LETTER NO. 2
As my feet crushed freshly fallen blood-colored leaves on my run this morning, I obsessed over a product idea. (Side note: when I get fixated on something, I can’t stop thinking about it until I work out every detail in my mind — anyone else like this?).
My thoughts were mostly about the relationship between chakras and perfumery, and wondering how I could combine the two in my own unique way. Lately I find myself using perfume more as medicine, especially ones with palo santo, or I whip up a concoction for a particular condition. As we age, we become more vulnerable to aches and pains than when we were younger, and I find this true for myself. Because I’ve always been interested in health, aging, and healing, even back when I was a spirited twenty-something year old, it comes as no surprise to me that this is the direction I’ve been moving in.
Below I’ve put together a chart showing the 7 chakras with a brief introduction of each. Note that I’ve listed a number of essential oils for each one; however, different individuals may experience different imbalances, hence the blend of essential oils is very individualized. If/when I do create these medicinal perfumes, they will be very specific (so there may be three types available for the Heart Chakra).
1. Muladhara - the base chakra, considered the most important by many because it connects us to the physical world. When healthy, you will feel secure with your place in the world and things will just fall into place. When overactive, you may experience anger, jealousy, greediness; when under active you may feel disconnected from the world and from your own body. In perfumery, the following notes are good for the root chakra: Sandalwood, Cedar, Rosewood, Ginger, Cloves, Black pepper, Rosemary.
2. Svadhisthana - the lower belly and inner pelvis (root of sexual organs), it represents one’s abode, and its element is water. It is the center for creativity. When this chakra is in healthy alignment, you’ll source energy for creativity, movement, procreation, desire, pleasure, and healthy relationships. When there is an imbalance, you may experience chronic lower back pain, urinary tract infections, painful intercourse sex, ovarian cysts, and other pelvic-lower abdominal issues. In perfumery, the following notes are good for the sacral chakra: spicy notes, orange, cardamom, jasmine, ylang, sage.
3. Nabhi-Manipura - the solar plexus or navel chakra, associated with the pancreas, digestive system’s organs, and the adrenal glands. When there is an imbalance in this chakra (stress), you may experience digestive issues. Many consider the gut as the second brain because there are nerve bundles that connect to the brain. In perfumery, the following notes are good for the navel chakra: basil, chamomile, bergamot, geranium, patchouli, neroli, ylang-ylang, rose, jasmine, frankincense, and sandalwood.
4. Anahata - the heart center, and one of the most beautiful chakras, filled with inexhaustible treasures of delightful feelings and experiences. In perfumery, the following notes are good for the heart chakra: black spruce, bergamot, lemon, peru balsam, hyacinth, rose, tuberose, neroli, palmarosa.
5. Vishuddhi - the element of space, purification, the “throat”, and associated with the endocrine system and thyroid. Purification and balancing happen through this chakra. In perfumery, the following notes are good for the throat chakra: eucalyptus, fennel, black spruce, sage, cosmos, lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, cypress, basil.
6. Ajna - Guru or Third-eye is the subtle center of energy, where the tantra guru touches the seeker during the initiation ritual. In perfumery, the following notes are good for the third-eye chakra: myrrh, palo santo, nutmeg, petitgrain, galbanum, carrot seed, bay laurel, grapefruit.
7. Sahasrara - the highest spiritual center of pure consciousness. In perfumery, the following notes are good for the crown chakra: anise, benzoin, sandalwood, frankincense, spikenard, elemi, anise, basil.