangasana, Cobra pose
The sacral chakra is directly related to our sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, and sexuality. An unbalanced sacral chakra can manifest in areas related to libido, intimacy, creativity, and feelings of connectedness.
Balance in the second chakra allows you to feel comfortable in your own skin and accepting of your emotions. It also allows for a creative expression of self.
Excess energy in the sacral chakra may cause us to become hyperfocused on pleasure. It can lead to excessive indulging and co-dependence.
Calm your sacral energy by putting clear boundaries around relationships, including those with substances.
🍃Access the terpene linalool by diffusing lavender or ylang-ylang in a calming acupressure pressure session.
Low energy in the sacral chakra can lead to creative blocks, feeling unloved, and feelings of lack of control. Increase your sacral energy by spending time near water, such as oceans, rivers, or lakes.
🍃Access the terpene limonene by dry brushing or an invigorating self-massage with sweet orange essential oil diluted in almond oil.
If you are curious, just stay open to what presents itself. And always if you have any questions please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.