The chakras are energetic in nature, and they each have corresponding physical glands and organs in the body that can effect on their function. When the associated body parts are weak or out of balance, the related chakra will also be weak and out of balance. Conversely, if there is an energy imbalance in one of your chakras, this can also cause the related body parts to become weak and out of balance as well.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each organ of the body corresponds to different emotional states. This is important because different emotional states also have an effect on specific chakras; negative emotions will disturb chakra balance, and positive emotions will improve it. By using various herbs to balance and strengthen the organs, glands and body parts associated with the chakras, it will aid in balancing the chakras themselves. Along with general lifestyle changes, and the development of a positive and cheerful attitude towards life, there are few methods as effective as the proper use of herbs to bring balance and harmony to the body.
You will receive the greatest benefit when you use herbs along with holistic lifestyle changes, and energetic and meditation practices. Always seek out organic, wildcrafted or biodynamic herbs whenever possible, and buy those produced with minimal, low temperature processing, to preserve the active ingredients and enhance the potency. Start slowly, doing what intuitively feels right for your body, and be sure to take a break from the herbs occasionally, to let your body rest, and integrate the changes.
The Root Chakra
Recommended Herb: Shilajit
Not an herb in the usual sense, Shilajit is the by-product of thousands of different plants and herbs; it is a resin, comprised of the prehistoric Himalayan forests, compressed under the weight of the Himalayas for eons. It is very grounding, rebuilding the body and energetically rejuvenating, very rich in minerals and compounds that profoundly restore the body at an elemental and foundational level. The root chakra is also the foundational chakra, helping us to stay energetically grounded. Shilajit works to restore a number of bodily systems, and has many remarkable benefits. Natural Shilijit Resin on Amazon.
The Sacral Chakra
Recommended Herb: Schizandra Berries
Schizandra is a remarkable herb, with many positive effects, but it is particularly useful for strengthening and toning the sexual organs, in both women and men. It is a mild diuretic, so it also cleanses the different energetic pathways running through this region of the body, and is nourishing to the kidneys. It an excellent herb for sacral chakra healing. Shizandra berries on Amazon.
The Solar Plexus Chakra
Recommended Herb: Pine Pollen
The Solar Plexus chakra is often considered as the seat of power within the body, both etherically and physically, and is related to our digestive system. When our digestive system is weak, every other aspect of our well being suffers. This chakra is also emotionally related to our our self confidence and personal power. When the Solar Plexus chakra is weak or imbalanced, it can manifest as fear, anxiety and worry, as these emotions rise up as we lack self confidence.
One of the most valued herbal remedies, Pine Pollen is rich in DHEA, the body’s master hormone precursor; it nourishes the adrenal glands, and balances the endocrine system. Pine Pollen is also very rich in important nutrients, nourishing the body at a deep level, supporting weak digestion, and giving us energetic support. There are few herbs which energetically strengthen the body like Pine Pollen. Pine Pollen on Amazon.
The Heart Chakra
Recommended Herb: Reishi Mushroom
In the Daoist tradition, Reishi Mushroom is considered a superior heart Qi tonic; this means that it increases the flow of vital life force energy to the heart, and strengthens it directly. It also calms and balances to the nervous system, aiding in our overall emotional balance. Reishi is also a ‘Shen’ tonic, which means this herb nourishes the spirit. As the Heart chakra is a ‘gateway chakra’ to higher levels of consciousness, and the heart itself is a key intuitive center within the body, Reishi is particularly relevant as an herb for this chakra. Reishi also increases the blood flow to the heart and lungs, providing further support. Reishi Mushroom on Amazon.
The Throat Chakra
Recommended Herb: Seaweed/Kelp
While many factors influence thyroid health, the most essential is the supply of bio-available iodine in the body. There are few sources of iodine better than seaweeds. Rich in iodine and other important trace minerals, seaweed supplies the body with the raw nutritional material to build the thyroid, and which are lacking in modern western diets, even for those who eat healthy. Iodine and the trace minerals in seaweed also strengthen the entire glandular system, making it a great addition to the diet for anyone engaged in energy or healing work. Kelp on Amazon.
The Third Eye Chakra
Recommended Herb: Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola is a powerful herb for the brain, and it’s related glands. Gotu Kola improves oxygen intake to the brain, as well as to the body’s cells in general. Gotu Kola has also been shown to enhance and balance transhemispheric communication within the brain. Brain hemisphere synchronization triggers changes in the brainwave state, into the gamma, alpha, and theta range, which is associated with meditative states of consciousness. Gotu Kola is also thought to act on the pineal gland. Gotu Kola on Amazon.
The Crown Chakra
Recommended Herb: Sage
Sage is most often used as a smudging herb, but it can also be taken internally, and works to clear both the etheric and physical bodies of energy imbalances and blockages. The crown chakra is the gateway between the higher energies of Consciousness and the physical body, so an herb that is energetically cleansing and harmonizing is appropriate. Sage has an ability to enhance perceptual awareness and memory, and those intune with the deeper effects of Sage will notice it also enhances sensitivity to subtle energies. Taken together with Gotu Kola, all of the systems related with the crown chakra are are strengthened and balanced. Sage on Amazon.