Solar Plexus Chakra
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Manipura ~ Solar Plexus
The Solar Plexus Chakra, also called “Manipura”, is the center of our Energy, our Power and our Self-Esteem. The solar plexus chakra is located a few inches above your naval. The name manipura translates into “lustrous gem” or “shining gem.” An affirmation we can associate with the solar plexus is, “I know why I am here.” This chakra is all about your personality and how you relate to other people. It is also known as the personal power chakra and is the source of your self-worth. So, it is about allowing your identity to shine brightly to reflect who you truly are.
When the solar plexus chakra is balanced we feel confident, have willpower, feel self-assured, and have warmth in our personality. For example, you will easily be able to find the courage to do things that scare you and speak up for yourself. You will have self-mastery and the ability to control your thoughts and emotions. A balanced solar plexus chakra allows us to feel independent and radiate our unique personality out into the world.
Imbalances of the Solar Plexus Chakra
When the solar plexus chakra is blocked or overactive, issues usually manifest related to the ego. Please seek medical attention for any physical or mental health concerns above all other advice. Still, here are some of the symptoms you might have listed below:
Issues related to self-worth and self-esteem, either having too much or too little
Poor digestion, bloating, or cramping
Feeling powerless, helpless, or lost
Seeking constant approval from other people
Struggling to set boundaries with others
Extreme body temperatures
Feeling the need to control everything and other people
Lack of direction or purpose in life
Having a victim mentality
How to Balance the Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus is connected to the element of fire. Therefore, spending time out in the sun or even by a bonfire is a great way to heal this chakra. You might even try writing down anything that angers you and burn the list. Spending time on yourself is vital when it comes to balancing your solar plexus. So, try to set aside a few moments every day as a sign of respect and love for yourself.
It is important to practice self-love. Do something just for you instead of other people every now and then. For instance, reading a book you really enjoy outside in the sun for a few minutes is a great way to heal the solar plexus. Practicing mindfulness is extremely important as well. Be assertive!
What Affirmations Help Balance the Solar Plexus?
Any affirmations that start with “I can” or “I am” are beneficial in healing the solar plexus chakra. Try to repeat a few of these often:
“I am strong, capable, and worthy.”
“I can stand up for myself.”
“The only thing I need to control is how I respond to circumstances.”
“I am motivated to pursue my life’s purpose.”
“I feel better about myself every day.”
“Courage comes easily to me.”
“I accept only healthy, supportive relationships.”
“I am ambitious and confident.”
“All of my achievements make me feel proud.”
“I am free to choose in any situation.”
“I can do anything.”
“It is easy for me to feel powerful and I accept that power.”
“I deserve kindness, love, and respect.”
What Else Can I Do to Heal the Solar Plexus Chakra?
Take a look at the largest sources of resistance in your life. Think about where you spend your energy and issues that keep coming up in your life. Cut ties with any negative or critical people if necessary. Ultimately, it is up to you what you allow in your life. So, get rid of the old to allow new, positive energy to flow into your life.
Remember, the solar plexus is all about your personal power. Therefore, take note of where you give away your power. Playing the victim instead of taking responsibility and saying “no” is very common in those with a blocked solar plexus. Step up and reclaim your power! You are powerful and capable. It might take courage and practice in the start, but eventually you will find your life has much more balance as a result.
Color and Element of the Solar Plexus Chakra
Yellow signifies energy, intellect, will, and personal power. It is the color of sunshine and the energy it emulates is vibrant and optimistic. It is the color of the third main energy point. The solar plexus energy has the qualities of the fire or flame. It is bright, warm, and always in motion. Being associated with this chakra, the color yellow pertains to power, warmth and mobility.
Chakra Stones for the Solar Plexus
Here is a list of chakra stones commonly used to cleanse, activate, and balance the solar plexus chakra. Included is the name, color, type of stone, and crystal meaning/purpose of each:
Amber — Yellowish orange — Organic gemstone — Used to cleanse and balance. Increases mental clarity and promotes confidence.
Citrine — Pale yellow — Semi-precious — This “success stone” is used to cleanse and balance. Increases personal empowerment and confidence.
Lemon quartz — Yellow — A stone of optimism used to cleanse, activate and balance the third energy center.
Yellow Jasper — Yellow — Semi-precious — Known as a stone of protection, yellow jasper activates and balances the solar plexus chakra.
Yellow Tourmaline — Yellow — Semi-precious — A stone good for detoxifying the body, yellow tourmaline is used to cleanse, activate and balance.
Tiger’s Eye — Golden brown — Semi-precious — A protective stone, tiger’s eye is good for grounding, cleansing and balancing.
Herbs and Essential Oils for the Solar Plexus Chakra
There are multiple herbs and oils whose energy is aligned with this chakra, and can be used to help open it and bring it back into balance.
Here are some of the best herbs and essential oils for healing, balancing, and opening the solar plexus chakra:
The fruit of Citrus bergamia is known as the bergamot orange. When ripe, it’s bright yellow and somewhat less sour than lemon, with a bitterness akin to grapefruit. The essential oil is used in perfumes, aromatherapy, and to flavor beverages.
Earl Grey tea is made of black tea flavored with bergamot oil. Energetically, this oil helps with the healthy release of trapped emotions and stagnant energy.
Drink Earl Grey tea, consume bergamot marmalade, dilute a few drops of the essential oil in a neutral carrier and use it to anoint the abdominal area, or wear a drop or two in aromatherapy jewelry.
Avoid using bergamot oil on the skin before sun exposure. It contains a compound called bergapten which may cause phototoxic reactions.
Chamomile flowers (Anthemis nobilis or Matricaria recutita) are small, bright, daisy-like blooms with bright yellow centers. Their yellow color aligns them with the solar plexus chakra, as does their beneficial impact on the digestive system.
Chamomile acts as a gentle relaxant, which can help soothe unpleasant emotions arising from a blocked Manipura chakra. This plant also helps calm upset stomachs and encourage the flow of bile, which can ease the physical symptoms of a chakra blockage.
Use the dried flowers in tea, or take them in tincture form. You can also use chamomile essential oil to anoint the solar plexus area.
Cinnamomum species are easily recognizable as the warm, spicy cinnamon sticks sold at most grocery stores and spice markets. They’re associated with the element of Fire, which is the element that governs the solar plexus chakra. That means that this spice and its essential oil can be used to help invigorate a weakened or blocked chakra.
Consume cinnamon in sweet or savory foods and beverages, or make an oil blend containing a very small amount of cinnamon oil and place it in aromatherapy jewelry. Never take any essential oil internally, except for under the guidance of a physician.
The sunny yellow flowers of Taraxacum officinale are associated with the solar plexus chakra by their color, but the whole plant also contains beneficial fiber, vitamins, minerals, and bitter compounds. The roots are said to benefit the liver, in particular.
The leaves act as a mild diuretic, encouraging the production of urine and the release of the toxic waste that the body dumps into the bladder. This means that dandelions help clear and balance the solar plexus chakra on an energetic level, while providing support for healthy digestion.
Use the dried leaves in tea, consume young leaves and flowers in salads, or use the whole plant in supplement or tincture form.
Zingiber officinals is easily recognized as the knobby beige roots sold in grocery store produce sections. It has a characteristically warm, spicy flavor, and is known as a helpful remedy for nausea. That means that it can help you deal with the side-effects of a blocked chakra, even as it helps clear it.
You can use this herb in a variety of ways, from eating candied ginger or other ginger-containing foods, to using pieces of fresh ginger to make tea. You can also use a prepared tea made of dried ginger, but, from an energetic standpoint, fresh ginger is more potent.
The fruit of Citrus paradisi is known for its bittersweet flavor. The acid content of the fruit can help relieve some digestive issues stemming from low stomach acid, and the essential oil is purported to help move stagnant energy, alleviate stress, and calm irritability.
Consume the flesh or juice of the fruit, or use the bright, fruity essential oil to make an anointing blend for the solar plexus chakra. Avoid using it topically before sun exposure.
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Silybum marianum is a perennial herb that contains silymarin, a substance that can have a beneficial effect on the liver and gallbladder. This means that, in addition to helping the solar plexus chakra energetically, it may be able to help the physical problems associated with a chakra blockage.
You can eat the stem and leaves in salads, or take an extract in supplement form. If you choose to use a supplement, talk to your doctor before beginning.
Mentha x piperita is an extremely well-known digestive herb. It’s said to help calm nausea, stimulate bile production, and (when used in enteric-coated capsules) even calm the muscle spasms associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
It also has a very invigorating, head-clearing aroma. This allows it to help the physical symptoms of a blocked or unbalanced chakra, while it clears the mind.
Consume peppermint in sweet or savory dishes, use the dried leaves in tea, add a drop of the oil to aromatherapy jewelry, or dilute it for use as an anointing blend.
The oil of Nardostachys jatamansi, called spikenard, is used physically for digestive troubles, and emotionally to help release a compulsion to control. This means that it can be helpful for those whose solar plexus chakras are overstimulated, leading them to try to exert their will, control, and dominate.
Dilute a few drops of the essential oil into a neutral carrier and use it to anoint the solar plexus area, or wear it in aromatherapy jewelry. If you use a room diffuser, be cautious around pets or small children — many essential oils are toxic to them.
The roots of Curcuma longa are best known in the west as the ingredient that makes mustard yellow, but this spicy, earthy herb is delightful in a variety of foods and beverages.
Its yellow color ties it to the solar plexus chakra, and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory content and bitter flavor are helpful for the digestive system.
Add turmeric to smoothies or any foods that would benefit from its subtle spice, or use it in supplement form. Turmeric is said to work best when combined with black pepper, since pepper helps aid the absorption of turmeric’s beneficial compounds.
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