In this post, we discuss the essential oils for the solar plexus chakra, how it becomes imbalanced, and how its dysfunction plays out in every days feelings, thought processes and physical health.
As ever, I’ll list some of the most useful essential oils for the solar plexus chakra and then you can scroll down for the deeper information should you need it.
Solar Plexus Chakra Location
Just above the naval and below the rib cage.
As with all the other chakras, the wheel of energy emanates through the etheric bodies and right through the physical body, connecting to its corresponding nerve plexus and endocrine gland.Solar Plexus Chakra ColorYellow Solar Plexus Chakra Frequency
It’s the sound is the sound of roaring fire; the internal fire of digestion and thought but also if passion in life.
Corresponding Nerve Plexus
The celiac plexus, or solar plexus, connecting the celiac trunk, superior mesenteric artery, and branch of renal arteries from the abdominal aorta.
Corresponding Endocrine Gland
Liver, gall bladder, triple warmer
I feel this may be the most temperamental of the chakras, because it is very easy to smash its energy to pieces, and then we see emotional changes. Trauma, in particular, damages this energy.
On the easiest level, we discover that this is the innate centre of our intuition. Here we learn to heed our gut instincts. We see this as the centre of not only our psyche but not only your psychic energy. Part of the lesson of the solar chakra is to trust our own instincts and decisions.
There is a very interesting interplay with the ego here. We are talking about ego balance.
Here, we form our opinions, and we see the strange balance in how judgemental a personality we have. If someone has an overactive solar plexus chakra they have plenty to say about everyone. Their way is the best. They are arrogant and rarely heed advice. Overly critical, they are angry and aggressive.
If you have a situation where their life seems like a soap opera, and there are severe emotional problems, then its likely this centre is affected.
So, we could say Me, me, me…or I, I, I.
If the solar chakra is blocked, and there is not enough energy. We will see the reverse of the above, but it’s more we see the person forgetting themselves in any dynamic. They become the lesser person in the relationship, submissive and enabling.
The most obvious symptom we will see is their emotional relationship with work. Their job takes precedence over everything. They plan to do stuff, but their work always gets in the way. Lots of promises, few of them kept.
As a therapist, it’s almost sensible to plan for the fact they are unlikely to make it to some of their appointments; something came up at work.
Likewise, their friends will start to notice them missing clubs and hobbies because they can't seem to find time for themselves any more.
Part of the work issue is they become perfectionists. The issue is not always about turning out the right project from a matter of pride though, (although that would be one of the lessons of a balanced solar plexus chakra,) it’s more that they are frightened of being judged upon it.
Actually, that fear can be crippling.
A solar plexus dysfunction leads to doubt, distrust and fear.
Mostly, they are afraid they are not good enough. Their self esteem is low and so consequently they lean upon other people. They are needy and seek approval constantly.
You might also notice they are on autopilot most of the time. Potentially, they are a bit robotic in their reactions. You know what they will say or do before they do it, because its habit. They're no longer responding emotionally, simply living out life to an invisible script. They know the words by heart.
It's an avoidance mechanism to circumnavigate around emotional triggers. They are terrified of going anywhere near their feelings, because they know there is a dark space waiting to consume them there.
If you do get a chance to peek inside there is almost always fear of being alone.
So, they set up this system of responses that they know get them through life, without offending anyone or ever giving anyone an excuse to leave them.
Co-dependency is a very big part of solar plexus chakra pain. So then, again, is addiction.
They will do whatever it takes to keep someone by their side. This song from Oliver is classic solar plexus dysfunction.
Sing it, Shirl...Bring it in, girl.
What you are certainly going to see, when the solar chakra is out of whack, is a strange symbiosis with stress.
The solar plexus chakra is particularly affected by the adrenal glands. The liver too, gets mugged by the adrenals when the glands can no longer sustain their energy in times of stress. When they begin to wane, their first port of call to steal energy is the liver, and this we see liver problems too.
So as life bashes you down, the solar chakra takes the strain as does the liver. Think about the emotional fall out from that. “Whatever…I don’t care anymore”. Self esteem fails but also their ability to form opinions about anything. That might be through cynicism, or again because it is safer that way.
Of course, for the person who has so transformed so radically through experience, there are memories left behind of the person they once were.
The comparison between that person and this person today, can be hard to take and often they become disgusted with themselves. This might be because of their physical appearance now- their vitality has faded, their weight has changed, and they probably haven’t washed their hair- or they’re ashamed of that person they’ve become inside and again…
So, now we can see that solar chakra problems often mean secretive. These people hide things because they become obsessed with how the outside world might see them.
A classic physical symptom in this area, tragically is exerting one's own personal power through food - balancing on the precipice of life or death by deciding whether to nourish one's own body or not.
Here’s our old friend addiction, but most specifically eating disorders, body dysmorphia but of course, food allergies and intolerences too.
It's also useful to think of the color of the solar chakra …yellow…it pertains to the liver (think of jaundice)…but of course Lilly-livered is also cowardice. Really, in this context we can see why that might be.
There is a strong sense of the victim here, but in some cases that might be true, or simply perceived. In some ways that’s a moot point.
Whether a person is being picked on or simply feels they are will still affect the vitality of the solar plexus.
And of course, its strength will dictate how strong a stance you can take against the bully. The more they’re picked on, the weaker they become and the less than can do about it.
It’s an abuser’s wet dream, really isn’t it?!
Probably the hardest part of this post is to try to discern the difference between the throat chakra and the solar plexus chakra in terms of their function of the seat of will.
Will power lives in both…so what’s the difference?
I guess here, it is more primal, more based on existence of having the gumption to stand up for yourself. Perhaps this is early days of the energy rising before you get the throat chakra and be able to stand up for yourself. Maybe, it’s about living the change, before you preach it.
I’m not sure, perhaps it’s not the same for everyone.
For me, I know when I came out of a damaging relationship my solar plexus was crushed, unsurprisingly.
If times are challenging, emotionally, then the energy slips.
I kind of think it might be to do with change. How I you feel about making a change? What will the repercussions of that be…?
By contrast, I start coughing when I am afraid to say something or expose something about myself.
So, before we look at how we can correct it and get our friend ready to kick the aggressor right in the nuts let’s see what we are aiming for.
What does the solar chakra look like in balance?
You know yourself and you like and trust your own decisions.
You feel a sense of love about yourself but also for the people around you.
Feel warm and protected as if the fire of the third chakra is burning bright.
Physical solar plexus chakra disorders
These pertain to digestive issues, the liver, gall bladder and pancreas.
To me, the most obvious condition would be Irritable Bowel Syndrome where there is a very obvious manifestation of the physical body bemoaning the stresses of the mind and emotions.
But, likely, we will see:
Diseases of the colon
As the energy moves up, we might see asthma, fibromyalgia and nerve pain, and arthritis.
Since the liver metabolises thyroid hormones, it is not unusual to see hypothyroidism quite often too.
Weight creates issues with the solar plexus chakra, there might be difficulty gaining weight or conversely piling it on, especially because it is cortisol related, and a extreme difficulties losing it.
Clearly, then we will also see diabetes eventually here, too.
Solar Plexus Chakra Healing
These are going to be concerned with the color yellow. Wear it, surround yourself in it, and absorb it in every possible way you can.
Think of how different you feel when the sun comes out. Suddenly you feel a massive expansion of energy, and the need to stretch and put your shoulder’s back. That’s solar plexus opening. It adores warmth and sunlight.
Since it is energised by fire, candle meditation is very useful here, if you can find a yellow candle you like. In the same way gazing into the fireplace and warming yourself can be very beneficial. Lose yourself in the flames of solar plexus energy. Let it cascade you back to a place in time where you were you…simply and beautifully you.
Be gentle on yourself.
This is a hard time. Things are probably a bit crap at the moment, but it is important you realise you are probably exactly where you are supposed to be, right now.
This is learning space.
A karmic lesson.
What's life educating you about?
What are you learning from this?
Perhaps now, right at this second, you are in a situation you absolutely can’t change externally. The dynamics are so fragile and dependent, that one small jolt from you, might feel like the whole damn mess might fall down around you.
Then, in those moments, there is one solar plexus chakra essential oil , over and above all of the others which will help.
It strengthens and fortifies, changing you internally as you wait patiently for the world to catch up.
Strange too…note the flowers’ solar plexus chakra color?
Aromatherapy is such a weird and wonderful thing.
Solar Plexus Chakra Healing Exercises
Solar Plexus Chakra DanceBelly dancing, rippling, and the movements of the snake at the naval are also wonderful ways to intensify the energy at the the solar plexus.
Solar Plexus Essential Oils
Cade, Cajuput, Cedarwood, Cypress, Dill, Garlic, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysm, Oregano, Rosemary, Bulgarian Lavender, Rose Otto (Distilled) Peppermint, Neroli
These essential oils for the solar plexus are all quite benevolent and well behaved, so use how ever you so please. Perhaps make a candle with them, add them to a massage oil, soak in the bath with them or even make a cream to massage into your tum to ease some of the physical symptoms of physical disease.