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The third eye and crown chakras and essential oils

This is an excerpt from our level three Professional Diploma Aromatherapy training course and a section in which students learn about essential oils for the Chakras and some extra detail to clear, balance, harmonise and energise the Chakras...

Moving onto to the third eye chakra; Ajna is located in our forehead between our two physical eyes. It rotates in a clock wise manner. When balanced we feel clear, focused, and easily distinguish between illusion and truth. We open to wisdom and insight; we connect to what is beyond science and physical manifestation. This chakra is the seat of dreams; we have inner vision, spiritual direction and wisdom. We also experience good levels of intuition and allow our deep inner voice to guide us.

The life lessons presented by this chakra are: checking our reality, detachment from the illusion of the world, understanding of what, why, where, who, how of personal experience in relation to person psychic phenomena, open mindedness without loss of personal boundaries and integrity, intuition and trusting this. Psychic ability, self-realization, releasing of old repressed negative thoughts; we see clearly both symbolically and literally.

Physical imbalances present as headaches, blurred vision, sinus issues, eyestrain, seizures, hearing loss, hormone dysfunction. Emotional/mental imbalance presents as moodiness, volatility, self-reflection – unable to view own fears or to learn from others; there is a frequent day-dream effect and exaggerated imagination, poor co-ordination and sleep disorders.

Ask yourself the following questions and if you answer yes to any or all of them then this chakra will enjoy some of the exercises shared below.

Am I repressing old and unpleasant negative thoughts?

What behaviours represent my repression of those thoughts?

Do I live in a day dream, which is different to meditation and visualisation?

Do I have frequent headaches, blurry vision and eyestrain?

Am I avoiding my fears and in what ways do I hide from my fears?

Am I frequently day dreaming?

Do I understand the psychic messages available to me that can aid my understanding of this life?

Do I avoid self-reflection due to fear of what I will realise and the emotions this may cause?

How we can help Ajna

The element connected to this centre is ‘all’. The hand mudra Kaleshwar mudra can help in restoring health and healing to this chakra…

Practices such as yoga, painting and drawing/colouring all aid our inner work; meditation and applying the mudra along with the ‘om’ mantra can help to open this centre; cleansing our pineal gland with a detoxifying diet – removing fluoride and chlorine from our water, eating organic fruits and vegetables all help to decalcify our pineal gland connected to our third eye. Embark upon learning – seek the guidance of a ‘guru’.

There is a reflex point on our big toe we can apply gentle pressure to both these points and help to release the energy along that channel. We can also perform a candle meditation. Simply create a space and quiet time to light a candle, play some music you resonate with and sit. When settled gaze at the flame of the candle and close your eyes; then open and close though out then allow you to just drift inwards and see.

Essential oils to aid this chakra:





Clary sage

Carrot seed (Daucus carrota)

German chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi)

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

Nutmeg ( (Myristica fragrans)

Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)

Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Sandalwood (Santalum album)

Frankincense (Boswellia cateri)

When you create your own blend of oils consider an aroma sniff test and blend up to 3 oils in a carrier oil such as grapeseed or coconut oil which you feel happy with; also take care of safety data with essential oils.

The crown chakra; Sahasara is located at the top of the head, and a portal to light and the divine, is connected to the element of ‘all’. When balanced we live in the present, we are unshakeable in our trust in the Divine and our inner guidance.

Physical symptoms of a blocked crown chakra include:

Neurological disorders

Nerve pain

Thyroid and pineal gland disorders


Recurring headaches, migraines


An imbalance in the crown chakra leads to spiritual distress which show as emotional and mental symptoms:

Schizophrenia and delusional disorders


Isolation and loneliness; inability to connect with others

Directionless and drifting

Inability to create and fulfil goals

Feelings of spiritual disconnection

How we can help our Sahasara

To help our crown chakra open and for the energy to flow we can simply meditate, feel deep gratitude for all our troubles as much as our good times; both are teachers and guides to aid our personal inner growth. Walking outside in nature and connecting to you inner voice all help our crown chakra. We can also use the kali mudra above and hold gently above our crown and say the mantra is ‘om’. We can also take a walk, or sit in nature; if the weather is not so great then observe from a window, alternatively read a book or watch a program about wildlife and just enjoy the beauty of the scenes.

The essential oils that can clear, purify, balance and aid the crown chakra are:

Anise Seed (Pimpinella anisum)

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Benzoin (Styrax benzoin)

Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)

Frankincense (Boswellia cateri)

Galbanum (Ferula galbaniflua)

Myrtle (Myrtus communis)

Palo Santo (Bursea graveolens)

Sandalwood (Santalum album)

Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)

Deborah Casey is a fully qualified, experienced and insured professional holistic therapist in the modalities she practices. She has practised both as a lay person and in a qualified professional status almost 3 decades. Her favourite modalities of Holistic Therapy is Aromatherapy and Reiki. These blog posts and the courses she has created all formulate part of her on going personal and professional development and growth.

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