Mankind has been using the healing powers of the plant world for ages. The deity associated with healing in Ayurveda, is known as Dhanvantri (reincarnation of Lord Vishnu). According to him, we use medicine in three forms- solid, liquid and gaseous. And amongst these three, the gaseous form of medicine is most potent for healing. This is the basis of modern Aromatherapy, which uses only the volatile extracts of the plant called essential oils. These extracts are also known as the Prana or life force of the plants.
According to Ayurveda, our health is not just the absence of disease rather it’s the balance of the mind, body and the spirit. It’s the balance of five elements- earth, water, fire, air and ether; three gunas- Tamas, Rajas and Sattva, and three Doshas- Kapha, Pitta, Vata. These attributes play a major role and need more understanding in context of our health and Chakras.
CHAKRAS are described as the energy centers of the body, representing the functioning of our vital organs and glands. Chakras are affected by thoughts and emotions. Today, advances, in science have made it easy to explain this. A healthy human beings’ energy is between 62 to 74 Mhz. A negative thought can bring our vibrations down while a positive one can lift it up. Once the energy level goes down, below 58 Mhz, our immune system is compromised and disease manifests in the physical body. That’s what we call a psychosomatic disorder.
As a holistic therapist, I look at the cause of the imbalance which can be traced to our mental and emotional states. We are all emotional beings, born with a particular temperament which we adapt to our living circumstances. How we hold these emotions and our temperament affects our Chakras, vital organs, our glands, and ultimately our health. As we say, our issues are in our tissues, since our body’s memory is more than the brains memory.
For example, our Sacral or Swadhisthan Chakra is associated with emotional balance and the element water. Our body is 2/3rd fluids, in the form of blood, lymph, etc… Lymphatic flow affects us physically as well as physiologically. Emotional blockages may cause blockage of inguinal nodes (in the thigh joints) affecting menstrual cycle, reproductive organs fertility, etc…, besides causing unresolved lower back discomfort or pain.
In the same way, lymphatic nodes under the arms (axillary nodes) may get blocked, as a result of blockage in the heart chakra. This is due to unresolved anguish, hurt or trauma, coming from our attachments to people or things. This can cause chest/ breast, upper back pain, heart disease, fibrocystic breast condition or breast cancer. A deeper understanding of Chakras and the Lymphatic system can guide us to better understand the process of how disease manifests in the physical body.
Essential oils works on our psychological level through inhalation and on physiological level through skin application. They are highly versatile in their therapeutic action. Most of the oils are antiseptic, antibacterial and anti infectious. Some oils possess special properties such as antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory, as well as hormone balancing, diuretic, styptic, astringent, circulatory, regenerative, and Cicatrissant etc.
Essential oils are best suited to heal and balance our vibrations and Chakras, since they have a vibrational field from 30 to 360 Mhz, hence described as the prana or life force of the plant. They are very powerful to heal and balance our subtle vibrations. When using Ayurvedic principles with essential oils we look at the associated elements of the oils besides the therapeutic effect. We can use oils for lymphatic drainage and combine emotional release, besides using essential oils anointments on Chakra points. The results are most amazing at the physical, physiological, psychological and energetic levels.
Ravi Ratan, born into a family of health practitioners in India, is a clinical aromatherapist and healer who combines Ayurveda, aromatherapy, lymphatic drainage, emotional release and spiritual healing in his practice. He is the author of Handbook of Aromatherapy and co-author of Journey Through the Chakras. Besides providing personal healing sessions, he conducts training programs in integrated healing techniques in India, North America, the UK, the UAE and Australia.